*This post is sponsored by CK Mondavi and Family, but all opinions are my own. (21+ please)
I hope everyone had a relaxing Mother’s Day weekend. This was my first Mother’s Day without my kids as I was in Utah for the Everything Food Conference. Since I have a lot of family in Utah including my dad, my godmother and tons of aunts, uncles and cousins, I had the opportunity to spend this glorious day with them. As a proud ambassador for CK Mondavi and Family, I received three different selections to feature in a spring inspired post. The selections were Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and their Red Blend. Truth be told, I love them all so much and decided to go ahead and feature each of them in their own post. For this one, I went with one of my top three favorites of the brand, their Sauvignon Blanc. It is one of my favorite wines to enjoy on a warm day in Florida and every time I share it with someone, they become hooked. What can I say, I am living the dream as a CK Mondavi Ambassador.
I planned on making and photographing this recipe on this special day since it is not often that I get to be around family. Living in Tampa as a single mom, I miss those special moments and holidays with loved ones. Needless to say, it was a magical trip that encompassed everything I love……family, food and wine. I was surrounded by natural beauty the entire trip and it was a much needed break of rest and relaxation. Just take a look at this view from my father’s neighborhood.
As you may know, I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and blessed to be an hour drive from wine country. I am so honored to be an ambassador for CK Mondavi and Family and love everything that the brand represents. To be able to create something to share with loved ones over wine and family chatter was truly an emotional experience for me. Extended family meals happen maybe once every few years for me if I am lucky. Since I have such a large family, we decided to gather at my Aunt Jeanne’s house and everyone brought a dish. We wanted all the moms to relax and enjoy this special day. Of course, nothing ever goes quite as planned. One of my bottles and my favorite CK Mondavi wine glass were casualties in my suitcase on the flight to Utah, but I still had one bottle that was enjoyed by many. Taking photos was another chaotic experience as there were tons of dogs and little ones actively running around and almost knocking over my plate. My favorite was when my uncle accidently photo bombed what I was sure was my best photo. I think I was trying to hard to achieve perfection and just decided to relax and let things flow. After all, the best moments are never planned and sometimes mishaps lead to wonderful things.
For me, I have such a California inspired palate. Fresh fruits, herbs, dates, nuts and cheese are my go-to when I want to wind down and relax with a glass of wine. I wanted to represent my home of the San Francisco Bay Area with a tribute to this beautiful place and its flavors that have been such a huge part of my life. This dish also represents my childhood, my parents, my grandparents and the agricultural mecca that is California. I affectionately call this California Dreaming because when I close my eyes, I can see myself as a little girl picking fresh berries out of the garden and enjoying them on a warm spring day. It is made with freshly baked brie and topped with California strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs, candied walnuts, pistachios, blueberry honey, dried apricots, blackberries and fresh thyme. I selected an assortment of crackers from the local market and just put everything together to my liking. When making this, pretend that the cheese is your canvas and you are creating your own work of art.
The best part about this dish is that it can be prepared in less than ten minutes and you can get creative with the toppings. Depending on where you live, you can select seasonal berries to create your work of art. Since I was in Utah, I had a nice selection of California ingredients which was very important to me. If I were to make this in Florida, I would use local honey and local fruits such as blueberries and peaches which are now in season.
The CK Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc goes well with brie and enhances the flavors of the fruit and nuts. One of the things I love most about CK Mondavi wines are that they are so versatile and pair well with so many foods. If you want to learn more about wine pairings, be sure to check out their handy dandy tool by clicking here.
Again, I wanted to emphasize the importance of family which is why I am so in love with CK Mondavi and Family. There are no words to express how honored I am to be a part of the CK Mondavi Family and to share these incredible wines with my loved ones. I think I converted at least 20 people during this trip to CK Mondavi fanatics.
With Memorial Day right around the corner, this would be a great addition to your weekend celebration.
- 1 whole wheel of Brie cheese or something similar
- fresh, seasonal berries of your choice
- 1/2 cup of candied walnuts
- 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
- local honey of your choice
- 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1/4 cup dried figs
- 1/4 cup dried apricots
- rustic crackers or bread of your choice
- Bake the brie or cheese of your choice according to package directions.
- Place the warm cheese on a platter.
- Arrange the berries, nuts and dried fruits to your liking.
- Generously drizzle honey over the top and garnish with fresh thyme.
- Serve with rustic crackers or sliced bread of your choice.
- Optional: serve with additional sliced fruit such as apples or pears.
- Serve and enjoy with a glass of CK Mondavi Wine of your choice!
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