April Sweet Club Iowa

Sweet Wine ClubBellafina_Pink Moscato_Bottle ImageBellafina
Pink Moscato Rosa
Delle Venezie IGT, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

Bellafina’s Pink Moscato is pale pink in color. It highlights notes of melon, peach and red berries, with a bouquet that is typical of the Moscato grape. The wine is sweet and aromatic.

Analysis: 8.0% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Moscato Rosa
Residual Sugar: 75.0 g/L
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
Appellation: Delle Venezie IGT
Area of Production/Origin: Veneto Region and Friuli Venezia Giulia Region
Harvest: First half of September
Serving Suggestion: Serve at 45ºF-50ºF
Food Pairing: Delicious by itself or with a variety of antipasti, soft cheeses, and desserts with berries and cream – such as pastries and cakes

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with a creamy cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

VINIFICATION:
The vinification of rose wines is characterized by a short and cold maceration. The juice is then removed from the skins where it has picked up pale and delicate red hue without extracting too much tannin and retaining the natural freshness and aromatic complexity of the wine. Fermentation takes place at the controlled temperature of 64ºF. After a period of storage, a careful coupage follows to obtain the Moscato Rosé Frizzante cuvée. The base-wine is transferred to tanks where exact amounts of must and selected yeasts are added to obtain the desired levels of pressure, alcohol and residual sugar (Martinotti/Charmat method). This is followed by cold stabilization.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Bellafina comes from the union of two Italian words – “bella” meaning “beautiful” and “fina” meaning “fine” or “delicate”. Their wines are a perfect reflection of the Italian lifestyle; lightly sparkling and easy drinking, making for the perfect pairing to any cuisine. Bellafina has been bottled by Casa Vinicola Botter since 1928. Today, the Botter family is managed by the family’s third generation. They continue to produce wines under environmentally friendly policies and with innovative production techniques, specializing in wines from Veneto.


ercole-moscato-bottle-150Ercole
Moscato d’Asti DOCG
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

Ercole (pronounced AIR-KOH-LAY) means “Hercules” in Italian. Crafted in a fun, juicy, mouthwatering style in northern Italy, this white Moscato wine is aromatic and floral. There are earthy notes of honey and stone, along with fruity layers of green apple, pear, pineapple and other tropical notes.

Analysis: 5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: Moscato, Muscat Blanc
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Allergens: Contains sulfates
Food Pairings: This Italian Moscato d’Asti would pair beautifully with an aperitif or fruity dessert

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with an aged cheese such as a cheddar or a gruyere. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Made by The Piedmont Guy, Ercole is their line of everyday wines that honor the work of the Italian wine growers. Made possible by the generations-old cooperative of local growers in the Monferrato area, Ercole wines are produced with sustainably farmed fruit to reflect the authenticity and beauty of their origins. The cooperative behind Ercole works mainly with old vines ranging from 30-50 years old; all of which adhere to the European Union rule for sustainable farming. None of these growers use systemic treatments or chemicals; and both vinification and bottling are certified vegan. Learn more here.


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Sweet Wine ClubLate Bottled Vintage Singlevineyard-small (1)Quinta Do Noval
LBV Single Vineyard Port 2014
Douro Valley, Portugal

NECTAR WINE STYLE

The Late Bottle Vintage (LBV) Single Vineyard Port is a remarkable example of the Noval style. It is treated exactly like a Vintage Port, with the use of only noble grape varieties sourced exclusively from estate vineyards, trodden by food and unfiltered. Unlike other Vintage Ports, however, this LBV Port goes through extended aging of five years in casks (instead of the typical two years). It has fine structured tannins, great freshness, and purity of fruit. 

