Pumpkin, Ricotta and Arugula Bruschetta

pumpkin bruschetta imagePerfect Thanksgiving appetizer to pair with Maison Bourgogne Blanc.

INGREDIENTS:
• Baguette
• Ricotta
• Arugula
• Roasted pumpkin (feel free to roast your own, or use your favorite pre-packed pumpkin cubes from the store)
• Honey
• Roasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
• Sea salt & fresh cracked pepper (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

• Preheat oven to 350°F, grease a baking pan, and roast your pumpkin squares according to the package directions. Once done, pull out and set aside.
• OPTIONAL: If you want to add roasted pumpkin seeds to your bruschetta, spread the seeds in a single layer on a greased baking pan and roast for 30 minutes (or until dried out). Pull out, toss on a little more olive oil, some salt and pepper, or whatever spices you are feeling, and put back in for an additional 20 minutes.
• Turn the oven to broil and while you wait for it to pre-heat, cut your baguette into 1 – 1.5 inch slices. Drizzle a little olive oil or butter on each side and place on a sheet pan. When the oven is ready, place the sheet pan on the top rack of the oven, closest to the broiler, and keep an eye on the toast as it can brown quickly. Depending on your oven, 2 minutes on each side should do it, but it is totally up to preference.
• Cover toasted bread with roughly 2 tablespoons of ricotta. Top with roasted pumpkin and arugula. Drizzle with honey and finish with a small handful of roasted pumpkin seeds, a pinch of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.  © Photo and recipe courtesy of Lauren Kelp at KJ.com

Burgundy Blanc wineSilky styleMasion L’Envoyé
Bourgogne Blanc
Chardonnay
Burgundy, France

While Mâcon is known for its fresh, simple whites, recent investments by top Burgundian producers have resulted in more conscientious winemaking. The Mâconnais district’s 21 mile stretch boasts a geology not dissimilar to the famed Côte de Beaune to its north. Mâcon’s epicenter, Mont de Pouilly, rises gently with alkaline clay covering a stark limestone base, a nirvana for the Chardonnay vines that laze smugly along the river Saône. The grapes were hand-picked on September 7th then pressed direct, settled overnight, and fermented with indigenous yeast in seasoned barriques. The wine matured for 12-14 months prior to bottling.

Mark Tarlov - Co Founder“From two mature vineyards in La Roche Vineuse, this is a classic Chardonnay with a nose of citrus fruits and lemon zest. The weighty, textured mid-palate boasts flavors of grilled nuts and stone fruit, while a long line of vibrant acidity enlivens the finish.” – Mark Tarlov, Co-Founder

Appellation: Burgundy, France
Varietal Blend:  100% Chardonnay
Analysis: 12.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: 88 pts. Wine & Spirits Best Buy/Year’s Best White Burgundy List; Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

November Wine Club pairing recipe

Roasted Mushrooms with Herbs

Roasted MushroomsNice side dish with Thanksgiving turkey and the perfect pairing for Bourgogne Rouge.

INGREDIENTS:
• ¾ pound cremini mushrooms, washed and sliced
• ¼ pound shiitake mushrooms, washed and sliced
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• ¼ cup olive oil
• ½ cup loosely packed fresh herbs such as chives, thyme, marjoram, and flat-leaf parsley, minced
• Sour cream, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
• Heat the oven to 475°F.
• Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Toss the mushrooms in a large bowl with a generous amount of salt and pepper and the olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes, then toss the mushrooms once, and return to the oven. Roast for an additional 10 minutes, or until they are dark and slightly shrunken.
• Return the roasted mushrooms to the bowl. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Toss with the herbs, then transfer to a serving dish and top with a dollop of sour cream. Serve immediately.  © Photo and recipe courtesy of Faith Durand at TheKitchn.com

November Wine Club bottle imageMellow style logoMasion L’Envoyé
Bourgogne Rouge
Pinot Noir
Burgundy, France

Driven by a tireless hunt for elusive sites where Pinot Noir shines, Maison L’Envoyé (House of the Messenger) traverses the globe with the intention of presenting the acme of terroir and winemaking styles. Côte d’Or is Burgundy’s ‘golden slope’ that is a south-east facing escarpment with an essential aspect in this continental climate. A cold, wet summer provided a slow start to the season. Grapes were hand-picked in mid-September and matured in neutral French oak for 12 months to meld flavors and preserve fresh aromatics without imparting dominant oak.

