Ridge Vineyards Tasting Event

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Ridge Vineyards, California

The history of Ridge Vineyards begins in 1885, when Osea Perrone, a doctor who became a prominent member of San Francisco’s Italian community, bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. He terraced the slopes and planted vineyards; using native limestone, he constructed the Monte Bello Winery, producing the first vintage under that name in 1892. This unique cellar, built into the mountainside on three levels, is Ridge’s production facility. At 2600′, it is surrounded by the “upper vineyard.”

“We decided to farm organically because we believe it leads to better grapes and higher quality wines. This approach in the vineyard, plus our traditional approach to winemaking, will provide the finest possible wines for our customers.” –  Paul Draper, CEO/winemaker.

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13zls-bottle-shotRidge-Vineyards-LogoLytton Springs, in Sonoma County, became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. A quarter century’s experience with this vineyard had convinced us that it was an exceptional piece of ground. Forty consecutive vintages of Geyserville attest to yet another stunning combination of location and varietals. Though born in the early sixties to the post-Prohibition world of modern California winemaking, Ridge relies on nature and tradition rather than technology. Our approach is straightforward: find intense, flavorful grapes; intrude upon the process only when necessary; draw the fruit’s distinctive character and richness into the wine.  While Ridge is by no means a large grower,  they are the largest grower of organically farmed grapes in Sonoma County, and in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.

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Silverado Tasting Event

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Silverado Vineyards
Napa, California

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The winery’s name, Silverado, comes from an abandoned mining town at the top of Napa Valley.  A century later, the widow, daughter and son-in-law of Walt Disney began carefully laying the foundation of what would be come Silverado Vineyards in 1976. A few years later, they also acquired a vineyard in the Stags Leap District – known for the quality of it’s Cabernet Sauvignon. Silverado Vineyards now farms six distinctive, family owned vineyards in the Napa Valley and Carneros, three of which are historic sites from these proprietor owned vineyards. Please join us for a Winery Spotlight tasting, featuring Silverado wines. 

The winegrowers . . . are perhaps the most fascinating aspect of terroir . . . Starting with a vision, they activate the links that connect Earth with vine and fruit, guide the transformation of fruit into wine, oversee its maturation, and only then present the liquid that completes the circle, connecting us with the Earth from which the wine arose.” –  Jonathan Swinchatt and David G. Howell,  The Winemaker’s Dance.

   Good wine is about people, from every hand that helps create Silverado’s Cabernet to every current and future friend who lifts a glass of  wine around the dinner table.   100% of the estate is sustainability farmed: 15% is farmed organically; 70% is Certified Napa Green; 50% is preserved in the Land Trust exclusively for open space and agriculture use. 50% of the winery is powered by solar panels. Proud of their accomplishments, Silverado is just getting started.  They also donate time, money and wine to over 70 organizations annually that need our help to keep their communities safe, healthy, learning and enjoying the pleasures of artistic endeavor.

For Silverado, sustainable is not simply a farming method. It is an approach to all of their activities. It is the driving force behind everything they do to ensure that this winery and estate are here for generation of customers and neighbors to enjoy.  Please join us for a special tasting event with Silverado.

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Crab Cakes with Curry Aioli

Sauvignon Blanc is a great pairing for seafood, but because it is still cold outside, we wanted something comforting that could easily be whipped up during the work week. The curry aioli adds a nice heat element to this dish and highlights the brightness of this wine.

crab-cakes-recipeINGREDIENTS:

• 1 teaspoon Madras curry powder
•  ¾ cup mayonnaise
•  2 tablespoons crème fraiche
•  2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
•  1 tablespoon snipped chives
•  1 tablespoon minced parsley
•  1 tablespoon minced tarragon
•  1 cup panko bread crumbs
•  1 pound lump crab
•  ½ cup canola oil
•  1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
•  Salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

In a bowl, whisk ½ cup of the mayonnaise with ¼ teaspoon Madras curry powder. Let chill.

In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining mayonnaise with crème fraiche, lemon juice, chives, parsley, and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in the crab, form into 4 patties and coat with the panko. Transfer crab cakes to a lightly oiled baking sheet and let chill.

