7 Layer Bean Dip with Wine

I love throwing parties. At least, I thought I did.  Over the past weekend, Brandon and I hosted our engagement party.  We excitedly chose invitations that were wine themed and threw a funny picture of the day we got engaged on the back, asking our family and friends to join us.  We weren't expecting our parents to attend since they both live in different states, but sent the invitation anyway.  We were ecstatic to find not only were our parents flying in, but also my best friend from childhood was going to make the trip, too.  Although excited to see them, there was one catch.  Everyone was staying with us for the weekend.  At first, this sounded like an awesome idea.  We have a large home and haven't had the chance to entertain guests yet.  The night before everyone was set to arrive, I stopped by the grocery store for things like orange juice, coffee cake, sparkling wine to make mimosas and the makings for 7 layer bean dip.  Plus, a few added goodies like fruit and cheese with crackers.  I wanted to make sure everyone felt comfortable and satisfied.  I stayed up late that night preparing the dip and day dreaming about our special night.  The following morning, one by one, people started to arrive.  Shoes were left on as people roamed the house and I was constantly cleaning up.  My grandpa was glued to the TV watching golf and I was a wreck trying to make sure everyone was happy, let alone get ready for our engagement party.  In between all the chaos, I managed to get myself dressed and came downstairs to wait for the limo to arrive.  I munched on Scoops® tortilla chips filled with bean dip and poured myself a glass of Tangent Sauvignon Blanc.  Soon, we made our way to the wine bar where our party was being held and the rest of the night went off without a hitch.  I beamed as I saw so many of my friends and family and felt honored everyone came out.  My only regret was not spending more time with Brandon.  I was trying to entertain and express my gratitude to all our loved ones for celebrating such a special moment with us.  As the night ended, I clung to Brandon resting my head on his chest.  After the limo dropped us off, we stayed up until 3 in the morning opening gifts and laughing with my best friend, her husband and my grandpa.  Who knew my gramps was so cool!  Our house was full for the next couple days and as you can imagine, I was happy to have a little peace and quiet once everyone finally left.  It was the perfect time to run a hot bath and enjoy a glass of wine, as I reflected on an amazing weekend.

I can remember being at beach themed parties as a kid and trying to dip as low as humanely possible under the limo stick.  My friend who was in gymnastics and quite flexible always showed us up.  She could bend all the way back as the stick got lower and lower.  Today however, I'm talking about a different type of dip.  7 layer bean dip to be exact.  The 7 layers consist of beans, sour cream, green chilies, avocado, cheese, tomatoes and olives.  My girlfriend Esther shared her recipe with me.  It never fails to impress.  Because I so often bring this dip to parties, I always bring a bottle of perfectly paired wine.  For me, Sauvignon Blanc is the best choice with this dish.  After a bite of the food and then a sip of the wine, you should notice how the green chile flavor springs forth and mirrors the green veggie notes found in the wine.  Sauvignon Blanc's high acid and citrus flavors stand up to the tanginess of the sour cream and the saltiness of the chips.  This acid also helps to wash the heaviness of the beans, avocado and cheese off the palate.  I personally prefer a California Sauvignon Blanc with 7 layer bean dip since it has a slightly fuller body than those found in New Zealand or France.  It's a refreshing combination that is sure to please guests at your next party or event!  Cheers!

Wine featured in this photo: 2009 Tangent Sauvignon Blanc (91 Points Wine Enthusiast)