Winery Spotlight Tasting Event: July 22, 2020

Cline Family Cellars

Fred and Nancy Cline

Virtual Wine Tasting Event on Zoom

Cline Family Cellars

Wednesday, July 22 at 6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Zoom logoPlease join us for this month’s Winery Spotlight tasting event on Zoom, featuring Cline Cellars from Sonoma, California.  Special guests include Charlie Tsegeletos, winemaker of Cline Cellars and Megan Cline, Certified Sommelier and daughter of Fred and Nancy Cline. 

Charlie and Megan will be tasting through 6 different wines from Cline Cellars, starting with their Farmhouse White, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Ancient Vineyards Mourvedre, Sonoma Syrah and ending with Cline’s Cabernet Sauvignon.  Be sure to RSVP at your local WineStyles location or on Eventbrite.  Pre-order your wines in advance at your local participating WineStyles location and taste alongside Charlie and Megan on Zoom!

Cline Cellars Wine Tasting

Virtual Wine Tasting Cline Cellars

Built on a passion for winemaking and rooted in respect for the land, Cline Cellars is a family-owned and operated winery in Sonoma, California. In 1982, Fred Cline started making his first vintages from original plantings of Mourvedre, Zinfandel and Carignan, some of which dated back to the 1880’s. As one of the original Rhône Rangers, he began planting varietals that included vineyards dedicated to Syrah, Viognier and Marsanne and Roussanne.  Fred and his wife Nancy have continued to plant vineyards across Sonoma County.

Guest speaker Charlie Tsegeletos, Winemaker

Winemaker Charlie Tsegeletos

Charlie Tsegeletos, Winemaker

Charlie was born to be a winemaker. There was always wine in his Greek/Italian household in northern California, and his great-grandfather made wine in Guerneville in the 1930s. Charlie graduated from UC Davis in 1979 with a degree in Agricultural Science and Management/Plant Science, and honed his craft at Hacienda Wine Cellars, D’Agostini Winery, and Glen Ellen Winery. Since joining Cline Cellars in 2002, he has created legendary Zinfandels, distinctive Rhône-style wines, and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Merlot and Chardonnay. Charlie loves making wines that express the unique qualities of California fruit, and their specific sense of place. His mission is the creation of wines that surprise and delight the senses. Learn more about Cline’s Winemakers here.

Guest speaker Megan Cline, Certified Sommelier

Megan Cline

Megan Cline, Certified Sommelier

Following in the footsteps of her parents, founders of Cline Cellars, Megan also fell in love with the world of wine. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara and completing her Certified Sommelier training, she returned to Sonoma to work at the family winery. For Megan, it was love at first harvest.  “I like that wine is so much more than a beverage. It’s a combination of place’s history, geography, people, food, climate and traditions.”  Learn more about Megan >

Fred Cline Winemaking

Fred Cline

Grounded in Sustainability

Cline Cellars aims to be stewards of the land, not only through natural and sustainable Green String farming methods, but through an awareness of bringing interconnected systems into harmony. Cline Cellars is proud to be Certified California Sustainable Vineyard and Winery. From grape to glass, the program acknowledges a long-term commitment to sustainable wine growing and business practices.  RSVP to get a taste!

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Cline Petaluma Gap Vineyard

Braised Short Ribs with Fine Herbs

braised short ribs

INGREDIENTS:
• 3 pounds beef short ribs
• salt and cracked pepper to taste
• ¼ cup olive oil • 2 slices bacon large dice
• 2 medium onions sliced thin
• 6 cloves of garlic sliced
• 2 cups red wine
• 2 lbs ripe tomatoes, peeled and diced (or 28 ounce can)
• 6 chives roughly chopped • 2 sprigs tarragon (save stems) chop leaves
• 3 sprigs fresh chervil (save stems) chop leaves *mix chervil tarragon and chives together and set aside
• 2 bay leaves
• ¼ cup roughly chopped parsley (save stems)
• Butchers twine

DIRECTIONS:
• Season beef ribs with salt and pepper and set aside.
• Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Brown all sides well then remove the ribs to a plate and brown remaining ribs.
• Pour off all but 2 tablespoon of fat in the pan. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat until it renders most of its fat but does not crisp. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft. Stir in the wine, tomatoes, salt, and a generous grinding of black pepper. Return the ribs to the pot and bring to a simmer.
• Tie up saved herb stems with twine. Tuck them between the ribs in the braising pan. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to very low. Gently simmer until the ribs are tender enough to pierce with a fork and the meat pulls off the bone, about 2.5 to 3 hours. Alternately, if your pan is oven safe, you can braise the beef in the covered pot in a 300-degree oven.
• Take the ribs out of the sauce with tongs and transfer them to a large platter. Remove and discard the herb bundle. Skim off any visible fat on the surface of the sauce. Stir in the chopped mix of herbs and increase the heat to high. Boil the sauce until it thickens enough to coat a spoon. Stir in the parsley. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
• Spoon the sauce over the meat and serve. © Recipe courtesy of Vintners Alliance.

