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The Speckled Palate
May 22, 2017

Roasted Grape Bruschetta with Whipped Feta

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Host friends and family for a patio wine tasting party this season! Roasted Grape Bruschetta with Whipped Feta makes a delicious appetizer to pair with Notable Chardonnays for the spring and summertime. Simple to pull together and pack a ton of flavor, these finger foods lend themselves beautifully to crisp white wine. Sweet and savory, Roasted Grape Bruschetta with Whipped Feta are the perfect bites to serve at a wine tasting soirée!

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The summertime is upon us, which means my favorite entertaining season is here!

Gone are the days of hiding out indoors! And before it gets too hot, I’m all about the outdoor entertaining.

Specifically, elegant outdoor entertaining.

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“Elegant outdoor entertaining?” you ask.

Yes.

It’s a thing.

Just because you’re outside in the summer doesn’t necessarily mean you are firing up the grill and making burgers for the crowd.

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While I adore a good cookout and go crazy over a barbecue get-together, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for a more refined gathering outdoors.

And this kind of gathering?

It calls for wine and appetizers and good conversation. (And maybe some pretty dresses because pretty dresses are always acceptable in the summertime.)

Seriously. This is one of my favorite things, and while we don’t do it often, it makes my heart so happy because y’all know I adore entertaining.

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I’ve teamed up with Notable, the first and only wine that highlights flavor profiles on the front of the bottle. Because while I adore wine, let’s be real: My go-to move is deciding what I’m going to purchase based on how pretty the label is.

This, obviously, can either be really good or really bad.

When we visited Napa last fall, we learned that wines vary in style, region and taste. The thing is… you can’t really tell what a wine is going to taste like based on the bottle alone.

So the fact that Notable showcases flavor notes on its label? Brilliant and helpful because it makes the wine aisle less confusing.

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For my summertime patio wine tasting, I served two kinds of Notable Chardonnay, both of which were launched in March.

Because who doesn’t love chardonnay in the summertime?

The California Chardonnay, which has butter, oak and vanilla notes. The vanilla notes struck me when I sniffed this wine, and it went down so easily. The oaky-ness wasn’t overpowering, either, and the finish was nice and sweet.

And the Australia Chardonnay, which has citrus, melon and peach notes. This chardonnay was lighter than the California, and it was crisp and delicious with its hints of citrus, melon and peach.

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A few friends and I did a taste testing of these chardonnays on the patio, sipping and chatting and snacking.

Unanimously, we preferred the Australia Chardonnay, even though we all enjoyed the California Chardonnay, too.

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And instead of just serving up this delicious wine by its lonesome, I’ve made us some Roasted Grape Bruschetta with Whipped Feta for nibbling, too!

I know what you’re thinking… “GRAPE BRUSCHETTA? Really, Erin?”

Yes, really.

Trust me.

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We’re roasting the grapes first. And as those babies caramelize in the oven, we’ll whip up the feta, which adds creamy savory goodness to this bruschetta.

And we’ll toast the bread.

It’s an easy, elegant appetizer that just so happens to pair perfectly with the lightness of these chardonnays.

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Does this sound like something you’d dig?

Scroll on down to get my recipe! Be sure to follow Notable on Facebook and Instagram, too!

Host friends for a patio wine tasting party this summer! Roasted Grape Bruschetta with Whipped Feta makes a delicious appetizer to pair with white wines. #ad #Chardonnation #SpringWine

Host friends for a patio wine tasting party this summer! Roasted Grape Bruschetta with Whipped Feta makes a delicious appetizer to pair with white wines. #ad #Chardonnation #SpringWine
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Roasted Grape Bruschetta with Whipped Feta

Host friends and family for a patio wine tasting party this season! Roasted Grape Bruschetta with Whipped Feta makes a delicious appetizer to pair with Notable Chardonnays for the spring and summertime. Simple to pull together and pack a ton of flavor, these finger foods lend themselves beautifully to crisp white wine. Sweet and savory, Roasted Grape Bruschetta with Whipped Feta are the perfect bites to serve at a wine tasting soirée! 

