March Winery Spotlight Tasting Event

J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines

J Lohr Women
J. Lohr Winery Spotlight Tasting Event

March is National Women’s History Month, what better time to celebrate the remarkable achievements of J. Lohr female team members with a special wine tasting event!

Daughter of wine industry pioneer Jerry Lohr, Cynthia Lohr spent much of her youth in the vineyards and at the wineries.  As an adult, she chose her own path working with a who’s who of leading internet and technology companies.  In 2002, Cynthia joined the family business. Today, she’s co-owner and the winery’s Chief Brand Officer.

Winemaker Kirsten Barnshisel, brings 20 years of viticulture and enology experience spanning three continents to her role as winemaker for J. Lohr’s white wines.  Kristen followed her family’s deep winemaking roots and is known for her gifted palate and technical skills. She presides over J. Lohr’s winery in Monterey County.

Please join us for the J. Lohr Winery Spotlight tasting experience. Be sure to RSVP at your local WineStyles location or reserve tickets on Eventbrite.com

J. Lohr: American Winery of the Year

“J. Lohr has been a continual force in the California wine industry for nearly four decades, passionately championing the Central Coast winegrowing regions of Paso Roble and Monterey County, and offering great leadership within the wine industry. In addition, the people at J. Lohr have dedicated themselves to producing high-quality wines, while making significant contributions in the areas of sustainability, education and social responsibility. We are thrilled to acknowledge them as our 2010 American Winery of the Year.” – Wine Enthusiast

J Lohr Family Members

 

Legendary Winegrower, Jerry Lohr

J. Lohr Wine LegendIn the early 1970s, Jerry Lohr first planted grapes in Monterey’s Arroyo Seco district.  In the 1980s, he saw potential for great Cabernet Sauvignon in the Paso Robles region and began vineyards there.  For more than four decades, Jerry Lohr has been synonymous with pioneering innovation on the Central Coast.  Let’s celebrate Jerry’s 80th birthday with a remarkable tasting event featuring his amazing wines.  Learn more.

Join us for a tasting experience, featuring J. Lohr wines: Flume Crossing, Wildflower, Pure Paso, October Night, Hilltop, Tower Road, Fog’s Reach and Carol’s Cabernet.  Please RSVP to save your seat at your local participating WineStyles location.

Carol's Vineyard

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Winery Spotlight Tasting Event:

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Monterey / Paso Robles / Napa Valley
California

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Moonstruck Shiraz pairing recipe

grilledsteakGrilled Steak Salad with Pesto & Crostini

INGREDIENTS:
•  Olive oil
•  2 slices of ciabatta bread
•  Flank Steak (12-16oz)
•  Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
•  5-6 oz. mixed salad leaves
•  1 Tbsp dried oregano
•  2 Tbsps of green pesto
•  Juice of 1 lemon
•  1 clove of garlic cut in half
•  A sprig of fresh rosemary leaves picked and chopped

DIRECTIONS:
Lay the steak on a chopping board and rub with a little olive oil. Season and sprinkle with the rosemary and oregano. Cover with grease-proof paper and pound lightly with a rolling-pin or the bottom of a saucepan until the steaks are slightly flattened out and the herbs and seasoning are nicely pressed into the meat.

Put a large griddle pan on a high heat and, as it’s heating up, toast the ciabatta on both sides. Keep the toast warm. Shake any crumbs out of the griddle pan, then return to the heat and lay the steaks in it, side by side. Cook for about 8 minutes, turning every minute, for a medium steak, or a little longer if you like your meat more cooked. Lift the steaks out of the pan and let them rest in a warm place.

Spoon a tablespoon of pesto on to each of two warm plates and smear out across the plate with the back of the spoon. Place a steak on each plate and pour any resting juices over the top.

Rub the toasted ciabatta with the garlic, drizzle with a little olive oil and put a piece on top of each steak.

In a mixing bowl, toss the salad leaves with the lemon juice, a lug (approx. one tablespoon) of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Divide the salad between the plates and serve.   Serves 2.   Recipe compliments of Jamie Oliver.

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Shiraz
Central Victoria, Australia

Fruit for the Moonstruck Shiraz was harvested from select vineyard sites within Central Victoria, Australia. The highly anticipated 2012 vintage has produced some excellent wines with beautiful balance and length of flavor. The harvest was short and fast with whites and reds ripening early in the season, and good Autumnal weather to follow. The resulting wine is ripe, complex and wonderfully rich and brooding, due to the distinct Shiraz parcels of fruit. Overall, the quality is remarkable and the resulting wines will live on for many years to come. Enjoy this wine on its own or with rustic tomato based pasta, charcuterie or steak.

Winemaker: Jo Nash
Appellation: Central Victoria, Australia
Varietal Blend:  86% Shiraz, 14% Tempranillo
Analysis: 14% alc/vol
Jo-NashCritical Acclaim:  Gold Medal 2013 New Zealand Int’l Wine Show
Silver Medal 2013 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Silver Medal 2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

“Rich, with elegant and chalky tannins, this wine is a lovely blend of blackberry and pepper with a hint of savory fruit and wonderful length. With well integrated French oak complimenting the spicy palate, this is an enticing wine to be enjoyed with food.” – Jo Nash, winemaker

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.

