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Chicken Paella

Chicken paella dishINGREDIENTS:
• 1 lb ground chorizo
• 1 small onion, fine dice
• 1 small can spicy peppers (chipotle, piquillo, hatch)
• 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
• 20 chicken drums, seasoned with salt & pepper
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tsp smoked paprika
• 2 tbsp tomato puree
• 1 lb Bomba paella rice
• 6 oz. white wine
• 3 cups chicken broth
• 1 cup frozen peas
• 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS:
• Preheat the oven to 350°F.
• Cover large skillet with olive oil, medium-high heat. Add chicken drums, browning on all sides. Remove chicken and set aside.
• Add chorizo and onions to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the peppers, tomato puree, and paprika. Stir and cook for 4 minutes.
• Add the rice and stir well for 3 minutes. Add wine and stir for 3 minutes.
• Add the chicken stock and stir into rice until absorbed. • Add frozen peas and parsley and bring back to boil. Arrange chicken drums on bed of rice.
• Transfer skillet to the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
• Remove from oven and cover lightly with foil.
• Garnish the dish with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

Horten Tempranillo bottle imageEncomienda de Cervera
Horten Tempranillo
Almagro, Spain

Located within the distinguished cultural city of Almagro, between valleys and mountains thick with holm oaks and juniper trees, rosemary and thyme. The mountainous terrain that forms three drainage basins has a peculiar micro-climate, with cool nights providing release from the blistering heat of the day. The Encomienda de Cervera Estate was established in 1758 with a total of 1200 hectares of land, that included vineyards and olive trees. The old vineyards have been renovated and expanded to 50 hectares. The best hills and altitudes have been chosen for each varietal, along with the best soils. From the grapes of their young Tempranillo vineyards, this wine was aged for short time in new French oak.Horten Espinosa winery owner

“Deep and intense red color, with aromas of fresh red berry fruit and spice with toasted vanilla flavors of the oak. Round and spicy with full body, but easy to drink with a long and pleasant after taste.” – Horten Espinosa, owner

Appellation: Campo de Calatrava, Almagro, Spain
IGP (Protected Geographic Indication): Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

Soil: Clay and stony with a smooth layer of volcanic origin
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Analysis: 13.7% alcohol / volume

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November Wine Club pairing recipe

Spanish Turkey Meatball Stew

spanish turkey meatballINGREDIENTS:

• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
•  1 large onion, chopped
•  5 cloves garlic, minced
•  Kosher salt
•  1 teaspoon smoked paprika
•  1 cup sliced small carrots
• 2 (14 oz) cans low-sodium diced fire-roasted tomatoes
•  2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
•  1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
•  1 ½ pounds lean ground turkey
•  ¾ cup loosely packed fresh parsley (about 1 bunch), chopped, plus more for topping
•  Freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer half of the mixture to a large bowl.

Add the paprika and carrots to the remaining onion mixture in the skillet and cook 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth and chickpeas; bring to a rapid simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 6 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the ground turkey, parsley, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper to the bowl with the reserved onion mixture and mix with your hands. Form the turkey mixture into 20 meatballs. Place the meatballs in the skillet with the sauce and simmer, turning once, until cooked through, about 7 minutes. Serve with more pepper and parsley. Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine.

Bold_stickerCorona_ReservaCorona de Aragon
Reserva
Carinena DO, Spain

Corona de Aragon was one of the biggest kingdoms of the Mediterranean in the late Middle Ages, spanning from the east of Spain to the south of Greece, an area with a rich wine-producing history and tradition. These territories were under the jurisdiction of the King of Aragon from 1164 to 1707.  The winery and its vineyards are located in the heart of the Cariñena DO, one of Spain’s most traditional wine-producing regions. The origin of the Aragonese vineyards comes from a region where the inhabitants were known to drink wine mixed with honey as far back as the 3rd Century BC. The DO was established in 1932 and since Aragon has been a pioneer in the wine growing industry of Spain. Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon are the dominant grapes in this Reserva, which offer a modern take on the traditional Spanish wine.

Garnacha adds a fruity freshness, while Cariñena offers great acidity and a beautiful boost of dark color.  Toasted vanilla, cocoa and a subtle nutty character open on the nose and carry through on the palate, complementing the plentiful bold fruit character until the very last sip“,  Marcelo Morales winemaker.

Winemaker: Marcelo Morales
Appellation: Carinena DO, Spain
Varietal Blend:  Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon
Analysis:
13% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim:
Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.

Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction

lamb-chopsINGREDIENTS:
•  ¾ teaspoon dried rosemary
•  ½ teaspoon dried basil
•  ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
•  salt and pepper to taste
•  4 lamb chops (¾ inch thick)
•  1 tablespoon olive oil
•  ½ cup minced shallots
•  1/3 cup aged balsamic vinegar
•  ¾ cup chicken broth
•  1 tablespoon butter

DIRECTIONS:
In a small bowl or cup, mix together the rosemary, basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Rub this mixture onto the lamb chops on both sides. Place them on a plate, cover and set aside for 15 minutes to absorb the flavors.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place lamb chops in the skillet, and cook for about 3 1/2 minutes per side for medium rare, or continue to cook to your desired doneness. Remove from the skillet, and keep warm on a serving platter.