Analysis: 19.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: Blend of six traditional Portuguese grapes – Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cão.
Fermentation: Grapes were trodden by foot to obtain the must, then during fermentation, they were macerated to obtain the best possible extraction in the “lagares”, the traditional stone vats from the Quinta.
Aging: Matures for 5 years in French Oak
Farming: The vineyard is farmed sustainably
Appellation: Douro Valley, Portugal
Serving Suggestion: Delicious to drink today, or it will age beautifully in its bottle
Critical Acclaim:

  • 90 pts. Wine Enthusiast – “It is nicely aromatic, with a touch of eucalyptus. The structure is downright impressive, and this needed the time in cask. It tightens slowly but inevitably as it airs out. The fruit flattens a bit at the same time, though. This is still a pretty nice achievement in the vintage. Noval doesn’t make traditional LBVs that fall apart—and it will stay on a plateau for a long time.” – Mark Squires, 9/2020

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with an aged cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

VINTAGE NOTE:
2014 is characterized by heavy rainfall that was well distributed throughout the year. With reasonable temperatures in winter and a fresh month of August, the vines were able to maintain a healthy appearance, with lots of leaves throughout the cycle, which protected the grapes from the peaks of heat during the summer, safeguarding the health of the bunches. At the end of August, the harvest was looking wonderful, with beautiful healthy grapes and an excellent sugar and acidity balance, ideal for making great Port.

ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
All grapes come from the Qinta do Noval vineyard in Pinhão – the heart of the Douro Valley. Due to the major re-planting project of the early 1990’s, these higher quality varietal blends are planted throughout the vineyard. At this age, the fruit at the estate is entering its prime quality.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Open since 1715, Quinta do Noval is one of the oldest Port houses known around the world. Today, Quinta do Noval is part of the international viticultural group of AXA Millésimes. It is unique among Port houses in that most of the Ports are made from estate-grown fruit and all of the vintage Noval wines are from the single Quinta Do Noval vineyard on magnificent old terraces. Their team is devoted to looking after their great vineyard terroir, and strive to make wines worthy of the Quinta do Noval name every year. Learn more
here.


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Sweet Wine ClubTropical_CranberryTropical Moscato
Cranberry
Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This Moscato comes from a grape variety with quite possibly the highest level of complex aromas of any Piedmont grape. This wine has the distinctive Moscato aroma and flavor, with a unique added complexity from the cranberries from the Italian Alps. The Moscato grape’s sweetness is perfectly balanced by the tartness, acidity and slight spice from the ripe cranberries.

Analysis: 5.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 95% Moscato, 4% Small Alpine Cranberry Pulp, 1% Natural Cranberry Aroma
TA: 6 g/L
RS: 120 g/L
Serving Suggestion: Great as an aperitif, or serve as an accompaniment to fruits, aged cheeses, or a hazelnut cake.

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with an aged cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

WINEMAKER NOTES:
The Moscato grapes for this wine come from vineyards located in the Santo Stefano Belbo villages, at 200 to 300 ft. above sea level. Vinification is via autoclave, according to the Charmat Method, until it reaches 5.0% alcohol. Then, wine undergoes cold fermentation and ageing in stainless steel vats for one month, after which time it is blended with the cranberry pulp and bottled.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Tropical Moscato takes premium Moscato from Asti, a commune located in Italy’s famed Piedmont region, and combines their wines with 100% real fruit. Their wines are highly aromatic and burst with all-natural, vivacious flavors. Learn more
here.


SPUMANTI-PIZZOLATO-MUSE-MOSCATO-DOLCELa Cantina Pizzolato
Pizzolato Moscato
Treviso, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

Bright gold in color, this Moscato has aromas of honeysuckle, ripe apricot, and angel food cake. The palate is medium to full bodied with a balanced, round, vibrant, sweet, smooth and refreshing flavor. The wine highlights notes of peach nectar, sweet apple, honey, and orange marmalade. 

