Beef Empanadas

beef empanadas with wineINGREDIENTS:
• 1 lb minced beef
• 2 spoons of butter
• ½ cup of onion (chopped)
• 2 big tomatoes (chopped)
• 3 oz green chilli
• 1 bay leaf
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon merquén
• 2 spoonfuls of black olives (chopped)
• 1 packet of empanada dough (or another puff pastry dough, like phillo)
• 1 egg yolk
• 1 spoonful of water

DIRECTIONS:

Fry the onions in the butter, add the meat until it is lightly golden. Add the tomatoes, chilli, bay leaf, merquén and salt; cook over a low flame for between 30 – 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the majority of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat, discard the bay leaf and add the olives. Put three spoonfuls of filling (when cool enough the handle) in the middle of each empanada skin and fold over in the middle; press the edges together with your fingers to form a half-moon shape closed sealed around the edges and filled inside.  Use a fork on the edges to fully seal them. With a fork carefully pierce a couple of holes in the top side of the empanada. Using a pastry brush, brush some egg wash (the mixture of egg yolk and water) on the top side of each empanada. Cook in the oven at 400° for 20 to 25 minutes or until they are golden. © Recipe courtesy of WinesOfChile.org

Mellow style logoHuellas Reserve Merlot wine bottleHullas Reserve
Merlot
Curico Valley, Chile

Located in Chile’s central valley, about 124 miles south of Santiago, Curicó Valley is known for a variety of grapes and as one of the most productive wine regions. Legendary Spanish viticulturist Miguel Torres first arrived to the valley in 1979 and revolutionized Chile’s wine industry. He brought with him European techniques and foreign investment that would cement Chile’s reputation for producing premium wines of outstanding value. Influenced by the Andes Mountains with cold nights and hot summer days, this region has a Mediterranean climate. The proximity to the Lontue River creates a microclimate that moderates temperatures.

Bright and intense ruby red in color, this Merlot presents aromas that recall blackberries, red cherries, and sweet plums, with spicy black pepper and cinnamon notes as well as subtle touches of vanilla and cocoa rounding out the complex nose. The palate offers a firm structure with smooth tannins that meld together and persist through a long finish.” – Garlos Gatica, winemaker.

Winemaker: Carlos Gatics
Appellation: Molina Andes, Curicó Valley, Chile
Varietal: 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Analysis: 14.1% alcohol by volume; 3.5 pH; 5.3 g/L total acidity

April Wine Club pairing recipe

Churrasco with Pebre
(Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Chilean Cilantro Sauce)
Churrasco Grilled Beef

PEBRE INGREDIENTS:
• 2/3 cup canned vegetable broth
• ½ cup minced fresh cilantro
• ½ cup minced onion
• ½ cup minced red bell pepper
• ¼ cup white vinegar
• ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
• ½ teaspoon black pepper
• 4 garlic cloves, minced

PEBRE DIRECTIONS:
• Combine all ingredients, stirring with a whisk until well-blended. Remain sauce can also be stored in airtight container in refrigerator, up to 2 weeks.

INGREDIENTS:
• Cooking spray
• 4 cups sliced onion
• ½ teaspoon sugar
• 1 ½ lbs. center-cut beef tenderloin
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder
• ½ teaspoon dried oregano
• ½ teaspoon black pepper
• ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
• Pebre (Chilean Cilantro Sauce)

DIRECTIONS:
Place a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat until hot. Add sliced onion and sugar; cover and cook 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Keep warm. Prepare broiler.  Cut tenderloin lengthwise with the grain into 6 even steaks. Place 1 steak between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten to an even thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Repeat procedure with remaining steaks. Combine salt and next 4 ingredients (salt through cumin). Rub salt mixture over both sides of steaks. Place steaks on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Top each steak with onion mixture; drizzle each with 1 tablespoon Pebre. Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light, with Steven Raichlen, award-winning author of Healthy Latin cooking. © Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Huellas Reserve Carmenere wine bottleBold wine Style logoHuellas Reserve
Carmenère
Maule Valley, Chile

Maule Valley is Chile’s largest wine growing region and claims many of the country’s oldest vines that were planted over a century ago. Carmenère is closely associated with the Maule Valley region, which is slightly cooler than its northern counterparts and higher levels of rain in winter months. Influenced by cold nighttime winds from the Andes, the season began with a cold spring, with a few hot spells in summer. Hand picked during the first week of May, the grapes were destemmed without crushing and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Total maceration time was 24-34 days, then racked to barrels, where it completed its fermentation in 3 months. The wine then matured for 12-14 months in French oak barrels.

