Pomar Junction Grenache Blanc

Baked ChickenHerb Baked Chicken


  • 2 lbs. chicken drumsticks, pat dried with paper towel
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp.kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. If using aluminum foil, lightly coat with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together all of the spices and set aside.
  3. Place the chicken drumsticks into a large bowl. Make sure they have already been pat dried with a paper towel. Add olive oil and using your hands, toss to coat.
  4. Sprinkle in the seasoning mix and using your hands again, toss the drumsticks making sure each piece is thoroughly coated with the seasoning.
  5. Arrange the drumsticks on the prepared baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes. Then flip the drumsticks and roast for additional 25-30 minutes. If desired, broil for 2-3 minutes for extra crispy skin.

© Recipe courtesy of Little Broken.


Silky stylePomar Junction Grenache Blanc wine bottlePomar Junction
Grenache Blanc
Paso Robles, California


The growing season was exemplary for this white southern Rhône grape. The vines produced generous amounts of full clusters, which were thinned to heighten the quality and focus the intensity of these grapes. The resulting wine dances with bright acidity, white pepper, and enticing tropical fruit flavors. Aroma of lemon cream and green apple, with stone fruit, honeydew and hints of citrus on the palate.

Varietal: 100% Grenache Blanc
Analysis: 13.99% alcohol / volume
Appellation: Paso Robles, California
Vineyard: Pomar Junction Vineyard
pH: 3.29
TA: 6 g/L 
RS: 0.42
Aging: 4 Months
Cooperage: Neutral Oak

Winemaker: Jim Shumate
Pairing: Herb crusted pork loin, herb roasted chicken, Waldorf salad, brie and Swiss cheeses. For adventurous pairings, try spaghetti with oysters, butternut squash soup, or rabbit in a mustard sauce.
Cases Produced: 188

Made entirely from hand-picked, estate-grown grapes from the hillsides of their Pomar Junction Vineyard with limestone shale rock soils. The cooling Templeton Gap breezes moderate summer temperatures and combine with their Linne Calado soils for ideal high-quality wine grape growing conditions.

The Merrill Family has been growing and producing grapes in California’s Central Coast for the past eight generations. Today, Dana and Marsha Merrill, along with their son, Matthew, and winemaker, Jim Shumate farm the vineyards and produce elegant wines of their own. The finest blocks of grapes are selected from their family estate, along with vineyards in Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties managed by a sister firm, Mesa Vineyard Management, Inc. All wines produced are exclusively farmed by the Merrill’s who believe that control from planting and pruning through harvest, fermentation and cellaring is critical for success. Learn more here.

Rachel Lomeli Photography www.rachellomeli.com

Merrill Family © Rachel Lomeli Photography

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Rangel Ranch Sauvignon Blanc

Thai, Shrimps, Green, Curry.Easy Thai Shrimp Curry


  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 3 tablespoons green onions (whites parts, coarsely chopped)
  • 4 ounces green curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 115 ounce can coconut milk
  • 10 fresh basil leaves torn in pieces
  • salt to taste
  • 1 lime optional for garnish


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the garlic. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, or until it just starts to brown.
  2. Add the sliced red peppers and the white parts of the green onions and cook for 2 minutes, until the vegetables start to soften.
  3. Add the curry paste and fry, while stirring constantly, for about 30 seconds. 
  4. Add the fish sauce, coconut sugar and coconut milk and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. 
  5. Add the shrimp, turn off the heat and cover. Let it sit for 10 minutes, until the shrimp has turned pink and is cooked through.
  6. Once the shrimp is cooked, stir in the basil leaves and add any additional salt to taste. Squeeze a touch of fresh lime juice over the top for an extra fresh burst of flavor. 

© Recipe courtesy of Went Here 8 This.


Silky styleRangel-Ranch-Napa-County-Sauv-Blanc-bottleRangel Ranch
Sauvignon Blanc
Napa County, California


The nose is filled with lime, citrus and quince aromatics supported by fragrant floral and mineral notes with a subtle herbal accent.

Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Analysis: 13.7% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.13
TA: 0.63%
RS: 0.06%
Pairing: Thai cuisine, seafood dishes, charcuterie, grilled vegetables, and bright fruit desserts like lemon tarts

Fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and custom coopered oak followed by 14 months in barrel; very dry, excellent balance.