Mark Tarlov - Co Founder“Sourced from three growers situated around Beaune and the Hautes Cote plus a component of 1’er Cru Savigny ‘les Marconnects’. Raspberry aromas, hints of clove, and classic floral perfumes lead, followed by crunchy red fruits, silky grape tannins and a nervy, acid backbone. Begs for charcuterie.” – Mark Tarvlo, Co-Founder

Appellation: Côte d’Or, Burgundy, France
Varietal Blend:  100% Pinot Noir
Analysis: 13.0% alcohol / volume; 3.3 pH; 5.4 g/l Total Acidity
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

October Wine Club pairing recipe

Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Browned Butter Parmesan and Pecans

INGREDIENTS:
• Salt
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• Scant 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling). Or substitute with cooked squash.
• 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for topping
• Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
• Black pepper, to taste
• 24 wonton skins (wrappers)
• 1 large egg, beaten
• 1 stick unsalted butter
• 6 large sage leaves, thinly sliced plus a leaf thinly sliced
• 1/4 cup toasted pecans

DIRECTIONS:
• Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add olive oil.
• In a small bowl, combine canned pumpkin puree, 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, cayenne if using and salt and black pepper to taste.
• Place 12 wonton skins on a flat non-stick surface. Divide the filling equally, placing approximately 1 tablespoon in the center of each wonton skin.
• Brush around the outside of the filling with beaten egg. Carefully place another wonton skin over the filling. Gently stretch it to make the edges come together neatly, removing any air pockets from the ravioli. Repeat until 12 ravioli are assembled.
• Place the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. When the butter has melted and begins to simmer, reduce heat to low and let it continue simmering until it turns a light golden brown. Add the sage leaves and cook 1-2 minutes, being careful the butter does not get overly browned. Remove from heat and set aside. Remove sage with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
• Working in batches, place 4 ravioli at a time in the boiling water. Cook 2 minutes or until they begin to float slightly (they don’t need to come all the way to the top). Remove with a slotted spoon and drain in a colander. Repeat with remaining ravioli.
• To serve, place ravioli on a plate. Drizzle with browned butter, leaving any browned milk solid bits behind in the saucepan. Top with sage leaves (both cooked and slivers), Parmesan cheese and pecans. Recipe courtesy of “From a Chef’s Kitchen”. © Carol Borchardt.

Kilburg
Riesling
Mosel, Germany

Of all the grapes of Germany, Riesling is the most noble. It is a varietal that can do well in stony soil and can subsist on a minimum of moisture and frost-resistant. A very dependable bearer of high quality grapes, Riesling provide an acidity level that gives way to a racy freshness and contributes to its long life. To reach it’s full potential, Riesling needs extra days of sun, usually ripening the latter half of October. Kilburg’s harvest quantities per hectare are reduced to guarantee a selection of only top quality and healthy fruit. A cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks preserves the freshness and natural, bright fruit taste of the grapes. Pairs well with salads, crab, scallops, Indian cuisine and mild cheeses.

“Our exquisite, well-balanced Riesling combines citrus, peach and apricot aromas, a juicy mid-palate and a refreshing finish. This is an incredibly versatile wine and my favorite with Indian cuisine.” – Max Kilburg, winemaker

winemaker max kilburgWinemaker: Max Kilburg
Appellation: Mosel, Germany
Varietal Blend:  100% Riesling
Analysis: 10.5% alcohol / volume, 8.4 g/L Total Acidity, 21.8 g/L Residual Sugar
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

October Wine Club pairing recipe

Rosemary and Garlic Roast Beef

INGREDIENTS:
• 3 lbs boneless Rib Eye roast
• ¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary, or other favorite herbs
• ¼ cup chopped garlic (about 20 cloves)
• salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
• 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
• 4 tablespoons butter, divided
• 4 cups of a variety of mushrooms, sliced to about the same size
• 1 cup of stock

