Heredad de Peñaloso Blanco Rueda

Coconut-Rice_Feb2023Coconut and Turmeric Fried Rice

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted, coarsely chopped
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp. finely grated unpeeled ginger
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated turmeric or 1 Tbsp. ground turmeric
  • kosher salt
  • 4 cups cooled cooked long-grain white rice
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • handful of mint leaves, torn if large
  • 2 limes

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add 4 Medjool dates, pitted, coarsely chopped, 3 scallions, thinly sliced, 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped, 2 fresh bay leaves, 1 tbsp. finely grated unpeeled ginger, 1 tsp. freshly grated turmeric or 1 tbsp. ground turmeric; season with kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and garlic is starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to a small bowl and set aside; discard bay leaves.
  2. Heat remaining 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil in same skillet (no need to wipe out) over medium-high. Add 4 cups cooled cooked long-grain white rice and press into a flat even layer. Cook, undisturbed, until crisp underneath, about 5 minutes. Shake pan to loosen rice, then break up rice into large pieces with a spatula and turn over. Scatter ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes over and cook, undisturbed, until coconut is warmed through, about 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in reserved date mixture and 2 tbsp. soy sauce; toss to break up rice clumps. Taste and add more salt if needed. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  4. Just before serving, stir in 1 cup cilantro leaves with tender stems and a handful of mint leaves, torn if large. Cut 2 limes into quarters; squeeze juice from a few quarters over. Serve remaining lime quarters alongside.

© Recipe courtesy of Devonn Francis on Bon Appétit.

FEBRUARY WINE CLUB:

Crisp Wine StyleFicha_Heredad-Penalosa_verdejo-viura-bottleBodegas Pascual
Heredad de Peñalosa
Blanco Rueda
Verdejo, Viura
Rueda, Spain

CRISP WINE STYLE

This Blanco (or White Wine) Rueda is very bright and straw-greenish yellow in color. It is clean and lingering on the nose, with aromas of tropical fruit (pineapple and mango), white flowers and some slight hints of hay. It is tasty, full-bodied and well-rounded with a good lingering on the mouth.

Varietal: 60% Verdejo, 40% Viura
Denominación de Origen (DO): Rueda, Spain
Production: This wine is made from flower must. Fermentation takes place at 64.4ºF through cold stabilization and micro-filtering.
Climate: Dry, cold, extreme continental climate, rainfall is 405 l/m2 and average height of vineyards is 680 m.
Soil: Sediment accumulation with deposits from the Miocene Age. Average temperature is 51.8ºF (maximum 95ºF, minimum -0.4 °F)
Serving Recommendation: The ideal serving temperature is from 50ºF to 53.6ºF

ABOUT THE WINERY:
The Pascual family’s philosophy and work with wines began in the fourteenth century in their historic winery situated in the Burgos town of Fuentelcésped. Over the years, the family’s ancestors dedicated their artisan talents and wisdom towards extracting the juice from their vineyards, turning it into what they called, “the drink of the gods”. Bodegas Pascual was officially founded in 1986, in Fuentelcésped – the province belonging to the DO Ribera del Duero. “Heredad de Peñalosa” became their first commercial brand – that paved the way for their other wine brands to later be produced. Learn more about the winery and its vineyards here.

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Chateau Le Prieur Cuvée Passion

Seared,Scallops,In,Cast,Iron,PanSeared Scallops

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ½ lbs sea scallops*
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • garlic butter for serving (optional— in recipe notes)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pat scallops thoroughly dry all over with paper towels. (If necessary, remove the small side muscle from the scallops.) Season them with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add oil and butter. Once hot, add the scallops, spacing them apart so they’re not touching. The oil in the pan should be hot enough that the scallops gently sizzle when added.
  3. Cook for 2 minutes (without touching them), until a golden crust forms on the bottom.
  4. Reduce heat to medium high. Gently flip to the other side and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until golden on bottom and translucent/opaque on the sides.
  5. Scallops cook very quickly, usually in less than 5 minutes, so use the touch test to check for doneness; if they’re done; they should feel firm, with a little bit of bounce.  Err on the side of undercooking them, as you can always add them back the pan to cook longer, if needed. Keep in mind they will continue to cook a little as they rest.
  6. Garlic Butter Sauce: Remove cooked scallops from the pan. Add 2 tablespoons butter, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  7. Add 3-4 cloves garlic, juice from half a lemon, and ¼ cup white wine, chicken or vegetable broth. Cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Serve sauce over scallops. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

© Recipe courtesy of Lauren Allen of Tastes Better from Scratch.