FEBRUARY WINE CLUB PAIRING:

Chateau Maris Natural Selection Syrah GrenacheBold wine Style logo
Château Maris
Natural Selection
Syrah, Grenache
Languedoc, France

BOLD WINE STYLE

Robert Eden, vintner and co-owner of Château Maris, has lived in France since 1994. After traveling the world and working with renown winemakers, he began his pursuit of organic and biodynamic viticulture at Château Maris. Located within the terroir of Cru La Liviniere in the South of France, the winery is situated at the foot of the Black Mountains. Château Maris is a 79-acre estate divided into multitude of small vineyards on the hillside above the village of Laviniere, the first Cru Classe of the Minervois, in the Languedoc region. Eden’s unwavering pursuits in organic winemaking and biodynamic principles, spans over two decades, three continents and has gained world-recognition. His keen attention to environmentally conscious viticulture and top varietals of French terroir, creates wines that are reliable and a delicious choice for any dinner party with family and friends.

Winemaker Robert Eden“Notes of dark fruits, black currant. Inky purple on the glass. Full-bodied richness, beautifully integrated acidity, ripe tannin and no hard edges. It is soft with juicy tannins. Pairs well with red meat, filets or ribs.” – Robert Eden, Winemaker

Winemaker: Robert Eden
Appellation: Languedoc, France
Varietal: 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: 91 pts Wine Advocate, 2017

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January Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Chicken Chili with Red BeansChicken and Red Bean Chili

INGREDIENTS:
• 2 pounds chicken (boneless chicken breasts or thighs, diced)
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 1 medium green bell pepper (diced)
• 1 medium red bell pepper (diced)
• ½ cup onion (chopped)
• 1 clove garlic (minced)
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• ½ teaspoon ground cumin
• 2 (14-ounce) cans red beans (small red beans or kidney beans)
• 1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes (diced)
• 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
• 1 (4-ounce) can green chili peppers (chopped, mild)
• 1 cup chicken stock (preferably unsalted)
• optional: 1 teaspoon sugar
• optional: 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
• kosher salt (to taste)
• pepper (to taste)

DIRECTIONS:
• Heat the olive oil in a 5-quart Dutch oven or kettle over high heat. Add the chicken to the hot oil and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked and tender. With a slotted spoon, remove chicken to bowl; refrigerate it until you are ready to add it back to the chili.
• Add butter to the same pan over medium heat; cook the green and red peppers, onion, and garlic until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
• Add the chili powder and cumin; stir to blend and cook for 1 minute. Stir in kidney beans with their liquid, tomatoes with their liquid, tomato paste, green chili peppers, and chicken stock. Add the sugar and cayenne pepper, if using. Bring the chili to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for about 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken back to the pot and continue cooking for 5 to 10 minutes. Taste and add kosher salt and ground black pepper, as desired.
• Ladle the chili into bowls and garnish as desired. You can top the chili with sour cream, chopped green onions, cilantro, or shredded cheese if you like. It goes great with cornbread or crackers on the side.
• Makes 8 servings. Leftovers can be refrigerated or freeze in individual airtight containers.
© Recipe courtesy of The Spruce Eats

JANUARY WINE CLUB PAIRING:

Casas del Toqui SyrahBold wine Style logo
Casas Del Toqui
Gran Toqui
Syrah
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. 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, producing a rich harvest with balanced maturity.

Winemaker Vicente Johnson“Very intense purplish red color. Aromas of red fruits, spices, cassis, and leather. Full-bodied on the palate, with an interesting marriage of fruit and wood, it is a very complex wine. Long finish and great persistence. Serve with roast lamb and goat cheese.” – Vicente Johnson, Winemaker

Winemaker: Vicente Johnson
Appellation: Cachapoal Valley, Chile
Varietal: 100% Syrah
Analysis: 14% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed & approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.