DIRECTIONS:
• Preheat oven to 350°F.
• Tie the roast and season generously with salt and pepper.
• Mix together rosemary and garlic. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and stir to combine. Reserve.
• In a cast iron skillet, over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and, once smoking hot, sear all sides of the meat.
• Remove skillet from heat. Brush the herb-garlic mixture all over the roast.
• Bring the roast, in the cast iron skillet, to the preheated oven and cook for about 1 to 1.5 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 135°F degrees (medium-rare). Let it rest for at least 10 minutes before serving (final temperature should be 145°F for medium rare.)
• While the roast is resting, sauté the mushrooms over medium heat with 2 tablespoons butter until cooked through and no liquid is left in the pan, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
• Remove roast from the cast iron skillet and bring the skillet to the stove top. Add stock to the pan and deglaze the pan, scraping all the bits from the bottom. Allow to simmer until thick.
• Add the mushrooms to the sauce, stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and stir until the sauce is silky. Then, place the roast back in the cast iron with the sauce and spoon some of the sauce over the roast. Garnish serving platter with fresh rosemary if desired. Serves 6. Recipe courtesy of Olivia’s Cuisine. Photo © Olivia’s Cuisine

Mellow style logoKilburg
Spätburgunder
Mosel, Germany

In 1465 Johann von Kilburg, a descendant of the Dukes of Flanders, moved to the Moselle Valley to cultivate vineyards. Since that time, wine cultivation has been in their family, without interruption. Indeed nothing essential has changed throughout the past 552 years, the Kilburgs continue their pursuit of high quality wine. The cool climate of Mosel allows for late harvesting, through mid October. The fermentation takes place in closed top tanks, where careful pump overs helps to create more fruit flavors and aromas. Pairs well with rack of lamb, fillet steak and carpaccio, roast or grilled lobster, spring vegetables.

“A vibrant and fresh bouquet filled with black cherry, spice and a mere of spicy stem; the palate is silky and approachable, with seductive levels of sweet fruit, plenty of fine-grained tannin as backbone and a long minerally finish.” – Max Kilburg, winemaker

winemaker max kilburg

Max Kilburg, winemaker

Winemaker: Max Kilburg
Appellation: Mosel, Germany
Varietal Blend:  100% Spätburgunder
Analysis: 13% alcohol / volume, 2.8 g/l Residual Sugar, 3.38 g/l Total Acidity

September Wine Club pairing recipe

risotto with mushroomsBarley Risotto with Mushrooms and Gremolata

GREMOLATA INGREDIENTS:
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
• 2 Tbs. grated lemon zest
• 1 Tbs. finely chopped garlic

BARLEY RISOTTO INGREDIENTS:
• 1 oz. dried porcini mushrooms, rinsed
• 1 cup hot water
• 2 Tbs. olive oil
• 1 lb. assorted fresh mushrooms (such as morels, shiitakes, oyster, or chanterelles), sliced ¼ inch thick
• 2 tsp. kosher salt; more to taste
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 6 to 7 cups homemade or low-salt canned chicken or vegetable broth
• 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
• 1 small onion, finely chopped
• 2 cups pearled barley

DIRECTIONS:

• To make the gremolata—In a small bowl, mix together the parsley, lemon zest, and garlic.
• To make the risotto—Soak the porcini in the hot water for at least 30 min. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve and reserve. Chop the porcini into small pieces.
• In a large sauté pan with straight sides, heat the oil over high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Sauté the sliced fresh mushrooms until they release some liquid and are browned, about 5 min. Stir in the porcini and the reserved liquid, scraping up any browned bits. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer the mushrooms and liquid to a bowl.
• In a saucepan, bring the broth to a boil, reduce the heat, partially cover, and hold at a simmer.
• In the pan used for the mushrooms, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender and translucent, 8 to 10 min. Add 2 tsp. coarse salt and the barley, and stir until the grains are coated with butter. Add 1 cup of the hot broth, reduce the heat to low, and stir frequently until the broth is absorbed. Stir in another cup of broth. Once it’s absorbed, add 1 more cup, stirring until it’s also absorbed. Add 2 more cups and simmer the barley, stirring frequently, until it softens but isn’t completely tender and the liquid is almost absorbed, about 10 min. Stir in the cooked mushrooms and their liquid and 1 to 2 more cups of broth. Simmer until the barley is tender, about 10 min. more, stirring frequently and adding hot water or broth if needed. The total cooking time for the barley can range from 30 to 60 min.
• Stir in the gremolata and adjust the seasonings to taste. Serve hot.

