June Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Organic,Roasted,Grilled,Eggplant,With,Parsley,And,GarlicGarlic & Herb Grilled Eggplant


  • 2 eggplants
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt


  1. Cut the eggplant into ¼ inch thick slices and generously salt each slice. Let them rest for about 15 minutes so that the salt can draw out the moisture and bitterness. Wipe each of the slices with a paper towel to remove the salt and moisture. 
  2. Preheat the barbecue to medium heat.
  3. In a large dish combine the olive oil, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Place each of the eggplant slices in the dish, flipping them over to ensure both sides are covered in oil. 
  4. Grill for approximately 6 minutes per side until golden in color with grill marks. If the eggplant slices become dry and stick to the grill, brush them with more oil. 
  5. Once the eggplant is tender and cooked. Remove from the grill and return back to oil, herb and garlic mixture in the pan. Flip once so that both sides are coated before transferring to a serving platter. Spoon any of the excess herbs & garlic overtop before serving. The eggplant can be enjoyed hot or at room temperature and will last for up to 4 days in the fridge. 

© Recipe courtesy of Every Last Bite.


Bold wine Style logoTwo-Mountain-Winery_2020_Syrah_bottleTwo Mountain Winery
Yakima Valley, Washington


Whoa, Paradise City—in a bottle! Blue fruit, graham cracker spice and the bad a#$ richness of wet tobacco leaves are sprinkled with a touch of black pepper to create some sweet, aromatic chords. These flavors are followed by a blackberry/bing cherry fruit melody, with a touch of cola, cedar leaf, and a savory herb mélange. This wine has a very pretty oak, great acid and supple tannins.

Sustainable_WineryVarietal: 100% Syrah
Analysis: 13.9% alcohol / volume
Vineyard: Copeland Vineyard, Schmidt Vineyard
Aging: 22 months – 100% French (40% new)
Production: 528 cases

Matthew Rawn – Winemaker, Director of Sales and Marketing
Matt Rawn

Matthew Rawn – Winemaker, Director of Sales and Marketing

Matthew Rawn has been winemaker for Two Mountain Winery since its inception. He helped plant the estate vineyard with his uncle Ron Schmidt in 2000 and has produced Two Mountain’s wines since the first vintage in 2002. While the vineyard was growing, Matt honed his winemaking skills by working alongside neighboring Yakima Valley wine producers and learning their craft. A passionate advocate for the Washington wine industry, Matt manages sales and marketing for the winery and enjoys talking with wine retailers and restaurateurs about the state’s world-class wines. Matt also shares vineyard duties with his brother, Patrick. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. and completed enology and viticulture courses at Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Wash.

Patrick Rawn – General Manager, Vineyard Operations
Patrick Rawn

Photo by Two Mountain Winery: Patrick Rawn

Patrick Rawn manages finances and daily operations for Two Mountain Winery and estate vineyard and shares vineyard management duties with his brother, Matt. After college, Patrick traveled the globe and spent extensive time in Europe. Patrick returned to the U.S. with plans to enter law school, but a six-month stint working for the family wine business took his career path in a new direction. Patrick’s passion for wine blossomed at Two Mountain Winery, and quickly grew into a full-fledged love affair. Patrick lives and works in the Yakima Valley, where he is a Yakima County Planning Commissioner and serves on the Yakima County Wine Tourism Consortium. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in economics/international finance from the University of Washington in Seattle. Learn more about Matt, Patrick, and their team here.

Two Mountain Building

About Two Mountain Winery:

Two Mountain Winery is a family affair – owned and operated by brothers Matthew and Patrick Rawn, their family has been farming the rich soil of the Rattlesnake Hills area of Washington State for more than half a century. In 1951, Phil Schmidt established Schmidt Orchards with 40 acres of peaches, apricots, prunes, and apples. Today, the Rawn brothers continue that legacy through Two Mountain Winery and the estate farming operation. The small family winery produces a modest 10,000 cases annually, but is poised for growth under the leadership of the Rawn Brothers who believe great wine is the result of the perfect blend of elegance and fun. After purchasing Two Mountain Winery and Estate Vineyard from their late uncle Ron Schmidt’s estate in 2006, the brothers set out to put their own fingerprint on the family business by launching a new look for their classic, hand-crafted varietal wines. Learn more here.

