Celebrate the season with effortless entertaining, featuring Gloria Ferrer wines and easy appetizer ideas.
To me, there is no better gathering in the summer months than a simple wine and appetizers casual get together. I love having an impromptu party with the sole purpose of catching up with friends and enjoying the season. With the right wine and a few easy appetizer recipes up your sleeve, it all feels totally effortless.
We love Gloria Ferrer wines, especially the NV Blanc de Blanc, so we were eager to pop open the new NV Brut Rosé for a party we recently hosted. Gloria Ferrer wines have earned over 500 gold medals and 50 90+ scores in the last 5 years, so it’s a brand we trust and love!
Along with our go-to wine, we always serve easy appetizers that have simple recipes. Keeping it simple is key during the summer months, especially when hosting.
A couple of our favorite appetizers are caprese bites and roasted red pepper crostini. I know you’ll love them both.
For the caprese bites, you need fresh mozzarella balls, cherry or grape tomatoes, and fresh basil. I purchased a deli container of fresh mozzarella in olive oil and herbs. It was perfect for this app.
Skewer the ingredients on a toothpick and serve. So easy, right?! And tastes so fresh for the summer months.
I love all the seasonal colors!
Another appetizer that comes together in minutes, is my roasted red pepper crostini. For this, you need a fresh baguette, goat cheese, and roasted red peppers. You can either roast the peppers yourself, or- my preference- buy a ready-made jar at the store.
I find it easiest to purchase the red peppers and goat cheese ahead of time (the cheese keeps for awhile unopened in the fridge), and buy the baguette the day of the party.
Cut the bread, brush with olive oil and toast for a few minutes in the oven.
Spread goat cheese on the toasted slices, and top with roasted red peppers. Add Italian-style dried herbs, a drizzle of olive oil, and DONE.
SO good with the Gloria Ferrer wine.
We love having these go-to options for casual get-togethers during the summer. Pop open a bottle of wine, and it’s a party.
Gloria Ferrer wines come from the first sparkling wine house in Sonoma Carneros. They were also the first to bring back clones from France to plant their vineyard. Amazing! And, thirty years later, the estate vineyards are experts in the production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and produce estate grown still and sparkling wines that rival some of the world’s finest.
We love the NV Blanc de Blanc and know you will too. Open a bottle and celebrate the season!
Caprese Bites (serves 4-6)
1 cup oz fresh mozzarella balls (can be found in most grocery deli’s, in a container with olive oil)
1 1/2 cup, cherry or grape tomatoes
handful of fresh basil leaves
- Skewer one mozzarella ball, a basil leaf, and a cherry tomato.
- Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Roasted Red Pepper Crostini (serves 6-8)
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, sliced
4 oz goat cheese
Italian-style dried herbs & olive oil, for topping
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
- Cut baguette into 1/4-1/2 inch slices (approx.), brush with olive oil.
- Toast baguette slice in oven for 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Allow baguette slices to cool.
- Top with a Tablespoon of goat cheese and a couple slices of roasted red pepper.
- Finish off with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of herbs.
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