Rangel Ranch focuses on the traditions of their family making and enjoying food friendly wines. Their wines reflect their family history and heritage in every bottle of their Napa County and North Coast releases. Vintage to vintage, winemaker, Paul Scotto, focuses on wine profiles that have held wide appeal through the decades and remain true to the Rangel family traditions. The reds are oak accented with soft tannins and ready to enjoy right away; while the whites are unoaked, crisp and medium bodied.


The family’s vinous heritage and history dates back to 1883 when Salvatore Dominic Scotto, an officer in the Italian Navy, began making wine at his home on the Island of Ischia, just off the coast of Italy.  In addition to making wine for his family (a long-held custom in Italy), Salvatore also treated his friends and neighbors to the fruits of his labor. 

Great-great grandpa Salvatore passed his skills along to his son Dominic, who migrated to Brooklyn in 1903 and continued the family’s winemaking tradition in America. He carried on the Scotto heritage with his sons who sold their father’s homemade wine in five-gallon crocks from the family’s horse drawn cart. After Prohibition, Anthony Sr. and his older brother Sal created Villa Armando (nicknamed Rustico).  Rustico is still produced today and has filled 200,000,000 glasses since its inception, making it one of California’s oldest wine brands.

Today Scotto Cellars is a 5th-generation family-owned and managed wine producing company.  They take pride in treating team members not only as collaborators but also as family members who are encouraged to think creatively and live with a can-do attitude. For five generations the Scotto family has embraced the Old World traditions of sharing meals and celebrating meaningful moments with friends.  Wine has always been a centerpiece of these events and a reflection of Scotto’s Italian heritage they so proudly embrace.  Read more >

Scotto Cellars 5th Generation

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Maite Chardonnay

Sea BassEasy Baked Chilean Sea Bass


  • For the Fish:
    • olive oil, for the pan
    • 4 Chilean sea bass fillets (about 6 ounces each)
    • kosher salt, to taste
    • black pepper, to taste
    • creole seasoning (or seasoned salt), to taste
  • For the Lemon Buerre Blanc:
    • ¼ cup dry white wine
    • 1 ½ tablespoons white wine vinegar
    • 1 ½ tablespoons minced shallots
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
    • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • lemon wedges, for garnish


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Oil a broiler pan and rack or baking pan with olive oil.
  3. Lightly sprinkle the sea bass fillets all over with Kosher salt, pepper, and Creole seasoning.
  4. Place the Chilean sea bass on the oiled broiler rack, skin-side down.
  5. Bake the fish fillets at 425°F for about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillets. The fish is ready when the temperature reaches 145°F on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a fillet.
  6. While the fish is baking, prepare the lemon buerre blanc sauce.
  7. In a saucepan, combine the dry white wine, white wine vinegar, and minced shallots.
  8. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until it has reduced to about 2 tablespoons.
  9. Add the lemon juice, zest, and heavy cream.
  10. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in 1 piece of the butter.
  11. Set it back over low heat and continue whisking until the butter has almost melted.
  12. Continue with the remaining pieces of butter until all are incorporated.
  13. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed. Whisk until well blended. If the sauce is too hot or too cold, it can separate, so keep it warm—at least 80°F but no hotter than about 135°F—until serving time.
  14. Arrange the fish on plates with lemon wedges and drizzle with the lemon buerre blanc. Enjoy.

© Recipe courtesy of The Spruce Eats.


Silky styleMaite-Chardonnay-bottleMaite

Maule Valley, Chile


Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, the vineyard faces soft winds that maintain temperatures lower than the central valley. This is very important, since it helps to maintain good pH and high acidity levels in the wine. Aged 5-6 months in barrels, depending on the year’s specific harvest conditions. The wine remains at least 2 months in bottle before release.

Varietal: Chardonnay
Analysis: 13.9% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.13
Residual Sugar: 1.91
Total Acidity: 6
Appellation: San Clemente, Maule Valley, Chile
Winemaker: Felipe Uribe
Vineyard Yield: 1.8 kg/plant
Planted Area: 3 hectares
Soils: Volcanic origin which high levels of clay, which is great for this specific variety

Located at the Andes Mountain feet, the vineyard usually faces soft winds that maintain temperatures lower than the central valley (approximately 35.6ºF). In order to protect them from the sun direct exposure, the winery keeps the leaves on the grape cluster.