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Santa Barbara Syrah Pairing Recipe

TENDER LAMB CHOPS

INGREDIENTS:

• Two 1 ½-pound (8-bone) lamb racks, cut into double-cut chops
• Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 1 tablespoon olive oil

DIRECTIONS:
• Preheat the oven to 375 F.
• Season the lamb chops liberally on both sides with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
• Place a large oven-safe roasting pan over high heat and add the olive oil. Place the lamb chops in the pan, meaty-side down. Cook until golden brown, 2 minutes per side.
• Cover the pan with foil and transfer to the oven. Roast for 10 minutes for medium-rare; 20 minutes for well-done. Let the chops rest for 3 minutes before serving.

JUNE WINESTYLES WINE CLUB

Bold wine Style logoMartellotto Winery
Santa Ynez Valley
Syrah
Santa Barbara, California

Syrah is an unsung hero in Santa Ynez. Grapes for this exquisite wine are from the forty-year old Zaca Mesa vineyard, which are the oldest Syrah vines in Santa Barbara County. Truly art in a bottle, this Syrah is bold, approachable and full of verve. Martellotto wines are expertly crafted and carefully blended from personally sourced grapes from the central coast of California. An active member of the Santa Barbara Vintners Association, Martellotto Winery understands the importance of being a responsible winemaker and institutes sustainable winemaking practices and processes whenever possible. From Greg’s winemaking roots in Italy, (and his nonno’s New York basement wine during Prohibition), to production in California’s Central Coast, Martellotto wines remain consistently vibrant and a joy to share.

winemaker Greg Martellotto“This epic example of Syrah offers flavors of blackberry, ripe plum, dried violets, cocoa, white pepper, and fresh sage. A touch of vanilla and toasted oak balance the hedonistic finish.” – Greg Martellotto, winemaker

Winemaker: Greg Martellotto
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley, California
Varietal:  Syrah
Analysis: 14.1% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

Pumpkin Ravioli November Wine Club pairing recipe

The team at WineStyles in Cedar Rapids, Iowa reviews our wine club this month, along with Beer Club and our holiday offer – Bottle Bucks Bonus cards!    If you’ve been on the fence to join our Wine Club, now is the time!  Get a $20 Bonus Card and enjoy this delicious Pumpkin Ravioli pairing recipe and Chardonnay from Martellotto Winery in Santa Barbara, California!  Happy Thanksgiving! Cheers!

Pumpkin Ravioli

pumpkin ravioliINGREDIENTS:
• 1 lb. piece pumpkin, calabaza or butternut squash, seeds and strings removed
• 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
• 2 tbsp grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese, plus extra for serving
• ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
• ¼ tsp fine sea salt
• 1 to 2 tbsp dried bread crumbs
• 1 ¼ lb. fresh egg pasta, try this recipe, https://nyti.ms/2PkzZtp
• 5 tbsp unsalted butter, clarified
• 2 tbsp kosher salt

DIRECTIONS:
In a large frying pan, melt butter. Add apple wedges and cook on high 3 to 5 minutes stirring frequently until apples soften.

Reduce heat and add sugar, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and water. Simmer uncovered over low heat stirring frequently 10 to 12 minutes until sauce becomes thick. Remove heat and serve warm.

chardonnayMartellotto Winery
Melodeon
Chardonnay
Santa Barbara, California

The fanciful name “Melodeon” is the name given to foot-pumped organs used in the 19th century. Just imagine an old west saloon with gunslingers and whisky, with a melodeon organ music in the background. Melodeon was also commonly referred to as an accordion played while draped over a musician’s thigh. As such, the music of the time played in saloons of the Barbary Coast was referred to as melodeon. This black label “Melodeon” Chardonnay is as smooth, genuine, and lyrical as its name. This melodious Chardonnay’s low alcohol is the result of picking the fruit earlier, leading to a lovely natural acidity. After 10 months in oak with limited sulfur additions, the wine was minimally filtered and bottled.

winemaker Greg Martellotto“Notes of buttered toast, baked pecans, oak and vanilla carry through into the flavors of Melodeon. Creamy and buttery with a tension and nerve like makes the lips pucker.” – Greg Martellotto, winemaker

Winemaker: Greg Martellotto
Appellation: Sierra Madre, Santa Barbara, California
Varietal Blend:  100% Chardonnay
Analysis: 13.9% alcohol / volume, 3.36 pH
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

Soupe au Pistou

Soupe au PistouA Provençal version of minestrone, this is a hearty vegetable soup with summer vegetables, herbs and pasta. Delicious served hot or at room temperature.

