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Sweet Wine ClubSan-Antonio_blackberry-orange-wineSan Antonio Fruit Farm Wines
Blackberry Orange
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

The San Antonio Fruit Farm Blackberry-Orange wine is made with white moscato grapes that are harvested from the northern hillside vineyards in Piedmont, Italy, when the warm days and perfect nights bring them to optimal maturation.  Blackberry-orange juice is then blended to create a delicate yet rich flavor profile. This wonderfully light, fruity and sparkling beverage will complement any moment. Serve chilled with light snacks.

Varietals: Brachetto, Malvasia
Analysis:
6% alcohol / volume
TA: 4-6 g/L
pH: 3.15-3.60
Residual Sugar: 90 g/L
AVA: Piedmont, Italy
Natural Grape: 100%
Additional Facts: Vegan, Gluten Free, No Artificial Additives, Female Winemakers

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with an aged cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.


San-Antonio_Strawberry-Guava-wineSan Antonio Fruit Farm Wines
Strawberry Guava
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This semi-sweet Strawberry Guava Wine is handcrafted with White Moscato and Brachetto grapes that are harvested from the northern hillside vineyards in Piedmont, Italy. Strawberry-guava fruit juice is then blended to create a delicate and rich flavor profile. This wine is also perfect for any occasion as it is wonderfully light, fruity and sparkling.

Varietals: White Moscato, Brachetto
Analysis:
6% alcohol / volume
TA: 4-6 g/L
pH: 3.05-3.40
Residual Sugar: 90 g/L
AVA: Piedmont, Italy
Natural Grape: 100%
Additional Facts: Vegan, Gluten Free, No Artificial Additives, Female Winemakers

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with a fresh, young, soft cheese – such as a Brie. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
For over a century, the Riboli family has family has been carrying out the tradition of creating best-selling wines in the market. Paula and Ivana – Italian female winemakers specializing in quality management and new product development at Riboli Family Wines – sought out to craft a new varietal with distinctive flavor profiles. San Antonio Fruit Farm is a new semi-sweet varietal with dual fruit-forward flavors. It was created for those looking to drink refreshing, low alcohol, natural fruit wines. 


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La Montagne Pinot Noir

Salmon with Citrus and Fennel Salt_Bella Cucina

© Photo by Bella Cucina

SAUTÉED SALMON WITH CITRUS & FENNEL SALT

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Season salmon with Bella Cucina Citrus & Fennel Savory Salt.
  2. In a large sauté pan, heat with Bella Cucina Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium heat. Add the seasoned salmon, skin side down, and cook until the skin is crisp and browned (do not move while cooking to allow the skin to caramelize).
  3. Turn salmon over and cook on the other side until done, about an additional 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from pan onto plate or platter. Garnish with diced lemon and organic pea sprouts.

NOTE: Bella Cucina products available at select WineStyles locations.

© Recipe courtesy of Bella Cucina.

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Mellow style logoLa-Montagne-bottleLaMontagne
Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, California

MELLOW WINE STYLE

This Pinot Noir has aromas of black and red cherries with subtle notes of olives, and leafy herbs. On the palate, it is rounded and elegant with exciting freshness. A pleasure to drink!

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Analysis: 14.3% alcohol / volume
Region:
Santa Rita Hills AVA
Vineyard: Kessler-Haak Vineyard

ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
Kessler-Haak, a 2.5-acre vineyard in Santa Rita Hills AVA, on California’s Central Coast of Santa Barbara is a privileged location perfect for producing some of the best Pinot Noirs in the new world. Close to the Pacific Ocean, the refreshing sea breeze cools the vineyards, while the sedimentary limestone soil, with patches of clay and sandy loam provide an ideal terroir for these grapes. This beautiful vineyard is managed with sustainable practices.