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May Wine Club Pairing Recipe


Braised Red CabbageBraised Red Cabbage


  • 1 onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 apples
  • ½ whole cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup good red cooking wine
  • 2 pounds red cabbage
  • ½ cup water


  1. COOK THE ONION AND THE APPLESDice the onion. Add the olive oil, onion, and sugar to a large pan. Place over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes or until the onions become translucent and the sugar caramelizes. Clean the apples and cut them into wedges. Add to the pan along with cinnamon. Cook for another minute.
  2. COOK THE RED CABBAGEAdd the apple cider vinegar and wine. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes for the alcohol to evaporate. Clean the red cabbage and cut it into thin slices. Add to a pan along with water. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and cook for 35 – 50 minutes or until the cabbage is soft and cooked.
  3. SERVING IDEAServe the braised red cabbage with your favorite main dish. Before serving, add 2 – 3 tablespoons of fat from pork roast, roasted duck, or roasted chicken or 2 – 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Stir to combine. Remove the whole cinnamon before serving.

© Recipe courtesy of Jernej Kitchen.


Bold wine Style logoPomar_Junction_SidetrackPomar Junction
Sidetrack Red
Paso Robles, California


Sidetrack is a delicious proprietary blend created to highlight the El Pomar District of Paso Robles. It’s brilliant, deep, and rich in color. Wonderful aromas of plums, blueberries, dark red roses and caramel. Flavors of luscious berries, dark chocolate, spices and the perfect amount of oak make this fantastic, food-friendly wine.

Varietal: 44% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 1% Grenache Noir
Analysis: 14.08% alcohol / volume
Appellation: Paso Robles, El Pomar District, California
Vineyard: Various
pH: 3.54
Total Acidity: 0.66 g/L
Residual Sugars:
Aging: 9 Months
Winemaker: Jim Shumate
Pairing: Roast beef, cabernet braised cabbage, gouda, & cheddar cheeses
Cases Produced: 1235
Critical Acclaim:
Silver Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Pomar Junction Vineyards has a unique terroir, as their limestone soils, cooling Templeton Gap breezes and expert sustainable farming techniques (SIP Certified Vineyards) combine to produce their outstanding wines.  The El Pomar District is at the center of the greater Paso Robles AVA. Its name is derived from “pomum”, latin for edible fruit and commonly referred to as  “orchard” in Spanish.   As early as 1886, nut orchards were the most common in the area and by 1968 there were over 1300 acres of almonds and 36 acres of walnuts.  Today, many of the aged orchards are being replaced by vineyards. Learn more >

About the Winemaker:
A Southern California native, Jim Shumate now lives in Paso Robles with his wife and children. He graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Enology, and eventually developed and managed the Cal Poly pilot winery that opened in 2008. In the early stages of his career, he was greatly influenced by legendary winemaker, Chuck Ortman. Jim became Senior Lab & Barrel Technician, Cellar Master and Consulting Winemaker at a few different wineries before accepted the position of Winemaker at Pomar Junction in July of 2011. 
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Dating back at least eight generations, the Merrill family has been growing and producing grapes on California’s Central Coast since the 19th Century. Originally, the family was growing grapes for other wineries in California – from premium small producers to large international brands. Today, Dana and Marsha Merrill, along with their son, Matthew, and winemaker, Jim Shumate farm the vineyards and produce elegant wines of their own. Learn more here.

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March Premium Wine Club

Bold wine Style logoAndes-Plateau-bottleAndes Plateau
Red Blend

Maipo Valley, Chile


This wine has concentration with spicy and herbal notes. It has a firm structure with fine, but persistent tannins. The palate feels fresh with ripe berries and sweet spices. A wine that will age very well in the next 5 years.

Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot
pH: 3.49
Residual Sugar:
Total Acidity:
Valle del Maipo, Cajón Maipo, Chile
Yield: 1.5 kg/plant
Planted Surface: 3 hectares
Bottle Aging: One year of bottle aging before releasing
Winemaker: Felipe Uribe

Mix of Alluvial Soils from Maipo River with colluvial soils from the Andes Mountains, making it very rocky. This is extremely important for roots to grow deep and secure to ensure a long life for the vines.