Analysis: 6.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Moscato (Muscat)
Appellation: Moscato I.G.T.
RS: 89 g/L
Acidity: 5.4 g/L
Vineyard: The estate is located in the countryside north of Treviso, Italy. The vineyards are situated on the plains and hillsides near the Piave River.
Vinification: Soft pressing, then the must remains in the steel pressurized tanks, with Charmat method for 2 months, reaching a pressure up to 2.5 atm.
Terroir: Calcareous clay-based soil
Training System: Cordon spur training
Certification: BIOS
Notable: Vegan, organically grown grapes
Serving Suggestions: Enjoy with an herbal or spicy cheese such as a Gorgonzola; or serve alone as a dessert wine. Serve 46º-50ºF.
Critical Acclaim:

  • 90 points – Vinitaly “5StarWines”

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section also pair well with herbal and spicy cheeses. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
The Farm Pizzolato Settimo & Gino was founded in 1981, farming livestock and growing grapes, kiwi, peaches, strawberries, apples and pears. During this time, grapes and wine were the top products of the farm, however, it wasn’t until 1987 when the winery decided to finally bottle all the types of wine that were produced. In 1991, the farm and winery officially gained organic certification, and today the winery continues to grow, producing organic, vegan and sustainably grown wines. Learn more about their story here.


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Estate Cellars Chardonnay

Haricots Verts Amandine (French-Style Green Beans with Almonds) Recipe

French Green Beans with Almonds
INGREDIENTS:

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound (450g) green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons (about 35g) unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces (85g) slivered almonds
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons (25ml) juice from 1 lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blanch the beans. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and prepare an ice bath. Add green beans to boiling water and cook until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to ice bath using a wire mesh spider or tongs. Allow to chill completely, then drain and dry thoroughly with kitchen towels or paper towels.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat butter and almonds over medium-low heat and cook, stirring frequently, until almonds are deeply browned and nutty, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and shallot and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes longer. Add lemon juice, along with a tablespoon or two of water. Increase heat to high and stir and shake pan rapidly to emulsify, about 30 seconds. The sauce should have a glossy sheen and not appear watery or greasy. If it’s still watery, continue to simmer and shake. If it looks greasy, add another tablespoon of water to re-emulsify. When sauce is ready, remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Add beans to pan with sauce and toss to coat and combine. Return to medium heat and cook, tossing, until heated through, about 1 minute. Serve immediately.

© Recipe courtesy of J. Kenji López-Alt from Serious Eats.

NOVEMBER WINE CLUB:

Rich WineStylesEstate-Cellars-Chardonnay (1)Estate Cellars
2019 Chardonnay
Central Coast, California

RICH WINE STYLE

The Estate Cellars Chardonnay is sourced from premium vineyards spread throughout the iconic growing region.  Known primarily for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production, Monterey County is the ideal growing region for ultra-premium wine grapes. The appellation is vast and spreads from the edges of the Pacific Ocean to the warmth of the Salinas and Santa Clara Valleys.  The grapes sourced for this wine come from a mix of coastal climates to warm valley floors, giving it the complexity that shows through in the final product. Cool coastal grapes provide bright acidity and mineral notes, coupled with the extravagant citrus and melon notes from the warm valley fruit. The Clos LaChance Chardonnay is a true representation of one of the premier Chardonnay growing regions in the world.

TASTING NOTES:
The Estate Cellars Chardonnay is medium straw/golden in color. It has soft tannins with moderate acidity and a long finish. On the nose, there are notes of lemon merengue, green apple, and melon; while the palate highlights flavors of guava, vanilla bean, caramel, and light oak. 

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Central Coast, California
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume

Aged: 14 Months on 20% new French oak, 80% neutral French oak
Harvest Date: Sept. 29 – Oct. 3
Average Brix at Harvest: 23.5
pH: 3.61
TA: 0.65
Sugar: 0.06 g/L
Food Pairings: Lobster, Pork Chops, Salad with Sliced Almonds
Cheese Pairings: The November Cheese Club selections.
Critical Acclaim: 91 pts. from justwinepoints.com
 
WINEMAKER NOTES:
The Estate Cellars Chardonnay is whole cluster pressed to tank where it undergoes a 48-hour cold settle at 45°F. Post settling it is racked to stainless steel tank where it is inoculated, and fermentation begins. 20% of the wine is then transferred to new French oak and the remainder is fermented in neutral French oak. Post aging the wine is blended together where the bright fruit and citrus aromas come together with subtle hints of vanilla and sweet oak to give balance and life to this elegant Chardonnay.
 
