‘Tis the season for gathering around the holiday table, sharing a toast of fine wine and a festive meal with family and friends. Designed for stress-free sharing and pairing, this smart make-ahead menu from Amici Cellars saves holiday hassle while still being a show-stopper!
Amici Cellars is a winery that is, at heart, a story of friendship: Amici’s owners are all great friends with an equally great enthusiasm for making and enjoying great wines together. So they invited Napa Valley Chef John Adamson to create a menu of dishes that can be made or prepped in advance, leaving the cook with plenty of time to be part of the festivities.
“I’m always looking for elegant, holiday-worthy dinner party dishes that can be made ahead and leave me with time to enjoy the evening with our friends,” says co-owner Celia Shepard. “These three fit the bill perfectly!”
A stylish yet easy do-ahead hors d’oeuvre, Baked Chèvre in Tomato and Red Pepper Sauce is perfect for entertaining. The bright acidity and hint of citrus in Amici Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley are a refreshing complement to the creamy goat cheese. Best of all, you can simply pop it in the oven just before guests arrive and enjoy the party!
A sophisticated soup makes a wonderful first course for a dinner party. Chef Adamson pairs his “Wild and Tame” Mushroom Soup with Crispy Shallots with Amici Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley. The wine’s lively raspberry and black cherry flavors provide a nice balance to the hint of cream in the soup, while its subtle earthy notes harmonize beautifully with the soup’s deep mushroom flavor.
For the main attraction, a classic Beef Wellington with Cabernet Reduction is an elegant dish with a presentation that makes it worthy of a special occasion. Prepped in advance, it’s only a half hour from oven to table. The fine tannins and dark fruit flavors in the Amici Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley provide a lovely balance to the rich pastry, and layers of mushrooms and pâté in the Wellington highlight the wine’s savory notes.
Download all three recipes and learn more about Amici Cellars wines at www.amicicellars.com/recipes. Happy Holidays!