Thai Grilled Beef Salad

Thai Grilled BeefThis is a simple Thai beef salad. It can be eaten hot or cold, but is usually served at room temperature. The ingredients can be found at most major supermarkets or Asian markets.

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 pound beef flank steak
• ¼ cup fish sauce
• ¼ lime juice
• 1 tablespoon kecap manis
• 3 tablespoons minced garlic
• 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
• 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
• 1 tablespoon sesame oil
• 1 tablespoon chili oil
• ¼ cup chopped green onions
• ¼ cup chopped shallots
• ¼ cup thinly sliced onion
• 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
• ¼ cup sliced cucumber
• ¼ cup Thai chili peppers, sliced

DIRECTIONS:
• Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
• Grill beef to desired doneness, and allow to cool.
• While beef is cooling, stir together fish sauce, lime juice, kecap manis, garlic ginger, cilantro, sesame oil, and chili oil; mix in the green onions and shallots. Adjust seasoning to your taste.
• Cut beef into bite-sized pieces. In a large, bowl, toss with onion, tomatoes, cucumber, and chili peppers. Pour in the dressing, and toss to coat. © Recipe courtesy of Patnication at Allrecipes.com

MARCH WINE CLUB PAIRING:

Arendsign Sauvignon BlancSilky style
Arendsig
Solara Block 2 Little Foxes
Sauvignon Blanc
South Africa

SILKY WINE STYLE

These certified organic grapes come from the Hout Baai Farm in the McGregor mountain river valley, a ward of the Robertson wine valley, where in harmony with nature, a sanctuary for all wild creatures who by their presence create the balance that adds uniqueness to the viticulture. Years of nurturing the land and dedication to preserving it, have established an environment of value to the planet. This single vineyard wine is made with minimal interference, fermentation with natural and approved yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Maturation takes place for seven months on the lees in cement tanks, retaining the unique vineyard characteristics. The handcraft approach by human nature helps to add to the final balance of this unique product.

winemaker Lourens Van Der Westhuizen“On the nose, abundance of tropical fruit flavors, granadilla, kiwi fruit and guava with hints of lime and green citrus. On the palate, fruit lingers with a firm yet balanced acidity and the long lees contact giving the wine a beautiful creamy mouthfeel.” – Lourens Van Der Westhuizen, Winemaker

Winemaker: Lourens Van Der Westhuizen
Appellation: Robertson, South Africa
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Analysis: 13.72% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed & approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.

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Steak and Wild Mushrooms

Steak and mushroomsThe exotic earthy flavors of wild mushrooms paired with thyme make this steak a delicious dish, perfect for entertaining.

INGREDIENTS:
• ½ cup red wine, divided
• ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
• 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt (grinder)
• 2 New York strip steaks, 3/4-inch thick (about 1 pound)
• ½ cup thinly sliced shallots or onion
• 1 package (8 ounces) assorted wild mushrooms or cremini (baby bellas) mushrooms, sliced
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• ¼ teaspoon black pepper (coarse ground)

DIRECTIONS:
• Mix ¼ cup each of the wine and oil, 2 teaspoons of the thyme, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of the sea salt and garlic powder in small bowl. Place steak in large resealable plastic bag or glass dish. Add marinade; turn to coat well. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer for extra flavor.
• Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add shallots; cook and stir 3 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook and stir 3 minutes. Add remaining ¼ cup wine, vinegar, remaining 1 teaspoon thyme, pepper and remaining ¼ teaspoon sea salt. Simmer 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened and mushrooms are tender. Set aside to keep warm.
• Remove steak from marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Grill over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes per side or until steak is desired doneness. Serve each portion of steak with about 1/3 cup mushrooms in red wine sauce.
© Recipe courtesy of McCormick

JANUARY WINE CLUB PAIRING:

Casas Del Toqui Barrel Series Cabernet SauvignonBold wine Style logo
Casas Del Toqui
Barrel Series Reserva
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cachapoal Valley, Chile

BOLD WINE STYLE

In 1994, Château Larose Trintaudon, a major French wine producer from the Bordeaux region, partnered with traditional wine producers from the Totihue region in Chile and together they founded Casas del Toqui. Recently, their legacy was recaptured by a Chilean family with a great passion for wine, contributing with their own unique and distinctive mark. Casas del Toqui is led by a family committed to producing excellence. Each of their wines is the result of their core values, people, tradition and technology, capturing the unique quality that distinguishes their outstanding wines. The Barrel Series showcase the fruit flavors and aromas that reflect the characteristics of Chile’s wonderful growing conditions. Well balanced wines with good structure and complexity, enhanced by oak barrel aging.