Vinification Process:
The grapes are whole cluster pressed, completely oxidative without the use of sulfur dioxide. The process considers all the wine lees, giving the wine a deep and profound mouth. The winery uses natural yeast and this is no chemical intervention in the winemaking process, just a touch of sulfurous before bottling.

Aging and Storage:
5-6 months in barrels, depending on the specific year harvest conditions. The wine remains at least 2 months in bottle before release.

Maule Valley, Chile map

The Andes Plateau is a family run winery with a drive to showcase wines from the Andes Mountains. Altitude determines the identity of their wines; not many producers are in the mountains due to a high risk of frost, yet the Andes Plateau winery believes the risk is worth the reward. They produce elegant and energetic expressions of each varietal, working with the complex geology of their vineyard locations. Learn more about the winery here.

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Reguta Prediale, Friuli, Italy

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


  • 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


  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.


Silky styleReguta_PredialeReguta
Friuli, Italy


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 
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.

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.

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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Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Riesling

Caesar salad on the tableCaesar Salad Supreme


  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled, divided
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 5 anchovies or anchovy fillets, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 cups day-old bread, cubed
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces.


  1. Mince 3 cloves of garlic and place in a small bowl. Add mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, anchovies, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard; mix well to combine. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Slice remaining 3 cloves of garlic into quarters and add to hot oil. Cook and stir until brown, then remove garlic from pan. Cook bread cubes in hot flavored oil, turning frequently, until lightly browned; transfer onto a plate and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place lettuce in a large bowl. Add dressing, remaining Parmesan cheese, and seasoned bread cubes; toss well to coat.

© Recipe courtesy of All Recipes.


Silky styleKillermans Run RieslingKilikanoon
Killerman’s Run Riesling
Clare Valley, South Australia


The nose of this Riesling is intensely aromatic with notes of lemon, lime, orange blossom, and the classic Riesling minerality. The palate is fresh and mouth watering with bright citrus, orange rind and crisp green apple. It has a tangy, dry finish making it a real pleasure to drink.

Varietal: Riesling
12.5% alcohol / volume
Maturation: Stainless Steel
Winemaker: Peter Warr
Appellation: Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
Pairing Recommendations: Fresh seafood such as oysters, scallops and shrimp; or, try with a fresh Caesar Salad.
Critical Acclaim: 93 pts. JamesSuckling.com

Named after a legendary Clare Valley squatter, Killerman, who planted and tended vines on a paddock adjoining the Kilikanoon property. As legend has it, Killerman made his own wines in a galvanized iron lean-to.

The Killerman’s Run Riesling is fermented at cool temperatures for 3 weeks with an aromatic yeast strain. The ferment was stopped prior to complete dryness to give the wine a hint of additional texture and roundness while still being nicely balanced by naturally retained, crisp acidity. This Riesling was made in a classic Clare Valley regional style primarily from carefully selected vineyards in the Watervale sub region.

Kilikanoon is a boutique Clare Valley winery founded in 1997 by Kevin Mitchell; it is known for producing regionally expressive, terroir-driven wines. The Kilikanoon property, featuring a circa 1860s stone cottage housing Kilikanoon’s tasting room, was orginally settled by early English migrants who named it after a historic old mansion in Cornwall. When purchasing the historic property in 1997, the mature vineyards of Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and Riesling that had been planted by Kevin’s father, Mort in the 1960s, became a part of Kilikanoon, and now form the heart of the estate vineyards. Peter Warr joined the winery in late 2018 after traveling the world honing his craft. He is now responsible for carrying on Mort and Kevin’s legacy at this treasured and award winning estate. Kilikanoon is rated by US and Australian critics as one of Clare Valley’s outstanding wineries, producing bracingly intense and long-lived Rieslings, along with powerful, yet balanced Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Learn more here.

© Information provided by Old Bridge Cellars.

