Here's an easy, wine-friendly snack strategy for parties: Buy ricotta or make your own with the recipe at foodandwine.com/ricotta. Toast bread, spoon on some of the cheese and serve with one or all of these simple toppings from chef Allison Jenkins of Austin’s LaV restaurant.
1. Balsamic Fig Crostini
Flavor: Smoky and sweet
Wine Pairing: Sparkling or fruity rosé
2. Olive Tapenade Crostini
Flavor: Pungent, salty and tangy
Wine Pairing: Crisp whites and not-too-fruity reds