November Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Rich and Simple French Onion Soup Recipe

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INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups sliced onions
  • 4 (10.5 ounce) cans beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices French bread
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese, diced
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Melt butter with olive oil in an 8 quart stock pot on medium heat. Add onions and continually stir until tender and translucent. Do not brown the onions.
  2. Add beef broth, sherry and thyme. Season with salt and pepper, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat the oven broiler.
  4. Ladle soup into oven safe serving bowls and place one slice of bread on top of each (bread may be broken into pieces if you prefer). Layer each slice of bread with a slice of Provolone, ½ slice diced Swiss and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Place bowls on cookie sheet and broil in the preheated oven until cheese bubbles and browns slightly.

© Recipe courtesy of Lori Levin from All Recipes

NOVEMBER WINE CLUB:

Mellow style logoEstate-Cellars-Red-BlendEstate Cellars
Proprietary Red Blend

Central Coast, California

MELLOW WINE STYLE

The Estate Cellars’ Proprietary Red Blend is a Bordeaux Style and a true representation of a California Meritage.  It is crafted out of the finest lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot from Central Coast vineyards. Blends are a true representation of the winemaker’s craft and the best possible wine they can make. Utilizing each of the varietals for different components rounds out the blends mouth feel and creates balance in the final product.

TASTING NOTES:
It’s a medium to heavy bodied wine that is dark purple in color with aromas of dried herbs, blueberry and tea leaf. On the palate, there are flavors of cocoa powder, currants and white pepper.

Varietal: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 15% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Central Coast, California
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume

Aged: 16 months on 30% New French Oak, 70% Neutral French and American Oak
Harvest Date: Sept. 30 – Nov. 2
Average Brix at Harvest: 25.0
pH: 3.62
TA: 0.63
Sugar: 0.20 g/L
Food Pairing: Pot Roast, French Onion Soup, Italian Sausage Pasta
Cheese Pairing: The November Cheese Club selections.

California Certified Sustainable logoWINEMAKER NOTES:
The Estate Cellars Red Blend grapes were handpicked, and hand sorted prior to a 48-hour cold soak at 40°F. During fermentation, the wine is pumped over four times per day during peak fermentation to maximize extraction. Post fermentation the wine is held on skins for 24 hours to extend maceration and provide even more color and tannin extraction. The Red Blend is the best representation of a winemaker using all the tools they have to make the best wine possible. This wine is crafted over several tasting sessions with the winemaking team, fine tuning all aspects from flavor and aromas, to structure and mouthfeel.

HARVEST NOTES:
The 2019 Estate Cellars’ Red Blend, similar to the previous two years, was notated as one of the latest starts to their season’s harvest. The winters have prolonged their growing seasons as the increasingly wet soils allow the vines time to mature at a healthy rate. The above average rainfall in the spring gave rise to a later than average bud break and bloom, which allowed the weather time to warm up and decrease any concerns of destructive frost. The summer temperatures were well below the seasonal average with only four days of 100+ degree temperatures (in previous years, they saw 11-16 days over 100 degrees). These even and mild temperature changes gave the winery an ideal growing season that pushed them well into November. They believe this hang time has shaped up to provide high quality wine and one of their best vintages to date.

Clos LaChance logoABOUT THE WINERY:
Estate Cellars is a secondary brand to
Clos LaChance, a family owned and operated winery in the Northern Central Coast region of California. After perfecting their portfolio, they wanted to reach additional markets by creating unique labels while still maintaining their same attention to high quality wine. Clos LaChance Winery started in 1987 when co-owners, Bill and Brenda Murphy, decided to plant a few rows of Chardonnay in their Saratoga backyard. By 1992, they grew into a commercial winery releasing their very first vintage. Today, Clos LaChance Winery and Estate Vineyard is proud to be Certified Sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. Learn more here.


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Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc pairing recipe

Open-Hills-Ranch_SB-bottle-render-300Silky_StickerOpen Hills Ranch
Sauvignon Blanc
Central Coast, CA

With so much terroir diversity in California, there’s a perfect place to grow nearly every kind of grape. In fact, you’ll find more than 100 varieties, giving  winemakers the latitude to create complex varietals and unique, expressive blends. Since the 1700’s, immigrants from all over the world have settled in California, bringing their vines and their skills with them. Hard-earned secrets of soil, climate and vine have been passed from generation to generation, providing California wine with its unique legacy and spectacular range. Always crisp and refreshing, California vintners like to put their own spin on this classic varietal, with flavors that range from vibrant lemongrass and herb, to tart green apple, round melon and fig. Enjoy this wine with oysters, gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce, or a dessert pastry.

DougFrost“Sauvignon Blanc doesn’t have to be grassy like so many New Zealand versions of the grape; California has been growing the grape for longer and offers a more elegant style. Instead of green beans or asparagus (as the Kiwis love it), this shows melons, citrus, white pepper, limes and a bit of lemongrass.”  – Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.