Winemaker Vicente Johnson“Very complex nose with hints of tobacco, spices and black fruits, and a soft hint of vanilla. Balanced with firm but silky tannins, good body and with a long and very persistent finish.” – Vicente Johnson, Winemaker

Winemaker: Vicente Johnson
Appellation: Cachapoal Valley, Chile
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed & approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.

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Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp ScampiShrimp Scampi is a quick and easy recipe, great for busy weeknights. Serve over thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta. Try zucchini noodles or brown rice pasta to make an excellent gluten-free meal.

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 pound shrimp
• 1/3 cup butter
• 3-4 tablespoons minced garlic
• 1 shallot (chopped)
• ½ teaspoon oregano
• ¼ teaspoon cayenne
• ¼ cup white wine (crisp, such as Sauvignon Blanc)
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 large tomato (chopped into medium sized pieces)
• ¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)
• salt
• pepper

DIRECTIONS:
• Rinse shrimp, devein, remove tails and cut in half if using very large shrimp.
• In a large frying pan, heat butter over medium heat. Cook garlic and shallot for 2-4 minutes.
• Add shrimp, oregano, cayenne, wine and lemon juice and cook until shrimp are pink, about 1-2 minutes per side depending on size.
• Add tomatoes and parsley and cook another minute to bring tomatoes to correct temperature. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
• Serve over fresh pasta and garnish with parsley sprig and thin slice of lemon. Serve with side salad.
© Recipe courtesy of Yummly, Linda Warren.

JANUARY WINE CLUB PAIRING:

Coastal Mist Sauvignon Blanc bottleSilky style
Casas Del Toqui
Coastal Mist Fumé
Sauvignon Blanc
Cachapoal Valley, Chile

SILKY WINE STYLE

One of the country’s most famous valleys, the Colchagua Valley is set at the heart of the central valley and the icon of wine production in Chile. It’s a fairly new wine-producing region, but quickly gaining reputation as Chile’s ‘Napa Valley’. Sandwiched between the Andes Mountains and the Coastal Mountain range, the Colchagua Valley’s volcanic and granite soils merge with a Mediterranean climate. The vineyards are situated in the hills of a sub-region that combines the freshness of the Pacific with the vibrant minerality of the quartz and granite soils. The grapes macerate in pneumatic press for five hours before starting to extract the drained must, this is cleaned by cold system, before starting the alcoholic fermentation. 80% of the wine was aged four months in stainless steel tanks in contact with lees and 20% in contact with French oak barrels.

Winemaker Vicente Johnson“Greenish-yellow wine with intense aromas of white fruit. Mineral notes, herbs and citrus touches give a fresh and balanced acidity.” – Vicente Johnson, Winemaker

Winemaker: Vicente Johnson
Appellation: Cachapoal Valley, Chile
Varietal: 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed & approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.

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Chef John’s Crab Cakes

Video – Click here to watch Chef John make his crab cakes

INGREDIENTS:
• 8 saltine crackers, finely crushed
• 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
• ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
• ½ teaspoon seafood seasoning (Old Bay)
• ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 egg, beaten
• salt to taste
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
• 1 pound fresh crab meat, well-drained
• ¼ cup dry bread crumbs
• 2 tablespoons butter

DIRECTIONS:

• Mix saltine crackers, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, seafood seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
• Stir in crab meat until mixture is combined but still chunky. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
• Sprinkle bread crumbs on a plate.
• Shape chilled crab mixture into 4 small thick patties; coat completely with bread crumbs.
• Melt butter in a skillet over medium-heat; cook crab cakes until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.

