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French Inspired Holiday Entertaining with SIMI Winery

French Inspired Holiday Entertaining with SIMI Winery

Tasty gifts of the holiday season usually include a grand appetizer platter filled with dips, spreads, and classic finger foods essential for entertaining a crowd at home or at a party. This holiday season entertain guests or your very own palette with this creamy French inspired appetizer and refreshing wine pairing from SIMI Winery.

Goat Cheese Crostini


Created by SIMI Winery’s Chef Eric Lee, this recipe highlights everything a holiday appetizer is supposed to be. Simple, smile inducing and deliciously French. Oui Oui.  A flavor combination  of goat cheese smeared on top of a toasted sliced baguette and topped with apple slices, crystallized ginger pistachios and some syrup. But the best part about this French inspired recipe, is the perfect pairing of  SIMI Winery Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc.  

SIMI Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 750ml Bottle Shot (2)


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Created with fresh appealing citrus notes of lime zest, pink grapefruit, and fresh lemon grass from the fruit of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. A refreshing, and crisp Sauvignon Blanc like SIMI Winery’s is a must for goat cheese pairing  as the two are well known for being edible best friends.


  • Author: Recipe contributed by Chef Eric Lee
  • Yield: 0 Serves 4 1x


  • 1 French baguette (cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 Granny Smith Apple (peeled and cut into small dice)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped toasted pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons crystallized ginger (chopped)

Chamomile Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 chamomile tea bag


To make the syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil to dissolve the sugar. Turn off the heat. Add the tea bag and steep for 3 minutes. Remove the bag and let cool.

To serve:

  1. Places bread slices on a sheet tray. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle very lightly with salt and pepper. Bake in a 350 degree oven until slightly crispy. Remove and let cool. Spread with some goat cheese and top with some apple, ginger, pistachios and drizzle with some of the syrup.

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