Y’all know that I love my bubbly, so when the French sparkling wine label, Le Grand Courtâge, asked me to partner with them to come up with a few perfect cocktail party pairings for the holidays, I raised my glass and jumped on board. They also wanted me to help them give away a luxurious weekend trip to Santa Barbara, but more on that later! It’s been amazing to have the chance to get to know the brand’s founder, Tawnya Falkner, who gave up her career as a designer/developer and moved to Burgundy to follow her travel and wine-making passions. Le Grand Courtâge was born as an invitation to “embrace life, dream big, accept all invitations,” and it’s all about embracing such affordable luxuries not only for special occasions, but also for the simple, everyday moments. Something we could all do a little more often, especially around the holidays, no? As the calendar begins to fill with happy hours, cookie swaps and holiday soirées, I find myself searching for simple hors d’oeuvres that I can assemble in minutes, but that feel 100% party-worthy. Keep reading for three that pair perfectly with Le Grand Courtâge’s Blanc de Blanc & Rosé…and did I mention that you could win a weekend getaway to the four-star Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, complete with a wine country tour for two? Yep, more on that below, too…
For my first pairing, I wanted to create something that played off the Blanc de Blancs’ crisp, refreshing flavor. These Asian meatballs in lettuce cups are the perfect spicy and salty accompaniment and incorporate global flavors that are a little less expected on the holiday table. I used this recipe for the meatballs, but made my life easier by purchasing a ginger-soy dipping sauce. Set the lettuce cups out on chic bambu plates and pair with glasses of the granny smith-inflected bubbly for a sophisticated cocktail party.
My next pairing is perfect for a holiday get-together with the girls – the gorgeous shade of the fruitier Rosé just begs for a festive little shindig. These fig and stilton tartlets are a delicious match: the strawberry and floral notes of the wine enhance the figs’ sweetness, while the stilton provides the perfect pungent kick. Around the holidays, I keep all these ingredients on hand so I can assemble the tartlets for last-minute guests. Fill purchased pastry cups with a teaspoon of creamy stilton (or other blue cheese), quartered of fresh figs, candied walnut halves and a drizzle of honey. Line up on a rustic cutting board and bon appetit!
This last hors d’oeuvres is my standby for when I need to set snacks out for guests but have zero prep time…though it’s just as delicious enjoyed solo with a glass of Blanc de Blancs in front of the fire on a cozy night in. Place air-popped popcorn in a big bowl, and add a teaspoon of melted butter, a drizzle (or more) of truffle oil, some freshly-grated parmesan, lots of coarse salt, and (since it is the holidays, after all) a few generous grates of white or black truffle. So delish.
And now, The Get-Away Giveaway!
With the chaos of the holiday season upon us, making time for life’s simple pleasures can be difficult. To help carve out some time to rejuvenate your soul and help you ‘sparkle,’ Le Grand Courtâge is offering Camille Styles readers the chance to win:
- Two-night stay in a beautiful king guestroom at the four-star Bacara Resort & Spa adjacent to Santa Barbara.
- A gourmet basket of goodies, treats and Le Grand Courtâge products to enhance your stay.
- Bacara Adventures Wine Country Tour for Two – guided tour of the Santa Ynez Wine Country with a knowledgeable guide who will take you (in a luxury SUV) to visit multiple wineries and enjoy an elegant gourmet picnic lunch overlooking the vineyards.
Bacara is stunning, elegant and unique with an abundance of life’s simple pleasures as well… tide pools, the wine country, a private beach, picnics, lounging at the pool, star gazing. With 78 acres of ocean front property, including two miles of natural beach, 3 infinity swimming pools and 4-star restaurants – Bacara Resort & Spa offers an expansive sun-drenched setting with endless vistas of sea and sky, while the innovative and artful design of the resort hearkens to the aesthetics and intimacy a Mediterranean village.
Sounds like heaven, right? Cannot wait to see who wins this one, and to enter, all you have to do is hop over to Le Grand Courtâge’s Facebook page and “like” it! Contest ends this Friday the 9th, and we’ll announce the winner right here.
Good luck, and be sure to add Le Grand Courtâge to your shopping list this holiday season for all the hostesses in your life – it’s super affordable, and the gorgeous bottle makes it perfect for gifting. Cheers!
*Entrants must be at least 21 years of age or older to enter. Offer is based on availability. Certain blackout dates will apply.
*images by Chelsea Fullerton for CamilleStyles.com