Grilled Flank Steak with Shallot and Red Wine Sauce

flank-steakINGREDIENTS:
•  4 shallots, sliced in thin rings
•  4 tablespoons olive oil
•  1 cup red wine
•  1 cup beef broth
•  Salt and freshly ground black pepper
•  1 (1 1/2 pound) piece flank steak
•  1 tablespoon cold butter, in small chunks

DIRECTIONS:
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, saute the shallots in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until lightly caramelized, about 5 to 7 minutes. Raise the heat to high and add the red wine and reduce by half. Add the broth and reduce by half. Check for seasoning, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Keep warm on low heat.

Brush the flank steak on both sides with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with the salt and pepper. Place on the center of grill and sear 5 to 8 minutes per side for rare to medium rare, testing by pressing the meat with a finger: The spongier the meat feels, the rarer it is cooked. Remove from the grill and allow to rest, very loosely tented with aluminum foil, 5 to 10 minutes, to allow the juices to reabsorb into the meat.

Slice the flank steak on the diagonal and place on a large platter. Finish the sauce by swirling in the chunks of cold butter, then top the steak with some of the sauce and serve the rest on the side.  Recipe courtesy of Bodega Bouza

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Tannat A8
Canelones, Uruguay

Juan and Elisa established Bodega Bouza in 2000 by restoring a historic winery first built in 1942 by Numa Pesquera.  Since then the winery has established itself as Uruguay’s most critically acclaimed producer.  Grapes are sourced from Bouza’s two estate vineyards in the Canelones region.  This temperate, Atlantic-influenced climate sees four distinct seasons and temperatures rarely exceed 93 degrees. While Bouza is receiving worldwide attention for their Tannat bottlings, the winery is also responsible some of the most interesting Tempranillo, Merlot, Chardonnay and Albarino in South America.

Winemaker: Dr. Eduardo Boido
Appellation: Canelones, Uruguay
Varietal Blend:  100% Tannat A8
Analysis: 15.5% alc/vol

Michael David Winery

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MICHAEL DAVID VINEYARDS, Lodi, California:

storyThe Story of Michael David Winery

“Michael” and “David” are Michael and David Phillips, two brothers whose family has farmed in the Lodi region since the 1850’s, cultivating wine grapes for nearly a century.

Today Michael David Winery has extended itself to the 6th generation of grape growers in the family, with Kevin Phillips and Melissa Phillips Stroud now joining the family business. The family continues to emphasize the importance of quality wines with unique and eye catching labels.

Farming with future generations in mind, Michael David Winery has adopted some of the most progressive sustainable farming practices in the state. All 750 acres of the family’s vineyards are third party certified and the states first per ton bonus was issued for contracted growers to follow in the family’s foot steps. Starting with the 2011 vintage 100% the Lodi grown fruit crushed at Michael David winery was certified sustainable.

These days, Michael and David Phillips represent the fifth generation of growers in Lodi, and things are changing. With 650 acres of premium wine grapes, there is plenty of room for experimentation and innovation. The vineyards are irrigated by the Mokelumne River, which carries crystal-clear water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, depositing minerals into the rich soils upon which the grapes thrive. Though not certified organic, Michael~David Winery strives to use all natural methods including integrated pest management, beneficial insects for pest control, trellising, leaf pulling and natural mined sulfur for mildew control.

Michael-David-winesFEATURED WINES AT TASTING EVENT:

Michael Davide Chardonnay
Michale David Sauvignon Blanc
Petite Petit
Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon
Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon
Earthquake Zinfandel
Lust Zinfandel
Rage Zinfandel
Inkblot Cabernet Franc

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A Type and Taste Guide from Bob Bolden, owner, Winestyles

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Vino, The Bubbly or Cab, Chard and Sauv Blanc—wine has as many different nicknames as it does types, styles and tastes. And within those types are styles that have an array of exquisite flavors.

For those starting their taste trek, or even for the seasoned connoisseur, understanding various wine types, textures and flavors can feel overwhelming. I’d like to think choosing a bottle can be as easy as pouring a glass, but sometimes that’s not the case. Depending on occasion, menu items and price, searching for the right bottle can feel a bit like target practice, but with a little wineology, finding a type tailored to your taste is easy.

