One of my favorite holiday drinks is Christmas Sangria. It’s both sweet and savory mix as it combines your favorite white wine, whole cranberries, pears, pomegranate arils, orange slices, ginger ale, and a sprig of Rosemary. Really. That’s it. Combine and let sit for a few hours before you serve.

Yes, Rosemary. Trust me.

Blue Cheese, Grape and Walnut Spheres with Christmas Sangria - (cool) progeny

We’ve been working with Whole Foods this holiday season to help make your party planning easier. One of the appetizers in their Update Your Apps book (it’s awesome. It’s free. And it’s available in-store), is blue cheese, grape, and walnut spheres. They pair deliciously with the sangria!

{They might not be the most kid-friendly of options, but the adults in your life will love them.}


Blue Cheese, Grape, and Walnut Spheres
Pairs deliciously with Christmas Sangria
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. Red Seedless Grapes
  2. Walnuts
  3. Blue Cheese Crumbles
  1. Set blue cheese out so it reaches room temperature.
  2. Toast walnuts about 6-10 minutes at 350 ̊F, stirring halfway through, until toasted brown and fragrant.
  3. Pulse walnuts in food processor or chop roughly with a knife.
  4. Remove grapes from stems and toss into warm/softened blue cheese, breaking up any large crumbles. Ensure the blue cheese covers the grapes by gently smearing as necessary.
  5. Roll the cheese-coated grapes in walnuts.
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about our sponsor: whole foods market baltimore

Whole Foods Market Baltimore makes it easy on area families to eat fresh, healthy meals every day. The seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Visit them online. Want more appetizer ideas? Head to Whole Foods’ Mt. Washington or Harbor East locations to get their (cool) Update Your Apps recipe booklet!

Photography by Laura Black.