JANUARY WINE CLUB:

Crisp Wine StyleLe-Prieur-Blanc-bottleVignobles Garzaro
Château Le Prieur
Cuvée Passion

Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France

CRISP WINE STYLE

Beautiful color with a pale yellow reflection. This wine has a complex nose combining an elegant sappy character and notes of very ripe Sauvignon. The palate is ample, dominated by the exotic mango-citrus character of the Sauvignon, and the fatness of the Sémillon. Enjoy now or over the next four years.

Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc and Gris, Sémillon, and Muscadelle
Analysis:
12-12.5% alcohol / volume
Soil: Chalky Clay
Harvest: By machine, allowing the grapes to be picked when fully ripe.
Aging:
Short, the wine is bottled after fining within six months of being harvested

Wine Making Techniques: The grapes are pressed immediately after being picked and the juice ferments in vats in the traditional way. Temperatures are regulated between 64.4-68ºF to slow fermentation down and extract as many aromas as possible.
Serving: Ideal with fine seafood such as scallops, lobster and other fish dishes.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Located along clay-limestone slopes where the vineyard flourishes, Château Le Prieur was acquired in 1912 by the Garzaro Family. Today, Pierre-Etienne and Jean-David Garzaro manage the 60 hectors located in Baron in Entre-Deux-Mers, as well as 10 hectares spread over the most prestigious Bordeaux appellations. Their wines are made from exceptionally high-quality grapes and are regularly awarded in various national and international competitions. Learn more about the company here. >

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Aresca Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato DOC

Pan_Fried_Fish_with_Lemon_and_Basil_Butter_SaucePerfect Pan Fried Fish in Basil Lemon Butter Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ½ pounds cod, tilapia, rockfish, or any other white fish you like
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic salt (or ½ teaspoon salt + ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 16 cubes
  • 3 tablespoons each: fresh lemon juice and fresh chopped basil, for finishing the sauce

DIRECTIONS:

  1. SEASON: To get the best crisp on the fish, pat both sides of the fish with paper towels until dry. Season the fish with a small pinch of salt, making sure to flip and salt both sides. Place the flour in a shallow dish and season with garlic salt. Whisk to combine. Dredge the fish in the flour, making sure to coat both sides. Make sure to shake off excess flour.
  2. FRY: Add the olive oil to the pan over medium heat and allow for it to heat through. When hot, fry the fish for 3-4 minutes flipping halfway. Depending on the thickness, you might need to cook the fish for longer until it’s cooked through. Remove the fish to a plate and set aside.
  3. SAUCE: There should only be about a tablespoon of oil remaining. If there is more, drain all but a tablespoon from the pan. Add the garlic into the skillet and fry in the oil for just 15 seconds. Add in a pinch of red pepper flakes, chicken stock, and lemon. Kick the heat to the highest setting, allow the sauce to reach simmer then reduce the sauce for 2 minutes. Lower the heat to the lowest setting, then add in two small cubes of butter and allow it to melt into the sauce slowly while you stir or swirl the pan with the handle. Continue adding two small cubes of butter at a time until all the butter is used up. Take your time here, don’t rush this. Add in chopped basil and stir to combine. Plate the fish with cooked rice or roasted vegetables and top with basil lemon butter sauce!

© Recipe courtesy of Little Spice Jar.

DECEMBER WINE CLUB:

Crisp Wine StyleAresca Cortese wine bottleFratelli Aresca
Cortese Dell’Alto Monferrato DOC
Piedmont, Italy

CRISP WINE STYLE

This light straw-yellow wine with green reflexes has a personal aroma of flowers and fruits with hints of apple and pear. The taste is fresh, dry and savory. 