Serving brunch? Try a Crab Cake Benedict, replacing the Canadian bacon and English muffin with a crab cake instead. Top it with a poached egg, side of mixed greens and glass of Huellas Sauvignon Blanc.  Recipe courtesy of Chef John, at AllRecipes.com

Huellas Reserve Sauvignon Blanc wine bottleSilky styleHuellas Reserve
Sauvignon Blanc
Maule Valley, Chile

The grapes were picked at their optimal degree of ripeness during the third week of February. Half of the grapes were macerated in the press to gently extract aromas from the skins while the remaining bunches were destemmed and pressed immediately to obtain clean musts. All fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the aromatics and freshness in the form of citrus and tropical fruit notes. A large part of the blend was barrel aged for 3 months on the lees, up until bottling, to impart a greater weight and creamy texture on the palate.

Carlos Gatica winemaker headshot“Greenish-yellow with intense citrus aromas such as grapefruit and sweet tropical fruits. The refreshing palate is lively, fruity, and finishes with a smooth creaminess. The perfect companion for seafood, creamy and fatty cheeses, chicken dishes, and pastas with seafood sauces.”

Winemaker: Carlos Gatica
Appellation: Maule Valley, Chile
Varietal Blend:  98% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Sauvignon Gris
Analysis: 13% alcohol / volume

Hall Winery Spotlight Tasting Event

hall_walt-tastingOctober Winery Spotlight
Tasting Event
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HALL Wines represents critically acclaimed artisan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from two Napa Valley  winery locations in both St. Helena and Rutherford. Owned by Craig & Kathryn Hall, its vineyard collection features five Certified Organic estates producing classic Bordeaux varietals. HALL’s highly rated wines include the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, selected as Wine Spectator’s #18 of the ‘Top 100’ in 2010. Collectively, over 140 HALL Wines have been rated 90 points and above.

WALT Wines are dedicated to Kathryn Hall’s parents, Bob and Delores Walt, who were dedicated wine growers and their love of the vineyards inspired Kathryn to carry on the tradition.   Let’s Taste, Learn and Enjoy!®

hall-napa-valley-cabernet-sauvignon-bottle-imageABOUT HALL WINERY

Kathryn Walt Hall is the proprietor of HALL Wines and WALT Wines, and has been involved in the California wine industry since her family first purchased a vineyard in the 1970’s. She has had a distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, attorney, community activist, and as the United States Ambassador to Austria.

HALL Wines are passionate about environmental responsibility and sustainable stewardship of their land.  Their vineyards have been certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Farming organically involves committing to two principles:  ecological production and maintaining organic integrity.     Hall values the land and also value its creation, which is why they continue the tradition of hand picking all of the grapes throughout their estate vineyards.  Once the grapes are brought to the winemaking facility, the grapes are processed with innovative techniques to ensure the highest standard and quality of wine.

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Since launching HALL Wines, we have been dedicated to the preservation of the environment and bringing innovation to Napa Valley.  HALL Wines is always looking for new ways to provide support and dedication to the sustainable-living movement. We continue to reinforce our commitment to the health of the land, as well as that of the greater Napa Valley ecosystem”, notes Ambassador Kathryn Hall, HALL Wines owner and vintner.

walt-la-brisa-chard-pinotWALT Wines, owned by Vintners Kathryn Walt Hall and Craig Hall,  is dedicated to the production of premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Pacific Coast’s most distinctive vineyard sites, spanning nearly 1000 miles and including Sta. Rita Hills, Sonoma County, Anderson Valley, Napa Valley and the Willamette Valley.  With their philosophy of precision, non-interventionist winemaking, it allows the wines to naturally and honestly express the character of the site where the wines are grown.

The team at Walt Wines believes in hand sorting every berry; pressing Chardonnay as whole clusters; allowing native yeast fermentation; encouraging a long malolactic fermentation with weekly batonnage and topping off; barrel aging on lees to create more texture, richness, and complexity; and never fining or filtering.  Holding true to these methods means there is no room for error or shortcuts, but the reward is a complex, expressive, complete wine.

HALL WINES
Winery Spotlight Tasting
Napa Valley, California

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  • Hall Sauvignon Blanc
  • Walt La Brisa Chardonnay
  • Walt Blue Jay Pinot Noir
  • Walt Clos Pepe Pinot Noir
  • Hall Merlot
  • Hall Cabernet Sauvignon

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Greywacke Winery Spotlight Tasting Event

February Winery Spotlight
Tasting Event
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GWK_PinotGris_NVJoin us for a Winery Spotlight tasting event, featuring Greywacke wines of Marlborough, New Zealand.

