The Wilde Olive Blog: Date Night In | Wine + Bruschetta


Date Night In | Wine + Bruschetta

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Before having our beautiful boys, Wesley and I used to really enjoy a Saturday trip down to the farmers market to pick up fresh veggies and fruit of course, but our favorite was the fresh breads and cheese from the local vendors there. It was such a special treat. Our favorite day date, lunch in or even dinner was a tray of breads and cheeses with a bottle of our favorite wine. It felt reminiscent of our honeymoon in wine country. One day we will but until then, even with the boys, we can recreate those memories with our (my) favorite Cabernet.

For this date night, I had a little fun and threw together some Strawberry and Bleu Cheese Bruschetta to pair with Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet. This pairing turned out to be so good! The sweet, savory and a little crunch from the bread was all balanced with the balsamic glaze. Here's what you will need: 

Strawberry Bleu Bruschetta


  • French Bread Loaf
  • Olive Oil (I used Garlic Infused) 
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Bleu Cheese Crumbles
  • Basil 
  • Balsamic Vinger Glaze


1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
2. Spray baking sheet lightly with cooking spray or line with parchment paper, set aside.
3. Slice Strawberries (or other seasonal fruit) into thin slices. In a small bowl combine strawberries 1 tsp olive oil and basil. Refrigerate. 
3. Slice French Bread at a slight angle. We only used about half a loaf for the two of us. 

4. Arrange bread on baking sheet and brush with olive oil.
5. Bake at 350 of about 10 minutes. You just want it slightly brown with a bit of crunch. 

6. Once bread is cool enough to move to your serving dish, add bleu cheese crumbles and strawberry basil mixture to the top. 

7. Garnish with balsamic glaze and fresh basil

Enjoy paired with Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet (look for the new label)! We also had a wonderful Rosemary Bread, Tomato Basil Goat Cheese, and fresh black berries. Put on a new movie or just enjoy a night of talking with your mouth full! 

Leave of us comment with your favorite Date Night In recipe or wine pairing!

Other recipes and pairings can be found by visiting the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Website.


  1. That bruschetta sounds ah-mazing. I definitely need to make this for me & my hubby so we can have our own date night :)

  2. Yum! You had me at balsamic! This bruschetta sounds so fresh and (most importantly) easy to make! And that Cab looks sooooo yummy!

  3. These pictures look delicious enough to eat! Love the heart drawn out of balsamic glaze.

  4. I love strawberries and balsamic! Yum! What a fantastic bruschetta. I love date nights in, we do those all the time.

  5. Ok I would never have thought of strawberries on bread, but now I think about it why not? Def had pastry with strawberries before, time to broaden my horizons!

  6. I love a good bruschetta. My husband's family is Italian so he is always the one who makes it at our house lol

  7. I'd have to skip the wine but I really do love a good bruschetta! One of my favorite appetizers

  8. It's really nice when you can recreate moments that you've shared with your husband before even if it's just at home. I think date night is essential for couples and this is the perfect one!

  9. I love a good bruschetta. I am so going to make this over the weekend. Perfect for instant romance!

  10. Oh wow that bruschetta is something different and delicious looking! I have to give this a try!

  11. All of this sounds delicious, and I'm just craving rosemary bread so bad now! Btw I love how sophisticated these pictures turned out :)

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  12. What a great idea. We always have our date nights in because of having so many kids. The bruschetta looks so amazing! - Jeanine

  13. I don't drink, so I'd personally skip the alcohol but the bruschetta looks amazing. I love bread and strawberries are my favorite fruit!

  14. This looks so delicious, oh my gosh!! That bruschetta looks so yummy

  15. Ok - can you invite me over next time? What a yummy idea. Strawberries with bleu cheese must be amazing! And with the bruschetta. Genius. And wine- duh. Love the evening!

  16. Oh, I love bruschetta. And wine to go with it? Be still my beating heart. Sounds like the perfect date night. And, yes, strawberries and bleu cheese are amazing together.

  17. Ah this looks like our kind of evening! We particularly love farm cheeses from a little farm shop here in the UK, it's so delicious!! x

  18. Yum! Date nights in are my favorite kind - mainly because finding a sitter for three kids is pretty near impossible! This looks super yummy! And Cabernet is definitely one of my favorite wine choices!

  19. I tried bruschetta for the first time a few years ago and was amazed by it! It has been awhile since I've had it, but I'm craving it now. :)

  20. strawberry and bruschetta? I think that is a cool combo especially with wine yum!

  21. Strawberries are an excellent addition to bruschetta - yum! And I love a good night in with wine. This sounds fabulous!

  22. What a perfect way to celebrate any evening. I love bruschetta and I love wine. Perfect combo! Amber N

  23. This looks so nice and romantic! We definitely have more date nights at home since we had our little girl and I love how this makes it more special!

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