Varietal: 100% Cortese
Analysis:
11.5-12% alcohol / volume
Vineyards: Located in Monferrato area. Manual harvest.
Winemaking: The hand-picked grapes are soft-pressed and then follows temperature-controlled alcoholic fermentation. Aged on the lees for 3 months in steel tanks.
Pairing: Ideal with sea food, fish and as aperitif

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
Cortese is one of the most cultivated vine variety in Piedmont. It has a delicate bouquet hinting at green apple and exotic fruity. The taste is fresh with notes of pear and peach. It pairs well with fish-based dishes.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Located between Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, in a unique land recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the vineyards are cultivated with respect to the traditions of these ancient lands and the uniqueness of the terroir. Learn more here. >

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Anne de Joyeuse Orchis Chardonnay

Butternut Squash GratinButternut Squash Gratin

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter plus more for the baking dish
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ pounds (about 1 large) butternut squash peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup grated Comté cheese
  • few chives finely chopped (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 10-inch (25-centimeter) baking dish.
  2. In a large sauté pan or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened and translucent, 4 minutes.
  3. Add the butternut squash slices and nutmeg and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer the squash mixture to the baking dish. Smother with the cream, sprinkle with the bread crumbs, scatter the cheese on top, and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces.
  5. Bake until the surface is golden and bubbly and the butternut squash is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the chives, if desired.

© Recipe courtesy of Leite’s Culinaria.

NOVEMBER WISCONSIN WINE CLUB:

Silky styleAnne de Joyeuse ChardonnayAnne de Joyeuse
Orchis
Chardonnay
Pays D’OC
Languedoc, France

SILKY WINE STYLE

Produced in the Languedoc-Roussillion region in France, by Cave Anne de Joyeuse, this Chardonnay comes from the Vin de Pays D’OC appellation. Bright pale gold in color with scents of white flowers on the nose, evolving on the palate towards notes of white fruit and a fresh, citrus finish.  Fine and well balanced, it will accompany all sorts of fish dishes and will also be ideal as an aperitif. 

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Analysis:
13% alcohol / volume

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
Grapes were pressed directly on their arrival at the cellar, then vinified traditionally and fined at cold temperatures. They are then fermented under controlled temperatures.

ABOUT ANNE DE JOYEUSE:
The Anne de Joyeuse cooperative is named after a well-known 16th-centruy figure, the Duke of Joyeuse, who was bestowed the lordship of Limoux by Henry III.  The cooperative includes 350 winegrowing families and 3000 hectares under vine.  The producers of the Anne de Joyeuse company have constantly worked on the evolution of their vineyard since 1929. The wines are created in their state-of-art cellar with genuine passion, reflecting their love the terroir and desire to produce the best value possible.  For the last 25 years, Anne de Joyeuse has focused on the environment, reinforced in 2007 by the creation of their sustainable development charter, Protect Planet, helping cooperative producers implement sustainable winegrowing techniques.  Their vineyards are at the crossroads of four major climate zones and seven types of soil. This exceptional location shapes the quality and uniqueness of their wines. Learn more >

© Information and Photos provided by Anne de Joyeuse.

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Jan Harmsgat Chardonnay

Butternut Squash GratinButternut Squash Gratin

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter plus more for the baking dish
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ pounds (about 1 large) butternut squash peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup grated Comté cheese
  • few chives finely chopped (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 10-inch (25-centimeter) baking dish.
  2. In a large sauté pan or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened and translucent, 4 minutes.
  3. Add the butternut squash slices and nutmeg and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer the squash mixture to the baking dish. Smother with the cream, sprinkle with the bread crumbs, scatter the cheese on top, and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces.
  5. Bake until the surface is golden and bubbly and the butternut squash is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the chives, if desired.

© Recipe courtesy of Leite’s Culinaria.

 

NOVEMBER WINE CLUB:

Rich WineStylesJan-Harmsgat_ChardonnayJan Harmsgat
Chardonnay
South Africa

RICH WINE STYLE

This Chardonnay is fruit driven with integrated wood notes that is barely noticeable. On the nose, there are notes of citrus, stone fruit and pineapple; while the palate is rich, yet elegant with a round mouth feel.

Varietal: Chardonnay
Analysis:
13.5% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.46
TA: 6.14
RS: 4.43 g/L
Production: 5,000 Bottles
Maturation: 10 Months, 225L French Oak Casks, 4th fill.
Critical Acclaim: 91 pts. Gilbert & Gaillard – 2021 International Challenge

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
A Chardonnay with gentle yet enticing roasted hazelnuts, whipped butter and a lick of oak with aromatic complexity. It is rounded, with good density and an energizing fresh core, the palate has great texture.