HARVEST NOTES:
The 2019 Estate Cellars’ Red Blend, similar to the previous two years, was notated as one of the latest starts to their season’s harvest. The winters have prolonged their growing seasons as the increasingly wet soils allow the vines time to mature at a healthy rate. The above average rainfall in the spring gave rise to a later than average bud break and bloom, which allowed the weather time to warm up and decrease any concerns of destructive frost. The summer temperatures were well below the seasonal average with only four days of 100+ degree temperatures (in previous years, they saw 11-16 days over 100 degrees). These even and mild temperature changes gave the winery an ideal growing season that pushed them well into November. They believe this hang time has shaped up to provide high quality wine and one of their best vintages to date.
 
ABOUT ESTATE CELLARS:
Estate Cellars is a secondary brand to Clos LaChance, a family owned and operated winery in the Northern Central Coast region of California. After perfecting their portfolio, they wanted to reach additional markets by creating unique labels while still maintaining their same attention to high quality wine. Clos LaChance Winery started in 1987 when co-owners, Bill and Brenda Murphy, decided to plant a few rows of Chardonnay in their Saratoga backyard. By 1992, they grew into a commercial winery releasing their very first vintage. Today, Clos LaChance Winery and Estate Vineyard is proud to be Certified Sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. Learn more here.

 

 


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November Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Rich and Simple French Onion Soup Recipe

French,Onion,Gratin,Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups sliced onions
  • 4 (10.5 ounce) cans beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices French bread
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese, diced
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Melt butter with olive oil in an 8 quart stock pot on medium heat. Add onions and continually stir until tender and translucent. Do not brown the onions.
  2. Add beef broth, sherry and thyme. Season with salt and pepper, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat the oven broiler.
  4. Ladle soup into oven safe serving bowls and place one slice of bread on top of each (bread may be broken into pieces if you prefer). Layer each slice of bread with a slice of Provolone, ½ slice diced Swiss and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Place bowls on cookie sheet and broil in the preheated oven until cheese bubbles and browns slightly.

© Recipe courtesy of Lori Levin from All Recipes

NOVEMBER WINE CLUB:

Mellow style logoEstate-Cellars-Red-BlendEstate Cellars
Proprietary Red Blend

Central Coast, California

MELLOW WINE STYLE

The Estate Cellars’ Proprietary Red Blend is a Bordeaux Style and a true representation of a California Meritage.  It is crafted out of the finest lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot from Central Coast vineyards. Blends are a true representation of the winemaker’s craft and the best possible wine they can make. Utilizing each of the varietals for different components rounds out the blends mouth feel and creates balance in the final product.

TASTING NOTES:
It’s a medium to heavy bodied wine that is dark purple in color with aromas of dried herbs, blueberry and tea leaf. On the palate, there are flavors of cocoa powder, currants and white pepper.

Varietal: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 15% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Central Coast, California
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume

Aged: 16 months on 30% New French Oak, 70% Neutral French and American Oak
Harvest Date: Sept. 30 – Nov. 2
Average Brix at Harvest: 25.0
pH: 3.62
TA: 0.63
Sugar: 0.20 g/L
Food Pairing: Pot Roast, French Onion Soup, Italian Sausage Pasta
Cheese Pairing: The November Cheese Club selections.

California Certified Sustainable logoWINEMAKER NOTES:
The Estate Cellars Red Blend grapes were handpicked, and hand sorted prior to a 48-hour cold soak at 40°F. During fermentation, the wine is pumped over four times per day during peak fermentation to maximize extraction. Post fermentation the wine is held on skins for 24 hours to extend maceration and provide even more color and tannin extraction. The Red Blend is the best representation of a winemaker using all the tools they have to make the best wine possible. This wine is crafted over several tasting sessions with the winemaking team, fine tuning all aspects from flavor and aromas, to structure and mouthfeel.

