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Take A Chance On France Recipes

French cuisine can be magnifique! without being difficult. And French wines often improve with food. Which means the right pairings actually make the wines taste better. How chic.

Recipes require cooking. Buy-And-Serve pairings are store-bought and served as-is or with garnish ideas.

Note: Our Take A Chance On France party boxes contain the wines for these dishes.


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....

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...

Mild Blue Cheeses with Cabernet Sauvignon or Red Bordeaux

Type: Buy-And-Serve

Wine & cheese pairing isn't as easy as it seems... in fact, it's not easy at all! First tip: beware matching equally strong characters like Bordeaux reds (often containing Cabernet Sauvignon) and blue cheese. Never fear, these non-stinky milder blues actually bring...

Gstaader Cheese & Black Olive Tapenade with Rhone Red Blend

Type: Buy-And-Serve

Mediterranean flavours fit naturally well with southern French wines, whose rich, earthy concentrated berry character harmonizes with black olives and strong herbs like rosemary and thyme, cleverly incorporated in this Swiss mountain cheese. Party Theme(s): Big Red From The Med, Take...

Homemade Hummus and Pita Crisps with Southern French Red or Shiraz

Type: Recipe

The earthy, toothy and tahini-enhanced sesame flavours of the classic chickpea dip provide a perfect backdrop for heavy, fruity Mediterranean red wines. Sure you can buy decent hummus at the store, but this homemade version wins hands down. Pita crisps add...

Fresh Goat Cheese with herbs with Sauvignon Blanc or Sancerre

Type: Buy-And-Serve

The world's easiest and most striking wine & cheese pairing is the Sauvignon Blanc grape with fresh goat cheese; northerly French village Sancerre is in fact famous for both. The pair actually improve each others' texture and--by adding simple fresh...

Courgette (Zucchini) & Goat Cheese Tart with Sancerre

Type: Recipe

There's no more classic wine & cheese pairing than French Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc grape) and goat cheese--they love each other. Try the wine, bite into this impressive but simple tart, then the wine again. Voila! Flavours harmonize beautifully and the...

Mini Chicken Dijon Sandwiches with White Burgundy

Type: Recipe

Famed mustard city Dijon marks the northern edge of France's legendary Burgundy wine region, spiritual home of the Chardonnay grape. The wines' style is leaner, fresher and "earthier" than other world versions, a perfect match for medium-weight dishes like roast chicken...