ABOUT LAMONTAGNE:
Kimberly Smith is the owner and winemaker of LaMontagne. She is a visionary and passionate business-woman with a tremendous love for Pinot Noir.  In 2006, she began to plot her dream with the help of her mentor and winemaker, Wes Hagen (named “One of the 100 Most Influential winemakers in the USA in 2013”, according to Decanter

Today, Kimberly works closely with her son, Alec, producing award-winning, sustainable, small lot Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from Sta. Rita Hills. Learn more about the winery here.


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M by Martellotto Chardonnay

Tagliatelle with Spring Peas_Bella Cucina

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TAGLIATELLE WITH SPRING PEAS AND PRESERVED LEMON CREAM

INGREDIENTS:

NOTE: Bella Cucina products available at select WineStyles locations

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl mix together the lemon cream, mascarpone cheese, olive oil, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  3. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the bowl with the lemon cream mixture.
  4. Toss with peas and serve, topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings.

© Recipe courtesy of Bella Cucina.

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Rich WineStylesM by Martellotto Chardonnay wine bottleM by Martellotto
Chardonnay
Santa Rita Hills, California

RICH WINE STYLE

“If you love baked apples, you’ll love this wine. I followed the Burgundian tradition to capture the youthful vivacity and acidity in the wine. The focus here is a purity of Chardonnay fruit expression. There is a moderately low alcohol, light oak influence and a pure fruity flavor of pineapple, Granny Smith Apples, and Honey Crisp Apples. The wine is just a delight to drink and share. Drink now and through 2027.” – Winemaker, Greg Mortellotto

Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard: Spear Vineyard
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
Aging: 100% French oak barrels for 6 months, with monthly lees stirring – oak barrels were mainly second and third use, allowing only a small amount of oak, toast and vanilla flavoring on this wine.
Production: Only 350 cases produced.

Winemaker, Greg Martellotto

Winemaker, Greg Martellotto

ABOUT MARTELLOTTO WINERY:
The Martellotto family roots trace back to a 17th century winery in Alberobello in Puglia, Italy. Over four centuries later, winemaker Greg Martellotto continues his family’s viticultural legacy, by making enticing, vibrant wines that speak to his own viticultural passion. From his ancestors’ traditional winemaking in Southern Italy, to his grandfather’s homemade wine during Prohibition, to production in an innovative warehouse facility shared with Barbieri Wine Co. and Lo-Fi wines, Martellotto Winery produces remarkable wines of consequence, consistency, value, and varietal expression. With each bottle, it is the Martellotto family’s desire to share extraordinary, artisanal wines. Learn more about the winery here.


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June Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Eggplant Caponata Pasta Sauce_Bella Cucina

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EGGPLANT CAPONATA PASTA SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:

NOTE: Bella Cucina products available at select WineStyles locations

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut eggplant into small dice. Sprinkle with kosher salt and let drain in a colander for 10 minutes. Squeeze out any excess moisture and blot dry with a towel. ⁠
  2. In a large pan, heat the olive oil. Add the eggplant with the salt. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is cooked and lightly browned, almost crisped but not burned. Add the pasta sauce and pesto. Continue to cook, covered, over low heat for an additional 10-15 minutes. ⁠
  3. ⁠Toss with pasta and garnish with fresh basil leaves and toasted pine nuts. ⁠

© Recipe courtesy of Bella Cucina.

JUNE WINE CLUB:

Bold wine Style logoM-by-Martellotto-Grenache_bottleM by Martellotto
Grenache
Portico Hills Vineyard
Santa Barbara County, California

BOLD WINE STYLE

This Grenache is fresh and brilliant with dark blackberries and crushed black cherry fruit. It is exceptionally natural, but has a medium acidity and a fruit-focused approach that makes this wine “lip-smacking delicious”.  The wine is concentrated, but light on the mouth with an appealing finish that ultimately, leads to easy drinking.