Preheat the broiler and position a rack 8 inches from the heat. Drizzle the crab cakes with 2 tablespoons of oil and broil for about 12 minutes or until golden and crisp (ok to turn once). Transfer to plates and drizzle with curry aioli.  Add a lightly dressed arugula salad if desired.   Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine magazine.

Limited_SB13_BottleshotSilky_StickerLIMITED CAMBRIDGE CELLARS
SAUVIGNON BLANC
DRY CREEK VALLEY, CA

Cambridge Cellars strives to produce wines that embody the designations from where they are grown. Their  “LIMITED” wines represent those rare, exception lots from distinguished appellations throughout California’s wine country.  Dry Creek Valley is anchored in by two distinct areas of water – Lake Sonoma to the north and the Russian River to the south.  Sauvignon Blanc is the standout white varietal as it thrives in moderate conditions that are neither too cool nor too warm. Dry Creek is blessed with a steady fog in the morning coming in from the San Francisco Bay and by afternoon temperatures are warm and dry, allowing the Sauvignon Blanc grape to reach maximum potential.

Douglas-Danielak-winemakerDOUGLAS DANIELAK, WINEMAKER

“Our Limited is a beautiful example of crisp, ripe and fresh Sauvignon Blanc. Bright fruit notes of pink grapefruit, peach and apple open on the palate, with vibrant acidity and a rich mouth-feel through the finish. ”

 VARIETAL: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley, California
ANALYSIS: 13.2% alc/volume

FEATURED WINE CLUB WINE: January 2015

Costero Bay Chardonnay

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DOVER SOLE WITH BROWNED CAPER BUTTER

INGREDIENTS:Dover-sole-recipe
•  4 Dover Sole Fillets
•  1 Cup Flour
•  2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
•  1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
• 1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
•  3 Tablespoons Butter, unsalted
•  White Wine
•  1 Lemon, juiced
•  2 Tablespoons Capers
•  2 Tablespoons Parsley Leaves, chopped
• Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350° F.  Mix flour, salt and pepper in a pie pan. Lightly dredge Dover sole filets in seasoned flour. Heat olive oil in an oven proof skillet. Sauté sole 1 to 2 minutes per side. Place skillet in oven for 4 minutes.  Meanwhile, heat butter in a small pan until butter gets brown. Add lemon, capers, parsley, salt and pepper. Pour over fillets before serving.  Recipe courtesy of Costero Bay.

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Chardonnay
Monterey, California

Above the rugged coast of Monterey are fertile vineyards, ideal for growing premium chardonnay.  Nestled between the pacific ocean and the Santa Lucia mountains, the vineyards enjoy warm days and cool nights.  This vintage especially enjoyed a very mild, warm spring and a sun-drenched, consistent summer. This lead to one of the longest growing seasons in over a decade and allowed grapes to reach full maturity before harvest.  With a brilliant balance of acid and natural sweetness, this vintage is rich with developed fruit flavors. With a nose of ripe apricot and Asian pear leading to a creamy mid-palate, this Chardonnay has flavors of crisp pink lady apple and toasted vanilla bean pod that linger on the finish.

winemaker-Douglas“Golden Delicious apple, pineapple and apricots fill the nose.  Medium-bodied with creamy mid-palate, this  wine offers flavors  of peach and hints of toasty vanilla spice” – Douglas Danielak, winemaker

Winemaker: Douglas Danielak
Appellation: Monterey, California
Varietal Blend:  100% Chardonnay
Analysis: 13.5% alc/vol
Aging: 35% French Oak, 65% temperature controlled, insulated stainless steel tanks

Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon Pairing Recipe

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Beef-stew-red-potatoesBEEF STEW with MUSHROOMS and RED POTATOES

INGREDIENTS:
• 3 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
• 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
• 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1 pound medium-size mushrooms
• 1 pound small (1 to 1 1/2-inch) red potatoes, scrubbed
• 2 1/2 cups canned beef broth
• 18 shallots

DIRECTIONS:
Place beef in large bowl. Sprinkle with flour, thyme, allspice and generous amounts of salt and pepper; toss to coat. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add beef and sauté until brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer beef to large dish after each batch; reserve any flour in bowl. Add mushrooms and potatoes to drippings in pot. Stir 2 minutes. Return beef, any collected juices, and reserved flour mixture to pot. Add beef broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until beef is almost tender, about 45  minutes.

