Friday, June 6, 2014

Red Diamond Wines for Father's Day

Father’s Day is just about a week away, and it’s no secret that Dads can be hard to buy for. I mean, you can only buy one man so many golf balls and ties. I recently came across a wine from Washington State that I think would be great to give as a gift, or serve on Father's Day. Red Diamond wines offer a balance of quality and value. 
These are food-friendly wines, designed for easy drinking -- and with a price of $10, they are also affordable. 
The Merlot has hints of blackberry, cherry and spice scented nose with a toasty oak background. In addition to the Merlot, they also have a Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and a Spanish Red Blend called Temperamental. What a great name for a wine, right?

Another way to treat Dad this Father's Day is mixing up the typical meal he'd be expecting. Sure, if he's a steak fan, grill him up a nice filet, but toss a new appetizer into the menu mix, like this red snapper ceviche. It's a favorite around our house for family gatherings. The recipe is below -- the spice and strong flavors stands up well to red wines, so this would be a great compliment to a bottle of Red Diamond.
  • 1/2 lb. red snapper
  • handful of cilantro
  • One jalapeno pepper, minced with seeds removed
  • One tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 mango, chopped
  • 3 limes
  • sea salt and pepper to taste 
  • Corn tortilla chips for serving
  • Chop all ingredients into very small, bite size pieces and toss in a bowl
  • Juice 3 limes and mix the juice into the ceviche to "cook" the fish.,
  • Serve the ceviche with corn tortilla chips after 20 minutes of "cooking" -- and eat it within the hour. Any longer that that and the snapper will get overcooked and tough.
Cheers to all the dads out there. Enjoy your Father's Day celebrations!