Entertain/Food / September 3, 2013

Time for Tailgating Wine Sisters!

Ultimate Tailgating Checklist

Summer’s winding down, fall is in the air and fans across the country are pulling out their game-day gear because… football season is here!

What’s happening on the grill and in the kitchen is just as important as what’s happening on the field and we’ve got some ideas to add some oomph to your tailgating game, whether you’re pre-gaming in a stadium parking lot or your bestie’s living room.  

We’re collecting and sharing all of our favorite recipes, games and cocktails all month long on our new “It’s Tailgating Time” Pinterest Board. Be sure to check back each week for a new theme!

This week’s theme is “Parking Lot Party” – chock-full of the essentials you’ll need to be an all-star tailgater this season. And, we’ve got a printable checklist so you won’t miss a thing. Download the printable PDF.

Time to Dig In

If it were up to Wine Sister Natalie Wassum, deviled eggs would be a fixture at pretty much every gathering she attends – especially at tailgating parties!

And here’s a great tip for getting them to the party from our home entertaining expert Helen Jane: prepare your egg yolk mixture early and keep it refrigerated in a plastic bag. Plate your  hard-boiled egg whites when you get to the party. Simply cut off a corner of the bag containing your egg yolk mixture, then fill.

Natalie’s Deviled Eggs inspired by The Spotted Pig

12 large eggs
2 t. extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 T. mayonnaise
1 T. Dijon mustard
2 t. white wine vinegar
1 t. malt vinegar
Maldon sea salt
Peperoncino red chili flakes, pulsed in a spice grinder into approximate 1/16th-inch pieces.
3 T. thinly sliced chives

1. Place eggs in single layer in medium saucepan. Cover with 1 ½ quarts cold water. Place over high heat, bring to a simmer, shut off heat, and wait for at least ten minutes. Drain eggs, and peel under cool running water. With thin knife, carefully slice eggs in half.

2. Place egg yolks in bowl of food processor. Add olive oil, mayonnaise, mustard, and both vinegars and process until smooth puree forms, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Season to taste with salt.

3. Transfer mixture to pastry bag fitted with plain tip or to plastic zipper-lock bag with corner cut off. Select 12 best egg white halves (reserve remaining egg whites for another use), and pipe filling mixture into them by starting outside the indentation, completely filling the indentation, and overflowing the other side of it, leaving a curled “tail” at the end.

4. Sprinkle eggs with Maldon salt, Peperoncino, and chives. Drizzle with olive oil, and serve.

Like ‘em spicy? Check out this Buffalo Deviled Eggs recipe featured in a recent Wine Sisterhood TV episode.

Now it’s time to pour the wine! From burgers and wings to dips and sweets, use the chart below as a guide when choosing wines for your next Parking Lot Party. Download the printable PDF


Let the Games Begin

No party is complete without a game or two. Are we right?  

With a small collection of empty wine bottles (start stocking up!), spray paint, a small container and some toss-able rings, you’ll be on your way to creating a game that will last all season.

We found this idea at CherylStyle.com that can be customized with your favorite team’s colors. If you don’t have a few bottles around already, it’s time to make a stop in the Wine Sisterhood Wine Shop!

Cheryl Style Ring Toss

Check our Pinterest board, Facebook Page and Twitter stream for our favorite Parking Lot Party ideas. And come on back next week for some Monday Night Football Madness!



  1. Lisa@TheDecorGirl

    I never watch football but I had to see what your suggestions were. Then you had me at the deviled eggs. I make mine with a bit more spice which might explain my pull towards Riesling. It does with anything spicy and full of flavor. 🙂 Cute post.

    09 . Sep . 2013
    • Chelsea

      Thank you Lisa! Spicy deviled eggs and Riesling sounds delicious. We’ll be sharing more ideas this month, so be sure to check back!

      11 . Sep . 2013
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