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

‘Tis the Season for… Stuffed Mushrooms

Who is already partying it up this holiday season? These Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms….make an excellent holiday appetizer, and don’t forget to pair with your favorite wines, perfect for your next party!

 PAIRING: 2014 Ritual Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley


8 portobello mushrooms

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

10-oz. block cream cheese, softened

14-oz. frozen spinach

2 c. shredded mozzarella

8 strips bacon, cooked and roughly chopped

2 c. Tomatoes

1 cloves garlic, minced

Salt & Pepper

1/2 c. panko breadcrumbs

2 c.  grated Parmesan

3 tbsp. melted butter

How to Make It


Preheat oven to 400° and grease a large baking sheet.

Place mushrooms stem side down on pan and brush with oil. Now, bake for approximately 12 minutes.


In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, spinach, mozzarella, bacon, tomatoes, and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

In a medium bowl, combine panko, Parmesan, and melted butter.  Flip mushroom caps over and stuff with cream cheese mixture. Top with panko mixture.


Bake until cheese is melty, and tops are golden.

2014 Ritual Chardonnay, Casablanca ValleySuggested Pairing: Moët & Chandon (SHOP)

A vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with intense citrus and floral aromas that combine with white peach and nectarine flavors. A balanced acidity becomes an impeccable, clean, and delicate finish.


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.