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… Holiday Canapés

 Every good drinks party needs some finger food to serve alongside the fizz. A canape is a small, one-or-two bite hors d’oeuvre, usually consisting of a piece of bread or cracker topped with, well, anything. They are great for the holiday parties, easy to eat when one hand is occupied by a glass of champagne. And for the host, they are a breeze to make during the busy holiday season.

Host a holiday tasting evening with canapes and your favorite sparkling wine  – here’s a recipe for you to try! You can be very flexible with this recipe and easily change the ingredients. Have fun!

PAIRING: La Marca Prosecco


Veal Carpaccio

Smoke Salmon

½ lemon, juice

1 garlic clove, crushed

few leaves fresh mint, torn

1tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle

baguette, sliced thinly into 12 slices

250g frozen petit pois

handful fresh pea shoots

How to Make It


Blitz together the peas, a squeeze of lemon juice, garlic, mint and the oil with seasoning. Chill until ready to serve.


Arrange the bread slices on a baking tray and drizzle with oil. Grill until lightly toasted on both sides.


Arrange on a serving platter and top each one with a spoonful of pea puree. Top with veal Carpaccio and smoke salmon each and garnish with pea shoots.

Suggested Pairing: La Marca Prosecco

The flavor is fresh and clean, with ripe citrus, lemon, green apple, and touches of grapefruit, minerality, and some toast. The finish is light, refreshing, and crisp. Always serve La Marca Prosecco chilled between 46-50°F.

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