Winemaker Kevin Judd

Kevin Judd, winemaker

One of Marlborough’s pioneering winemakers, Kevin Judd’s career is intrinsically linked with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Established in 2009, Judd’s label Greywacke (pronounced “grey-wacky”) is the fulfillment of a long-held dream. Named after New Zealand’s prolific bedrock, Greywacke was originally adopted by Kevin and his wife Kimberley as the name for their first Marlborough vineyard in Rapaura, whose soils have an abundance of these river stones. Greywacke sources fruit from mature vineyards within Marlborough’s central Wairau Plains and the Southern Valleys. Also an established professional photographer, Judd’s home in the Omaka Valley overlooking Marlborough’s picturesque vineyards provides inspiration for both his passions.

The Greywacke portfolio is based on the Marlborough region’s signature varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The Sauvignon Blanc is crafted in two distinctive styles: classically pure Marlborough Sauvignon, and an alternative wild yeast-fermented, oak-aged Sauvignon. In addition, Kevin indulges his creative drive with small parcels of Chardonnay, along with aromatic varieties Pinot Gris and Riesling. When the season graces this idyllic region with ideal conditions, limited releases of late harvest wines from the aromatic varieties are produced.

Hand harvesting Riesling, at Ashmore Vineyard for Greywacke - the new Marlborough label of Kevin Judd, Marlborough, New Zealand

Hand harvesting Riesling, at Ashmore Vineyard for Greywacke – the new Marlborough label of Kevin Judd, Marlborough, New Zealand

The wines of Marlborough are known worldwide for their precision, intensity, and distinctiveness, bequeathed by an extraordinary climate and a diverse collection of soils. The expression of unique sites within this distinguished environment lifts the wines of Greywacke to another level. Kevin takes a low-intervention approach to winemaking in order to coax the finest nuance of individuality from each hand-selected vineyard parcel, while maintaining the aromatic intensity for which Marlborough is renowned. Purity of varietal expression is a foregone conclusion in the fruit Kevin works with; indigenous yeast are then left to run their course in new and older French oak barriques, ensuring ample texture and complexity in these compelling wines. Already garnering worldwide acclaim, they show a common thread of layered concentration, fine structure and invigorating freshness.

Greywacke Winery Spotlight Tasting
Marlborough, New Zealand

Greywacke-wines

  • Greywacke Pinot Gris
  • Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc
  • Greywacke Wild Sauvignon
  • Greywacke Chardonnay
  • Greywacke Pinot Noir

 

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Greywacke-winery

Silverado Tasting Event

Silverado_Tasting_RoomSeptember Winery Spotlight
Tasting Event
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Silverado Vineyards
Napa, California

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The winery’s name, Silverado, comes from an abandoned mining town at the top of Napa Valley.  A century later, the widow, daughter and son-in-law of Walt Disney began carefully laying the foundation of what would be come Silverado Vineyards in 1976. A few years later, they also acquired a vineyard in the Stags Leap District – known for the quality of it’s Cabernet Sauvignon. Silverado Vineyards now farms six distinctive, family owned vineyards in the Napa Valley and Carneros, three of which are historic sites from these proprietor owned vineyards. Please join us for a Winery Spotlight tasting, featuring Silverado wines. 

The winegrowers . . . are perhaps the most fascinating aspect of terroir . . . Starting with a vision, they activate the links that connect Earth with vine and fruit, guide the transformation of fruit into wine, oversee its maturation, and only then present the liquid that completes the circle, connecting us with the Earth from which the wine arose.” –  Jonathan Swinchatt and David G. Howell,  The Winemaker’s Dance.

   Good wine is about people, from every hand that helps create Silverado’s Cabernet to every current and future friend who lifts a glass of  wine around the dinner table.   100% of the estate is sustainability farmed: 15% is farmed organically; 70% is Certified Napa Green; 50% is preserved in the Land Trust exclusively for open space and agriculture use. 50% of the winery is powered by solar panels. Proud of their accomplishments, Silverado is just getting started.  They also donate time, money and wine to over 70 organizations annually that need our help to keep their communities safe, healthy, learning and enjoying the pleasures of artistic endeavor.

