Cherry Tomato Bruschetta with Basil Champagne Vinaigrette
Ingredients for Bruschetta
Focaccia or Sourdough bread
Ingredients for Vinaigrette
1 head Basil
3 cups olive oil
2 cloves garlic
3/4 cup Champagne Vinegar
2 Tbsp Honey or Simple Syrup
- Blanch one head of basil in hot water for 45 seconds – and no more.
- Place in Ice/ water bath immediately to cool.
- Dry the basil out with a towel.
- Place basil, vinegar, Honey and garlic into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Slowly add Olive Oil while blending. Add a pinch of salt and taste for sweetness and acidity.
- Cut your Cherry Tomatoes in half or quarters and place in a small bowl for dressing.
- Add a very small amount of finely diced red onion and dress heavily, adding a little salt and pepper to taste.
- Toast your bread and cut into desired size (toast with olive oil and garlic for a little extra zip).
- Place your tomato mix on top of bread and garnish with parmesan cheese. And if you happen to have
- a little Balsamic Vinegar Reduction laying around, you could drizzle that on as well.
Wine Pairing: 2012 “Sur Lies” Chardonnay
The Wise Villa Sur Lies Chardonnay was aged with the yeast lees in used oak barrels. During the 10 month aging process, the traditional “Sur Lies” technique of stirring the yeast daily into the wine was conducted. This technique resulted in a champagne-like yeasty-nutty-creamy finish to balance out the soft fruit of this wonderful wine.
This pairing is an homage to the last days of summer, bringing together a salad which displays a refreshing acidity in the vinaigrette, balancing that acidic crispness with the softness of the 2012 Sur Lies Chardonnay, while pairing the refreshing summer vegetables in the bruschetta with the refreshing bright fruit aspect of the Chardonnay.
Wise Villa Winery
Wise Villa is a family-owned winery & estate vineyards located in the Sierra Foothills Wine Appellation of Placer County. Wise Villa’s grapes are meticulously grown & handcrafted into distinctive wines of the highest quality. With 77 competition medals in our first 2 years and twice being voted best winery of Placer County and #3 overall in the KCRA A-List, we are inspired to continue this tradition of excellence with our wine, food, and service! Wise Villa is located in the rolling hills of Lincoln, Placer County, just a short drive from Rocklin, Loomis, Newcastle, Auburn, Roseville, & Sacramento.
Tasting Room Open Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-9pm (last seating 7pm)
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