Towards the end of the season, the grapes ripe slowly and balanced. The altitude allows for fresher climate (average of 39.2ºF) than the lower parts of the valley. Also, the diurnal range is more ample, allowing the plants to have some resting every day.

Harvest was the third and fourth week of March. The grapes are hand selected at the winery and fermentation happens in Concrete vats. Fermentation occurs naturally with native yeast only. The pump overs are very gentle and determined by daily tastings.

Aged in large Austrian wooden vats (foudre) that hold 3,000 liters of wine. The aging time is determined by tasting – in this case, it was 10 months.

Bold wine Style logoVitrea-bottleAndes Plateau
Vitrea Red Blend

Maipo Valley, Chile


Elegant wine with red fruits, graphite and spices. The palate shows freshness, intensity and deepness. Thanks to its acidity, it becomes a versatile wine that can be combined with a wide variety of flavors and foods.

Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot
Residual Sugar:
Total Acidity:
Maipo Valley, Cajón del Maipo, Chile
1.5 kg/plant
Planted Surface:
3 hectares
Felipe Uribe

Both terroirs share similar characteristics: Alluvial soils, near riverbeds and Colluvial soils, caused by mountain rock falls.

While growing, the temperatures are lower, allowing the wines to achieve lower alcohol levels, lower pH and higher acidity.

The grapes are tasted and selected carefully. An early hand-harvest allowed the wines to achieve freshness and acidity. The winery uses pure native yeasts. The Cabernet Sauvignon is fermented in stainless steel tanks, white the Syrah, the Merlot and the Cabernet Franc are fermented in open tanks to facilitate “pigéage” (punch-down or tamping with feet). This process is an essential part of their wine production. They limit the minimum of their pump-over process and taste their wines daily until they get their desired results.

The wines are aged for 15 months in neutral oak barrels. Additionally, they are aged in an un-toasted French oak foudre (large wooden vat holding 3000 liters of wine). Afterwards, the wine is stored for 6 months before being released to the market.

Valle del Maipo_Chile

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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January Sweet Club: Iowa

Sweet Wine Clubchambers-rutherglen-muscadelle-bottleChambers Rosewood Vineyards
Rutherglen, Australia


This wine is dark bronze-gold in color with hints of amber. It has intense, fresh and fruity aromatics with characters of honey, butterscotch, crème brûlée, creamy caramel, dried oranges, orange blossom, dried pears, tea-cake, malt and green tea. These characters are also evident on the palate which is luscious with a hint of jasmine and fresh layers of flavor which linger in the mouth. This wine has a luscious texture with the gentle warmth of clean spirit and well-balanced sweetness complementing the finish.

Analysis: 18.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim:

          • Halliday Wine Companion
            • 2023 Rating: 92
            • 2022 Rating: 92
            • 2021 Rating: 91
            • 2020 Rating: 94
            • 2019 Rating: 93
          • Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide – 92 pts.

Since establishment in 1858, in Victoria’s famed Rutherglen region in Australia, winemaking duties at Chambers Rosewood have been passed down from father to son through six generations. Today, Chambers Winery and Vineyards are operated by Stephen Chambers, supported by his father, the legendary Bill Chambers. This relaxed family-owned winery has been producing Muscats and Muscadelles that have been recognized all over the world for their complexity, intensity and balance for centuries. Learn more here. >

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Tickle-Me-Pink-bottleScott Harvey Wines
Jana Winery
Tickle Me Pink


The four components of this wine make for a foxy, sassy, and yummy wine with aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry rosemary and thyme. There is a hint of fresh carbonation on the finish that makes it refreshing and surprising.

