Summer Entertaining Made Easy With a Few Crowd-Pleasing Essentials

Elevate a simple evening at home with a refreshing wine and good company.

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We’re calling it: this is the summer of staying in. Luckily, staying in doesn’t mean boring. As long as you have a few essentials, it’s easy to entertain and enjoy time with friends and family from the comfort of your own home or backyard. Here’s what you’ll need to craft the perfect evening in.

The Wine:

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Warm weather calls for a crisp, fresh white wine. Matua Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing New Zealand wine with the perfect balance of fruity sweetness and zesty acidity. It’s a semi-dry finish with herbal flavours and hints of citrus that linger on the tongue. This award-winning wine is sure to please every palette in your social circle.

Light Bites:

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Matua Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc pairs incredibly well with fresh seafood and cheese.

For a low-key evening, a simple cheese platter is elevated with the addition of fresh oysters. Be sure to include a variety of types of cheeses, including goat cheese, which is a classic pairing for sauvignon blanc.

For a dinner party, plan to serve your wine alongside an elegant seafood dinner or herbed fish dish paired with a crisp summer salad. The flavours complement the acidity and citrus notes of Matua Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc.

The Entertainment:

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When you’re with friends, naturally, the conversation flows as easily as the wine. But a movie night is never a bad idea. Many blockbuster films originally slated for release this summer have been postponed to either fall or next summer. That means now is the perfect time to rewatch a summer classic like Mama Mia (Netflix), Now and Then (Amazon Prime Video) or Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (Netflix).

Not sure which flick to pick? Quiz your guests with a game of movie trivia and let the winner choose.

Cheers to savouring the simple things in life—and the wine!

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