Varietal: Grenache
Vineyard: Portico Hills Vineyard
Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks
Aging: Rested in mostly neutral French Oak for 15 months
Production: Only 525 cases produced

Greg Martellotto

Winemaker, Greg Martellotto

ABOUT THE WINEMAKER:
Greg Martellotto has been making wine since 2005. His path led him to winemaking experiences in Mexico, Italy, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, and Santa Barbara. He holds a degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a Masters degree from the University of Texas. His global wine experience has provided opportunity to travel to most of the major winemaking regions of the world as both a buyers and a consumer, which informs his style. Equally important and unique among most winemakers, Greg’s experience as an importer and wine buyer provides insider’s access to the greatest wines and wineries in the world. In this capacity, he regularly tastes more than 400 wines per month— it’s safe to say, he knows great wine!

ABOUT MARTELLOTTO WINERY:
The Martellotto family roots trace back to 17th century winery in Alberobello in Puglia, Italy. Over four centuries later, winemaker Greg Martellotto continues his family’s viticultural legacy, by making enticing, vibrant wines what speak to his own viticultural passion. Since 2005, Martellotto Winery has produced unique and exciting wines designed to surprise and ignite discerning palates of wine lovers everywhere— Greg strays away from mass produced wines that are squeaky clean, uniform and less interesting. Greg starts with healthful and sustainably farmed grapes. Then, by combining creative fermentation techniques with artistic blending techniques before bottling, the Martellotto Winery is able to produce distinctive and delicious wines. Learn more here.


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May Beer Club: Cedar Rapids and Coralville Iowa

BeerClubLogolake-time-brewery-imperial-porterLake Time Brewery
Imperial Peanut Butter Porter
Clear Lake, Iowa

Lake Time Brewery went nuts creating a beer that resembles the delicious, confectionery peanut butter cups we have enjoyed for years. This Imperial Peanut Butter Porter is an amped up version of their regular Peanut Butter Porter. It combines a malty robust porter with creamy chocolate peanut butter flavor (using real peanuts)!

Beer Style: Dark & Roasty
Style: Porter – Imperial / Double
ABV: 9.5% alcohol / volume
IBU: 50
Ingredients:

  • Hops: Northern Brewer
  • Malts: 2 Row, Maris Otter, Caramel, Dextrine, Chocolate, Midnight Wheat, White Wheat, Flaked Oats, and Flaked Wheat
  • The Good Stuff: Lactose, Brown Sugar, Powered Peanut Butter

**Food Allergy Warning: This Beer Contains Peanuts**


Anchors-Aweigh-orange-peel-canLake Time Brewery
Anchors Aweigh
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial

Clear Lake, Iowa

This Imperial Stout pours nearly black in color. Roasted malts and dark chocolate accent this brewery’s flagship stout with its plum and date fruit complexity.  Brewers then age it for over a year in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels before adding just the right amount of Valencia orange flavor – for that hint of sweetness you want with your bourbon.

Beer Style: Dark & Roasty
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10% alcohol / volume
IBU: 43
Ingredients:

  • Hops: Chinook, Centennial
  • Malts: 2-Row, Carmel 110, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Black Patten, Flaked Rye, Flaked Oats, Flaked Wheat
  • The Good Stuff: Valencia oranges, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel Aged

ABOUT LAKE TIME BREWERY:
Established in 2012, Lake Time Brewery was born from a vision to cherish the simple things in life – time with friends and family around a campfire, fishing, sun-tanning on the beach, and floating around the lake on a pontoon. This state of mind has translated into great craft beer that can be enjoyed anywhere… not just on “Lake Time”. Today, Lake Time Brewery has expanded its production facility and is now distributed throughout Iowa. They have been featured in a number of industry publications including Brewery Magazine, Brew Your Own and Perfect Pour. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


Zipline-Triples-is-best-IPA-beer-canZipline Brewing Co.
Triples is Best IPA

Lincoln, Nebraska

This Imperial IPA is brewed with Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo, and Simcoe Hops. Created under the “Black Label Series” unleashed by the full creative power of their brewing team. This line of beers push the boundaries like never before with the most “over-the-top, flavor packed, premium beers” Zipline Brewing Co. has ever made.