Add shallots to the skillet, and cook for a few minutes, just until browned. Stir in vinegar, scraping any bits of lamb from the bottom of the skillet, then stir in the chicken broth. Continue to cook and stir over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until the sauce has reduced by half. If you don’t, the sauce will be runny and not good. Remove from heat, and stir in the butter. Pour over the lamb chops, and serve.

WineByJoe-RojomellowWine by Joe
Joe Rojo Red Blend
Applegate, Oregon

Nature, Nurture and Artistry… Joe is passionate about bringing forth the natural characteristics of the grapes and letting the flavors and aromas tell the story of their quality upbringing. He fervently believes that the quality of wine starts in the vineyard; therefore, so does he. From early spring until harvest, Joe scrutinizes the vines, selecting the best sites and clones, as well as crop loads with the objective to produce wines true to their varietal character with as much depth, elegance, opulence and balance of flavor possible. His wines are beautifully fruited, rich with aromas and often have a faint impression of sweetness on the palate due to ripe tannins and fruit. Creating his dreams through pure drive and an insatiable passion for his art,  Joe will continue to produce excellence and value through each of his distinct labels.

JoeDobbes“Aging in neutral oak barrels keeps this wine focused on fruit. Ripe, dark berried fruits with complex earth and spice undertones. A warm growing season has resulted in this easy drinking, full-bodied red wine.” – Joe Dobbes, winemaker

Winemaker: Joe Dobbes
Appellation: Applegate, Oregon
Varietal Blend:  40% Tempranillo, 30% Zinfandel, 30% Merlot
Analysis: 14.3% alcohol / volume, 3.92 pH
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

 

Spicy Salmon with Asparagus

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spicy-salmonINGREDIENTS:
•  2 Salmon fillets, about 1.5 pounds
•  ¼ pound Asparagus
•  ¼ pound red potatoes
•  2 tablespoons olive oil
•  ¼ teaspoon Paprika
•  Salt and Pepper to taste
•  2 garlic cloves chopped

DIRECTIONS:
Marinate the salmon fillets in a bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil, piri piri (or hot sauce), chopped garlic, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste.  Cover it and let it marinate in the fridge for about 2 hours.

Take out of the fridge and place the salmon on a greased baking sheet, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Slice the red potatoes into quarters and season them with salt and pepper to taste and the other tablespoon of olive oil and place on the baking sheet. Chop the asparagus in halves and add them to the baking sheet.

Once ready, place the baking sheet in the oven and let it cook for about 23-25 minutes, or until the salmon is well done and the potatoes have browned a bit.
Serve on a plate and enjoy!

QuintaGarridaReserva_redQuinta da Garrida
Reserva Red
Dao, Portugal

Bold_stickerBacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal, S.A., one of the biggest and most innovative wine-making companies in Portugal, has developed a range of wines throughout the years that has ensured a solid reputation and the preference of national and international wine lovers. A family controlled company dating back to the 1920s, they produce wine in the same way we enjoy it: for friends and amongst friends, in our daily lives and in special occasions.  The single estate of Quinta da Garrida in Dão is located in Vila Nova de Tazém, with granitic, light and poor soils, typical from the region, this land allows Bacalhôa to create wines with very specific characteristics.   Ideally pairs well with traditional Portuguese cuisine.

Francisco-AntunesDeep ruby color. Exuberant nose with light floral and ripe fruit nuances.  It also shows some toastiness from the wood where it aged.  Elegant palate with notes of ripe fruit. Full-bodied and persistent aftertaste,” winemaker, Francisco Antunes.

Winemaker: Francisco Antunes
Appellation: Dao, Portugal
Varietal Blend:  70% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz
Analysis: 13.5% alc/vol
Critical Acclaim: Bronze Medal International Wine Challenge 2013

 

Spaghetti Carbonara

WC-March-2015-3clubINGREDIENTS:
spaghetti-carbonara• 1 pound spaghetti
• 8 ounces (8 slices)bacon, cut 1” thick crosswise
• Course salt and freshly ground pepper
• 3 large eggs
• 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
• ¼ cup half-and-half

DIRECTIONS:
Set a large pot of water for boil (for pasta).  In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 12 minutes; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.
Salt boiling water generously; add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Parmesan, and half-and-half.  Set aside.
Drain pasta, leaving some water clinging to it.  Working quickly, add hot pasta to egg mixture.  Add bacon; season with salt and pepper, and toss all to combine (heat from pasta will cook eggs).  Serve immediately, sprinkled with additional Parmesan.  Recipe courtesy of Casa Agricola Alexandre Relvas.