HARVEST NOTES:
The 2019 Estate Cellars’ Red Blend, similar to the previous two years, was notated as one of the latest starts to their season’s harvest. The winters have prolonged their growing seasons as the increasingly wet soils allow the vines time to mature at a healthy rate. The above average rainfall in the spring gave rise to a later than average bud break and bloom, which allowed the weather time to warm up and decrease any concerns of destructive frost. The summer temperatures were well below the seasonal average with only four days of 100+ degree temperatures (in previous years, they saw 11-16 days over 100 degrees). These even and mild temperature changes gave the winery an ideal growing season that pushed them well into November. They believe this hang time has shaped up to provide high quality wine and one of their best vintages to date.

Clos LaChance logoABOUT THE WINERY:
Estate Cellars is a secondary brand to
Clos LaChance, a family owned and operated winery in the Northern Central Coast region of California. After perfecting their portfolio, they wanted to reach additional markets by creating unique labels while still maintaining their same attention to high quality wine. Clos LaChance Winery started in 1987 when co-owners, Bill and Brenda Murphy, decided to plant a few rows of Chardonnay in their Saratoga backyard. By 1992, they grew into a commercial winery releasing their very first vintage. Today, Clos LaChance Winery and Estate Vineyard is proud to be Certified Sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. Learn more here.


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October Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Easy Goulash Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup oniondiced
  • 1 green bell pepperdiced
  • 2 lbs. ground beeflean
  • 3 tsp garlicminced
  • 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 2 15 oz cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups macaroni noodlesuncooked
  • 1 cup cheddar cheeseshredded
  •  

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add olive oil to large pot over medium-high heat. Add in the onion, bell pepper and ground beef then cook until beef is no longer pink. Drain any excess fat and return pot to stove top. Add in garlic and stir until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  2. Pour in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, Italian seasoning, bay leaves and dried macaroni noodles. Stir and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a light boil and stir occasionally until the pasta is tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the bay leaves and stir in the cheddar cheese just before serving. Enjoy!

© Recipe courtesy of Shawn Syphus from I Wash, You Dry.

OCTOBER WINE CLUB:

Bold wine Style logoIvori_Aged-Red-Wine-2019Alella Vinícola
Ivori Aged Red Wine

Alella, Spain

BOLD WINE STYLE

Cherry red in color, on the nose there are floral notes with aromas of berries, spices, licorice and smoked nuances. The palate is balanced with a polished tannin and medium structure. There are notes of red fruit with smoked and toasted nuanced in the aftertaste.

Varietal: 70% Red Grenache, 30% Syrah
Vineyard: Viña Rials
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume
Aging: French oak barrels 12 months (500 l)
Yield: 22 Hl/Ha
Vine aged: 35 years
Farming: Organic without herbicide, insecticide and inorganic fertilizers
Pruning: Royat doble
Height and exposition: 100 m, SE
Soil: Granites (“Sauló”)
Climate: Maritime Mediterranean
Winemaker: Xavier Garcia
Awards:
Guía Peñín 2018: 91 pts. | Robert Parker: 89 pts.
 
WINEMAKER NOTES:
“Depending on the final ripeness of the different vineyards and varieties, each harvest’s final blend is formed. Varietal base was shared by Red Grenache and complemented with Syrah. All these varieties were produced separately until they were aged in casks in which the final blend was made. Aging lasted 12 months in 500 liter French oak casks.” – Alella Vinícola
 
Alella Vinícola logoABOUT ALELLA VINÍCOLA:
Family owned and operated, brothers Samuel and Xavier Garcia perform all of the tasks of managing the winery from planting the vineyards to the commercialization of their wines. Alella Vinícola has been operating in the heart of the D.O. Alella, Spain since 1906. A little over 9 miles north of Barcelona, the winery’s wines are characterized by the Mediterranean climate. Both the winery and the vineyard are committed to minimizing environmental harmful effects. Their vineyards are free of herbicides, insecticides and inorganic fertilizers. Learn more here.
 