Beer Style: Hoppy 
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 11% alcohol / volume
IBU: 88

ABOUT ZIPLINE BREWING CO.:
Zipline Brewing Co. was created from the founders’ inherent sense of adventure and their desire to connect with the thrill-seeking spirit in all craft beer fans. They create artisan ales and lagers with a clean, simple and direct approach to allow the drinker to focus their energy on enjoying ‘Brave New Brews’. Learn more about the team behind the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


KCBC-The CodFather-Beer-ImageKings County Brewers Collective
The Codfather Double IPA

Brooklyn, New York

This Double Dry Hopped, Double India Pale Ale is made with Citra, Strata, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka Hops. It contains barley, oats & wheat, creating a murky, burnished haze in the glass. There are notes of freshly squeezed grapefruit, crushed blueberries, Sicilian lemon and pineapple gelato. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft, with just a touch of sweet revenge. 

Beer Style: Hoppy
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.5% alcohol / volume

ABOUT KINGS COUNTY BREWERS CO.:
Located in a 5,000 square foot warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Kings County Brewers Collective is the first brick-and-mortar brewery to operate in the neighborhood for more than 40 years following the New York State hop blight and Prohibition. Today, they are a proud production brewery and taproom dedicated to bring unique and collaborative craft beers to New York City and beyond. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


Allerton-Brewing-Marshall-Ds-beer-canAllerton Brewing Company
Marshall D’s

Independence, Iowa

Although it is a little darker than your typical Hefeweizen, Marshal D’s is a German style beer that is light, refreshing and perfect for warm weather. It has balanced notes of banana and clove with a grainy-sweet malt character.

Beer Style: Fruity & Spicy
Style: Wheat Beer – Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.6% alcohol / volume
IBU: 12
SRM: 7
Fermentables: Pilsner Malt, Wheat Malt, Crystal 40L
Hops: Saaz

ABOUT ALLERTON BREWING CO.:
It all started has a hobby for Lucas in his college apartment at Iowa State University – little did Brenna (his now wife) know at the time, this hoppy would grow into a full blown obsession. After graduating Iowa State, Lucas and Brenna moved to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin where Lucas attended Barley to Barrel – a program specifically catered to aspiring brewery owners. Lucas says his biggest takeaway was that he needed a partner. Shortly there after, the couple moved to Independence, Iowa where Lucas teamed up with Brandon Miken and Pete Gaumer to create Allerton Brewing Company. Today, the brewery is fully owned and operated by Pete and Lucas. Learn more about the their story here, and follow them on Untappd.


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May Beer Club: WDM, Ankeny, and Johnston Iowa

BeerClubLogolake-time-brewery-imperial-porterLake Time Brewery
Imperial Peanut Butter Porter
Clear Lake, Iowa

Lake Time Brewery went nuts creating a beer that resembles the delicious, confectionery peanut butter cups we have enjoyed for years. This Imperial Peanut Butter Porter is an amped up version of their regular Peanut Butter Porter. It combines a malty robust porter with creamy chocolate peanut butter flavor (using real peanuts)!

Beer Style: Dark & Roasty
Style: Porter – Imperial / Double
ABV: 9.5% alcohol / volume
IBU: 50
Ingredients:

  • Hops: Northern Brewer
  • Malts: 2 Row, Maris Otter, Caramel, Dextrine, Chocolate, Midnight Wheat, White Wheat, Flaked Oats, and Flaked Wheat
  • The Good Stuff: Lactose, Brown Sugar, Powered Peanut Butter

**Food Allergy Warning: This Beer Contains Peanuts**


Anchors-Aweigh-orange-peel-canLake Time Brewery
Anchors Aweigh
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial

Clear Lake, Iowa

This Imperial Stout pours nearly black in color. Roasted malts and dark chocolate accent this brewery’s flagship stout with its plum and date fruit complexity.  Brewers then age it for over a year in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels before adding just the right amount of Valencia orange flavor – for that hint of sweetness you want with your bourbon.

