May Wine Club Pairing Recipe


Braised Red CabbageBraised Red Cabbage


  • 1 onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 apples
  • ½ whole cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup good red cooking wine
  • 2 pounds red cabbage
  • ½ cup water


  1. COOK THE ONION AND THE APPLESDice the onion. Add the olive oil, onion, and sugar to a large pan. Place over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes or until the onions become translucent and the sugar caramelizes. Clean the apples and cut them into wedges. Add to the pan along with cinnamon. Cook for another minute.
  2. COOK THE RED CABBAGEAdd the apple cider vinegar and wine. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes for the alcohol to evaporate. Clean the red cabbage and cut it into thin slices. Add to a pan along with water. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and cook for 35 – 50 minutes or until the cabbage is soft and cooked.
  3. SERVING IDEAServe the braised red cabbage with your favorite main dish. Before serving, add 2 – 3 tablespoons of fat from pork roast, roasted duck, or roasted chicken or 2 – 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Stir to combine. Remove the whole cinnamon before serving.

© Recipe courtesy of Jernej Kitchen.


Bold wine Style logoPomar_Junction_SidetrackPomar Junction
Sidetrack Red
Paso Robles, California


Sidetrack is a delicious proprietary blend created to highlight the El Pomar District of Paso Robles. It’s brilliant, deep, and rich in color. Wonderful aromas of plums, blueberries, dark red roses and caramel. Flavors of luscious berries, dark chocolate, spices and the perfect amount of oak make this fantastic, food-friendly wine.

Varietal: 44% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 1% Grenache Noir
Analysis: 14.08% alcohol / volume
Appellation: Paso Robles, El Pomar District, California
Vineyard: Various
pH: 3.54
Total Acidity: 0.66 g/L
Residual Sugars:
Aging: 9 Months
Winemaker: Jim Shumate
Pairing: Roast beef, cabernet braised cabbage, gouda, & cheddar cheeses
Cases Produced: 1235
Critical Acclaim:
Silver Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Pomar Junction Vineyards has a unique terroir, as their limestone soils, cooling Templeton Gap breezes and expert sustainable farming techniques (SIP Certified Vineyards) combine to produce their outstanding wines.  The El Pomar District is at the center of the greater Paso Robles AVA. Its name is derived from “pomum”, latin for edible fruit and commonly referred to as  “orchard” in Spanish.   As early as 1886, nut orchards were the most common in the area and by 1968 there were over 1300 acres of almonds and 36 acres of walnuts.  Today, many of the aged orchards are being replaced by vineyards. Learn more >

About the Winemaker:
A Southern California native, Jim Shumate now lives in Paso Robles with his wife and children. He graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Enology, and eventually developed and managed the Cal Poly pilot winery that opened in 2008. In the early stages of his career, he was greatly influenced by legendary winemaker, Chuck Ortman. Jim became Senior Lab & Barrel Technician, Cellar Master and Consulting Winemaker at a few different wineries before accepted the position of Winemaker at Pomar Junction in July of 2011. 
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Dating back at least eight generations, the Merrill family has been growing and producing grapes on California’s Central Coast since the 19th Century. Originally, the family was growing grapes for other wineries in California – from premium small producers to large international brands. Today, Dana and Marsha Merrill, along with their son, Matthew, and winemaker, Jim Shumate farm the vineyards and produce elegant wines of their own. Learn more here.

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