Do you like sweet, red wine or opt for silky whites? Or do you prefer a glass of sparkling rosé? Maybe you already have a favorite wine, but when it comes to enjoying a glass, there are endless options to…

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Crispy Sea Bass with Soba Noodles

Sea-bass-soba-noodlesINGREDIENTS:
•  1/2 pound soba noodles
•  2 tablespoons sesame seeds
•  1/4 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
•  2 tablespoons soy sauce
•  1 teaspoon sugar
•  1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
•  3 tablespoons vegetable oil
•  1/2 pound young bok choy, sliced 1/2 inch thick on the diagonal
•  1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
•  1 large garlic clove, minced
•  3 scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
•  Four 6-ounce sea bass fillets, with skin
•  Salt
•  1/4 cup rice flour

DIRECTIONS: Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the soba and cook until al dente, about 3 minutes; drain. Rinse the soba under cold water and drain, shaking off any excess water. In a small skillet, toast the sesame seeds over moderate heat, stirring, until they begin to pop, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.

In a small bowl, combine the chicken stock, soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil. Add the bok choy, ginger, garlic and scallions and stir-fry over high heat until the bok choy is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add the soba noodles and cook, tossing, for 2 minutes. Add the soy mixture and bring to a boil, tossing. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Season the fish with salt and dust with the rice flour. Add the fish to the skillet, skin side down, and cook over high heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Flip the fillets and cook until just opaque throughout, about 2 minutes longer.

Transfer the soba and bok choy to shallow bowls and top with the fish, skin side up. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and serve. Recipe courtesy of Chasing Venus

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Silky_StickerSauvignon Blanc
Russian River Valley, CA

Sourced fruit from the cool Russian River Valley, this beautiful wine’s perfumed aromatics indicate immediately that it is pure 100% California Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes from the Chalk Ridge Vineyards were used in making this inaugural Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc.  The ideal growing season was typical of the appellation: cool, foggy mornings followed by warm, sunny afternoons.  The fruit was picked at optimum maturity with a just a hint of botrytis. Fermentation was slow and cold (50°F) to retain the varietal flavors.  A bouquet of honeysuckle, gardenia and citrus blossom fills the glass.  Crisp and mouth-watering, this pretty wine will pair with oysters on the half shell, spicy Thai spring rolls or a salad of endive, goat cheese and crisp green apples.

Winemaker: Dan Cederquist
Appellation: Russian River Valley, CA
Vineyards: Chalk Ridge
Varietal Blend:  100% Sauvignon Blanc
Analysis: 14.3% alc/vol, 3.14 pH, .65 TA
Aging: 100% Stainless steel tanks

Broccoli and Barley Smoked Paprika Salad

broccoli-barley-saladINGREDIENTS:
•  1 cup pearled barley, rinsed
•  3/4 pound broccoli, cut into florets (1 large crown)
•  1/4 cup olive oil
•  3 large cloves garlic, chopped
• 1/2 cup whole raw almonds, chopped
•  1 teaspoon smoked paprika
•  3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
•  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
•  2 big handful baby arugula
•  3/4 cup cubed manchego cheese (6 ounces)

DIRECTIONS:
Add barley to boiling salted water and cook until tender, about 30 to 45 minutes. Add the broccoli the last 3 minutes of cooking and cook until tender yet still slightly crisp. Drain both in a colander in the sink and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well then add to a large mixing bowl.

Add olive oil to a medium skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the garlic and almonds and stir until the garlic and almonds are fragrant, about 1 minute. Turn off heat, sprinkle in the smoked paprika, season with salt and pepper, and stir for 30 more seconds. The residual heat will toast the paprika.

Carefully stir in the vinegar. Pour the dressing over the broccoli and barley and toss well all together. Finally add in the arugula and the cheese, taste for seasoning, and adjust as necessary.    Recipe compliments of Bodega Calle

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Alberti 154 El Olvidado
Reserva Tempranillo

Mendoza, Argentina

Bodega Calle is a boutique winery built in 1925 and restored in 2001.  Located in the prestigious wine region of Luján de Cuyo, the winery produces high quality wines in a sustainable way.  Roughly half of Mendoza’s population is of Spanish descent, and over the years a number of Tempranillo vines have been planted in the region.  This bottling, from an heirloom quality parral style vineyard in Altamira, is packed with lush cherry and raspberry fruit.  A long growing season, very cold nights and low yields helped create a wine that is extremely concentrated, parral vineyard with 70 year old vines.

