Here's another popular and easy appetizer I made for a wine tasting. This one we paired with the upcoming Global Passport 2024 Pinot Gris Sauvignon Blanc.
You can find the original recipe HERE.
4 oz. cream cheese
4 oz. goat cheese
1/2 cup shelled pistachios, unsalted
Rinse and pat dry the grapes. Set aside.
Combine cream cheese and goat cheese until mixed well.
Take a bit of the mixture, wrap it around each grape and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat until you've used all of the mixture.
Chill the cheese wrapped grapes in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Finely chop pistachios and put onto a plate.
Once cheese wrapped grapes have hardened, take out of the fridge and roll in the pistachios. Return to baking sheet and chill for 45 minutes before serving.
The first time I made this, it was for a wine tasting event we had for the upcoming 2024 RQ Collection. Since then I've made it for a couple of get-togethers and it's always well received. So I thought I'd share the recipe because everyone keeps asking for it!
The original recipe comes from the Food Network and can be found HERE.
4 cups assorted baby tomatoes, cut into quarters (use the multi coloured ones for a great visual effect)
1/4 cup red onion, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, shredded
1/4 cup Olivia's 18 Year Reserve Dark Balsamic Vinegar*
1/4 cup Olivia's Olive Oil*
Salt and pepper
6 portobello caps, wiped clean
1 garlic clove, minced (I always add extra!)
2 tablespoons Olivia's Olive Oil
Salt and pepper
Crusty Italian bread (I used a baguette from Safeway)
1 garlic clove, peeled
Combine tomatoes, minced red onion, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil together in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let sit and marinade while you prepare the mushrooms.
Scoop out the gills of the mushrooms with a spoon and cut into small pieces. Heat oil in a frying pan and cook mushrooms and garlic until softened. Season with a little salt and pepper, if desired. Remove pan from heat.
Toast bread in the oven at 350F for about 10 minutes. After removing from oven, rub the toast with a clove of garlic.
Top the toasted bread with the mushrooms and then the tomato mixture, adding some fresh basil for garnish.
Pair this with the RQ 2024 Trebbiano Chardonnay or a nice medium bodied, dry white wine.
* Find quality gourmet oils and vinegars in our shop from Olivia's in Kelowna, BC