Chris Hanna's Holiday Open House
Holiday open houses are a great way to entertain for a crowd.
An ideal menu for 12 to 20 guests would include:
- Sicilian Tart with Chard, Feta, Pine Nuts & Currants
- Cream of Cauliflower and Fennel Soup
- Seeded Focaccia
- Quince-Glazed Ham with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce
- Wild Rice Salad with Celery Root, Acorn Squash and Leek
- Puntarelle and Satsuma Salad
- Allspice, Date and Walnut Bars
- Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons
Be sure to plan a menu with foods that can be served at room
temperature, except for a soup, which should be kept simmering on the
stove for your guests to help themselves to when they come in from the
Set up a bar right near the front door for your guests, with sparkling
water, white wine, and red wine; people are happy to help themselves.
Keep a pot of strong coffee on hand for the drivers, next to a platter of cookies.
The Winemaker Cooks
Chris embodies the Sonoma Lifestyle, as she is a gourmet cook, cookbook author, wine enthusiast, gardener and entertainer. When asked about her life in Sonoma, Chris says, "When we craft our wines and prepare our meals with locally grown ingredients it makes for a memorable experience. And it is not about impressing people, it's quite the opposite, it's about making them feel comfortable."
2010 HANNA Russian River Sauvignon Blanc
*** San Francisco Chronicle Gold Award *** This year’s delicious estate SB has vibrant straw coloring with a tinge of green and aromatic elements of grapefruit, tangelo, flower, mint, basil and pear with a mineral note. Flavors are of kiwi, and lime zest, with an explosive mid palate of lemon, peach, honey and grass, and a clean, bright finish. 26,000 cases produced.