Winemaker: Matteo Viana
Appellation: Altamira, Mendoza, Argentina
Varietal Blend:  100% Tempranillo
Analysis: 15.0% alc/vol

Syrah-braised Lamb Shoulder

syrah-braised-lamb-shoulderINGREDIENTS:
•  2 tablespoons ground cumin
•  3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
•  Salt and freshly ground pepper
•  One 5-pound boneless lamb shoulder roast, tied
• 1 bottle Alberti El Necio Syrah
• 4 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
• 12 thyme sprigs, tied with string

DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 350° F. In a small bowl, mix the cumin with 2 tablespoons of the oil and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the lamb.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large heavy casserole or Dutch oven. Add the lamb shoulder and brown it well over moderately high heat, about 15 minutes. Transfer the lamb to a large plate. Wipe out the casserole.

Return the lamb to the casserole.  Add the wine, chicken stock and thyme sprigs and bring to a boil. Cover with a tight- fitting lid and transfer the casserole to the oven. Braise the lamb for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, turning the meat occasionally, until tender.Transfer the lamb to a large platter and cover with foil.  Discard the thyme sprigs. Boil the braising liquid until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 40 minutes.

Remove the strings from the roast. Slice the lamb, transfer to plates or a platter and spoon the sauce on top.  Recipe compliments of Bodega Calle

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Alberti 154 El Necio
Reserva Syrah
Mendoza, Argentina

Located in the prestigious wine region of Luján de Cuyo, Bodega Calle produces high quality wines in a sustainable way.   2012 marks their  sixth Syrah vintage.  Access to a superb vineyard in Argrelo allows Bodega Calle to make a small quantity of concentrated, memorable wine via organic farming.  Bright purple in the glass, with roasted aromas of dark cherry, ripe blackberry, bacon fat and vanilla.  Cocoa and licorice notes saturate the palate and wine finishes round and direct.

Winemaker: Matteo Viana
Appellation: Alto Agrelo, Argentina
Varietal Blend:  100% Syrah
Analysis: 15.0% alc/volume

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Hop Harvest Starts Wednesday

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The hops are coming! The hops are coming!!

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The 2014 Rogue Farms Big Wave Hop Harvest starts Wednesday morning here at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.

From last year's harvest. John in the rows of Freedom hops, picking out what he'll use to brew Wet Hop Ale.

From last year’s harvest. John in the rows of Freedom hops, picking out what he’ll use to brew Wet Hop Ale.

The first of our seven varieties we’ll pick are our Freedom hops. Don’t be surprised if you see John Maier poking through hop rows or inside the processing facility. John is using some of this year’s Freedom crop (and Yaquinas when they’re ready) to brew Wet Hop Ale. He’ll personally select the fresh cones to bring home with him to our Brewery in Newport.

We’ll picking the remaining six Rogue Farms hops over the next three of four weeks. Hard to believe that after a year of such crazy weather (drought, floods and snow), the hops are healthy, ripe and ready for picking!

So why a Big Wave Harvest?

When the…

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Justin & Landmark Winery

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JUSTIN VINEYARDS, Paso Robles, California:

Justin-Landmark-winesSince its inception, Justin has focused his efforts on producing world-class Bordeaux style blends from the estate vineyards for the JUSTIN label. Justin is a pioneer in producing this style of wine on the Central Coast and his efforts have been rewarded with past and present vintages earning 90+ points by the major wine trade publications. More encompassing recognition has come from awards such as the Grand Sweepstakes award winner, Best of class, Best of Region, the coveted Pichon Lalande trophy for “World’s Best Blended Red Wine” and Wine Spectators Top 10 Wines of the World. Vintages have received numerous accolades by capturing Decanter Magazine’s “4 Stars”, Restaurant Wine’s “3 Forks” and Connoisseurs Guide’s” 3 Puffs”. Justin has consistently earned the praise of the wine press with recognition from the likes of Robert M. Parker Jr. naming Justin Baldwin one of his “Wine Heroes of the Year” and the “Star of Paso Robles”, the James Beard Foundations “Great American Winemaker Award”, Quarterly Review of Wine’s “Top 3 Cabernet Producers of the Year”, and Wine Enthusiast’s “Top Cabernet and Blended Wine Producers List” for seven years running.