 
 

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Marfil Blanc Sec

Paella-7

© Photo by Lauren Allen

Spanish Paella

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive Oil (Spanish EVOO if you have it)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (or try ½ red and ½ green)
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, very finely diced (or 8 oz. tomato sauce)
  • bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (sweet or smoked)
  • 1 pinch saffron threads*
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into pieces*
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley chopped, divided
  • 2 cups Spanish Rice*
  • 5 cups chicken broth*
  • ½ cup frozen Peas
  • ½ lb. jumbo shrimp or prawns , about 12 – peeled, tail on
  • ½ lb. mussels (about 10-12), cleaned properly (beards off)
  • 8 oz calamari rings
  • lemons, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, bell peppers and garlic and cook until onion is translucent. Add chopped tomato, bay leaf, paprika, saffron salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 5 minutes. Add white wine and cook for 10 minutes. Taste and add salt if needed.
  2. Add chicken pieces, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley and rice to the pot. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Pour the broth slowly all around the pan and jiggle the pan to get the rice into an even layer. (Do not stir the mixture going forward!).
  4. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Give the pan a gentle shake back and forth just once or twice during cooking. (We don’t ever stir the rice, so that a crispy crust forms at the bottom, called a socarrat).
  5. Cook for about 15-18 minutes (uncovered), then nestle the shrimp, mussels and calamari into the mixture, sprinkle peas on top and continue to cook (without stirring) for about 5 more minutes. Watch for most of the liquid to be absorbed and the rice at the top nearly tender. (If for some reason your rice is still not cooked, add ¼ cup more water or broth and continue cooking).
  6. Remove pan from heat and cover pan with a lid or tinfoil. Place a kitchen towel over the lid and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon slices. Serve.

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

OCTOBER WINE CLUB:

Crisp Wine StyleAlella Vinicola Marfil whiteAlella Vinícola
Marfil Blanc Sec
Alella, Spain

CRISP WINE STYLE

The Marfil Blanc Sec is bright straw and light golden in color. It has an intense nose with herbal notes of mint, lime and fresh apple. The palate has good length and a bold texture with fine extract, acidity, herbal spiciness, and notes of crispy fruit.

Varietal: 100% Pansa Blanca
Vineyard: Viña Rials
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Aging: 6 months on lees
Yield: 25 Hl/Ha
Vine aged: 22 Years
Farming: Organic without herbicide, insecticide and inorganic fertilizers
Pruning: Royat doble
Height and exposition: 100 m, EST
Soil: Granites (“saulo”)
Climate: Maritime Mediterranean
Aging Potential: Drink now or mature for up 4 years
Annual Production: 11,000 bottles
Winemaker: Xavier Garcia
 
WINEMAKER NOTES:
“Marfil SEC is one of our white wines that has been sold worldwide for one hundred years. In the past, it used to be produced and aged in large capacity wooden casks for more than three years, so Pansa Blanca acquired a very unique bouquet which was highly valued during most of the 20th Century. In the last few decades, the market tendencies have gradually had an influence on the vinification techniques of this wine, and the aging in wood slowly but surely disappeared.  This paved the way for giving prominence to the fruit, Pansa Blanca, which, without losing its fullness on the palate, gained in primary freshness and aromas of fresh white, aniseed-flavored, floral and sweeter fruit.” – Alella Vinícola
 
Alella Vinícola logoABOUT ALELLA VINÍCOLA:
Alella Vinícola is a family winery established in 1906, and Marfil has been the symbolic brand of the cellar since the 1920’s. In the 20th century, it was considered ‘the’ white wine of Barcelona and was exported worldwide. Today, most of the vineyards used are located in the town of Alella, about 9 miles north of Barcelona. The winery works to minimize the environmental harmful effects that many food and beverage companies can generate. For 20 years, all grapes that enter their cellar are free of herbicides, insecticides and inorganic fertilizers. Learn more here.
 

