Afternoon Cheeseplate + Cultivar Sauvignon Blanc

Welcome back to another Wine Wednesday ladies and gents! I’m sad (but very excited) to share the last of my Cultivar Wine posts with you all today. I started off with a rich and smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, skipped ahead to dessert with a fruity and flowery Rose Wine and am now ending off with a creamy Sauvignon Blanc. Things have been so busy in my life lately, I really have to stop myself sometimes and say ok…. time to slow down, relax, and enjoy this evening with a nice cheese plate. And what better thing to go along with a fresh fruit and cheese plate than a chilled Sauvignon Blanc!

Whipping up a cheese plate after work is one of my favorite things. For this combo I incorporated three of the key elements to a great cheese plate – fruit, meat, bread. If possible I try to go with one non-cheese ingredient for each type of cheese. In this case I had a fun combo of Mahone, Iberico and Manchego. To go along with the cheese, I sliced up and toasted a fresh baguette as well as some salami, apples, and fresh strawberries. I’m normally more of an afternoon red wine drinker but I’ll say much like the Cultivar Rose, I am now a re-born Sauvignon Blanc fan. This blend was so incredibly smooth, it took all of my willpower not to drink the whole bottle. Yum!

What You’ll Need:
Lady Pink Apples
Fresh Baquette
Fresh Strawberries

I would highly recommend trying out some of these fantastic wines and if you do make sure to use my special code CultivarAvecMallory at checkout for 10% off! Thank you again one more time to Cultivar for inspiring and sponsoring these posts. I had such a great time trying out the 2014 selections and can’t wait to see what they come out with next!

Bootleg BBQ LA


Happy Tuesday guys! It’s not every day that I get to introduce you all to something this exciting so listen up. My dear friend Ryan has recently set out on a culinary adventure and launched his new company Rustic Fortune Foods. As part of this journey Bootleg BBQ, his first pop-up endeavor, will showcase barbecue that is not only elevated, but close to home, bringing you delicious and exciting courses full of the best locally grown and seasonal products available without making you feel like you have to empty your wallet. So to everybody out there in and around the Los Angeles area, you have to go checkout one of the pop-ups for me! With two successful events already under his belt, tickets are now on sale for the next meal happening over Labor Day Weekend, check it out here! Ryan and I spent years eating our way through the Bay Area and I couldn’t be happier for his new adventure. Make sure to follow along with the excitement on Facebook and Instagram!


“When you know where your food comes from, you truly have a respect for it. When eating becomes mindful, it becomes a meditation” ~Ryan Reiff, Founder


Strawberry Shortcake + Cultivar Rose

Happy Wednesday Wine Lovers! I’m back today with the help from Cultivar Wine to share another fun recipe post with you. During the long summer months there’s nothing better than a great Sunday dessert, and what better way to showcase this next bottle of wine than with a classic Strawberry Shortcake! I paired this fresh dessert with a Cultivar Rose Wine that I will definitely say, re-instiled my love for rose wine in general. The strawberry and cranberry notes in this wine really complimented the fresh fruit flavors and homemade whip cream. Checkout the recipe below!

What You’ll Need:
Bisquick Mix
Fresh Strawberries
Granulated Sugar
Olive Oil
Confectionary Sugar
Heavy Whipping Cream
Vanilla Extract

Start this project off with your strawberry mix. The longer you give the berries to macerate the better they turn out. Chop up about 2 quarts of fresh strawberries, mix them with about 1/4 cup granulated sugar, some lemon zest and a few tsp’s of olive oil. I find that a glass bowl works best for this step.

Next I went with the classic Bisquick Box Strawberry Shortcake recipe. It’s one of the easiest (and fastest) recipes and great to have on hand for those afternoon sugar cravings! Whip up the bisquick mix, milk and butter together and roll 6-7 balls of dough out onto a well greased cookie sheet. Cook the biscuits for about 10-12 mins or until they’re a nice golden brown.

Lastly for the homemade whip cream (my favorite part) in a chilled glass bowl mix a pint of heavy whipping cream with 1/4 cup of confectionary sugar and a few tsp’s of vanilla extract. This part is a labor of love, you’ll need to whip the cream mix for about 5-10 mins consistently in order for the whip cream to form. Don’t get discourage, it will happen! Just whip whip whip and you’ll get a glorious mixture that’ll make you never want to buy whip cream from the store again. To serve chop one of your yummy shortcake biscuits in half, sandwich it with some of your strawberry mix (and any syrup that you can pour out of the berry mix) and some of your whip cream on top! I finished off this classic dessert with a glass of Cultivar Rose Wine.

Once again, as an added bonus for my readers, Cultivar has given you all 10% off their current selection of wines. Just use the code CultivarAvecMallory at checkout. Plus if you missed my last post check it out here – Solo Italian Date Night!

Thanks so much to Cultivar Wine for another bottle of fabulous wine and the inspiration to finally do this Strawberry Shortcake post. Stay tuned for one more Cultivar combo coming your way soon and let me know if you’ve had time to track down a bottle yet!