Plantey wine bottle imageMellow style logoChâteau Le Plantey
Merlot Cabernet Franc
Castillon – Cotes de Bordeaux
Bordeaux, France

Founded in 1878, this family property has been managed by Paul and Lorette Valade for over 30 years. Originally located in the Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, the vineyards expanded into St. Emilion in 2007. On this property, every effort is made to ensure that the wines produced have impeccable quality. Traditional expertise, handed down from generation to generation, combined with long hours of hard work in the vineyards and a meticulous approach to each task, enables the Château to produce outstanding wines from Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux.

Valade Family wine makers

Valade Family wine makers

“Red and black fruit on the nose, along with very fine oaky notes. Lively on entry, full on the palate. Château Le Plantey is a wine combining power and elegance with soft tannins.”

Winemakers: Valade Family
Appellation: Belvès-de-Castillon, France
Varietal Blend:  85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Analysis: 14.2% alcohol / volume

July Wine Club pairing recipe

Rich, juicy notes of strawberries are complimented by more savory notes of violets and licorice, which meld with the flavors from the pork and anise in the recipe. The smooth, medium/full body of Monasterio de las Viñas Rerserva Red from Cariñena Spain matches the mouthfeel of the meat.

pork-chops-shallotsPork Chops with Shallots

INGREDIENTS:
• Four 8-ounce bone-in pork rib chops
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• All-purpose flour, for dusting
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
• 4 large shallots, sliced (1 ¼ cups)
• ½ teaspoon anise seeds
• ¼ cup dry red wine
• 1 cup chicken stock
• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• 2 teaspoons tomato paste

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper and dust with flour.

In a skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the pork and cook over high heat for 1 minute. Add the butter, reduce the heat to moderately high and cook, turning once, until the chops are browned on both sides, 8 minutes. Transfer the chops to a baking sheet and bake in the oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted at the thickest point registers 145°F, about 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the shallots and anise to the skillet and cook over low heat, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the wine and reduce over moderately high heat to ½ cup, about 2 minutes. Add the stock and reduce by half, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute longer. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the chops to plates and top with the sauce. Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine.

Bold_stickerMonaterio_Reserva_wineMonasterio de las Viñas
Reserva Red
Cariñena, Spain

In the 11th century, Cistercian monks built a monastery in the Sierra de Aguarón.  Today, this region is known for its superior quality wines. Monasterio de las Viñas celebrates the history of the land by using traditional varietals sourced entirely from Aguarón. Cariñena is one of the oldest protected growing regions in Europe, receiving D.O. status in 1932.  Vines grow in reddish-brown limestone over loose rock. A continental climate and a cold, northerly wind known as cierzo contribute to the characteristic intensity of the grapes.   Harvested from vines an average age of 30-years-old grown at an elevation of 1900-2600 feet, the grapes were aged for 12-16 months in French and American oak barrels and aged in bottle for 2 years. Pairs well with pork chops and shallots.

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Winemaker Marcelo Morales

“This wine is bright ruby-red with a garnet color change at the rim.  Aroma of strawberries, violets and licorice become ripe on the palate.  Additional notes of vanilla and wood create more complexity” – Marcelo Morales, winemaker

Winemaker: Marcelo Morales
Appellation: Cariñena, Spain
Varietal Blend:  50% Grenache, 25% Tempranillo, 25% Cariñena
Analysis:
13.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim:
International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015, Bronze. Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

Lemongrass BBQ Pork with Rice-Vermicelli Salad

Lemongrass-Barbecued-Pork-with-Rice-Vermicelli-SaladMARINADE  INGREDIENTS:
•  4 large garlic cloves, thickly sliced
• 3 large stalks of fresh lemongrass, tender inner white bulb only, sliced crosswise
•  2 large shallots, thickly sliced
•  1 ¼ tablespoon sugar
•  3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
•  2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
•  3 tablespoons vegetable oil
•  2 tablespoons soy sauce
•  1 ¼ pounds boneless pork loin, sliced ½ inch thick

