To make your holiday party even more spectacular, you need the perfect wine. Here, the Million Dollar Chef, Walter Martino’s Top 20 Holiday appetizers, and guide to holiday wine pairings.

‘Tis the Season for… Bruschetta Party Bar

It’s going to be a Bruschetta Bar kinda holiday – Throwing a brunch holiday party can be a lot of work! Bruschetta Bars are the answer. It’s essentially the best of the best when it comes to tapas-style eating.

Here are two of my favorite Bruschetta recipes for your next holiday brunch; it all starts with a few key ingredients.

Here’s the best part – you can assign some of these topping bowls to friends while you open your perfectly paired wine bottle. Then, when it comes time to eat, you can all make your own personalized mixture from the Bruschetta Bar and dig in. It’s interactive, which makes for the best kinds of holiday parties. 

PAIRING:  2013 Hailstone “Impact” Cabernet Sauvignon


Ripe tomatoes

Slices Prosciutto San Daniele

Shaved Parmesan Cheese

Extra-virgin olive oil

Chopped fresh basil

Salt and black pepper

Fresh basil leaves

Cloves garlic peeled

French baguettes

How to Make It


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Brush the bread on both sides generously with oil and place on a baking sheet. Broil until golden and crispy, 2 minutes per side. Remove, let cool slightly, and rub the garlic all over one side of each slice.


Garnish with each combination.

Italian Bruschetta

In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, olive oil, basil, salt, and pepper.

Top each bread with ingredients. Garnish with fresh basil and balsamic reduction.

Prosciutto Bruschetta

Top each bread with Shaved Parmesan Cheese and Prosciutto San Daniele. Garnish with fresh basil, and balsamic reduction.

2013 Impact Cabernet SauvignonSuggested Pairing: 2013 Hailstone “Impact” Cabernet Sauvignon (SHOP)

The center of this wine is Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Mount Veeder, Coombsville, and Yountville vineyards; and, shows the Cab’s brambly black fruit, red currant, and minerality, tempered with rich Spring Mountain District syrah’s plum and spice, with nuance from Yountville Merlot’s and Franc’s soft texture.

Let’s get cooking. For now, I’d love to know —tag @ChefWMartino on social and use the hashtag #AllThingsWine so I can cheer you on and share your dishes.

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From the non-stop frenzy of New York Fashion Week to running Red Carpets to being named one of the youngest Communications Director for the University of Miami President Donna Shalala, and working in the Press Room for George W. Bush and John Kerry's Miami televised presidential debate, to creating National Digital Campaigns for Swarovski, to producing Lincoln Road and the City of Miami events, and running Miami's first E! News Live Stream, to managing the Global culinary brand for the "Million Dollar Chef", Celebrity chef Walter Martino, this is undeniable proof why LC is considered a pioneer in the Public Relations industry where she connects traditional PR with today's Influencer Marketing trends.