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Casas del Toqui Barrel Series Semillón

Fried-Empanadas-Chilean-Shrimp-and-cheeseCHILEAN SHRIMP AND CHEESE EMPANADAS


  • 6 empanadas dough thawed (on Latin supermarket, on the frozen aisle)
  • 1 cup raw shrimp, peeled and cleaned, without the tail
  • 5 washed and finely chopped scallions white and green parts(green onions)
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder or Merquén
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup of cheese coarsely grated, Havarti or Monterrey Jack are good choices
  • oil for frying


  1. Make the filling: In a medium skillet, heat one tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-low heat, add the green onions and sauté until lightly browned and tender, about 3 minutes, add salt, pepper, and Merquén, stir well and add the shrimp and cook until they are getting pink. Remove from heat and let cool, add the cheese, and mix.
  2. Once the dough is thawed, separate carefully. Place two teaspoons of filling of shrimp and cheese. Close the empanadas, slightly wet the edge with water, and then crush with a fork to seal the border. You can also make small folds after sealing the edge, my favorite way.
  3. Heat oil in a deep pot to avoid splashing, test the oil with a piece of dough leftover, get out to the surface, and brown quickly in about 1 minute per side, or  400F. Place the empanadas to be fried, 2 or 3 at a time. Allow to brown on both sides, remove to a plate with an absorbent paper towel and let drain 1 minute, serve and eat hot.

© Recipe courtesy of Pilar Hernandez at Chilean Food & Garden.


Silky styleToqui-Barrel-Series-SEMILLON-wine-bottleCasas del Toqui
Barrel Series Semillón
Cachapoal Valley, Chile


This Barrel Series Semillón is wheat yellow in color. There are notes of citric fruits, white pear and honey on the nose. The palate is light, nice and fresh.

Varietal: 100% Semillón
13.5% alcohol / volume
Region: Cachapoal Valley, Chile
Viticulture: Vertical espalier
Vinification: Fermentation at 80.6ºF-84.2ºF, post fermentation maceration and aged in third use oak barrel for two months
Closure: Screw cap
Serving Suggestion: Serve between 50ºF-53.6ºF
Food Pairing: Serve with fresh cheeses and seasoned shrimps

Casas del Toqui Vineyards with bicycles

The Cachapoal Valley is renowned worldwide for its Mediterranean weather, where the Coastal Range and the Andes create one of the best soils in the region to produce high quality wines. The terroir of Casas del Toqui includes a wide range of soil types. Each plot of land is handled individually according to the unique characteristics of the terroir, which through a coordinated harvest, vinification and barrel management allows Casas del Toqui to keep individual lots to show the purest expression of each varietal. Learn more about the winery here.

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Casas das Gaeiras Óbidos DOC

Sautéed Fish with Mustard Tarragon Cream Sauce


  • 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


  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.


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


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

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


  • 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


  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.


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


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
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.

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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Casas del Toqui Barrel Series Chardonnay


© Photo by Inquiring Chef

Pan Seared Salmon and Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce


  • 16 oz gnocchi (look for gluten-free if needed)
  • 4 (4-6 oz) salmon filets
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil (I use grape seed or avocado)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 leaves fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 cloves shallots, diced
  • 2 tsp lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving


  1. Boil gnocchi according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, pat salmon filets dry with paper towels. Season it on both sides with some salt and pepper.
  3. Place salmon, skin-side down (or on either side if using skinless salmon), in a room temperature non-stick pan with a thin layer of cooking oil. (This is the key to crisp salmon – the salmon must be placed in a cool pan and then slowly brought up to heat.)
  4. Place the pan over medium heat and cook the salmon, without moving it, until the skin is crisp and easily releases from the pan. (After it has cooked for ~5 minutes, gently nudge it with a spatula, until it easily slides around in the pan.)
  5. Turn salmon with a spatula and increase heat to medium-high. Continue cooking until the side touching the pan is golden brown and crisp and the salmon is cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes more. (It should flake easily with a fork.)
  6. Transfer salmon to a serving platter and return pan to medium-high heat.
  7. Add butter until melted. Add gnocchi, sage, and shallots. Cook, stirring constantly, until shallots are golden brown and sage is crisp.
  8. Pour gnocchi and butter sauce over salmon. Squeeze lemon juice over top.
  9. Serve salmon and gnocchi with extra lemon wedges on the side.

© Recipe courtesy of Jess Smith of Inquiring Chef


Silky styleBarrel Series Chardonnay 2020Casas del Toqui
Cachapoal Valley, Chile


This chardonnay has a complex nose, although it still maintains fresh and fruity aromas. There are dominant notes of pineapple and citrus, while the contribution of French Oak offers hints of caramel and vanilla. On the palate it has a great deal of volume, with a pleasant acidity and long finish.