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

Roasted Grapes

  • 1 bunch red grapes, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Black Pepper

Whipped Feta Spread

  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Zest of 1 small orange

Bruschetta

  • 1 loaf sourdough, sliced into ½” thin slices and toasted
  • Roasted Grapes
  • Whipped Feta Spread
  • Additional orange zest

Instructions

Roast the Grapes

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Place the rinsed and patted dry grapes onto the parchment paper.

  4. Drizzle with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.

  5. Roast for 25 minutes, then turn up the oven’s temperature to 450°F. Roast an additional 10 minutes.

  6. Remove from the oven, and let cool.

Prepare the Whipped Feta Spread

  1. In the food processor, measure out the feta cheese, olive oil, pepper and orange zest.

  2. Process until smooth.

  3. Set aside.

Make the Bruschetta

  1. Place out the toasted slices of bread.

  2. Using a knife, smear the Whipped Feta onto the bread.

  3. Top the feta with a few roasted grapes, removed from the stem.

  4. Zest a little orange zest on top of the bruschetta.

  5. Repeat until all the bread slices have been prepared.

  6. Enjoy immediately.

 

Have you ever hosted an outdoor party like this?

Which Notable Chardonnay would you like to try this summer?

21 Comments

  1. Des @ Life's Ambrosia

    This sounds like the perfect afternoon snack!

    • Erin

      It really is a wonderful snack!

  2. Julia

    Oh, I love this combination of salty feta and sweet grapes. I’ve never had roasted grapes but I can almost taste them – bursting with concentrated sweetness! Gorgeous photos too!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Julia! You’re on point about the roasted grapes and their sweetness. 🙂 Enjoy!

  3. Jen

    These will be perfect for my girls night in this Friday! My back patio is shaded after 4pm so it’ll be great to sit outside and enjoy these with our wine.

    • Erin

      I hope you and your girls enjoyed this bruschetta! Your patio sounds like the perfect place to sip wine and enjoy these!

  4. Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

    Looks like another must try recipe!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Michelle!

  5. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    This looks so delicious! I love that you roasted the grapes. I have never tried the whipped feta, but it sounds amazing!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Dorothy! Whipped feta is totally delicious, so you’ve gotta give it a try.

  6. Jessica | Novice Chef

    Looks like a great appetizer! Love roasted grapes!

    • Erin

      Thank you! I love the roasted grapes, too!

  7. Paula - bell'alimento

    Looks like the perfect summer appetizer.

    • Erin

      Yes, this definitely is!

  8. eat good 4 life

    I love any type of bruschetta and this one looks just sensational. Perfect for the wine pairing for sure!

    • Erin

      Thank you! I’m bruschetta obsessed, too! Cheers!

  9. Jenny | Honey and Birch

    Ummm, yum!! Roasting the grapes is an amazing idea!!! I know I have said it a thousand times already, but I really want to be your neighbor.

    • Erin

      Thank you! Roasting the grapes just elevates this bruschetta. And come on down – I’d love for you to be a neighbor, Jenny!

  10. Debbie

    I have to say inspiration..so now I want to try this with whipped cottage cheese add an egg (I DO this soo creamy)and a sprinkle of fresh basil brined kalamata olives

  11. Marilyn

    I have not tried this yet, but looks fabulous! I was wondering if you could prepare the grapes in advance & freeze them since I won’t be using them for a week & I have lots of red grapes? Thanks!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Marilyn! Unfortunately, I don’t think you could prepare the grapes in advance and freeze them. That said, I haven’t personally tried this, so I cannot tell you for sure. All I know is the grapes are super juicy and soft when they come out of the oven, and I fear the texture would become mushy once thawed.

      I hope that helps! But I’m sorry I can’t confirm that you can do what you’re wondering.

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