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September Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Caramelized Onion & Gruyère Burger

Gruyere-Caramelized-Onion-Burger2

© Photo Urban Foodie Kitchen

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 34 oz Gruyère(thinly sliced)
  • ¾ cup caramelized onions (prep before starting the burgers)
  • 34 brioche buns
  • ¼ cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat your grill. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat – about 400°F.
  2. Make the burger patties. Mix ground beef, Worcestershire, pepper, dried onion and salt in a small mixing bowl. Form into 3-4 burger patties.
  3. Cook the burgers. Place the burger patties on the preheated grill and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, depending on the desired doneness. The internal temperature should be 160° on an instant-read thermometer. 
  4. Make the sauce. While the burgers are cooking, mix the mayonnaise with the Worcestershire sauce. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Finish the burgers. Turn grill to low-setting and top each burger with a slice of cheese. Place brioche bun halves sliced side down on the grill, away from the heat. Close the grill and let buns toast and cheese melt for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Assemble the burgers. Remove everything from the grill. To assemble the burgers, spread the bottom half of each roll with the mayo mixture. Top with a burger patty and then add the caramelized onions. Top with remaining roll half and serve immediately.

© Recipe courtesy of Kathryn from Urban Foodie Kitchen.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Hames Valley, Monterey, California

BOLD WINE STYLE

This full-bodied, bold and structured Cabernet Sauvignon is brimming with flavors of ripe plum, blackberry, and blueberry with hints of warm baking spices and toasted vanilla bean. It is rich with well-integrated tannins and an elegant, lingering finish. The Rocklin Ranch Cabernet is immediately enjoyable.

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Hames Valley AVA
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Aging: 12 months, American and French Oak
Food Pairings: This wine pairs well with foods high in fat and with umami flavors – such as braised short ribs, marinated ribeye steak, or a charred gruyere burger.
 
WINEMAKER NOTES:
“The grapes are picked at optimum ripeness in the cool early morning hours then transported to the winery. Upon arrival, they are destemmed and crushed into small lot, open-top fermenters. The cap is punched down three times per day at the height of fermentation to gently increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. At dryness, the juice is racked clean for aging 12 months on a combination of American and French oak.” – Rocklin Ranch
 

HAMES VALLEY, MONTEREY:
The grapes of this Cabernet Sauvignon are grown at Rocklin Ranch’s estate vineyard located in Hames Valley, California – the southernmost tip of Monterey County, just north of the San Luis Obispo county line. The geographic location of the Hames Valley AVA allows for warmer climates when compared to other Monterey vineyards to the north. The vineyard sits at the foot of the Santa Lucia Range, and while it does experience cooling effects from the Pacific Ocean, the vines remain sheltered from the afternoon winds that come down the Salinas Valley corridor. During the day, the Hames Valley reaches highs similar to the Paso Robles growing region, but when the sun goes down, temperatures drop dramatically (up to a 50°F variation). The long, warm days make this region an ideal area for tannin-rich reds, while the temperature differential preserves the balance between ripe fruit and acidity.

ABOUT ROCKLIN RANCH:
Rocklin Ranch founded their estate vineyards on a unique terroir in the Hames Valley to allow them to create balanced, elegant and varietally-correct wines. The winery and vineyards are certified sustainable by GLOBALG.A.P, BRC, and the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA). Rocklin Ranch believes their sustainable practices are just as much a part of their wine as their grapes. Learn more here.
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Winery Spotlight: Stoller Family Estate September 22nd

Wine Tasting Event

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Stoller Winery Tasting Room

Stoller Family Estate
Willamette Valley AVA
Dundee Hills, Oregon

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Join us for a wine tasting event, featuring Stoller Family Estate wines and sister winery Chehalem, from Willamette Valley, Oregon.

