Sip Like a Star: Sterling Vineyards Is the Perfect Spirit for Viewing the Emmys

You might not be able to attend the Primetime Emmy Awards, but Sterling Vineyards can help you feel like you’re toasting with your favorite actors.
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Sterling Vineyards is the official wine of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

Sterling Vineyards is the official wine of the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

The most anticipated night in television, the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, on September 19th, will be here before you know it. Most fans will not be able to attend the ceremony, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sip like your favorite stars. You only have to pour yourself a glass of Sterling Vineyards wine. (Be sure to keep scrolling for tips on planning the perfect watch party and recipes for food that pairs well with Sterling Vineyards.)

On Sunday, the iconic Napa Valley winery Sterling Vineyards will celebrate its sixth consecutive year as the official wine at the Emmys. Sterling Vineyards wines will be the exclusive pour throughout the 2021 Emmys season, allowing nominees and guests to enjoy the brand’s signature Napa Valley Chardonnay ($60), a fan favorite, and the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($45) at events leading up to the awards ceremony. But it doesn’t stop there. For the first-time ever, Sterling Vineyards wines will be served during the live telecast. In addition, Emmy winners will receive a hand-personalized bottle of Sterling Vineyards Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon backstage for a celebratory toast.

“We are thrilled to serve Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet to nominees in attendance at this year’s Primetime Emmy ceremony and throughout the Emmys season,” said Chief Marketing Officer at Treasury Wine Estates, Carl Evans, in a release. “It’s an honor to toast all of the incredible talent nominated for this year’s Emmy Awards.”

This is your opportunity to taste why Sterling Vineyards has been known for its excellence in Napa Valley winemaking for more than 50 years. So bring a taste of that Emmys excellence to your home by raising a crisp, rich glass of Sterling Vineyards to the television as you enjoy the 73rd Emmy Awards, which will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer live on September 19th at 8 p.m. on the CBS.

Fashion designer Christian Siriano

Fashion designer Christian Siriano

In case you need help planning your Emmys watch party, beloved designer to the stars Christian Siriano has some tips and recipes for perfect wine pairings below. Having dressed Billy Porter, Niecy Nash, Chrissy Metz, Nicole Byer, Leslie Jones, and Regina King, Siriano knows how to make awards season memorable.

Christian Siriano's Emmy Party Styling Tips:

  • Siriano's favorite types of bites are those you can pick up and walk around with – fancy finger food! His favorites are sliders, cheese boards, crostinis, and chocolate dipped strawberries (see recipes and wine pairings below). A little savory and a little sweet!
  • After wine, the most important table decoration is fresh flowers. Siriano suggests going to your favorite local flower shop and asking for flowers that are in season. He prefers bright colors because it brightens the room and the mood. Have a few different sized vases at the ready to mix different colors and sizes on your table. Bonus – you get to enjoy them for the week after the party!
  • Make wine the star by pairing your menu with the wines you’re serving. Include a few white wine dishes and a few reds, to keep people trying the full menu and sampling your selections for the night. Siriano's go-to white is Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay. It is crisp, light and the perfect aperitif to make your guests comfortable and hungry. For red, it’s Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, a perfect pair for meat and chocolate-based desserts.
  • When Siriano hosts a party, whether it’s for 5 or 50, his goal is to make it feel like an occasion. He keeps an array of wooden and ceramic platters in multiple sizes, to add depth and variety to his tablescapes. Even if you’re serving finger foods, it is essential to have plates and cutlery to elevate the party and to make your guests feel special.
  • Ice breaker: puppies! There is nothing better than a puppy to break the ice with new friends and old. Siriano's pup, Poppy, is at all of his parties and even gets a seat at the table! Depending on the dress code, Poppy loves to sport a bow for an extra pop of color!

Recipes:

Crab Sliders

Pairing: Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ tsp hot sauce

  • Kosher salt & ground pepper, to taste

  • 1 lb jumbo lump crabmeat, Dungeness if available, picked free of shells

  • ¾ cup bread crumbs, unseasoned

  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley

  • Canola oil, for frying

  • Brioche mini buns

  • Lemon wedges, for serving

  • Tartar sauce, for serving

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, egg, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce, and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together crabmeat, panko, and parsley. Fold in mayo mixture, then form into 6-8 small patties.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, coat the pan with canola oil and heat until shimmering. Add crab cakes and cook, in batches, until golden and crispy.
  • Build your sandwich: Place crabcake on the bun. Top with tartar sauce and enjoy!

Sterling Sliders + Cabernet Reduction Sauce

Pairing: Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

Ingredients:

Sliders:

  • Mini brioche rolls, halved and toasted
  • 1 lb beef (80/20 or 85/15 recommended for flavorful, juicy sliders)
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Coleslaw:

  • 1 small head of cabbage - cored and sliced very thinly
  • ½ small red pepper or carrot sliced thinly and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper or to taste

Cabernet reduction sauce:

  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • ½ cup Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1 tsp cornstarch, combined with one tsp water to create a slurry

Directions:

Coleslaw:

  • Mix mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, sea salt and black pepper in a small bowl, blend the ingredients completely. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes so sugar fully dissolves, then remix the ingredients.
  • Mix together cabbage and red pepper, then add in coleslaw dressing and mix well to make sure all the cabbage and red peppers are thoroughly coated.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.

Cabernet reduction sauce:

  • Over medium/low heat, saute onions and garlic in olive oil for several minutes until onions are translucent and mixture is very fragrant.
  • Add water, bouillon cube, red wine, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 5 mintues.
  • Remove pan from heat and strain out onions and garlic, returning sauce to the pan and back onto the medium/low heat.
  • Slowly pour in dissolved cornstarch, stirring constantly. Simmer for at least an additional 5 minutes until reduced by half, stirring to break up any clumps. Remove from heat.

Slider patties:

  • Sautee the onions in olive oil until translucent and set aside.
  • Gently combine ground beef, egg, onions, salt and pepper, and form into golf-ball sized rounds. Do not over-work the beef; patties should be lightly mixed and formed to keep moist and avoid becoming tough.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Place patties on skillet in batches and press down until about ½ inch thick. Let cook un-disturbed for 1-3 minutes per side, until slightly charred on the outside and inside is a medium to medium-well.

Build your sandwich:

  • Place cole slaw on the bottom of the bun.
  • Top with beef slider, drizzling red wine reduction on top.
  • Top your bun and enjoy!

Whipped Ricotta + Lemon Zest Crostini

Pairing: Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay

Ingredients:

  • Ciabatta bread
  • 16 oz whole-milk ricotta
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • Honey, for drizzling
  • Flakey salt for finishing

Directions: 

  • Slice and toast ciabatta bread, set aside.
  • Using a mixer, whip the ricotta on low speed for 1-2 minutes or until light or airy.
  • Add lemon juice, lemon zest, and kosher salt to the whipped ricotta and whip again for another minute.
  • Compose your ricotta toasts by piping or spooning a generous amount of whipped ricotta onto the toasted ciabatta slices. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle kosher salt to finish.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Pairing: Sterling Vineyards Vintner’s Collection Cabernet

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Strawberries
  • 10 oz dark chocolate, such as Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers

Directions:

  • Place ¾ of chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Heat chocolate in 30 second increments, stir between each increment, until chocolate is fully melted (around 90 seconds total).
  • Remove chocolate from microwave and add remaining chocolate, stirring until fully combined.
  • Holding strawberries by the stem, dip in chocolate and lay on a metal baking sheet to set.
  • Place baking sheet in the refrigerator for 5 minutes, until chocolate is fully set and cooled.
  • Serve and enjoy!