If you're like me, you may find learning about wine from a textbook or a super-know-it-all-wine snob-sommelier intimidating and daunting. Thats why I've decided to start my own wine club! This week I am hosting the first official wine club meeting and I've challenged you readers to join me on this adventure by creating a wine club of your own. The point of a wine club is to expand taste horizons and wine knowledge while surrounded by a supportive group of friends who are learning with you. Yesterday I made postcard invitations out of a collage of wine labels, and today I am assembling recipes for a small menu of savory/sweet taste treats. To see my serving suggestions,
At my meeting we will be sampling a Spanish red wine called Rioja, so I want foods that are savory and complement this wine nicely. I'll offer an assortment of salty marinated Spanish olives, and make a
Baked Goat Cheese Tapa
. Do not make too much food as the wine is supposed to be the shining star at this party.
3-5 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, minced
1/4 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
1 goat cheese log (any size)
- Heat olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and oregano. Saute until transparent.
- Add the can of crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper.
- Simmer for 20 minutes and let cool.
- In blender or food processor, process sauce until smooth. Pour into a shallow baking dish which can go from oven to table.
- Place goat cheese in the middle of sauce (sauce should come halfway up the cheese). Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until cheese looks slightly melted and sauce is bubbling. Serve with crusty bread, bread sticks or crackers.
8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 sweet onion, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 16-ounce can refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough (regular size)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Lightly grease 2 mini muffin pans with butter or olive oil.
- Mix bacon, tomato, onion, cheese, mayonnaise and basil.
- Separate biscuits in half horizontally and press each half into muffin tin.
- Fill with bacon mixture. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
- Only have one pan? Just repeat and bake.
Makes 24 bites.
Check back later today for the rest of my wine tasting menu (I'll feature a tiny sweet treat to round out the menu!). What type of wine are you going to sample at your first wine club meeting? What do you plan to pair with it? Tell me about it below.