Chardonnay Picnic Pairing

Caprese Slider & Homemade Pesto


Wine by Joe Chardonnay - Willamette Valley AVA

Received 90 points from The Wine Enthusiast

Pair our Wine by Joe Chardonnay with Caprese Sliders, to show off the delicious savory, fruity, and, floral characteristics of this intricate wine. A refreshing acidity provided by the tomatoes keeps the structure alive in the glass and pushes the fresh fruit flavors of apple and pear forward. The creamy mozzarella glides through the acid driven wine creating a smooth reaction on the palate. As the wine washes away, the basil leaves you with a long, lingering, herbaceous, and, floral finish.

Servings: 4 people

Price of grocery haul:  $16  


  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella - sliced
  • 1 French baguette
  • 12 leaves of basil
  • 2 Heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp pesto spread
  • 1 tbsp olive Oil
  • Salt & pepper: to taste

Pesto Ingredients: yields 2 cups of pesto

  • 2 cups basil
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper: to taste


  • Gather all ingredients for the pesto as this will be the first thing to make.
  • Combine basil, pine nuts, garlic and cheese in a food processor and process until fully incorporated.
  • Slowly stream in the olive oil while the food processor is still running.
  • Once everything is fully incorporated – salt and pepper to taste.
  • Gather all of the ingredients before starting to prepare the sandwich. Sliced tomatoes, slices of mozzarella, basil leaves, pesto spread, olive oil, and your salt & pepper.
  • Cut the baguette length wise so you have two long pieces for your sandwich.
  • Spread the pesto on evenly to both the top and bottom halves of the baguette.
  • Add the slices of mozzarella to the baguette and lightly salt & pepper.
  • Top the cheese slices with the fresh cut tomatoes.
  • Drizzle the tablespoon of olive oil over the tomatoes and top with the basil.
  • Add the top of the baguette and cut into fourths.
  • Serve with Wine by Joe Chardonnay!
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