VERMICELLI SALAD INGREDIENTS:
• ¼ pound rice vermicelli noodles
•  4 medium garlic cloves, quartered
•  3 tablespoons sugar
•  3 Thai chiles or 1 large jalapeño, thickly sliced
•  ½ cup Asian fish sauce
•  ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
•  ¼ cup finely chopped mint
•  ½ cup fresh lime juice
•  1/3 cup water
•  2 large cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced crosswise
•  carrot and daikon pickles, for serving

DIRECTIONS:
In a food processor, finely chop the garlic, lemongrass and shallots.  Add the sugar, fish sauce, lime juice, vegetable oil and soy sauce and process to a paste.  In a large shallow dish, coat the pork with marinade.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

In a large bowl, cover the rice vermicelli with cold water and let soak until pliable, about 20 minutes.

In a mortar, using a pestle, pound the garlic cloves to a paste with the chilies and sugar.  Stir in the fish sauce, cilantro, mint, lime juice and water.

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Drain the rice vermicelli and add it to the boiling water.  Cook, stirring, until barely tender, about 1 minute.  Drain the vermicelli.  Rinse the vermicelli in cold water and drain thoroughly.  Transfer the vermicelli to a large bowl, add the cilantro-and-mint dressing and toss well. Scatter the sliced cucumbers over the rice-vermicelli salad.

Light a barbecue or grill and cook the pork until nicely charred, about 2 minutes per side.  Transfer the pork to plates and serve with the rice-vermicelli salad and carrot and daikon pickles.   Recipe courtesy of Marcia Kiesel of Food and Wine.

JBW-Water-Riesling-High-Res-Bottle-ShotcrispJim Barry
Watervale Riesling
Clare Valley, South Australia

Jim Barry Wines is a family winery based in the Clare Valley of South Australia. Jim Barry was the 17th qualified winemaker in Australia and founded the company in 1959 with his wife Nancy. The company is now owned and managed by Peter Barry, a second generation family winemaker. Following  the legacy of his father and grandfather, Tom Barry was named ‘Young Winemaker of the Year’ in 2013. The tiny village of Watervale (population 246), nestled in South Australia’s Clare Valley, is renowned for the quality of its Riesling.  The grapes for the Riesling are picked from a special part of the Florita vineyard in Watervale.  This famous Riesling vineyard usually achieves full ripeness, with high natural acid levels.

Tom Barry, winemaker

Tom Barry, winemaker

“This wine is brilliant pale yellow in appearance.  On the nose is creaming soda, musk, fresh honeydew melon, lemon tart and bath salts.  The palate delivers ginger, mouth-watering juiciness, crisp granny smith apple like acidity. Generous lime fruit and a touch of fine talc phenolics which lifts the creaminess.”” –  Tom Barry, winemaker

silverstarWinemaker: Tom Barry
Appellation: Clare Valley, South Australia
Varietal Blend:  100% Riesling
Analysis: 12.5% alcohol / volume, 3.0 pH / 7.4 TA g/L
Critical Acclaim: SILVER status by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

 

