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Small Plates and Sips on the Patio

Presented by Côtes du Rhône Wines
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Summer is the perfect time to throw out all the usual dinner-party rules: no set courses, just a collection of shareable small plates—some sweet, some savory—and many of them finger food. Each recipe is matched with its perfect wine from Côtes du Rhône, so guests can help themselves  and create their own perfect meal.

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    Fresh Cherry Relish and Goat Cheese Crostini

    Sweet summer cherries and crunchy jícama contrasts with tangy, creamy goat cheese in this easy appetizer. The intense fruit aromas and spicy finish of Côtes du Rhône Villages Sainte Cécile Red enhance the sweetness of the fruit.

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    Warm Chicken Pâté

    It’s not traditional to serve chicken liver pâté warm, but it’s undeniably delicious. This decadent recipe uses both chicken livers and thighs for a milder flavor. The rustic, flinty edge of a Côtes du Rhône Villages Roaix Rose is a perfect balance to the richness of the pâté.

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    Grilled Shell-On Shrimp with Salsa Verde Dipping Sauce

    Italian salsa verde is a fresh herb sauce that lends a bright, clean note to this dish. The exotic-fruit notes of Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret Rose contrast the umami undertone from the anchovy in the sauce.

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    Seared Carpaccio-Style Shoulder Petite Tender

    Quick-pickled shallots give thin, silky slices of meat (and the accompanying spinach salad) a tangy punch. A Côtes du Rhône Villages Massif d’Uchaux Red offsets the acidity with its red-berry aromas and floral notes.

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    French Potato Salad with White Wine and Tarragon

    A Dijon vinaigrette puts a lighter, brighter spin on potato salad, elevating it a step above your standard picnic fare. The fruity, dry character of Côtes du Rhône Rose balances the intense herbal and spicy aromas of the fresh tarragon and mustard.

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    Zesty Lemon Olives

    Lemon and herbs turn ordinary olives into something special. These are great to keep on hand when guests drop by; pair them with an aromatic, fresh Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas White to cut through the briny richness, and you have an instant party.

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    Ricotta and Goat Cheese Tart with Fresh Figs

    The flavors of this tart—tangy goat cheese contrasted by sweet, ripe summer figs and crunchy pumpkin seeds—are second only to its beautiful presentation. Pair with a lively, dry Côtes du Rhône White to cut the richness of the creamy cheese.

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