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Al Fresco Dining with Gloria Ferrer Wines

Al fresco dining with Gloria Ferrer Wines – a colorful table is a good table! Also, a recipe for caprese arugula spinach salad! #sponsored

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Nothing says summer like a little al fresco dining!

When the weather starts to get warmer, Mr. B and I like to eat many of our meals outside. Sometimes we will eat in the yard, under our big apple tree.  Other times we like to eat on our back deck – we have the cutest little table on the deck with just enough space for two. It can make the most casual of meals seem more intimate.

We approach outdoor dining the same as indoor – depending on “why” we are dining together, I set the table different. If we’re just eating dinner, I will pull out some paper plates and we’ll nosh. If we’re celebrating something or going for a romantic dinner, I’ll break out the “outdoor china” and a bottle of sparkling wine.

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Al Fresco Dining Place Settings

I outfit my outdoor dining table with one thing in mind – color! Being outside is fun and your plates and table should be too. The key to making your table colorful is to use a mix of patterns, bolds and neutrals. This sounds easy but can be a little daunting. There is no need to pull out your color wheel and compare colors, but you do need to be able to determine when you’ve gone overboard.

My formula is pretty easy and if you aren’t sure how much is too much, you can follow it for a pretty table too. Start with a fun patterned charger topped with a smaller white plate. I don’t usually want to bring my fancy plates outside so I purchased some plastic dinner plates with a bright floral pattern.

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I keep serving bowls neutral – either white or clear glass. For my individual bowls, I choose a solid bright color. Of course you can switch that up but I like my guests (or Mr. B if it’s just the two of us) to see what I’ve prepared for dinner.

Outdoor dining and table linens don’t really work for me. I usually go with paper napkins but this day was particularly windy – I opted instead for kitchen and tea towels in a pattern that was easy on the eye and didn’t distract from the fun plates. They were great substitutes for linen or paper napkins!

Glassware depends on what you’re drinking. I usually go with a clear water-glass and then a unique wine glass for my bubbly. My champagne flutes are not coming outside, especially on a windy day.

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Al Fresco Dining Drinks

Speaking of bubbly….

Gloria Ferrer wines are perfect for outdoor dining, whether you’re celebrating something big or you’re just enjoying a romantic dinner for two. The sparkling wines of Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards are a perfect match for any occasion and are arguably the most social beverage. Exuberant and fruit-forward, their wines are outstanding with today’s diverse and flavorful cuisine. The vineyard likes to say they are the bottled expressions of the vines, hillsides, fog, wind, and sky of Carneros – don’t you love that?

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Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is Carneros’ original sparkling wine house, owned and founded by the Ferrer family of Spain. Named for José Ferrer’s wife, Gloria, the winery opened in 1986 in the now-famous region in southernmost Sonoma County. We decided to have this fun and fanciful meal together in celebration of me making my lifelong dream my reality.  Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was the fulfillment of a longtime family dream: to make world-class méthode champenoise sparkling wines in an exceptional New World territory. Meant to be, I would say.

Al Fresco Dining Food

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We planned on opening the bottle of Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee, with the Sonoma Brut as our backup – both pair well with a variety of flavors. I like so many foods that I can rarely make up my mind on what to eat. Mr. B had a craving for a burger and corn on the cob, so that happened. Then I got to play around with the rest of our meal.

Fresh watermelon and al fresco dining go hand in hand – our local grocery store happened to have a half watermelon that looked ripe and ready for eating so I grabbed that up. Then I chose a cheese heavy salad that is easy to make and perfectly paired with sparkling wine.

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Caprese Arugula Spinach Salad

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The caprese arugula spinach salad is easy to prepare and perfect for warm summer nights!

Ingredients

  • fresh baby arugula
  • fresh baby spinach
  • fresh basil leaves
  • tomato slices
  • fresh mozzarella
  • balsamic vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix one handful of arugula and one handful of spinach. Top with 4 basil leaves, 4 slices of tomato, and 4 chunks of fresh mozzarella. Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette on top.

Notes

More basil, mozzarella and tomato can be added to this salad. Add in equal amounts.

How do you set your table for outdoor dining? Gloria Ferrer Wine wants to know!

Enter the Gloria Ferrer’s “Be Glorious!” Photo Contest!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Looking for more entertaining posts? Try my winter entertaining post or my collection of appetizer recipes!


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Gaye @CalmHealthySexy

Thursday 11th of June 2015

Thanks for sharing with the Let's Get Real Party. This lovely salad is my featured post at this week's party.

Jenny B

Thursday 11th of June 2015

Thank you so much Gaye! I will keep an eye out for it!

Katherines Corner

Sunday 7th of June 2015

Everything looks so delicious. All plated beautifully and surely the perfect food for sharing. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

All that's Jas

Friday 5th of June 2015

Oh boy, that table setting looks so inviting. Yummy salad and the rest! Thank you so much for linking up with Thursday Favorite Things this week!

Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

Tuesday 2nd of June 2015

I used to just go with paper plates, but my husband just put up a tent outside and he says he's keeping it up all summer. With no umbrella on our dinning table, it gives me the option to use a tablecloth for outdoor dining and that of course makes me want to dress it up a little more. So our last meal outside was quite festive and pretty! :)

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