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 cup dried white beans (navy or cannellini), soaked in cold water overnight and drained.
• 1-ounce of pancetta
• 1 small onion, halved
• 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, 2 whole and 2 smashed
• 1 bay leaf
• 2 quarts plus 3 cups water
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 small fennel bulb, cored and coarsely chopped
• 2 red potatoes (10 ounces), peeled and halved
• 4 small zucchini (1 pound), cut into ½ inch pieces
• ¾ lb green beans or Romano beans, cut ½ inch pieces
• 3 medium tomatoes-peeled, seeded and cut into ½ inch dice
• 1 table spoon unsalted butter
• 1 cup small shaped pasta, such as elbow or Ditalini
• salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1 cup Classic Pistou (see below)
• basil sprigs, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Put the drained white beans, pancetta, halved onion, whole garlic cloves and bay leaf in a medium saucepan. Add the 3 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan and simmer until the beans are tender, about 1 ½ hours. Discard the pancetta, onion, garlic and bay leaf.
• Meanwhile, in a large, heavy pot, heat the olive oil. Add the fennel, potatoes, chopped onion and smashed garlic. Cover the pot and cook the vegetables over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the fennel and onion are softened, about 10 minutes. Add the 2 quarts of water and gradually bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. © Photo Quentin Bacon and recipe courtesy of Paula Wolfert, FoodandWine.com

Corbieres wine bottleBold wine Style logoAbbotts and Delaunay
A Tire D’Aile
Grenache, Syrah
Corbieres, France

A Tire d’Aile is a range of delectable, balanced and elegant wines from the Languedoc region’s classic appellations. Respecting both the soil and the vines, healthy grapes are produced with good concentration much to the delight of the birds that live in the plots.

The grapes come from three terroirs: 65% from the eastern Corbières (coastal vineyards yield grapes that lend freshness and elegance), 20% from the edge of Fitou (a terroir located further south whose grapes offer lovely aromatic richness) and 15% from the Corbières Boutenac cru which give this wine its depth. The grapes are handpicked and brought to the winery in tubs and immediately transferred to tanks without crushing or pumping. Maceration lasts 15 days. The press wine is added to the free-run wine. The wine is aged in barrels (40%) and stainless steel tanks (60%).Laurent Delaunay WineMaker

“Very intense black color. Floral nose reminiscent of violet along with fine spices (white pepper), black olive and notes of humus and tobacco. Rich and full-bodied on the palate with lovely substance and smooth tannins. Flavors of jammy fruit and baked goods on the finish.” – Laurent Delaunay, winemaker

Winemaker: Laurent Delaunay
Appellation: Languedoc, Corbieres, France
Varietal Blend:  Grenache, Syrah
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume

CLASSIC PISTOU

Pistou

From the south of France, Pistou is similar to pesto sauce. It’s an olive oil based basil sauce and made by hand.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 1/2 cups basil leaves, torn into pieces (2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup coarsely grated plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely grated Mimolette or slightly aged Gouda (3 ounces)

DIRECTIONS:

In a large mortar, pound the garlic with the salt to a paste. Add the basil by the handful and grind the leaves against the side of the mortar until almost smooth. Stir in the tomatoes, then gradually stir in the olive oil until it’s incorporated. Stir in the cheese and refrigerate until ready to serve. © Photo Quentin Bacon, recipe by Paula Wolfert of FoodandWine.com 

Pairing Recipe August Wine Club

August Wine Club

Abbotts and Delaunay
A Tire d’ Aile
Grenache, Syrah, Carignan
Cotes Du Roussillon
France

Cotes Roussillon bottleStemmed from the encounter of two passionate winemakers, Abbotts & Delaunay wines embody the know-how of Nerida Abbott and Laurent Delaunay.

A Tire d’Aile is a range of delectable, balanced and elegant wines from classic appellations in the Languedoc region. Respecting both the soil and the vines, healthy grapes are produced with good concentration much to the delight of the birds that live in the plots.

