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Involtini di Bresaola e Rucola - Italian Meat & Cheese Roll-ups with Franciacorta

Type: Recipe

Italian cuisine shines for its rusticity: combining simple ingredients yields unexpectedly sensational results. Here two northern Italian classics--Grana Padano aged cheese and Bresaola air-dried salted beef--combine for a rich backdrop to light aperitif wines like Italy's version of Champagne, called Franciacorta.  YIELD: Serves 10, 2...

Triple Cream, Grapes & Ginger with Prosecco

Type: Buy-And-Serve

The world's favourite sparkling party starter is Italy's famous Prosecco hailing from the region near Venice. In contrast to more expensive Champagne-style bubbles, Proseccos are designed uncomplicated and simply refreshing. These super simple ginger-spicy bites showcase Prosecco's easy fun style. Party Theme(s):...

Wasabi Peas, Artichoke Spread & Cured Meats with Gruener Veltliner

Type: Buy-And-Serve

The signature grape of Austria, Grüner Veltliner [say it: GREW-ner felt-LEE-ner] is bright and zippy, like a refreshing squeeze of lemon to cut through relatively strong-flavoured or oily appetizers, such as wasabi's horseradish bite, rich artichokes or (of course, it's...

Bacon-Wrapped Parmesan Dates with Negroamaro

Type: Recipe

It's tough not to love these sweet, salty, bacony, cheesy bites, simple to prepare in advance and bake at the last minute. Always a crowd favourite. One warning: it takes huge willpower to wait a few minutes and not burn...

Tuna, Egg & Olive Tapa with Cava

Type: Recipe

Inspired by a lovely little tapa we stumbled across at vermouth bar Bar Roberto in San Sebastian, Spain. Eggs, tuna, mayo, green olives, red peppers... like a roll call of tapas' best contributors! We ate them with fancy vermouth cocktails but...

Green Olive Tapenade with Rueda

Type: Recipe

A wonderfully classic tapa showcasing the vibrant colours and flavours of Spain. Green olives gain a briney, earthy kick from a touch of caper and anchovy (don't worry, it's not at all "fishy"). Phenomenal with a fresh aromatic Spanish white wine...

Gruyere & Prosciutto Pinwheels with Champagne

Type: Recipe

An all-time favourite hors d'oeuvre, easy to make days ahead and bake at the last minute. These buttery, flaky, slightly rich and salty (from the prosciutto) bites are very more-ish with Champagne. Looks and tastes fancy with little effort (shh, don't...

Butter Flutes, Crisps or Potato Chips with Champagne

Type: Buy-And-Serve

Super simple, super effective. Sharp, bubbly apéritif wines like Champagne are designed to cut through buttery, salty, oily and/or fried nibbles to begin a party. Crispy butter flutes are a surprisingly effective accompaniment as are crisps/potato chips, not lowbrow any longer....

Barbecued Lemon Oregano Chicken with Gruener Veltliner

Type: Recipe

Wine geeks adore Austria's signature white grape Grüner Veltliner [pronounced GREW-ner felt-LEE-ner]. Bright, citrusy and "minerally"--somehow both light and powerful at the same time--Grüner makes for perfect sipping on warm summer evenings and a great match with barbecued chicken and...

Mature Cheeses & Smoked Nuts with Chardonnay

Type: Buy-And-Serve

Good wine and cheese combos are annoyingly selective: not many wines taste great with lots of cheeses and vice versa. An easy exception: the mellow mild creamy character of these two famous aged cow's milk cheeses pairs well with a fairly...

Pimiento Cheese Dip with Chardonnay

Type: Recipe

Chicago foodie-friend Loong introduced us to this staple southern U.S. party dip. Don't let the low-key ingredient list fool you, this simple mixture wins raves from everyone (European friends too) and is so strangely addictive, our nickname for it quickly became...

Lamb Kebabs with Pomegranate-Cumin Glaze with Shiraz

Type: Recipe

After moving from Chicago to Zürich in 2007, we needed time to make new friends in a foreign city. After building acquaintances, we took the plunge and invited a fairly large group to a wine & food party at our...

Store Bought Hummus & Garnishes with Southern French Red or Shiraz

Type: Buy-And-Serve

The coarse, wonderfully earthy flavour of the classic chickpea dip enjoys the company of Mediterranean red wines. No time to make your own? No problem. Re-plate store bought hummus with simple garnishes and listen to guests' "oohs" and "aahs". YIELD: Serves...

Chorizo & Red Wine Tapa with Modern Spanish Red

Type: Recipe

A super simple, make-ahead tapa in which a savoury red wine reduction and hint of honeyed sweetness complement the paprika spiciness of chorizo sausage chunks. Equal parts rustic, authentic and addictive with Spanish red wines. Party Theme(s): Big Red From The...

Pimiento, Manchego & Chorizo Skewers with Modern Spanish Red

Type: Buy-And-Serve

The roasted, sheep-y and spicy flavours of Spain are skewered together for a surprisingly complex sequence of little bites. Only minutes to prepare yet rather authentic, complementing a wide range of robust Spanish red wines. Party Theme(s): Big Red From The...