22 April, 2014

Wine and Dine

If you've been reading my blog for awhile you know I love my wine. White wine is my favorite to drink but if it's winter or we're eating steak I do love a good Cabernet. Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc has become my favorite "cheaper" wine mainly because it's delicious and you can buy it anywhere for around $10. I've been trying to venture out and try other white's in a similar price range. I went to Total Wine this week and picked up a bottle of Anakena Sauvignon Blanc. Can't beat the $7.99 price tag and it had a sign that said "Wine Enthusiasts Choice" so of course that sold me. (I'm a sucker, I know) It's delicious and very smooth.



I'm pretty sure it was my sister in law who got me hooked on Malbec's but now they're my favorite red wine to drink. This is the best Malbec for around $9. It easily tastes just as good as the more expensive stuff. I always like to buy a few bottles of this when they have it at Costco.




I had left over filo dough from when I made Spanakopita and really wanted to try it baked with brie cheese. It was seriously one of the easiest appetizers I've ever made and let's just say between the two of us we pretty much ate the whole thing in 5 minutes. You just wrap 3 sheets of filo dough around the brie, drizzling olive oil in between each sheet. Then gather all the excess dough at the top and just kind of smush it together so it holds. Drizzle on some more olive oil and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Once it was done I spooned some green pepper jelly on top. I think green/red pepper jellys may be a southern thing. They have a bit of a kick to them but are still sweet. You could also use any flavor jams or chutneys. It was delicious mixed with the melted brie. Great combination. 
Don't judge my horrible photography. I'm clearly not a food photographer. We served ours with Kashi's 7 grain crackers. 



I also want to share this Gwyneth approved side I made over the weekend. No it's not her recipe it just seems like something she would make. 

I think the trick with this was all the fresh ingredients. Fresh parsley, onion, garlic and feta. The chickpeas came from the can of course. This salad was crisp and tasty the day of but I actually think it tasted better the next day, I'm guessing after all the flavors mixed together. This would be great to serve out a cookout to cancel out the fattening burgers and fries!


What are some of your favorite wines to drink/easy appetizers to make when you're just hanging out around the house?




16 comments :

  1. You had me at the title if this post. I love my wine too!

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  2. I will always take new wine recommendations :)

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  3. Yum, that brie appetizer sounds delish!! So jealous Total Wine is so close to you guys! I'll have to see if World Market has those wines.

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  4. We are food and wine twins. I've had (and loved) both of those wines! Great price points. I've never thought to top melted Brie with green pepper jelly, but I'm all over it! And that chickpea salad may make an appearance on our table sooner than later! Great post!

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  5. Chickpea and feta salad - that sounds amazing!! I'm a huge Riesling fan and prefer sweeter wines but I've had Malbec and it's my favorite red as well!!

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  6. YUM!! This all looks so good! I've been wanting to make Spanakopita for awhile I just haven't yet! I need to get on that!

    <3, Pamela
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  7. This sounds delicious. I love red wine, especially Shiraz or Rioja but I also love dry white wine. I had a baby 10 weeks ago and it's been so good to be able to have the odd glass again. X

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  8. $7.99, um yes please!! I love Roscato and guacamole, I could live off of the 2 :)

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  9. Everything you make always looks so insanely delicious. I really need to branch out with the white wines, too. We have probably 30-40 bottles of reds, and NO whites in the house. (Believe me, I unpacked them all...one by one. haha) I need to make a trip to Costco or the liquor store soon. I need me a patio-drinkin' wine. :)

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  10. love that price tag on the wine :)
    and the brie looks SOO good! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  11. This post is making my mouth water! Love the ideas on wine and apps! I would have never thought to put the jelly on brie!!! I so love chickpeas and any excuse to eat them is o.k. by me!

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  12. LOVE Alamos - great pick! You know what else is amazeballs - put filo dough in muffin tins, add a blob of Brie to each cup, spoon on some raspberry preserves and slivered almonds and bake till melty and gooey!

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  13. Pinot Noirs are definitely my fav but i really like that Alamos as well. Cheese, crackers and wine you know how I roll ;-)

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  14. I love wine recommendations because I'm still trying to figure out what wines I like the best! That chickpea dish looks delicious!

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  15. I'm a red girl all the way. Cabernet is my love and lately I've been really enjoying some malbec's. The only white I ever drink is Champagne, but that's worth a whole post on it's own ;)

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  16. Yum to that chickpea salad!! I love baked brie- I could eat a whole one myself if it wasn't so bad for me ;) Both of those wines sound good. My dad loves Malbec so I always drink it when I'm at their house

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