The grapes for this wine hail from three of Roussillon’s famed terroirs; Montner (a temperate zone producing grapes that lend depth to the wine), Tautavel (a hot, dry terroir whose grapes add complexity) and Caramany (a cooler area with grapes that lend elegance). The grapes are handpicked. The Syrah and Grenache grapes are vinified traditionally while the Carignan undergoes whole bunch maceration. Pairs great with grilled meats, poultry in puff pastry and Mediterranean cuisine.

Deep in color with carmine hues, this wine has aromas of raspberry, violet, licorice and blackberry underscored by spicy notes. Full-bodied from the start with soft tannins and long on the finish.” – Laurent Delaunay, winemaker

 

Rustic Sausage Kale Pasta

Pairs well, complementing the earthy, fruit forward flavors in a Languedoc red.

Rustic Sausage Kale Pasta plate

INGREDIENTS:
• ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
• 1 1b mild Italian pork sausage
• 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
• 1-½ cups baby kale
• 7 oz. canned Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 lb dried penne pasta
• pinch red pepper flakes, optional
• salt and freshly ground pepper
• 5 oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese + more for serving

DIRECTIONS:
• Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
• In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the pork sausage, breaking it up and cook until browned. Add the red onion slices and cook for another 5 minutes. Turn heat down to low.
• Salt the boiling water and add the pasta. Cook according to the package directions. Reserve ½ cup pasta water.
• Drain the pasta. Add the beans to the sausage mixture, pasta, Parmesan cheese and reserved pasta water. Stir to mix and gently mix in the baby kale. Serve with extra cheese. Serves 4.  © Photo and recipe Always Ravenous, adapted from French Country Cooking by Mimi Thorisson.

July Wine Club pairing recipe

Spanish Roasted Chicken

  • Spanish Roasted ChickenINGREDIENTS:
  • 4 lb whole broiler chicken, preferably brined, rinsed and patted dry
  • 4 lemons
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2-3 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size or diced
  • olive oil, to taste
  • salt & pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:
• Preheat oven to 425 °F.
• Boil medium pot of water. Add potatoes and two lemons. Cook for 5 minutes and drain.
• Poke lemons with a knife. Insert lemons and crushed garlic into cavity of the chicken.
• Place chicken on a foiled baking tray. Surround the chicken with the potatoes. Sprinkle chicken and potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper to coat. Cook for 80 minutes until chicken has an internal thigh temperature of 165-175 °F. Remove chicken.
• Stir potatoes and return to oven for 10 more minutes to crisp.
• Cut chicken. Serve with fresh lemon wedges, potatoes and a salad.

Ananoa Syrah wine bottleBold wine Style logoEncomienda de Cervera
Ananoa Syrah
Almagro, Spain

Located in the heart of the Volcanic Massif of Calatrava Estate, Encomienda de Cervera was founded in 1758. Initially, the estate had 2,375 olive trees, an oil press, 10,000 black and white poplar trees and a country house. By the end of the 19th Century, the estate had a 22-hectare vineyard and a 200,000 liter winery. The volcanic black soil and red ochre gave the city of Almagro its name. Surrounding three river basins, its micro-climate of cool nights and hot days, provide the ideal growing conditions for this Syrah. All vineyards are in trellis, oriented to the North/South with controlled trickle irrigation systems and humidity sensors at different levels. The grapes are harvested during low-temperature hours, resulting in excellent quality and well-matured wines. The volcanic soil contributes to the mineral expression and the refreshing acidity in the wine.

Horten Espinosa winery owner“Picota cherry red in color, with intense aromas of red fruits with toffees from aging oak barrels. Volcanic soil enhances minerality. It’s fresh in the mouth feel, has a delicious structure and smooth tannins. Expansive and well-rounded.” – Horten Espinosa, owner

Appellation: Campo de Calatrava, Almagro, Spain
IGP (Protected Geographic Indication): Vino de la Tierra de Castilla
Soil:
Clay and stony soil with smooth layer of volcanic origin
Varietal Blend:  Syrah
Analysis:
13.7% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Bronze Decanter, Gold Bruxelles

 

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July Wine Club pairing recipe

Rich, juicy notes of strawberries are complimented by more savory notes of violets and licorice, which meld with the flavors from the pork and anise in the recipe. The smooth, medium/full body of Monasterio de las Viñas Rerserva Red from Cariñena Spain matches the mouthfeel of the meat.

pork-chops-shallotsPork Chops with Shallots

INGREDIENTS:
• Four 8-ounce bone-in pork rib chops
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• All-purpose flour, for dusting
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
• 4 large shallots, sliced (1 ¼ cups)
• ½ teaspoon anise seeds
• ¼ cup dry red wine
• 1 cup chicken stock
• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• 2 teaspoons tomato paste

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper and dust with flour.