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  • Stoller Rosé Pinot Noir
  • Stoller Dundee Hills Chardonnay
  • Stoller Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
  • Stoller Reserve Pinot Noir
  • Chehalem INOX Chardonnay
  • Chehalem Mountains Pinot Gris
  • Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

To reserve a table and attend the wine tasting in person, please call your local WineStyles store. Or if you prefer to attend remotely, from the comfort of your home, pre-order a wine tasting kit-to-go and watch on Zoom.Sept 22_Stoller Wines

About Stoller Family Estates:

Stoller Family Estate is one of the most highly regarded vineyards and wineries in Oregon. Pioneering Oregonian and Founder Bill Stoller purchased his family’s second-generation farm in 1993 with the vision of cultivating an enduring legacy for the land and Oregon wine industry. Over the last 25 years, he transformed the 400-acre property into the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills that has become synonymous with producing exceptional wines. Stoller Family Estate features the world’s first LEED® Gold certified winery and named the Best Tasting Room in the Nation by USA Today. Learn more >

Sustainability:
Stoller Family Estates is committed to leadership in sustainable environmental practices. They have planted cover crops and wild flowers to encourage a healthy environment of beneficial insects and natural wild life – allowing them to forgo many chemical sprays. The first Northwest winery to produce solar energy, their vineyard became LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) certified in 2006 and the winery in 2009. They built their Reserve Winery and Tasting Room from high percentages of recycled materials, and their efforts in the vineyard focus on energy efficiency, safety, and wastewater treatment. Learn more here.

About Chehalem Winery:

Stoller’s sister winery, Chehalem, translates to the “Valley of Flowers” in the Native American language Calapooia. In 1993 Bill Stoller became co-owner and in early 2018 he became the sole owner of Chehalem. By July of 2018, the winery achieved the rigorous certification of B Corp status, ensuring they meet the highest standard of verified social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. Learn more about his story here.

Let’s Taste, Learn and Enjoy® together! 

Contact your local WineStyles to RSVP for this tasting event.

Stoller Family Estate
Dayton, Oregon

September 22, 2021
6:00pm CST/ 7:00pm EST

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August Bubbly Club: Iowa

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Prosecco Millesimato Extra Dry
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

The Pitars Prosecco Millesimato Extra Dry wine is effervescent with a fine and persistent perlage. It is pale, straw yellow in color with hints of green tones. On the nose, there is a rich range of fruit with aromas of wisteria, acacia flowers, unripe apples, lemons and grapefruits. The wine is full-bodied and has a pleasant acidity that is both fresh and dry. 

Soil: Gravely of alluvial foothill origin, typical of the land named “Grave del Friuli”
Grapes: Pure Glera grape
Growing System: Guyot
Harvest: First two weeks of September
Vinification: White vinification. First fermentation occurs in steel vats at controlled temperature, where selected yeasts are added. Bubbles are created inside low-temperature pressure tanks – Martinotti-Charmat method.
Fining: In bottle
Serving Temperature: 46.4ºF-50ºF
Food Pairings: Versatile with any occasion, pairs well with hors d’oeuvres
Awards: Gilber & Gaillard, Gold Medal


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Rosé Dry Sparkling Wine
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

The Pitars Rosé has elegant and persistent bubbles. It is a very fresh and lightly aromatic wine. Brilliant pale pink in color; the nose is delicate, floral and fruity, with notes of strawberry, raspberry and rose. 

Analysis: 11.5% alcohol / volume
TA: 5.6 g/l
Sugar: 18.5 g/l
Pressure: 4.5 bar
Soil:
Gravely of alluvial foothill origin
Growing System: Guyot
Harvest: First week of September, manual harvest
Vinification: White vinification. First fermentation takes place is steel vats at controlled temperatures – this is where the selected yeasts are added. The wine becomes bubbly inside these low-temperature pressure takes, known as the Charmat method.
Aging: Six months in bottle
Serving Temperature: 45ºF-50ºF
Food Pairings: Versatile with any occasion, or ideal as an aperitif
Awards: James Suckling, 90 pts. | Bibenda, 3 Bunches

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Winemaking has been in the Pittaro family for many centuries – dating back to 1644. In 1880 Romano Pittaro, imported Merlot vines from France into Friuli, Italy. His son, Angelo Pittaro, built the first modern winery called the Cantina San Martino – later changing the name to Pitars to honor the family name. Today, the winery is still in the family’s hands, passed down from generation to generation. They continue to honor their family tradition in the craft of making excellent wine. Learn more about their family business here.

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