Drop shallots into pot of boiling water; cook 1 minute. Drain and peel shallots. Add to stew and simmer, uncovered, until beef and vegetables are tender and sauce thickens, about 30 minutes. Recipe courtesy of Cambridge Cellars. 

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Cabernet Sauvignon
Central Coast, California

Cambridge California Cellars was founded by Kim and Bruce Cunningham – two Aussies who were drawn to northern California people and place. They have been intertwined with California’s wine industry for 20+ years.  It is here where they fell in love with the community and moved to Novato, CA. Limited by Cambridge Cellars represents premium, small parcel wines from the finest California appellations. This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the Central Coast region of California.  Here, valleys run from west to east, drawing on fog and wind into the vineyards just off the Pacific Ocean.  These grapes soak up afternoon sun and are then cooled by evening fog.

winemaker-DouglasThis wine exhibits rich layers of cherry and black currant fruit, framed by nicely integrated oak.  It’s a soft, friendly Cabernet Sauvignon.” – Douglas Danielak, winemaker

Winemaker: Douglas Danielak
Appellation: Contra Coast County, California
Varietal Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Analysis: 13.6% alc/vol
Aging: 75% American Oak, 25% French Oak, aged 14 month

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

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.

Sera_Fina_Barbera_WinemellowSera Fina Cellars
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

Bittersweet Chocolate Bing Cherry Brownies

bing cherry brownie wine pairingINGREDIENTS:
• 2 eggs
• ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup sugar
• ½ pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped
• ½ cup butter
• ½ cup flour
• ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 cup Bing cherries, pitted and quartered

DIRECTIONS:Whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and sugar until smooth. Slowly melt the chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler. Add the melted chocolate to the egg mixture and whisk until incorporated. Sift together the flour and cocoa and fold into the mixture. Fold in the cherries. Spread the batter into a parchment-lined 8-inch square pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until just done. Let cool in the pan and cut into 2-inch squares.  Makes 16 brownies

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Pinot Noir
Napa Valley, California

Steele Canyon Cellars is located in the rolling, heavily wooded hills of eastern Napa, just south of Lake Berryessa.  It was originally constructed as a custom crush facility to ferment and age small lots of artisan wine made from the local vineyards.  The Scotto Family discovered the property in 2010 during their search for a Napa winery where they could produce limited release, hand crafted Napa wines.  Several months later, they also acquired the rights to all of the harvest from a nearby vineyard on the Silverado Trail, giving them the facility and the premium fruit required for their Napa releases.

Winemaker: Paul Scotto
Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Varietal Blend:  94% Pinot Noir, 6% Syrah
Analysis: 13.0% alc/vol

The Carnelian Project: Pairing Recipe

Braised Beef Ribs with Caramelized Sauce
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INGREDIENTS:

• 3 to 4 pounds beef ribs cut into individual ribs
• 1 cup red wine vinegar
• 1 cup ketchup
• 2 tsp dry mustard
• 4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
• 2 Tbsp molasses
• 1 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:

Heat ribs and 2 cloves of garlic in large, heavy pot; with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Let simmer 1 hour, remove from heat, and drain.

Mix ketchup, vinegar, mustard, 2 cloves chopped garlic, molasses, and salt in a small saucepan; heat to boil.  Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently.  Grill braised ribs 10 to 12 minutes, turning and brushing with sauce until glazed.

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Paso Robles, CA

“Vast hues on an expansive terrain of ochres and earthy reds, with a nose of perfume and crushed rose petal oil surrounding sweet spices. Fresh strawberries on the palate with a suggestion of oak. Dark cherry fruits linger across taste buds.” – Douglas Danielak, winemaker

Winemaker: Douglas Danielak
Appellation: Paso Robles, CAwinemaker-Douglas
Varietal Blend:  34% Syrah, 31% Mourvedre, 18% Grenache, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 1% Counoise
Analysis: 14.5% alc/vol