Bet you didn’t think of pairing your flowers with your wine at your next dinner party, right? Me neither but when I heard about Becky De Oliveira’s tips, it suddenly made more sense. As the owner of Blush and Bloom flower shop in Toronto, Becky understands the overall aesthetics of hosting a perfect setting.
Becky eats sleeps and dreams in the world of flowers. “From the moment I first held a flower I knew I would be a florist. I grew up surrounded by nature and my mother is an avid gardener, who always encouraged me to make things. From my years of watering annuals at a greenhouse, to delivering flowers and managing shops and teaching classes this has always been who I am. Flowers are what I know.”
As a guest or a host, a wine and flower pairing can be appreciated by all and makes for a great conversation starter!
Here are 5 great tips for wine and flower pairings from Becky:
MATCH THE LABEL: Keep your colour palette in mind by matching your party florals to the label on your bottle. The peach coloured label on Ruffino Prosecco, when matched with peachy tulips and roses, adds a pop of colour to spring celebrations.
CHILL WITH THE WINE: Prepare your flowers and wine before the guests arrive to keep everything party ready. Tulips and hyacinths make a beautiful centrepiece and both bloom for longer when kept cool. Chill your tulips in the fridge alongside your favourite white wine, and keep your hyacinths away from direct sunlight to preserve the opening process for longer.
MATCH THE WINE: Why not match the colour of your wine with your flowers? Use creamy yellows of whites, and for summer reds like Meiomi Pinot Noir pair with burgundy red charm peonies, to accent the deep colour of the wine.
FOOD FIRST: Pinot Grigio is a popular choice for the Spring since it pairs with lighter spring food like halibut and shrimp, or cheeses like chevre and burrata. At a food-focused gathering, it’s best to choose scentless flowers, like seasonal ranunculus and anemones, to keep guests focused on the flavours of the wine and food.
TREAT THE HOST: If you’re not the one doing the entertaining, remember to bring a hostess gift. Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular wine varietals, making it a great go-to for gifts. Complete the package with a sweet and simple bouquet as adaptable as the wine, opting for neutral and creamy spring florals like quicksand roses, mottled hellebores and cream lisianthus for a gift you can be sure any hostess will love.
By the way, Becky also hosts various workshops throughout the year. You’ll want to check them out at bloomschool.ca