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My Fool-Proof Way of Entertaining Drop-In Guests

December 11, 2017

Thank you Gloria Ferrer for sponsoring this post. Elevate your everyday entertaining this season with Gloria Ferrer wines!

By now we’ve talked about how to be a good house guest and all about hosting a get-together over in my little corner of the internet, but there’s one topic I haven’t gotten to yet:

Dun-Dun-Dunnn. The Drop-In Guest!

We all get them. The neighbor that drops in with a plate of cookies or the friend who was just driving by on the way from the store.

This time of year especially, I’m always prepared for the random guest so I can be a good host. 

I’m a firm believer that filling up anyone’s belly is the key to their heart, so let’s start there.

The first step is super simple. Sparkling wine!

No matter what, you can always find some reason to celebrate. Whether it’s the season, a birthday, or the fact that you’re drinking sparkling wine.

I’m loving these Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut and Gloria Ferrer Blanc De Noirs options. 

The Gloria Ferrer brand began in 1982 with their winery opening in 1986 in Carneros, CA. Upon reading up on the brand, I realized that many of the same people who planted the first vineyards are still very much involved in the process to this day. Gloria Ferrer is also California’s most awarded sparkling wine house, receiving over 500 gold medals and 50 90+ ratings in the last 5 years!

Step two: yummy eats.

This recipe for Jam Twists is crazy easy and will have you coming back for more. These are no-mess and take little time to prepare and make, so it’ll be easy to keep the conversation going as you pop these babies in the oven.

Keep a pack pastry sheets in your refrigerator as well as your favorite jam. For the twists pictured, I used Hollywood Marmalade straight from a local Los-Angeles vendor. The hints of cardamom in the jam pair well with the sparkling wine!

Jam Twists

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • Jam, any flavor
  • Turbinado sugar (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lay one pastry sheet flat on a greased baking sheet and cut into strips (can be any length, just depends if you want these long or bite-sized).
  3. Spread jam on half of the strips, using the remaining strips to create a jam "sandwich."
  4. Twist! Then stick in the oven for roughly 15 minutes or until golden brown. For a sweeter, dessert-like option, sprinkle sugar on top of twists before baking. These brown very quickly, so be vigilant!

Aside from that, put some music on and light a cozy candle and you’re ready for whoever comes your way.

As for the left over sparkling wine (if there is any) treat yourself for being such a good host to friends and family whenever they come your way!


Sarabeth, The February Fox

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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