ABOUT JAN HARMSGAT:
Founded in 1723, the Jan Harmsgat Farm (JHG) is situated on the most southern tip of the Robertson Wine valley, along the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is locally known as the “valley of wine and roses”. JHG’s philosophy is to create delicious single-block wines — the smallest production unit for vineyards that may not exceed six hectares per cultivar. Their unique position borders with dry conditions of the Karoo (semi-desert region), along with cool sea breezes from the Coastal Regions. Learn more about the winery’s history here.

© Information and Photos provided by Jan Harmsgat.

Jan Harmsgat Farm Winery

Jan Harmsgat Farm


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Arendsig Chardonnay Blok A15

Butternut Squash GratinButternut Squash Gratin

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter plus more for the baking dish
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ pounds (about 1 large) butternut squash peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup grated Comté cheese
  • few chives finely chopped (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 10-inch (25-centimeter) baking dish.
  2. In a large sauté pan or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened and translucent, 4 minutes.
  3. Add the butternut squash slices and nutmeg and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer the squash mixture to the baking dish. Smother with the cream, sprinkle with the bread crumbs, scatter the cheese on top, and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces.
  5. Bake until the surface is golden and bubbly and the butternut squash is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the chives, if desired.

© Recipe courtesy of Leite’s Culinaria.

 

NOVEMBER VIRGINIA WINE CLUB:

Crisp Wine StyleArendsig Chardonnay wine bottleArendsig
Single Vineyard

Chardonnay Blok A15
South Africa

CRISP WINE STYLE

On the nose, green and yellow citrus, Granny Smith apple, with tropical fruit notes.  Zesty and crisp on the palate with a lingering mouthfeel. Spontaneously fermented and matured in concrete tanks and neutral French oak barrels for 10 months.

Varietal: Chardonnay
Analysis:
13.79% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.18
TA: 7.1
RS: 2.8 g/L
Production: 12,546 Bottles
Maturation: 10 Months, concrete tanks and neutral French oak barrels
Critical Acclaim: 4 stars, Platters Diners Club Entertainment 2022

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
“My philosophy is to create great single vineyard wines from unique soil, climate and location. It’s the soil with all the microbes, cycle of elements and the help of living organisms that creates the heartbeat for my vines. The location towards the sun, wind and holistic climate conditions reflects the uniqueness of each vineyard. Spontaneous fermentation, no added yeast, is used with no enzymes. Maturation takes place in neutral vessels to bring through the unique vineyard characteristics which is specific to the site.” – Lourens Van Der Westhuizen

ABOUT ARENDSIG:
Arendsig’s single vineyard wines are made with minimal interference throughout the vinification. During fermentation natural yeasts are used with no enzymes.  Maturation takes place in neutral vessels to bring through the unique vineyard characteristics, that’s specific to the site. The handcrafted approach helps add to the final balance of the wines.  The vineyards are blessed with diversity, located in the Southern Robertson valley, Bonnievale. Learn more at Arendsig.co.za

© Information and Photos provided by Arendsig.


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Reguta Prediale, Friuli, Italy

Italian,Pasta,With,Ricotta,Cheese,And,Pistachios,On,White,Table.Zucchini Pasta with Pistachios and Parmesan

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound paccheri or rigatoni (or your favorite noodle)
  • 2 pounds zucchini (about 4 large zucchini), diced into ¼-inch-thick pieces
  • ¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons, extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 7 medium garlic cloves, peeled and quartered
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 5 to 7 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup dry white wine or chicken stock
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • ½ cup shelled, roasted and salted pistachios, chopped, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF and bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Heavily salt the water, add the pasta and cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and reserve 2 ½ cups of pasta water for later.

  2. Toss half of the chopped zucchini with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and place in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the zucchini is golden brown and crisp.

  3. In a separate large skillet over medium-high heat combine remaining 1⁄4 cup olive oil, zucchini, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini starts to soften and lightly caramelize, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the lid and deglaze with white wine, cook, stirring occasionally, until the wine has evaporated, about 5 minutes.

  4. Transfer the mixture into a blender, along with crushed red pepper flakes, basil leaves, the zest of 1 lemon and 1⁄2 cup reserved pasta water and blend until smooth. Pour back into the large skillet, add the pasta, and toss to coat. Add pasta water, 1⁄2 cup at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Finish with lemon juice.

  5. Add more pasta water as needed to thicken the sauce. Season to taste. Divide into serving bowls, top with roasted zucchini, Parmesan, chopped pistachios, basil leaves and drizzle with olive oil. Enjoy!

