Olive Oil and Citrus Marinated Goat Cheese Appetizer

A simple dinner party recipe for wine lovers

When entertaining at home, one of my favorite appetizers to serve at dinner parties is aged goat cheese marinated with Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil, seasonal citrus, spices and fresh herbs. This recipe is easy to make and has a very elegant presentation; it can be made a day in advance to save time, and choice of citrus can be adapted to any season.

I love to use blood-red oranges during the winter because the citrus flavor brings out an orange nuance in the olive oil, while summer kumquat will highlight the natural acidity in the cheese. A local favorite in Northern California, Cypress Grove Midnight Moon is my go-to goat cheese for this dish because of its subtle flavors, but Manchego makes for an intriguing substitute. The stone-fruit flavors and elegant mouthfeel of Jordan Chardonnay complement the acidity in both the fresh fruit and the goat cheese.

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Growing up in Hawaii, Todd Knoll developed a strong connection to the land and the ocean at an early age. As executive chef at Jordan Winery, he grows hundreds of heirloom vegetables, fruits and herbs, cooks hors d’oeuvres and meals for guests, makes olive oil, and tends to the estate’s honeybees and chickens. A visual artist at heart, Chef Knoll spends his free time with his son and wife, Nitsa Knoll, exploring the diverse terrain of Sonoma County with camera and pencil in hand, capturing moments in nature to inspire his next recipe.

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