AWD_Carn_Project_smallThe Carnelian Project
mellow Red Blend
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

Broken Earth Estate Merlot pairing recipe

Grilled Lamb Chops Gorgonzola Crusted

INGREDIENTS:lambchops

• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more for bread crumbs
• 1 tablespoon sea salt
• 2 tablespoons freshly chopped oregano leaves
• 2 racks lamb rib chops, frenched
• 3/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola
• 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
• 2 tablespoons minced garlic
• 1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the grill over medium heat. In a medium bowl, add the olive oil, pepper, salt, oregano, and toss together. Cut the racks into chops and add them to the oil mixture. Turning them to coat well.

In a separate bowl, add the cheese, bread crumbs, garlic, cilantro and a pinch of black pepper. Mix gently.

Remove the chops from the marinade and arrange them on the grill. Grill for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Flip and top each chop with a heaping tablespoon of the bread crumb mixture. Close the lid of the grill and cook until desired doneness, about 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and serve. Serves 4 to 6.

WC_Feb_2014_Broken_Merlot_bottleBroken Earthmellow
Estate Merlot Sauvignon
Paso Robles, CA

“The resulting wine opens with ripe berry fruit with a hint of tobacco leaf and ‘cigar-box’ notes. The palate is rich and the finish is quite firm but balancing. There are underlying characters of dark cherry with some green coffee bean, emulating the great Bordeaux wines of the Right Bank. This wine will ChrisCameronlook more intense than most Californian Merlots with the structure of a more ‘international’ style. A fabulous food wine, it will go a long way to restore consumers’ faith in the variety.” – Chris Cameron

Winemaker: Chris Cameron
Appellation: Paso Robles, CA
Varietal Blend:  100% Merlot
Analysis: 13.51% alc/vol

Broken Earth Estate Chardonnay pairing recipe

Creamy Chicken Pasta

creamychickenpastaINGREDIENTS:

• 8 ounces dry rigatoni pasta, uncooked
• No-stick cooking spray
• 1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1/2 cup chopped onion
• 1 can (14.5 oz each) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
• 1 can (10-3/4 oz each) condensed cream of mushroom soup
• 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
• 6 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Meanwhile, spray large non-stick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add chicken and onion; cook 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in centers, stirring occasionally.

Stir in undrained tomatoes and soup; cook 5 minutes or until hot, stirring occasionally. Add peas; mix well.

Drain pasta; place in large serving bowl. Add chicken-tomato mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese. Serves 6.

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Estate Chardonnay
Paso Robles, CA

“Layer upon layer of flavor and complexity, suited to an array of foods as a result of the balancing acidity. This is a wonderful example of Paso Robles Chardonnay and a wine we know will reward our efforts.” – Chris Cameron, winemaker

Winemaker: Chris Cameron
Appellation: Paso Robles, California
Varietal Blend:  100% Chardonnay
Analysis: 14.5% alc/vol

Broken Earth Estate Cabernet pairing recipe

Sticky 5-spice Short Ribsspicy-short-ribs

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 1/2 cups dry sherry or Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine)
• 1/2 cup oyster sauce
• 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
• 2 1/2 pounds short ribs, English cut
• 1 tablespoon kosher salt
• 2 teaspoons five-spice powder
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 6 medium garlic cloves, smashed
• 1-inch piece ginger, sliced
• 1 small serrano or Thai bird chile, or jalapeño pepper, halved

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the oven to 350° F and arrange a rack in the middle. Mix together sherry, oyster sauce, and brown sugar until evenly combined; set aside. Pat ribs dry with a paper towel and season well with salt and five-spice powder.

Place a 3-quart Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed, shallow pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat and add oil. When oil starts to smoke, add ribs and sear until well browned, about 2 minutes per side.

Remove ribs to a plate and set aside. Discard all but one tablespoon drippings, return pan to stove, and add garlic, ginger, and chile and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in reserved sherry mixture and bring to a simmer.  Return ribs to pan and bring to a simmer. Cover and transfer to oven to cook, turning occasionally, until meat is knife tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Increase oven to 400 degrees F and cook, covered, until ribs are sticky, about 30 more minutes. Serves 3 to 4.  Recipe compliments of Aida Mollenkamp, Food Network.

WC_Feb_2014_Broken_Cab_bottleBroken Earth
Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, CA

Bold_sticker“This lush Cabernet Sauvignon offers densely concentrated fruit flavors supported by sweet vanillin spice. Classic flavors of black cherry, cassis and aromas of cocoa and sandalwood make this wine inviting and easy to enjoy. Grilled meats with rich wild mushroom paella pair wonderfully with this wine. We hope our efforts provide you the reward of a wonderful glass of wine at a tremendous value.” – Chris Cameron

Winemaker: Chris Cameron
Appellation: Paso Robles, CA
Varietal Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Analysis: 13.7% alc/vol