Can you all believe it’s almost 2017? 2016 has definitely been an interesting year in my life. From my Country’s political election (ugh!) to me proposing for the first time (hopefully only time!) to the love of my life; it’s been a roller coaster of a year.

At the end of last year, Katie and I decided to plan a European vacation for 2.5 weeks starting January 4th, 2018. We are visiting Dublin Ireland, Madrid Spain, Barcelona Spain, Nice France, Monaco, Florence Italy and Rome Italy. I can’t believe we are a week away and the excitement is building every day. Spain was on the top of Katie’s list and mine was Dublin Ireland. Katie has always had a desire to speak Spanish (Latin American) especially because it is spoken so heavily in our state of California. She has been learning Spanish over the last year and I can’t wait to have her act as my personal translator. The only phrase I know in Spanish is “Mas dos cervezas por favor!”. That should make my traveling easy right?

Katie has engulfed herself in learning Spanish and the differences between the Latin American culture and the Spanish culture. One tradition Katie has learned about is that in Spain on New Years Eve people eat 12 grapes at midnight ringing in the new year with good luck. I thought this was interesting and knew I had to find some type of recipe for a dessert to bring to our friends New Years Eve party! Frozen Grapes Marinated in Wine from Julie Blanner sounded like the perfect option to blend these traditions.

I picked up some grapes from our local farmers market in Downtown Sacramento and started to marinate the grapes later in the day. I didn’t keep track of the time so I realized after the fact that my grapes would have reached the 12-hour mark in the middle of the night. Since I had work the next day and not enough time in the morning to complete the recipe with pictures I decided to let the grapes marinate for a full 24 hours. Nothing wrong with extra marinating right? They turned out great and had an amazing flavor. I highly recommend marinating them for 24 hours!

Check out the recipe —> Frozen Grapes Marinated in Wine