For Silverado, sustainable is not simply a farming method. It is an approach to all of their activities. It is the driving force behind everything they do to ensure that this winery and estate are here for generation of customers and neighbors to enjoy.  Please join us for a special tasting event with Silverado.

Limited Seating Available – Reserve your seat ASAP!

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Prosciutto Wrapped Halibut with Asparagus Sauce

INGREDIENTS:
Halibut•  5 tablespoons unsalted butter
•  4 scallions, thinly sliced
•  1 pound asparagus, spears sliced ½ inch thick, tips separate
•  1 cup water
•  1 cup packed baby spinach
•  salt and fresh ground pepper
•  8 thick slices of prosciutto
•  4 skinless halibut fillets (about 5 ounces each)
•  8 small sage leaves, halved length wise
•  1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Add the scallions and cook over low heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the asparagus spears and the water and cook until tender and the water reduces to ¼ cup, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and cook just until wilted, about 2 minutes. Puree the mixture in a blender until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a small saucepan and keep warm.

Arrange the prosciutto slices in pairs, overlapping them slightly. Place a halibut fillet in the center of the prosciutto and top each fillet with 2 sage leaves. Season with salt and pepper and wrap the prosciutto around the fish.

In a large ovenproof skillet, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in olive oil. Add the halibut and cook over high heat until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip the fish and add the asparagus tips to the skillet. Transfer to the oven and roast the prosciutto wrapped halibut for 5 minutes.

Spoon the asparagus spinach puree onto plates, arrange the prosciutto wrapped halibut and asparagus tips alongside and serve immediately.  Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine.

TIerraYMarSB Silky_StickerTierra y Mar
Big Ranch Road Vineyard
Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley, CA

Tierra y Mar wines are produced from vineyards situated in select parts of Napa and Sonoma.  This Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Big Ranch Road, in the Oakville District of Napa Valley. Oakville is known for its success with Bordeaux varietals, which includes Sauvignon Blanc. Warmer temperatures and gravelly, sandy soils help produce excellent Sauvignon Blanc.   Delicate straw and alluring aromatics shine in this racy stunner.  Notes of dandelion, honeysuckle and bright pineapple open on the nose with a mouth-feel of fresh fruits like green apple and pear.  This wine offers great acidity and a long fruit finish with a touch of a fresh herbs and clover rounding out the palette.

DougFrost“If all you know of Sauvignon Blanc is its herbaceous New Zealand side, this easy drinker offers another view: honeydew melons, red apples and even peaches to go along with the hints of lemongrass and chervil. It’s a tiny bit sweet but that just adds to the easy, tasty character.” – Doug Frost, MS, MW

Winemaker: Douglas Danielak
Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Varietal Blend:  100% Sauvignon Blanc
Analysis: 14.4% alcohol / volume

Chalk Hills Estate Vineyards & Winery

February Winery Spotlight
Tasting Event

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Please join us for a special Winery Spotlight event, featuring Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery.

Chalk Hill Estate
Vineyards & Winery

Chalk Hill Estate is one of the most spellbinding wineries in California.  Hidden in the rugged foothills of the Mayacama Mountain range that divides Napa and Sonoma County, the winery offers extraordinary scenery, a sense of serenity and seclusion, and one of the most providential climates for grapes in all of California.

ESTATE HISTORY: Founded in 1972, by Fred Furth, Chalk Hill Estate produced its first wine in 1980 from grapes grown on extraordinary vineyards set in the rolling hills of eastern Sonoma County.  Over the intervening years, the winery has helped pioneer and establish the Chalk Hill AVA as one of the top winegrowing regions in California. Today, this 1300+ acre property includes around 350 acres of vineyards, a winery, a hospitality center, culinary garden, residence, stables, equestrian pavilion, sports fields, fishing and swimming ponds and a wilderness area. The winery makes limited quantities of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Red, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Semillon as well as several small lot wines.