© Recipe courtesy of Elena Besser on the Today Show.

SEPTEMBER WINE CLUB:

Silky styleReguta_PredialeReguta
Prediale
Friuli, Italy

SILKY WINE STYLE

Straw yellow in color with hues of green. The nose is elegant and has an aromatic fragrance of floral and exotic fruity notes. The palate is soft, enveloping with a long and pleasant persistence and an excellent balance. 

Varietals: 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Chardonnay, 10% Ribolla Gialla 
Analysis:
13% alcohol / volume
Denomination: IGP Trevenezie

Serving Temperature: 46.4ºF-50ºF
Food Pairings:
This wine is perfect for a tasting menu as well as an aperitif. It is the perfect match for fish dishes, stewed or barbecued white meat, and savory main dishes like pasta, risotto or soups.

WINERY NOTES:
This white wine is characterized by an evocative and perfect symbiosis between the flavor of Sauvignon, the embracing softness of the International Chardonnay, and the pleasant freshness and vivacity of the Ribolla Gialla – an original wine variety from the region.

ABOUT REGUTA:
Passed down from generation to generation, the Reguta winery has been producing excellent wines in the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia since 1928. Second and third generations – Giuseppe and Luigi Anselmi and their sons continue the family’s traditions while expanding their high quality products. Located near the Adriatic Sea, the vineyards benefit from dry summers and mild winters, allowing the winery to produce a variety of both native and international grapes. Learn more here.

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Jan Harmsgat Chardonnay

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© Photo by Jo-Anna Rooney

CARAMELIZED ONION, APPLE AND BRIE FLATBREAD PIZZA

INGREDIENTS:

  • Balsamic Caramelized Onions:
    • 2 large sweet onions
    • 2 Tbsp. butter
    • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
    • salt and black pepper to taste
  • Flatbread and Toppings:
    • 1 large (or 3 small) pre-made flatbread or Naan bread
    • 1 or 2 green apples, cut into thin slices (recipe used Granny Smith Apples)
    • ¾ cup sliced Brie cheese (recipe used 1/2 of a 350 g wheel of Brie)
    • ¼ cup chopped Arugula for garnish
    • caramelized onions 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425ºF
  2. Make the caramelized onions first:
    1. Slice the onions.
    2. Melt the butter in a skillet over low-medium heat, then add the onions.
    3. Stir in the balsamic vinegar.
    4. Turn the heat down to low, and cook the onions until they are soft and there is no liquid in the pan, about 25 minutes.
    5. Stir often, making sure not to let the onions burn. You want them to be soft and deep golden brown.
    6. When they’re done, set aside.
  3. Putting it all together:
    1. Lay the flatbread out on a baking sheet.
    2. Spread the caramelized onions over the flatbread.
    3. Layer on the slices of apple, tucking some apple pieces under the onions.
    4. Add the sliced Brie cheese.
    5. Bake the flatbreads for 10 – 12 minute, or until the cheese is softly melted.
    6. Garnish with the chopped arugula and serve!

© Recipe courtesy of Jo-Anna Rooney from A Pretty Life.

AUGUST WINE CLUB:

Rich WineStylesJan-Harmsgat_ChardonnayJan Harmsgat
Chardonnay
South Africa

RICH WINE STYLE

This Chardonnay is fruit driven with integrated wood notes that is barely noticeable. On the nose, there are notes of citrus, stone fruit and pineapple; while the palate is rich, yet elegant with a round mouth feel.

Varietal: Chardonnay
Analysis:
13.5% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.46
TA: 6.14
RS: 4.43 g/L
Production: 5,000 Bottles
Maturation: 10 Months, 225L French Oak Casks, 4th fill.
Critical Acclaim: 91 pts. Gilbert & Gaillard – 2021 International Challenge

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
A Chardonnay with gentle yet enticing roasted hazelnuts, whipped butter and a lick of oak with aromatic complexity. It is rounded, with good density and an energizing fresh core, the palate has great texture.

ABOUT JAN HARMSGAT:
Founded in 1723, the Jan Harmsgat Farm (JHG) is situated on the most southern tip of the Robertson Wine valley, along the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is locally known as the “valley of wine and roses”. JHG’s philosophy is to create delicious single-block wines — the smallest production unit for vineyards that may not exceed six hectares per cultivar. Their unique position borders with dry conditions of the Karoo (semi-desert region), along with cool sea breezes from the Coastal Regions. Learn more about the winery’s history here.