Carlos Gatica winemaker headshot“Intense carmine red, this Carmenère presents powerful notes of red and black fruit accompanied by the variety’s characteristic spicy notes such as white and black pepper along with notes of vanilla and tobacco. The palate is smooth and expansive with tremendous flavor and a persistent fruity finish. Perfect for celebrating along with braised beef or roast lamb with an herb or cardamom sauce.” –  Carlos Gatica, winemaker

Winemaker: Carlos Gatica
Appellation: Maule Valley, Chile
Varietal Blend:  90% Carmenère, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Analysis: 13.8% alcohol / volume; 3.6 pH; 5.2 g/L Total Acidity
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

Chilean Shrimp with Matetic Sauvignon Blanc

Gambas Pil Pil (Chilean Shrimp)

INGREDIENTS:shrimp
• 10 cloves garlic, peeled and slightly crushed
• 1/2 cup grapeseed oil or olive oil
• 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
• 1 cacho de cabra pepper, or Anaheim pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
• 3 tablespoons pisco or brandy
• salt to taste
• cayenne pepper to taste
• 1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving

DIRECTIONS:
Place the garlic cloves and grapeseed oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Let the garlic slowly turn golden brown as the oil becomes hot; continue cooking until the garlic has turned golden-brown, and the oil is quite hot.

Add the shrimp, stir to coat with oil, and cook for 15 seconds before stirring in the chile pepper. Continue to cook until shrimp is pink and firm. Pour in pisco, and cook for 30 seconds to let the alcohol evaporate. Season with salt to taste, then pour the mixture into a serving dish. Serve sprinkled with cayenne pepper, and garnished with lime wedges. Makes 6 servings.  Recipe compliments of AllRecipes.com

WC_Jan_2014_EQ_BottleMatetic EQ Coastal
Sauvignon Blanc
San Antonio D.O., Chile
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“Smoke, Meyer lemon and grapefruit notes play out in this crisp yet concentrated white, with layers of spice and flint adding range to the solid finish.” 90 pts. Wine Spectator

Winemaker: Julio Bastias
Appellation: San Antonio D.O., Chile
Varietal:  100% Sauvignon Blanc
Analysis: 14.0% alc/vol
Critical Acclaim: 90 pts. Wine Spectator 2012
94 pts. Years Best Wine & Spirits 2011
91 pts. Editors Choice Wine Enthusiast 2011
90 pts. Wine Advocate 2010

Chilcas Pairing Recipe

Pan-Roasted Chicken
panroastedchicken

INGREDIENTS:
• Extra-virgin olive oil
• 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into ribbons
• Leaves from 2 small sprigs fresh rosemary
• 1 whole chicken, quartered (about 3 pounds)
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 3/4 cup chicken stock
• 1/2 lemon, juiced

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put a cast iron or other ovenproof skillet large enough to hold the chicken in a single layer, or a small roasting pan, over medium heat and get it good and hot. Drizzle the pan with a 3-count of oil. Add the prosciutto and rosemary and cook, stirring, until the prosciutto is crisp and lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Push to one side of the pan. Season the chicken on both sides with a generous amount of salt and pepper and add it to the pan, skin side down, in a single layer. Cook for about 5 minutes until the skin begins to set and crisp. Turn and cook 3 more minutes. Turn the chicken again, stick the pan in the oven and roast until the chicken is tender and cooked through, about 30 more minutes.

Take the pan out of the oven. Remove the chicken and prosciutto from the pan and arrange on a platter to keep warm while you prepare the pan sauce. Pour out all but about 1 tablespoon of the rendered chicken fat and return the pan to the stove top. Stir in the stock and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, scraping up the flavors stuck to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, until reduced to a syrup, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the pan sauce over the chicken and serve immediately. Serves 4.  Recipe compliments of Tyler Florence, Food Network.

WC_Jan_2014_Chilcas_bottleChilcas Single Vineyard
Cabernet Franc
Maule Valley, Chile

Bold_stickerClean and bright, with an outstanding deep ruby-red color. The nose is intense, with notable fruit aromas of strawberry, black cherry, and blueberry accompanied by spicy aromas that recall bay leaf, white pepper, and an interesting hint of tobacco. The voluminous palate has smooth, elegant tannins and a tremendously long finish.

Winemaker: Camilo Viani
Appellation: Maule Valley, Chile
Varietal:  87% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot
Analysis: 13.7% alc/vol