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
13.5% alcohol / volume

Viticulture: Vertical espalier
Fermentation at 80˚F-84˚F, post fermentation maceration and aged in oak barrels for 6 months.
Screw cap
Pairing: Serve between 50˚F-53˚F with salmon or white meats

Vincent Johnson

Photo of Vincent Johnson

As a wine region, Chile is truly blessed. It has a Mediterranean climate that is similar to the climate in California and France. The climate and the geographical traits have helped Chile remain one of the only locations in the world that is resistant to phylloxera, the louse that destroyed many of the world’s best vineyards in the 1800’s. Chile is going through a wine revolution and the independents have broken away from Chile’s industrial wine culture to lovingly squeeze out small lots of wines, usually using organic, even spiritually tinged theories of winemaking. This new generation is much more conscious about the environment and committed to healthy, sustainable agriculture and also for the production of wines that have a stronger connection to local traditions.

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M by Martellotto

Garlic Butter Cod Fish Recipe

Cod Fish Recipe

© Photo by Primavera Kitchen


  • Cod fish fillets – This is an affordable white fish that takes on the flavors it’s cooked with. Haddock, Pollack, or Mahi Mahi would make great substitutes.
  • Olive oil – Or use another neutral cooking oil with a high smoke point like vegetable, avocado, or safflower oil.
  • Spices: garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper
  • Unsalted butter
  • Garlic Lemon zest
  • Green onionsfor garnish


Season the fish

  1. Pat the fish dry with a paper towel so the seasonings adhere better to the surface. It will also help the fish crisp on the outside when seared.
  2. Season both sides of the cod fillets with the spices. It may help to mix them together in a small bowl first to get even coverage.


  1. Next, sear the fish on both sides in hot oil.
  2. Continue cooking until the fish flakes apart, flipping again halfway through.
  3. Melt the butter in the pan with garlic and lemon zest. Coat the fish in the garlic butter.

Garnish and serve

  1. Remove the pan from heat and transfer the fish to a serving dish.
  2. Then, sprinkle chopped green onions over the top and serve with your favorite sides.

© Recipe courtesy of Olivia of Primavera Kitchen


Silky stylem-by-martellotto-chardonnayMartellotto Winery
M by Martellotto
Sta. Rita Hills, California


“A Chardonnay lover’s Chardonnay. Sourced from the Spear Vineyards, located a few miles west of the winery in Buellton, off Highway 246 in the Santa Rita Hills. This area is famous for the best, cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Spear Vineyard is CCOF certified organic and located near Seasmoke, which charges $100-200/bottle of their wines!” – Martellotto Winery

The wine was stainless tank fermented and then rested in neutral French oak barrels for 12 months. This Chardonnay has a lovely natural acidity and a light zip in the mouth from the sandy loam vineyard that was covered by the Pacific Ocean millennia ago. The wine is light, delicate, and an eminently drinkable quaffer that pairs with a variety of foods. If you love Chablis and dry, nuanced Chardonnay, then you will love this wine. The M by Martellotto was naturally produced and organically farmed.

Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Sta. Rita Hills
Sandy Loam
Production: 14 barrels
Oak: 11 months, neutral French Oak

“Santa Barbara remains one of the most fascinating regions in the world. Rich history, a culture of site-specific wines and reasonable pricing make Santa Barbara one of the most exciting and rewarding regions for consumers who want to discover distinctive, high-quality artisan wines that speak of place.” – A. Galloni


Winemaker, Greg Martellotto

Winemaker, Greg Martellotto

The Martellotto family roots trace back to a 17th century winery in Alberobello in Puglia, Italy. Over four centuries later, winemaker Greg Martellotto continues his family’s viticultural legacy, by making enticing, vibrant wines that speak to his own viticultural passion. From his ancestors’ traditional winemaking in Southern Italy, to his grandfather’s homemade wine during Prohibition, to production in an innovative warehouse facility shared with Barbieri Wine Co. and Lo-Fi wines, Martellotto Winery produces remarkable wines of consequence, consistency, value, and varietal expression. With each bottle, it is the Martellotto family’s desire to share extraordinary, artisanal wines.

Professor John Langdon is famous for creating Ambigrams and inspiring Dan Brown to incorporate his graphics in the books and movie around The DaVinci Code. He has only designed one wine label, and that is for Martellotto Winery. The Martellotto label is a spiritual totem, symmetrical down the middle, and a mirror image. The ARTE of the name engages the Art & Science of winemaking. The bottle enumeration demonstrates the handmade, limited availability of these wines.

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