Varietal: 68% Lodi Chardonnay, 24% Lodi Riesling, 5% Mystery Wine, 3% Syrah
Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.19
RS: Off Dry, 2.6%
Produced: 1,556 at 12/750 ml

WineStyles’ Wine and Cheese Pairing: These sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section will pair well with a soft cheese, such as a brie. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

“Making this wine gives me the chance to produce a true European type Rosé in a light, crisp and off dry style, similar to the wines we produced while working as an apprentice and going to winemaking school in Europe. I had a fun time putting this blend together. It is mainly Chardonnay and Riesling, with a little something mysterious thrown in to give it that mischievous character and flavor. The Syrah adds spice and color.” – Jana Winery

In 1979 Scott Harvey developed an ambitious winery plan for the Santino family. As Winemaker and General Manager of Santino Winery, Scott is credited with placing Amador County firmly on the California wine map. Over the years, Scott honed in on his skills within the wine industry, becoming Partner, Winemaker and President of other wineries before starting his own venture with his most ideal partner – his wife, Jana, a wine industry veteran. Learn more here. >

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Casal Da Coelheira Terraços Do Tejo Red

Azores_Beef_Stew_with_PotatoesMOLHA DE CARNE (Azores Beef Stew with Potatoes)


  • 3.5 lbs sirloin tip roast cut into large pieces (about double or triple the size of regular stewing meat)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 small can of tomato paste (5.5 fl oz)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 white potatoes chopped into large pieces


  1. Cut the beef into large chunks.
  2. In a large bowl add the white wine, beer, tomato paste, salt, paprika, allspice and whisk until well combined. Add the bay leaves and cinnamon stick.
  3. Add the meat to the bowl and mix well to cover all the meat pieces. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap or put place the entire contents into a ziplock. Store in the fridge for at least two hours or even over night.
  4. Place a large pot on the stove and add the meat contents to the pot. Add the onions and garlic and bring to a slow boil for 30 minutes covered.
  5. Remove the lid, add the water and cover again. Simmer for 2 hours.
  6. Uncover, add the potatoes, mix well, cover and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.

© Recipe courtesy of Nelson Cardoso of Photos & Food.


Bold wine Style logoCasal da Coelheira_Terraços do TejoCasal da Coelheira
Terraços do Tejo Red
Tejo, Portugal


Deep red in color, this wine has a lively aroma with ripe fruit. On the palate, despite its youthfulness, the tannins are presented but well rounded and accompanied by a good structure. It makes for a very tasty wine, easy for daily consumption but with lots of personality.

Varietal: Aragonês, Syrah, Castelão
Region: Tejo, Portugal
13.6% alcohol / volume
Total Acidity: 6.10 g/L
pH: 3.64
Total Sugar: 0.9 g/L
Soil Type: Sandy
European Vegetarian Union: Vegan
Serving Temperature: 60ºF-64ºF
Pasta and white or red meat
Longevity: Drink now or keep it until the end of 2025
Winemaker: Nuno Falcão Rodrigues

Destemming, maceration and fermentation with temperature control, malolactic fermentation and filtration.

Located at parallel 39 North, Casal da Coelheira Estate has been benefiting from the Mediterranean climate for over three generations. For years, they have been committed to producing the best and most innovative wines within the Tagus River wine region. While the winery has seen many upgrades to their production and winemaking technology over the years, the facade at Tramagal remains the same – showcasing a traditional Portuguese facility with timeless architecture and impressive white and yellow walls. Learn more about the winery here.

Photos and information © Casal da Coelheira – All Rights Reserved.

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September Premium Wine Club

Bold wine Style logoBendewijn-Syrah-2020 (1)The Ahrens Family Winery

Paarl, South Africa


This medium to full bodied Syrah is grown on old bush-vines in a shale dominant soil on the northern side of the Paarl district. Bright red spicy fruit is complemented with a silky soft tannin.

Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: Syrah
Total Acidity:  5.4 g/L
pH: 3.56
Residual Sugar:  2.7 g/L
VA: 0.52 g/L
Total Production: 721 bottles

Bold wine Style logoBendewijn-Cabernet-Cinsault-2020 (1)The Ahrens Family Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault

Wellington, South Africa


This medium bodied small batch red wine was grown on a complex coffee-stone gravel/quartz combination soil, giving the wine both weight and mineral elegance. The bold Cabernet tannins are rounded into a silky smooth texture with the addition of Cinsault, also enhancing the fruit.

Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cinsault
Total Acidity:  5.0 g/L
pH: 3.73
Residual Sugar:  2.0 g/L
VA: 0.59 g/L
Total Production: 994 bottles


Albert Ahrens

© The Ahrens Family

Bendewijn is passion project for Winemaker, Albert Ahren of The Ahrens Family Winery. Bendewijn was intended to be a group united by wine. Albert writes:

“A ‘bende’ directly translated is a gang, and “wijn” translated is wine… Hence Bendewijn is a wine-gang, more specifically, a wine-following. Bendewijn is not a wine club! So… Let me explain… Firstly, I’m a grape-scout & winemaker, annually producing our address specific Ahrens Family Wines. As the years go by, I constantly find myself inspired to explore other regions and wine styles. Occasionally I stumble across an intriguing vineyard, in most cases an older vineyard, usually located on the slopes of one of our many mountains located in the Western Cape. I’m obviously keen to have a go at it and produce a barrel or two. After every harvest, the end result is a couple of interesting new wines. These wines could be once-off or made again… no rules. Bendewijn is my space of freedom of expression. The aim is for a group of winelovers to join my “wine-gang” and follow me on my exploration. Bendewijn is sent out in a mixed case of six bottles, once every few months and if there is enough wine – no rules!”. – Albert Ahren

© Information from Albert Ahren’s Bendewijn and The Ahrens Family Winery – All Rights Reserved. 

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April Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Portuguese Prego with Green Piri-Piri


  • Sandwich:
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 2 small rump steaks (about 150g each), all fat trimmed
    • 2 tbsp olive oil 
    • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar 
    • few stalks of flat-leaf parsley 
    • 2 ciabatta rolls, lightly toasted
    • 2 handfuls of Arugula 
  • Green Piri-Piri Sauce:
    • small handful of basil leaves
    • small handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves
    • 1 jalapeño, roughly chopped
    • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
    • 2 spring onions, chopped, including green bits
    • ½ a clove of garlic, roughly chopped
    • ½ tsp granulated sugar


  • STEP 1: Rub the garlic over the steaks then put in a sandwich bag and tip in the olive oil, sherry vinegar and parsley stalks. Smooth everything together, then use a rolling pin to bash the steaks a few times. Leave to marinate for 1-2 hours. 

  • STEP 2: To make the sauce, put all the ingredients into the blender with 1 tbsp water and whizz until as smooth as possible. This will make more than you’ll need for the recipe, but will keep for a week in an airtight jar.

  • STEP 3: Heat a griddle or frying pan to high. Remove the steaks from the bag, brushing away the garlic and parsley stalks. Season the steaks well with salt and pepper, then sear the steaks for 2 minutes on each side. Set them aside on a plate to rest. Cut the ciabatta rolls in half, then toast on the griddle or frying pan. Then, put the ciabatta halves onto the plate, toasted side down, to soak up any juices. 

  • STEP 4: Slice the steaks, then top the rolls with the green sauce and arugula. Enjoy!

© Recipe courtesy of Olive Magazine.


Bold wine Style logoCasadasGaeiras-VTCasa das Gaeiras
DOC Obidos Red

Lisboa, Portugal


The DOC Óbidos Red wine has distinct notes of blackberries and blackcurrant with hints of coffee, and subtle nuances of cloves and black pepper. All flavors are in balance with the body and freshness of the wine.

Varietal: Syrah, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz
13.5% alcohol / volume
Region: Lisboa
Total Acidity: 5.5 +/-1
pH: 3.5 +/-0.5
Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel vats
Serving Temperature:
Harvest: September and October
Winemaker: Tiago Correia
Critical Acclaim:

  • Gold in Berliner Wein Trophy 2020
  • 90 Points and Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast 2020

The Geographical Indication (IG) Lisbon is one of the most important Portuguese wine regions, in terms of vineyard area and wine production. Formed by gentle hills, of low relief, IG Lisboa extends from the capital of Portugal to the north, along the coast, in a range not exceeding 40 km wide. This multifaceted region encompasses several denominations of origin, ancient and modern, with distinct characteristics. The climate is temperate, influenced by the Atlantic ocean, with relatively mild summers, cooler and wetter in the areas closer to the sea, warmer and drier in the areas protected by Montejunto mountain.