 

LANDMARK WINERY, Sonoma Valley

Nestled at the base of the Mayacama Mountain Range in the Sonoma Valley, Landmark Vineyards epitomizes the rustic grace and beauty of Sonoma County.  Since 1974, Landmark has been dedicated to producing handcrafted, ultra-premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourcing grapes from unique vineyard sites throughout California to create rich, balanced wines.

Landmark’s commitment to both the land and artisan winemaking has been rewarded by national and international wine critics.  Overlook Chardonnay has landed on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list six times in the past 15 years and scored over 90 points multiple times.  Robert M. Parker, Jr. says, “Always a reliable winery, Landmark continues to produce a bevy of high-classChardonnays and PinotNoirs with their only outlier being their single bottling ofSyrah. Moreover, in addition to the endearing quality of their wines, Landmark offers realistic pricing. wines have consistently represented outstanding value.”

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Pork Medallions with Cherries

pork-cherriesINGREDIENTS:
•  1 lb. pork loin cut into ½ inch medallions
•  Salt to season
•  1 sprig fresh rosemary
•  2 cloves garlic, minced
•  2 Tbsp Olive Oil
•  1 cup Sera Fina Barbera wine
•  ½ cup beef broth
•  3 tsp brown sugar
•  1 Tbsp honey
•  ¼ cup dried tart cherries

DIRECTIONS:
Lightly season medallions with salt, rosemary, and garlic. In a skillet, heat olive oil on high; when hot, add medallions. Cook 3-5 min each side until browned. Remove meat from pan; set aside. Add Barbera to skillet on high heat, scrapping bits from bottom of the pan. Reduce to medium high heat for 10 minutes. Stir in beef broth, sugar, honey and cherries. Continue to reduce for 10 more minutes. Add medallions and serve.

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Barbera
Amador County, CA

The vineyards of Amador County range from 800 feet to over 1800 feet in elevation. Since they lie in the Sierra Foothills, cool air falling from higher elevations mitigates the warm daytime with much lower morning and evening temperatures. The soils are mainly decomposed granite and are relatively infertile. Therefore, the wines develop lushness, depth and character. Serafina Cellars is headquartered in Plymouth. In the gold rush years of the 1850’s, Plymouth was called Pokerville and was probably a wild town for miners.  Paul Scotto is both the winemaker and the owner of Serafina cellars.

Winemaker: Paul Scotto
Appellation: Amador County, California
Varietal Blend:  100% Barbera
Analysis: 14.25% alc/vol

Semillon Chicken

semillon-chickenINGREDIENTS:
•  4 chicken breasts (boneless, with or without skin)
•  1 lemon
•  2 cloves garlic
•  Black pepper
•  2+ cups Steele Canyon Cellars Semillon

DIRECTIONS:Rinse chicken breasts and place in a plastic container.  Add garlic cloves, pepper to taste, juice from 1/2 lemon and enough wine to cover.  Cover tightly and marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

Remove, drain the chicken, sprinkle lightly with lemon juice and grill over a medium fire until done; can also be baked at 375°F in the oven.  Serve warm with Steele Canyon Semillon as an entrée or sandwich filling.  Recipe compliments of Steele Canyon Cellars.

 

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Silky_StickerSemillon
Napa Valley, CA

Steele Canyon Cellars is located in the rolling, heavily wooded hills of eastern Napa, just south of Lake Berryessa.   This 2012 release is Steele Canyon Cellar’s first Napa Valley Semillon.  It was hand harvested in small baskets from the Silverado Trail vineyard on October 23, 2013 at 23.7 brix.  The fruit was rushed to the winery to start a long, cool fermentation using QA 23 yeast.  After fermentation, the wine was divided into two parts, one aged in stainless steel and the other in second vintage French oak barrels in Steele Canyon Cellar’s aging cave.  This is an appealing white wine alternative to pour before meals, or serve with baked chicken or roasted turkey.

 

Winemaker: Paul Scotto
Appellation: Silverado Trail, Napa Valley, CA
Varietal Blend:  100% Semillon
Analysis: 13.5% alc/volume