VITICULTURE: From dramatic hillsides to vineyard gardens, from dry creek beds to forests of native oak, the most prominent feature of Chalk Hill Estate is diversity. Soils vary with elevations and range from ancient alluvial deposits of sand, gravel and clay to young volcanic soils strewn with rocks and boulders. A distinctive layer of volcanic ash lies under much of the top soil inspiring the name “Chalk Hill.” The viticultural team led by Mark Lingenfelder has spent 35 years studying and mapping the Estate’s complex terroir. Thanks to their efforts, each individual block (60 total) has been planted to the best possible variety, clone, rootstock, trellising system, row orientation and vine spacing.  More than two-thirds of Chalk Hill remains uncultivated. The winery’s vineyards are thoughtfully woven amongst the native oak woodlands, meadows and streams. The vines are maintained using low-input, sustainable viticultural practices to preserve the long-term viability of the ecosystem.

WINEMAKING: Making great wine starts by understanding the nuances within each vineyard site. Harvesting precisely when the grapes have the greatest flavor, balance and concentration is the only way the vineyard expresses its unique character. The winemaker then coaxes the best out of every grape with a minimalist approach and gentle handing. Each vineyard and winemaking step contributes to our world-class red and white wine programs. Recognized by press and consumers alike, Chalk Hill has received 125 scores of 90 or higher from Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator combined.

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Bill Foley, Chalk Hill Proprietor

“It is a privilege to be involved with such a significant and strikingly beautiful property. For nearly four decades, Chalk Hill has been one of the premier wine estates in California. Our Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, and proprietary Estate Red are all considered benchmarks among their peers. Our commitment to sustainable farming ensures that our land will remain healthy for generations and our wines will accurately reflect their origins in the hills of eastern Sonoma County.” –  William P. (Bill) Foley II, Proprietor

CHALK HILL WINES TASTED:

Chalk_Hill_winesEstate Sauvignon Blanc
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Estate Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Estate Pinot Noir
Estate Red Blend

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Crab Cakes with Curry Aioli

Sauvignon Blanc is a great pairing for seafood, but because it is still cold outside, we wanted something comforting that could easily be whipped up during the work week. The curry aioli adds a nice heat element to this dish and highlights the brightness of this wine.

crab-cakes-recipeINGREDIENTS:

• 1 teaspoon Madras curry powder
•  ¾ cup mayonnaise
•  2 tablespoons crème fraiche
•  2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
•  1 tablespoon snipped chives
•  1 tablespoon minced parsley
•  1 tablespoon minced tarragon
•  1 cup panko bread crumbs
•  1 pound lump crab
•  ½ cup canola oil
•  1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
•  Salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

In a bowl, whisk ½ cup of the mayonnaise with ¼ teaspoon Madras curry powder. Let chill.

In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining mayonnaise with crème fraiche, lemon juice, chives, parsley, and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in the crab, form into 4 patties and coat with the panko. Transfer crab cakes to a lightly oiled baking sheet and let chill.

Preheat the broiler and position a rack 8 inches from the heat. Drizzle the crab cakes with 2 tablespoons of oil and broil for about 12 minutes or until golden and crisp (ok to turn once). Transfer to plates and drizzle with curry aioli.  Add a lightly dressed arugula salad if desired.   Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine magazine.

Limited_SB13_BottleshotSilky_StickerLIMITED CAMBRIDGE CELLARS
SAUVIGNON BLANC
DRY CREEK VALLEY, CA

Cambridge Cellars strives to produce wines that embody the designations from where they are grown. Their  “LIMITED” wines represent those rare, exception lots from distinguished appellations throughout California’s wine country.  Dry Creek Valley is anchored in by two distinct areas of water – Lake Sonoma to the north and the Russian River to the south.  Sauvignon Blanc is the standout white varietal as it thrives in moderate conditions that are neither too cool nor too warm. Dry Creek is blessed with a steady fog in the morning coming in from the San Francisco Bay and by afternoon temperatures are warm and dry, allowing the Sauvignon Blanc grape to reach maximum potential.

Douglas-Danielak-winemakerDOUGLAS DANIELAK, WINEMAKER

“Our Limited is a beautiful example of crisp, ripe and fresh Sauvignon Blanc. Bright fruit notes of pink grapefruit, peach and apple open on the palate, with vibrant acidity and a rich mouth-feel through the finish. ”

 VARIETAL: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley, California
ANALYSIS: 13.2% alc/volume

FEATURED WINE CLUB WINE: January 2015