Winemaking Team: Roxie Ward, Travis Proctor, Anna Clifford
Appellation: Central Coast, California
Varietal Blend:  100% Sauvgnon Blanc
Analysis: 14.3% alcohol / volume


mahiWood Fired Mahi

MAHI INGREDIENTS:
• Two, 8 oz pieces mahi
• Salt and pepper
• 2 tbsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS: Heat a medium sauté pan with 2 tbsp olive oil in a wood fire (an oven will work just fine). The smokiness adds a wonderful flavor. Meanwhile season mahi lightly with salt and pepper.  Place mahi gently in preheated pan and place back into oven for about 2 minutes. Check sear and flip once golden brown. Finish cooking in oven for about another 5-8 minutes. Remove and set aside.

LEMON BEURRE BLANC INGREDIENTS:
• 1 to 2 shallots, chopped fine
• 8 oz white wine
• 2 oz lemon juice
• 1 tbsp heavy cream
• 12 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed
• Salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS: Combine the shallots, white wine, and lemon juice in a non-reactive saucepan over high heat and reduce to 2 tbsp.  Add the cream to the reduction. Once the liquid bubbles, reduce the heat to low.  Add the butter, one cube at a time, whisking first on the heat and then off the heat. Continue whisking butter into the reduction until the mixture is fully emulsified and has reached a rich sauce consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

QUINOA: Cook about 1 ½ cups quinoa according to package instructions.

GRILL ASPARAGUS INGREDIENTS:
•  12 asparagus spears
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS: Lightly rub asparagus with oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place asparagus on preheated grill and allow to cook until slightly charred.  To serve, place quinoa on plate, top with mahi, beurre blanc and arrange asparagus nicely around circumference of dish. Garnish with lemon wedge if desired. Recipe compliments of Chef Brian Reigle of Terravant Winery Restaurant.

Wine pairing recipe for June Wine club

Open-Hills-Ranch_PN-bottlemellowOpen Hills Ranch
Pinot Noir
Central Coast, CA

The Central Coast AVA is a large American Viticultural Area that spans from Santa Barbara County in the south to the San Francisco Bay Area in the north. The boundaries of the Central Coast include portions of six counties(Contra Costa, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara & Santa Cruz).  This classic Central Coast Pinot Noir has a spicy aromatic profile, with hibiscus, dried sour cherries, forest floor, and a hint of vanilla and smoked bacon on the nose.   This wine features prettiness and complexity as only Pinot Noir can.  Enjoy with pork roast, grilled quail, or bacon and bleu cheese burger.

DougFrost“With the strawberry, raspberry and red cherry tones typical of Pinot Noir, this is a wine with the pleasure principle at work. But this fruity wine never cheats by being sweet (as some do) and the variety of fruit flavors that carry through to its finish, like plums and currants, add to the sense of balance.”  – Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.

Winemaking Team: Roxie Ward, Travis Proctor, Anna Clifford
Appellation: Central Coast, California
Varietal Blend:  100% Pinot Noir
Analysis: 14.9% alcohol / volume


Roasted Chicken Breast

roastedchickenbreastINGREDIENTS:
•  2 airline chicken breasts (quartered boneless chicken breast with drumette attached)
• 10 oz purple potatoes
• 1 bunch lacinato kale
• 1 granny smith apple
• 1 red onion
• 1 bunch tarragon
• ½ cup chicken stock
• 2 tbsp butter
• 2 tbsp sliced almonds
• 2 tsp whole grain Dijon mustard

DIRECTIONS:

Large dice the purple potatoes. Separate the kale stems and leaves; discard the stems and roughly chop the leaves. Peel, core and medium dice the apple. Peel and medium dice the onion. Pick the tarragon leaves off the stems; discard the stems.

In a medium pan, heat 2 tbsp olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 7-9 minutes or until browned.

Add the onions to the pan of browned potatoes; reduce the heat to medium. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-5 minutes or until the onion has softened slightly. Add the kale, apple and 2 tbsp of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, or until the kale has wilted. Stir in the almonds, mustard and 2 tbsp of water. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until well combined. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

While the hash cooks, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In a separate medium pan, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken, skin side down first. Cook, loosely covering the pan with a lid, 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate, leaving any browned bits in the pan. Set aside in a warm place.

Heat the pan of reserved fond (roasty bits at bottom of pan) on medium until hot. Add the chicken stock, butter, and ¼ cup water. Cook, stirring occasionally to scrape up any browned bit, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.  To serve, place hash neatly onto plate, top with chicken breast and garnish with pan sauce.    Recipe compliments of Chef Brian Reigle of Terravant Winery Restaurant.