Casa das Gaeiras can be considered Parras Wines’ 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 their winemaker 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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Alella Vinícola Costa Del Maresme

Skirt Steak

Credit: © Tina Rupp

Skirt Steak with Moroccan Spice Rub and Yogurt Sauce


  • 1 ¼ pounds skirt steak, cut into 6-inch lengths
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons Moroccan Spice Rub
  • ¾ cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeños
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 large pita breads, for serving
  • Romaine lettuce leaves, for serving


  1. Light a grill. Rub the steaks all over with 3 tablespoons of the spice rub and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, scallions, garlic, jalapeños and the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of the spice rub. Stir in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Brush the steaks lightly with olive oil and grill over high heat, turning occasionally, for 7 to 8 minutes for medium-rare meat. Brush the pitas with olive oil and grill until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Thinly slice the steaks across the grain. Transfer the steaks to a platter and serve with the toasted pita, yogurt sauce and lettuce leaves.

© Recipe courtesy of Grace Parisi of Food & Wine.


Mellow style logoCosta_del_Maresme_Red-Wine-2020-tech-sheet (1)Alella Vinícola
Costa del Maresme

Alella, Spain


The Costa del Maresme is 100% Mediterranean in character. The nose and palate both highlight the ripe bunches of the Red Grenache and Syrah grapes.

Varietal: 90% Red Grenache, 10% Syrah
Vineyard: Viña Rials
Analysis: 14.0% alcohol / volume
Aging: Aged over lees around 8 months
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
Annual Production: 12,000 bottles
Aging Potential: Drink now or mature for up to 4 years

“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.” – Alella Vinícola

Alella Vinícola logoABOUT ALELLA VINÍCOLA:
Alella Vinícola is a family winery passed down from generation to generation since 1906. Located just 9 miles north of Barcelona, the winery currently produces, makes and bottles wines and cavas in two designated origins, D.O. Alella and D.O. Cava. Now owned and operated by brothers Samuel and Xavier Garcia, they produce around 90,000 bottles each year, comprised of a dozen different wines. The brothers continue ensure they are producing all of their wines organically, free of herbicides, insecticides and inorganic fertilizers. Learn more about winery here.

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October Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Easy Goulash Recipe


  • 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


  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.


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

Alella, Spain


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
Guía Peñín 2018: 91 pts. | Robert Parker: 89 pts.
“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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Pomar Junction Brooster

Asian Steak Skewers

© Photo by the Recipe Critic

Grilled Asian Garlic Steak Skewers


  • 1 1/2 pounds top sirloin steak
  • 1 red onion
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • sliced green onions for garnish
  • skewers


  1. Cut steak into one inch cubes. Cut the red onion into large chunks and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, vegetable oil, sugar, ginger and sesame seeds. Add the steak and toss to coat in marinade. Marinate for 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Thread the meat and the red onion onto the skewers. Grill for 8-10 minutes until the meat is done to desired liking.

© Recipe courtesy of Alyssa Rivers of The Recipe Critic.


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Brooster Fighting Red

Paso Robles, California


The “Brooster Fighting Red” Blend is an approachable red wine that is medium-bodied with spicy accents. It highlights flavors of red cherry, plum, berries, caramel and black pepper with hints of spice and oak. This wine is excellent on its own or paired with a casual meal.

Varietal: 30% Zinfandel, 25% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Grenache Noir, 6% Mourvèdre, 2% Petit Verdot
14.7% alcohol / volume
PH: 3.48
TA: 6.1 g/L
Production: 1715 cases
Aging: 18 Months, Neutral Oak
Winemaker: Jim Shumate



“In homage to historic and traditional Paso Robles table wines, it is approachable with domesticated red cherry and plum flavors with just a hint of oak. This style of wine is reminiscent of Zinfandel blends commonly produced before the days of “over the top” ripeness and high alcohol levels. Caramel, black pepper, and a hint of minerality add complexity to this affordable red wine. It is accessible via the convenient Stelvin screw-cap and its bright, colorful package is a big hit in restaurants. It goes with many lighter foods that heavier red wines might overwhelm. It is sure to give you something to crow about!” – Jim Shumate, winemaker

Located in the El Pomar District in the heart of the Paso Robles AVA, Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery is family owned and operated by the Merrill Family. Here, they grow premium grapes, focusing on small lot, food friendly wines with sustainable vineyard management techniques. The winemaking experience is further enhanced by their Head Winemaker and Cal Poly SLO Enology Professor, Jim Shumate. Learn more about the Merrill Family and Jim Shumate here.

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