May Wine Club pairing recipe

BBQ-Flank-SteakBBQ Flank Steak with Burnt Cabbage and Oyster Mayo

STEAK INGREDIENTS:
• 2.2 lb (1 kg) flank steak
• 3.5 oz. (100ml) fish sauce
• 3.5 oz. (100ml) light soy sauce
• 2 garlic cloves. microplaned
• 1 knob ginger, microplaned
• 3.5 oz. (100ml) grapeseed oil
CABBAGE SALAD INGREDIENTS:
• 1/2 cabbage, cut into 4, stem left on
•  1.5 oz. (50g) oyster mushrooms
•  1.5 oz. (50g) enoki mushrooms
•  1.5 oz. (50g) shiitake mushrooms, finely sliced
•  2 radishes, finely sliced
•  shiso cress
•  1.5 oz. (50ml) light soy sauce
•  1 lime, juiced
•  1 tsp miso paste
• 1 tsp sesame oil
• 3.5 oz. (100ml) grapeseed oil
OYSTER MAYONNAISE INGREDIENTS:
• 4 oysters shucked
• 2 egg yolks
• 1 tsp Dijon mustard
• 5 oz. (150ml)grapeseed oil
• sea salt
DIRECTIONS:
Marinate the steak in the fish sauce, soy, garlic, ginger & oil for 2 hours.   To make the burnt cabbage salad, place a frying pan on high heat with a little oil. Add the cabbage wedges and cook evenly on all sides until the cabbage is soft and quite blackened. Remove and place onto absorbent paper towel until cool.  In the same pan, quickly fry the oyster mushrooms for 1 minute, remove and allow to cool. Make the vinaigrette by whisking the light soy, lime juice, miso paste, sesame oil and grapeseed oil together.

To make the oyster mayo, in a blender add the oysters, egg yolks and Dijon. With the motor running slowly add the grapeseed oil to emulsify, season and reserve in the fridge for later use.  Remove the flank from the fridge at least 30 minutes prior to cooking, heat your BBQ until it is very hot. Add the flank and cook for approximately 6 minutes on both sides or done to your liking. Remove and allow to rest in a warm spot.

To serve, roughly chop the cabbage length ways and add this to a large bowl, add the mushrooms, radish and vinaigrette and toss well. Place a mound of the salad to one side of your serving dish, slice the beef evenly and place this next to the salad, spoon a dollop of the mayo next to this and garnish with the shiso cress.  Courtesy of Vasse Felix Restaurant.

VF-Filius-Cab-Sauv-Bottle-ShotBold_stickerVasse Felix
Filius Cabernet Sauvignon
Margaret River, Australia

Vasse Felix was established in 1967 by pioneer Dr. Thomas Cullity and is the founding wine estate of Margaret River. Margaret River experiences the unique combination of a Mediterranean climate, maritime influence and perfect soils for organic and sustainable viticulture. ‘Filius’ translates to ‘son of’ in Latin, reflecting the relationship between this wine and the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon; the estate’s most historic red wine. Filius is a more approachable, opulent interpretation of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, a style renowned for its elegance and power. All fruit parcels were vinified and matured individually before grading post maturation to create a regional expression of the vintage.

virginia-willcock“An intense nose of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, with complimentary coffee and chocolate aromas. These above earthy hints of sage, bay leaf, mushroom, truffle and venison. A juicy and fine up-front palate with dark cherry succulence and a savory dark chocolate sensation, akin to black forest cake. Vibrant fruit is carried with the bright acidity and attractive tannins building to the dry finish with lingering perfume remaining” – Virginia Willcock, winemaker

silverstarWinemaker: Virginia Willcok
Appellation: Margaret River, Australia
Varietal Blend:  85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume, 3.52 pH / 6.8 TA g/L
Critical Acclaim: SILVER status by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

 

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Premium Wine Club pairing recipe

grilled-lamb-burgersGrilled Spicy Lamb Burgers

•  1 pound ground lamb
•  1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
•  1 teaspoon sherry
•  1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
•  1 teaspoon molasses
•  1 teaspoon ground cumin
•  ½ teaspoon ground allspice
•  ¼ teaspoon salt
•  2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
•  2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
•  2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
•  ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
•  4 pita bread rounds (or burger buns)
•  4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat grill for medium heat.  Place the lamb in a large bowl, and mix with the mint, cilantro, oregano, garlic, sherry, vinegar, and molasses. Season with cumin, allspice, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper, and mix well. Shape into 4 patties.

Brush grill grate with oil. Grill burgers 5 minutes on each side, or until well done. Heat the pita pocket briefly on the grill. Serve burgers wrapped in pitas with feta cheese.  Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com

Bold_stickerstolpman-wine-petite-sirahStolpman Vineyards
Petite Sirah
Ballard Canyon AVA
Santa Ynez Valley, California

Over 20 years ago, founder Thomas Stolpman, discovered what he believed to be one of the greatest viticultural sites on earth. Hidden in the hills of California’s Central Coast, on a rare limestone outcropping and unobstructed from the Pacific Ocean wind, this unique land is naturally suited to grow Syrah and Roussanne grapes. The largest vineyard in the AVA, Stolpman Vineyards is considered the founding vineyard of the Ballard Canyon. The inky, black wine complements the bold flavors of BBQ perfectly. This wine stands up to a wide range of grilled meats, from lamb chops to classic BBQ dishes like ribs and brisket.