Beer Style: Dark & Roasty
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10% alcohol / volume
IBU: 43
Ingredients:

  • Hops: Chinook, Centennial
  • Malts: 2-Row, Carmel 110, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Black Patten, Flaked Rye, Flaked Oats, Flaked Wheat
  • The Good Stuff: Valencia oranges, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel Aged

ABOUT LAKE TIME BREWERY:
Established in 2012, Lake Time Brewery was born from a vision to cherish the simple things in life – time with friends and family around a campfire, fishing, sun-tanning on the beach, and floating around the lake on a pontoon. This state of mind has translated into great craft beer that can be enjoyed anywhere… not just on “Lake Time”. Today, Lake Time Brewery has expanded its production facility and is now distributed throughout Iowa. They have been featured in a number of industry publications including Brewery Magazine, Brew Your Own and Perfect Pour. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


Zipline-Triples-is-best-IPA-beer-canZipline Brewing Co.
Triples is Best IPA

Lincoln, Nebraska

This Imperial IPA is brewed with Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo, and Simcoe Hops. Created under the “Black Label Series” unleashed by the full creative power of their brewing team. This line of beers push the boundaries like never before with the most “over-the-top, flavor packed, premium beers” Zipline Brewing Co. has ever made.

Beer Style: Hoppy 
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 11% alcohol / volume
IBU: 88

ABOUT ZIPLINE BREWING CO.:
Zipline Brewing Co. was created from the founders’ inherent sense of adventure and their desire to connect with the thrill-seeking spirit in all craft beer fans. They create artisan ales and lagers with a clean, simple and direct approach to allow the drinker to focus their energy on enjoying ‘Brave New Brews’. Learn more about the team behind the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


KCBC-The CodFather-Beer-ImageKings County Brewers Collective
The Codfather Double IPA

Brooklyn, New York

This Double Dry Hopped, Double India Pale Ale is made with Citra, Strata, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka Hops. It contains barley, oats & wheat, creating a murky, burnished haze in the glass. There are notes of freshly squeezed grapefruit, crushed blueberries, Sicilian lemon and pineapple gelato. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft, with just a touch of sweet revenge. 

Beer Style: Hoppy
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.5% alcohol / volume

ABOUT KINGS COUNTY BREWERS CO.:
Located in a 5,000 square foot warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Kings County Brewers Collective is the first brick-and-mortar brewery to operate in the neighborhood for more than 40 years following the New York State hop blight and Prohibition. Today, they are a proud production brewery and taproom dedicated to bring unique and collaborative craft beers to New York City and beyond. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


Contrary-brewing-blueberry-lemonadeContrary Brewing Co.
Blueberry Lemonade Avalanche

Muscatine, Iowa

The Blueberry Lemonade Avalanche is gorgeous blueberry in color. It drinks light and easy with notes of blueberries and lemons dancing on your palate.

Beer Style: Sour
Style: Fruit Beer/Shandy
ABV: 5.3% alcohol / volume
IBU: 7

ABOUT CONTRARY BREWING CO.:
This is a small town brewery with big time flavor. As Muscatine’s only Craft Brewery, you can find adventure right along the Mississippi. Learn more about the their brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


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May Cheese Club: Iowa

Cheese ClubHay-there-walnut-cheeseArtikaas 
Hay There
Raw Milk Gouda with Walnut & Hazelnut
Holland

Artikaas has been a family run cheesemaker in Holland for over six generations. They make Gouda as they always have — meticulously, without shortcuts, with respect for nature, and using only the best milk from family farms. The ‘Hay There’ raw milk Gouda with walnut and hazelnut has the creaminess and earthiness of a traditional, raw milk Gouda with the addictive crunch of the walnuts and hazelnuts. This nut-flecked cheese is beautiful to look at and a real treat for your senses – combining smooth and crunch, with nutty and sweet.