Merino-Old-vinesHerdade Sao Miguel
Merino Old Vines
Alentejano, Portugal

Situated in the municipality of Redondo, Herdade encompasses 175 hectares of which 35 are planted vines in loam soil and 97 hectares contain cork trees that were planted between 1998 -1999.   Herdade was acquired by Alexandre Relvas in 1997, who dedicates his efforts to the breeding and conservation of local species in extinction throughout the vineyard’s territory.   The Aragonez is one the most well known grape varieties in the Iberian Peninsula. It originates in Spain, where it is named Tempranillo.  The Aragonez grape develops wines containing a high degree of alcohol, low acidity and greatly aromatic with red fresh fruit.

winemakersA juicy, medium-bodied red, showing dark plum and red currant flavors, with accents of black licorice.  Milk chocolate notes emerge on the spicy finish. Pairs nicely with pasta, poultry and soft cheeses“, winemaker Alexandre Relva.

Winemaker: Alexandre Relva
Appellation: Alentejano, Portugal
Varietal Blend:  50% Aragonez, 30% Syrah, 20% Alicante Bouschet
Analysis: 13.0% alc/vol

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Broccoli and Barley Smoked Paprika Salad

broccoli-barley-saladINGREDIENTS:
•  1 cup pearled barley, rinsed
•  3/4 pound broccoli, cut into florets (1 large crown)
•  1/4 cup olive oil
•  3 large cloves garlic, chopped
• 1/2 cup whole raw almonds, chopped
•  1 teaspoon smoked paprika
•  3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
•  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
•  2 big handful baby arugula
•  3/4 cup cubed manchego cheese (6 ounces)

DIRECTIONS:
Add barley to boiling salted water and cook until tender, about 30 to 45 minutes. Add the broccoli the last 3 minutes of cooking and cook until tender yet still slightly crisp. Drain both in a colander in the sink and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well then add to a large mixing bowl.

Add olive oil to a medium skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the garlic and almonds and stir until the garlic and almonds are fragrant, about 1 minute. Turn off heat, sprinkle in the smoked paprika, season with salt and pepper, and stir for 30 more seconds. The residual heat will toast the paprika.

Carefully stir in the vinegar. Pour the dressing over the broccoli and barley and toss well all together. Finally add in the arugula and the cheese, taste for seasoning, and adjust as necessary.    Recipe compliments of Bodega Calle

mellowAlberti_TempranilloBodega Calle
Alberti 154 El Olvidado
Reserva Tempranillo

Mendoza, Argentina

Bodega Calle is a boutique winery built in 1925 and restored in 2001.  Located in the prestigious wine region of Luján de Cuyo, the winery produces high quality wines in a sustainable way.  Roughly half of Mendoza’s population is of Spanish descent, and over the years a number of Tempranillo vines have been planted in the region.  This bottling, from an heirloom quality parral style vineyard in Altamira, is packed with lush cherry and raspberry fruit.  A long growing season, very cold nights and low yields helped create a wine that is extremely concentrated, parral vineyard with 70 year old vines.

Winemaker: Matteo Viana
Appellation: Altamira, Mendoza, Argentina
Varietal Blend:  100% Tempranillo
Analysis: 15.0% alc/vol

Autumn Entertaining

Fall is in the air and with the change of season brings new combinations of entertaining options, seasonal ingredients and fall flavor combinations.  As the summer heat begins to recede into cooler fall temperatures, the cooler weather generally allows our taste preferences to transition into more SILKY or MELLOW wines that highlight the seasonal fall flavors.

AutumnWinePicks

RED WINE

FOOTBALL TAILGATING:OldSoul

Old Soul Petite Sirah (California)
We like to think of Petite Sirah as a gentle giant, robust and powerful, but soft in tannin and mild in spice with enough acidity to keep the wines balanced for tailgating favorites such as burgers, brats and chili.

EbeiaJAMBALAYA:

Ebeia Tempranillo (Spain)
Tempranillo Dense red currant and raspberries with a  hint of roasted almonds and mint on the finish makes a great pairing for the spicy and hearty flavors of jambalaya.

DievoleMUSHROOMS & WILD RICE:

Dievole Rinscimento (Italy)
Delicious old world flavors of dried raspberry and cherry with a subtle earth notes make this a great pairing for savory flavors or mushroom and wild rice.

AveryLaneCRANBERRY & FIGS:

Avery Lane Merlot (Washington)
This easy to drink Merlot is soft, juicy and plush. Bright aromatics of black cherry, blackberry, clove and nutmeg swirl in the glass.  The soft tannins make it an ideal pairing for fall dishes featuring cranberry and figs.

WHITE WINE:

JovinoBUTTERNUT SQUASH:

Jovino Pinot Gris (Oregon)
The silky texture, orchard fruit aromas and flavors of Oregon Pinot Gris present a lovely pairing option for butternut squash, with enough acidity to cut the richness of the squash and enough fruit flavors to balance the sweetness.

NiroPUMPKIN:

Niro Pecorino (Italy)
This unique white wine is a great pairing with fresh pumpkin flavors. The silky texture combines with ripe tropical fruit aromas and flavors that finish with a hint of sage and floral notes.