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One of my favorite things is having my girlfriends over and sharing a bottle of wine. We catch up on life, share how we’re doing with work and personal goals and laugh a lot. It was my turn to host a few weeks ago and I decided to whip up two appetizers to pair with the Böen Pinot Noir I found at a store near me.
See the quick and easy appetizers and learn more about Böen wine below!
Quick and Easy Appetizers
RECIPE 1: Bruschetta
Seems pretty basic, right? Bruschetta is the perfect thing to pair with Pinot Noir.
- French or Italian bread, cut in 1/2 inch slices
- 1/3 cup of olive oil
- 1 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese. I bought a block and diced into small cubes
- 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup of bacon bits
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper
- 3 tablespoons of basil (chopped or picked apart)
- Drizzle the olive oil on one side of the bread. I used Italian.
- Place on a baking sheet with the oil side facing up.
- Bake for 5 minutes. I don’t like the break super done, just a nice toasty brown.
- While the bread bakes, combine the tomatoes, bacon bits, pepper, and cheese in a bowl.
- Stir ingredients or place lid on and shake.
- When the bread is done, put the mixture on top.
- Sprinkle the basil on top.
RECIPE 2: Lasagna Bites
- A cup whole milk ricotta
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon of thyme minced
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 lasagna noodles (cooked)
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
- 1/4 cup of pasta sauce
- In a bowl mix the whole milk ricotta, egg, lemon juice, thyme, and salt together.
- Lay the cooked lasagna noodle out and cut in half.
- Put the filling on each noodle. You can either roll the noodle up or leave it flat and top with another noodle.
- Cut in half.
- Place in a casserole dish with sauce on the bottom.
- Spread sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese on top of each roll.
- Bake at 350º F for 15 minutes.
- Serve with a bowl of pasta sauce for dipping.
Both of these appetizers were a hit with my girlfriends! But the real MVP was sharing the Böen Pinot Noir!
“Böen is a translation of “The Farm” and I chose it as a reminder to myself that the wine I make is indivisible from the land it comes from that first and foremost, I am a farmer.” -Joseph Wagner
Wagner is a 5th generation winemaker and in his career has forged strong relationships with California’s top winegrowers. Böen is the purest expression of Wagner’s signature wine style, offering a nuanced, layered, and complex representation of the most renowned Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wine-growing regions in California. My girlfriends & I found the Pinot Noir to be smooth and crisp!
If you want to try Böen Wine for yourself, find a location that offers it here.