Goat Cheese Torte


This recipe from Peggy Fiandaca, co-owner of LDV Winery in Arizona, serves 4-6.

It’s all about Holiday Wine and Food Pairings and tasting the on this episode of Big Blend Radio’s “Wine Time with Peggy” podcast. During the podcast we taste LDV Winery’s 2017 R.E.D., a blend that showcases all three of LDV’s red grapes with characteristics from each grape showing in the finished wine. Limited new oak was used to let the flavors and aromas of the Grenache, Syrah, and Petite Sirah to be expressed. And along with the wine term of the month and the vineyard update, hear about Peggy’s Goat Cheese Torte Recipe that’s featured below, i’s perfect for any holiday gathering! Watch here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Acast.



8 ounces cream cheese.

8 ounces soft goat cheese.

3 sticks of butter, softened.

1 cup of pesto*

1 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, drained and minced.


* You can purchase your favorite pesto or use our simple pesto recipe that follows.


4 cups of fresh basil leaves, firmly packed.

1 cup extra virgin olive oil.

1 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated.

4 large cloves of garlic.

½ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted.

1 teaspoon salt.


Goat Cheese Torte Instructions

Beat the cheese and butter until well blended and fluffy in a food processor, mixer or by hand. Fill small spring form pan (or any decorative bowl) with 1/3 of the cheese mixture followed by ½ of the pesto. Repeat the process. Cover with the last portion of cheese mixture and spread sun dried tomatoes on top, toasted pine nuts, and basil. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Unmold the spring form pan on a decorative plate. Serve at room temperature with sliced baguettes or crackers.


Pesto Instructions

Toast the pine nuts in a dry sauté pan over medium-low heat. You will know they are done when you start to smell the nuts and they are lightly toasted. Remove from the heat and let cool. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until the pesto is smooth, approximately 1 minute.


Perfect Wine Pairing

The perfect wine pairing is LDV Winery’s R.E.D., which is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. It is a full-bodied red wine. Or LDV Winery’s Rosé of Grenache or another full-bodied Rosé.




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This recipe from Peggy Fiandaca, co-owner of LDV Winery in Arizona.

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