Flavor Profile: Aged for 60 days – creamy, earthy and nutty
Serving Recommendation: Perfect for snacking, on a cheese board, or on a dessert cheese plate

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRINGS:
Pairs well with a fruity red wine or a silky white wine, such as our May Primary White Wine Club wine, Casas del Toqui Barrel Series Semillón. For beer, look for something crisp, such as a Pilsner.

WINESTYLES: Fruity and Silky
BEERSTYLES: Crisp and Clean


honey-bee-goat-cheeseHoney Bee
Goat Cheese
Holland

The Honey Bee Goat Milk Gouda is made by drizzling a bit of honey into pure goat milk. This creates a cashew-like, nutty flavor with a hint of caramel and a sweet warmth to lock in those sticky undertones. 

Flavor Profile: Aged for 6 months – slightly sweet, not too strong or salty
Serving Recommendation: Slice, grate or cube. Wonderful in salads or as a snack with fruit.

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRINGS:
Serve with a crisp white wine or for beer, grab a crisp and clean pilsner or lager.

WINESTYLES: Crisp
BEERSTYLES: Crisp & Clean


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May Bubbly Club: Iowa

Bubbly Wine ClubPrisoner-Sparkling_wine-bottleThe Prisoner Wine Company
Unshackled Sparkling
California

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This brut-style California wine has a mineral profile, driven by floral notes on the nose. On the palate, there are big, bright notes of green and Fuji apples with Asian pears. Each sip features a vibrant acidity, with a crisp, clean finish.

Varietal: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Aging: 36 months en tirage to ensure the highest quality
Serving Suggestion:
For optimal flavor, refrigerate for at least three hours and serve chilled

Pairing: Serve this fruity wine with shrimp ceviche, fresh oysters, or a supreme pizza.


Prisoner-Sparkling-Rose_wine-bottleThe Prisoner Wine Company
Unshackled Sparkling Rosé
California

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This brut-style California wine features a fresh, fruit-forward aroma tempered by a touch of minerality. It offers lively, bright flavors of apricot and yellow peach on the palate. Each sip features a vibrant acidity and a crisp, clean finish.

Varietal: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Aging: 36 months en tirage to ensure the highest quality
Serving Suggestion:
For optimal flavor, refrigerate for at least three hours and serve chilled

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Unshackled is a brand from The Prisoner Wine Company, and recently the official wine of Coachella VIP. It’s made for those who are looking to “break free from convention, stereotypes, and perception”. When their first wine, The Prisoner, was released about two decades ago, it swiftly changed the perception of what a red blend wine could be. Since then, the winery has grown to include a range of rule-bending blends with provocative label designs to become one of the most bold and innovative wine brands in the market. Today, their Director of Winemaking, Chrissy Wittmann and her team of over 100 growers in northern California bring together exceptional fruit to produce a family of unique wines unrestricted by tradition. Learn more about their story here or follow their Instagram @unshackledwines.

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May Wine Club Pairing Recipe

PERFECT GRILLED SAUSAGE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound (raw) fresh sausage links or brats of choice
  • For serving, as desired: toasted brat buns or brioche buns, grilled peppers & onions, sauerkraut, mustard or Dijonnaise, ketchup, etc.
  • For a Latin American flare, turn your grilled sausage into a Choripán by topping with a Chimichurri Sauce on a Crusty Baguette. Follow Hilah Johnson’s recipe here.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the grill: Prepare your grill for indirect cooking, creating a zone of direct high heat & a second zone of indirect heat.
  2. Grill the sausage: Once the grill is hot, place the sausage directly on the indirect head side of the grill, arranging the sausage as close to the direct heat as possible without being directly over the flame. Close the lid & cook for 4-5 minutes. The heat from the direct heat side of the grill will circulate around the sausage, cooking them with really gentle indirect heat. After 4-5 minutes, flip the sausage, and cook over indirect heat for another 4-5 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the sausage registers a temperature of 150 degrees F.
  3. Chargrill the sausage: Transfer the sausage to the direct heat. Grill 2-3 minutes per side, until charred as desired & the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. Transfer to a plate to rest & cool slightly before serving
  4. Serve the grilled sausage on a toasted bun with all of your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