Sashi Moorman, winemaker

Sashi Moorman, winemaker

Petite Sirah can often drink so big and ripe the wine becomes monolithic.  Not so with this cooler vintage Petite Sirah.  The nose shows glints of creosote and black pepper.Thanks to de-stemming all of the clusters, the body is lush and forgiving on the finish.  Even more unctuous and seamless after two years in neutral barrel, our Syrah fans will appreciate the Petite Sirah.  This Petite Sirah might be the top pick out of the current releases for grilled steak.” – Sashi Moorman, winemaker

Winemaker: Sashi Moorman
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley, Ballard Canyon AVA, California
Varietal Blend:  100% Petite Sirah
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume, 3.81 pH, 6.6 TA g/L
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

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February Wine Club pairing recipe

moroccan chicken tagineJacqueline’s Moroccan Chicken

Inspired by North African tagines.
INGREDIENTS:

• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs
• 1 large thinly sliced yellow onion
• 3 medium carrots, sliced, 3 inch spears
• 1  tablespoon  fresh ginger, peeled and minced
• 1  teaspoon  cumin
• ¼  teaspoon  salt
• ¼  teaspoon  coriander
• ¼  teaspoon  cinnamon
• ¼ teaspoon  fresh ground black pepper
• 4  garlic cloves, minced
• 1 ¼ cups  chicken broth
• 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
• 7 ounces dried apricots, halved

DIRECTIONS:Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or saucepan over medium-high heat. Add half of chicken to pan, browning on all sides (about 5 minutes). Remove chicken from pan. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Add onion to pan; sauté for 3 minutes or until tender. Add ginger, cumin, salt, coriander, cinnamon, pepper and garlic; sauté for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in broth, scraping pan to deglaze. Return chicken to pan and simmer covered 1 hour or until tender.

Remove chicken using a slotted spoon; cool slightly then cut into bite-sized pieces and return to pan. Add chickpeas and apricots, then cover and simmer 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with preserved lemon slices and serve over couscous or rice. Serves 6.

PRESERVED LEMONS:
• 2 wide-mouth pint jam jars
• 10  lemons
• Coarse sea salt

Sterilize jam jars in your dishwasher set on hot. Wash and dry lemons and sterilized jars.  Cut 6 lemons lengthwise into quarters without cutting through the bottom.  Remove seeds. Pour coarse sea salt into the cut lemons, making sure all the sides/quarters are coated. Place 2-3 lemons in each jar, or as many will fit. Squeeze juice from remaining lemons to jars, covering fruit. Close lids tightly and refrigerate for at least 3 weeks, shaking occasionally. Rinse lemons before using. Recipe courtesy of Cline Cellars.

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Estate Grown
Syrah Single Vineyard
Los Carneros, CA

A family-owned vineyard and winery in the beautiful Carneros regions of Sonoma County, California, Cline Cellars is situated on a historic 350-acre estate with sustainable farming.  Los Carneros is their finest Syrah offering. Grapes come from their 18-acre hillside estate vineyard in Sonoma’s Carneros district. Fog and afternoon winds from the nearby Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay cool the growing region, allowing the grapes to develop intense flavors. Grapes were handpicked and destemmed without being crushed. Enjoy this wine with big, spicy foods with plenty of zip, such as Blackened Ahi. 

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Winemaker, Charlie Tsegeletos

“This is our flavor-intense Syrah and is one of the most concentrated wines that we make at Cline Cellars.  The combination of tannin, acid, fruit and great mouth feel come together to created a big, well balanced wine” – Charlie Tsegeletos, winemaker.

Winemaker: Charlie Tsegeletos
Appellation: Los Carneros, California
Varietal Blend: 100% Syrah
Analysis:
14% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim:
Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.