In a skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the pork and cook over high heat for 1 minute. Add the butter, reduce the heat to moderately high and cook, turning once, until the chops are browned on both sides, 8 minutes. Transfer the chops to a baking sheet and bake in the oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted at the thickest point registers 145°F, about 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the shallots and anise to the skillet and cook over low heat, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the wine and reduce over moderately high heat to ½ cup, about 2 minutes. Add the stock and reduce by half, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute longer. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the chops to plates and top with the sauce. Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine.

Bold_stickerMonaterio_Reserva_wineMonasterio de las Viñas
Reserva Red
Cariñena, Spain

In the 11th century, Cistercian monks built a monastery in the Sierra de Aguarón.  Today, this region is known for its superior quality wines. Monasterio de las Viñas celebrates the history of the land by using traditional varietals sourced entirely from Aguarón. Cariñena is one of the oldest protected growing regions in Europe, receiving D.O. status in 1932.  Vines grow in reddish-brown limestone over loose rock. A continental climate and a cold, northerly wind known as cierzo contribute to the characteristic intensity of the grapes.   Harvested from vines an average age of 30-years-old grown at an elevation of 1900-2600 feet, the grapes were aged for 12-16 months in French and American oak barrels and aged in bottle for 2 years. Pairs well with pork chops and shallots.

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Winemaker Marcelo Morales

“This wine is bright ruby-red with a garnet color change at the rim.  Aroma of strawberries, violets and licorice become ripe on the palate.  Additional notes of vanilla and wood create more complexity” – Marcelo Morales, winemaker

Winemaker: Marcelo Morales
Appellation: Cariñena, Spain
Varietal Blend:  50% Grenache, 25% Tempranillo, 25% Cariñena
Analysis:
13.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim:
International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015, Bronze. Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

Premium Wine Club pairing recipe

grilled-lamb-burgersGrilled Spicy Lamb Burgers

•  1 pound ground lamb
•  1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
•  1 teaspoon sherry
•  1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
•  1 teaspoon molasses
•  1 teaspoon ground cumin
•  ½ teaspoon ground allspice
•  ¼ teaspoon salt
•  2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
•  2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
•  2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
•  ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
•  4 pita bread rounds (or burger buns)
•  4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat grill for medium heat.  Place the lamb in a large bowl, and mix with the mint, cilantro, oregano, garlic, sherry, vinegar, and molasses. Season with cumin, allspice, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper, and mix well. Shape into 4 patties.

Brush grill grate with oil. Grill burgers 5 minutes on each side, or until well done. Heat the pita pocket briefly on the grill. Serve burgers wrapped in pitas with feta cheese.  Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com

Bold_stickerstolpman-wine-petite-sirahStolpman Vineyards
Petite Sirah
Ballard Canyon AVA
Santa Ynez Valley, California

Over 20 years ago, founder Thomas Stolpman, discovered what he believed to be one of the greatest viticultural sites on earth. Hidden in the hills of California’s Central Coast, on a rare limestone outcropping and unobstructed from the Pacific Ocean wind, this unique land is naturally suited to grow Syrah and Roussanne grapes. The largest vineyard in the AVA, Stolpman Vineyards is considered the founding vineyard of the Ballard Canyon. The inky, black wine complements the bold flavors of BBQ perfectly. This wine stands up to a wide range of grilled meats, from lamb chops to classic BBQ dishes like ribs and brisket.

Sashi Moorman, winemaker

Sashi Moorman, winemaker

Petite Sirah can often drink so big and ripe the wine becomes monolithic.  Not so with this cooler vintage Petite Sirah.  The nose shows glints of creosote and black pepper.Thanks to de-stemming all of the clusters, the body is lush and forgiving on the finish.  Even more unctuous and seamless after two years in neutral barrel, our Syrah fans will appreciate the Petite Sirah.  This Petite Sirah might be the top pick out of the current releases for grilled steak.” – Sashi Moorman, winemaker

Winemaker: Sashi Moorman
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley, Ballard Canyon AVA, California
Varietal Blend:  100% Petite Sirah
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume, 3.81 pH, 6.6 TA g/L
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

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