© Information and Photos provided by Jan Harmsgat.

Jan Harmsgat Farm Winery

Jan Harmsgat Farm


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Casas das Gaeiras Óbidos DOC

Sautéed Fish with Mustard Tarragon Cream Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

  • 16 ounces mild white fish (orange roughy, haddock, cod)*
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • sea salt (to your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons shallot peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon

DIRECTIONS:

  1. *If using frozen fish, completely defrost according to package directions.
  2. Dry fish completely and set aside. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add avocado oil.
  3. When skillet is hot, sprinkle the fish with salt and add the fish to the pan. It should sizzle when it goes in the pan. If it doesn’t sizzle, your pan isn’t hot enough. Be sure the sides of the fish don’t touch. Do not move the fish until it releases from the pan. When it releases, turn the fish. When second side is done, remove fish from the pan. Place on a plate and keep warm.
  4. Add shallots to the pan and cook until edges start to brown.
  5. Stir in white wine vinegar. Using a spatula, scrape up any brown bits left in the pan. When vinegar is almost completely evaporated, pour in the heavy whipping cream.
  6. Heat the sauce, stirring frequently, until it reaches the desired thickness. Next, stir in the mustard and tarragon. Taste the sauce and add salt to taste. To serve, spoon the sauce over the fish.

© Recipe courtesy of Simply So Healthy.

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Casa-das-Gaeiras-VBSilky styleCasa das Gaeiras
Óbidos DOC White Wine
Lisboa, Portugal

SILKY WINE STYLE

The DOC Óbidos White Wine has floral aromas, combined with fruity lemon and pineapple notes reflect the freshness of this wine – characteristic of this terroir.

Varietals: Arinto, Chardonnay and Fernão Pires
Analysis:
13% alcohol / volume
Region: Lisboa, Portugal
Total Acidity: 5 +/-1
pH: 3.3 +/-0.5
Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel vats
Serving Temperature:
60.8ºF-64.4ºF
Harvest: September and October
Winemaker: Tiago Correia
Critical Acclaim:
89 Points and Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast 2020

ABOUT CASA DAS GAEIRAS:
Casa das Gaeiras is often considered a little Chateaux in the Óbidos region, where niche wines are produced in limited production to reflect the tradition of the wines in this region. The excellent terroir allows winemaker Tiago Correia (pictured below) to produce high-quality wines, recognized for their wonderful freshness and minerality – both nationally and internationally. Learn more about Parras Wines and Casa Das Gaeiras here.

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Reguta Ribolla Gialla

Simple Seafood BisqueSimple Seafood Bisque

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. crawfish meat (or more shrimp and crab if unable to find)
  • 1.5 lb shrimp meat
  • ½ lb crab meat
  • 1 lb unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch green onions (white and green parts), finely chopped
  • ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 qt heavy cream
  • 1 qt half and half
  • 1 16oz can creamed corn
  • 1 ½ tsp Tony’s Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large pot, melt butter and saute onions.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the butter and onions and stir until flour is fully incorporated.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Serve with white wine and a good loaf of sour dough bread.

© Recipe courtesy of Holly Erickson & Natalie Mortimer of The Modern Proper.

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Silky styleReguta_Ribolla-Gialla-wine-bottleReguta
Ribolla Gialla
Friuli, Italy

SILKY WINE STYLE

Straw yellow in color, the Ribolla Gialla has a nose that is delicate and well expressed with notes of wild flowers, herbs, and grapefruit. The palate is slightly sour, fresh and has an elegant mouth feel.

Varietal: Ribolla Gialla
Analysis:
12.5% alcohol / volume

Serving Temperature: 50ºF-53.6ºF
Food Pairings:
Pair with cold appetizers with sour or sweet sauces, cream soups, vegetables, main courses, and fish dishes.

ABOUT REGUTA:
Passed down from generation to generation, the Reguta winery has been producing excellent wines in the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia since 1928. Second and third generations – Giuseppe and Luigi Anselmi and their sons continue the family’s traditions while expanding their high quality products. Located near the Adriatic Sea, the vineyards benefit from dry summers and mild winters, allowing the winery to produce a variety of both native and international grapes.  

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