© Recipe courtesy of Jess Larson at Plays well with Butter.

MAY WINE CLUB:

Bold wine Style logoCasas del Toqui Cabernet Sauvignon Alto Cahapoal ChileCasas del Toqui
Terroir Selection Alto Cachapoal
Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Cachapoal Valley D.O., Chile

BOLD WINE STYLE

This Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is ruby red in color with aromas of cassis, spices, black fruits and notes of toffee and caramel. On the palate, the wine has good structure with a long and pleasant finish.

Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Analysis:
14.0% alcohol / volume
Region: Cachapoal D.O., Chile
Viticulture: Vertical espalier
Vinification: Fermentation at 80.6ºF-84.2ºF, post fermentation maceration and aged in oak barrels for 12 months
Closure: Natural Cork
Serving Suggestion: Serve between 60.8ºF-64.4ºF
Food Pairing: Serve with red meat, pork loins or sausage

ABOUT CASAS DEL TOQUI:
In 1994, Château Larose Trintaudon, a major French wine producer from the Bordeaux region, partnered with traditional wine producers from the Cachapoal region in Chile and together they founded Casas del Toqui. In 2010, the Court family recaptured their legacy, adding their own distinct and unique touch to this already elegant winery. Learn more here.

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Casas del Toqui Barrel Series Merlot

Polenta (boiled cornmeal) with meat-based sauce -  ragù alla bolognese.PARMESAN POLENTA WITH SAUSAGE RAGU

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1 1⁄2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup finely chopped basil leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1 1⁄4 cups polenta (not quick-cooking)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1⁄2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high; add sausage and cook, breaking it into small (almost meatball-like)pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned, 5 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add tomatoes and boil; simmer until thick, 30-40 minutes. Add basil, vinegar, kosher salt, and pepper; keep warm.
  2. When sauce is nearly ready, bring sea salt and 5 cups water to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan; slowly add polenta and cook, stirring constantly, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy, 8 minutes. Remove from heat and add butter, 1⁄2 cup Parmesan cheese, and kosher salt. Divide between bowls and top with ragù; garnish with more Parmesan cheese.

© Recipe courtesy of Pedroncelli.

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Barrel Series Merlot
Cachapoal Valley D.O., Chile

MELLOW WINE STYLE

This Barrel Series Merlot has an intense ruby red color with hints of violet. The nose is complex and intense with notes of tobacco, chocolate and spices. It has nice tannins on the palate with interesting volume and good persistence.

Varietal: 100% Merlot
Analysis:
13.5% alcohol / volume
Region: Cachapoal Valley D.O., Chile
Viticulture: Vertical espalier
Vinification: Fermentation at 80.6ºF-84.2ºF, post fermentation maceration and aged in oak barrels for 8 months.
Closure: Natural Cork
Serving Suggestion: Serve between 60.8ºF-64.4ºF
Food Pairing: Serve with game meats and casseroles.

ABOUT CASAS DEL TOQUI:
Casas del Toqui Winery was created with the intention to develop and produce high quality fine wines, to be shared both domestically and internationally. They are committed to excellence by continuously managing their quality, labor safety and environmental sustainability; allowing them to be a role model for the Chilean wine industry. Their philosophy is to achieve maximum balance, quality and identity to each of their wines, to ensure they are a direct reflection of their terroirs. Learn more about the winery here.

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