May Wine Club

May Wine ClubMother’s Day is right around the corner, why not share a glass with Mom?  She’ll enjoy this delicious Viognier, tasting note, pairing recipe and 4 complimentary tasting tickets (up to $80 value).  ** click here to learn more **

Easy Shrimp with Spinach and Alfredo Sauce

Shrimp Alfredo

Photo: Diana Rattray / The Spruce Eats

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 bunch of fresh spinach or 10 ounces frozen, thawed and squeezed
• 2 tablespoons butter • 1 ½ pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined*
• 1 bunch green onions, sliced (with about 2 inches of the green). Or use ¼ cup of finely chopped shallots for a more delicate flavor.
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 envelope (approximately 1.2 ounces) dry Alfredo sauce mix
• ¾ cup light cream or evaporated milk • freshly ground black pepper to taste
• Shredded or Grated Parmesan Cheese
• Serve with hot cooked pasta of your choice (vermicelli or fettuccine), a simple tossed salad and toasted bread

DIRECTIONS:
• Wash the fresh spinach and trim it. If you are using frozen spinach, cook it as directed on the package. Squeeze as much moisture out of the cooked spinach as possible.
• Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the shrimp to the skillet along with the fresh or frozen thawed and squeezed spinach and green onions. Cook until shrimp is pink, stirring constantly. Add the minced garlic and cook for about 2 minutes longer.
• Sprinkle Alfredo sauce mix over the shrimp mixture and then stir to combine. Add the light cream and cook until heated through and thickened. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste.
• Serve along hot cooked pasta or boiled rice. Garnish with fresh, grated Parmesan cheese *
To thaw frozen shrimp quickly, put them in a colander and run cold water over them until thawed. Cook as directed. If you are using frozen cooked shrimp, thaw them and add them just before the dish is done. Heat through and serve with pasta and Parmesan.
© Photo by Diana Rattray, recipe courtesy of The Spruce Eats

Silky styleCline Family Cellars
Estate Grown Viognier
Sonoma Coast, California

Cline ViognierFrom grape to glass, Cline is proud to be a Certified California Sustainable Vineyard and Winery, acknowledging their long-term commitment to continual improvement in the field of winegrowing and business practices. The grapes for this Viognier were grown in two of Cline’s vineyards, both in the Sonoma Coast appellation which has a world-renowned reputation for producing excellent fruit. The soil is mineral-rich and needs very little irrigation. The vines are bathed in the early morning fog and warmed by the afternoon sun. Viognier grapes are late to ripen and picking them at the right time is crucial to the grape quality. These grapes were hand-harvested in the morning to retain freshness. Cline’s star winemaker is a master at the art of making stylish and cool-climate varietal wines, bringing out the best character in the fruit.

Winemaker Charlie Tsegeletos“Our Viognier offers distinct aromas of pear, apricot, orange blossom and honeysuckle with a fresh, bright demeanor. Serve this wine slightly chilled, and enjoy with salmon, shrimp fettuccine, or cayenne chicken salad.” Charlie Tsegeletos, Winemaker

Winemaker: Charlie Tsegeletos
Appellation: Sonoma Coast, California
Varietal Blend:  Viognier
Analysis: 15.0% alcohol/volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

 

Stolpman Vineyards Winery Spotlight Tasting Event

Stolpman_Tasting_headerMay Winery Spotlight
STOLPMAN VINEYARDS Tasting Event
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CircleLogo_Stolpman_HighResJoin us for a Winery Spotlight tasting event, featuring Stolpman Vineyards of Los Olivos,  California.

The largest vineyard in the AVA, Stolpman Vineyards is considered the founding vineyard of Ballard Canyon. Over a dozen other vintners followed Tom Stolpman into Ballard Canyon and based on the results of their experimentation, all have decided to focus on Syrah. Planted in 1992 and 1994, their first blocks of Syrah are the oldest vines, producing concentrated Syrah with a firm structure built for aging. Please join us as we Taste, Learn and Enjoy® these delicious wines from the Stolpman Vineyards. Cheers!

redcottageIf you ever get a chance to visit historic Los Olivos, be sure to stop by their adorable “little red cottage” tasting room.  Or click here for a virtual tour. Los Olivos is one of my favorite places to visit, very cute and quaint little neighborhood of tasting rooms, just outside of Solvang, CA in the Santa Ynez Valley.  Our WineStyles team had the pleasure of visiting wineries in Los Olivos last year.

ABOUT STOLPMAN VINEYARDS and FAMILY

Over 20 years ago, Founding Partner, 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 & unobstructed from the Pacific Ocean wind, this unique land is naturally suited to grow Syrah and Roussanne grapes. Stolpman Vineyards are committed to preserving this natural environment for vines through natural farming, dry farming, & sustainable employment. In the winery, they prefer native fermentation & minimal manipulation.   Dedicated to sensible farming & winemaking, Stolpman Vineyards believe that theycan create natural, vibrant, site-specific wines, with a focus unique to Ballard Canyon AVA, California.

StolpmanTom_WSTom Stolpman, Founding Partner

Behind every great man there is a strong woman. Marilyn Stolpman seeded the idea of creating a vineyard in Tom’s mind back on their honeymoon in 1974. Marilyn believed she and Tom should only invest in something the family could enjoy, and encouraged Tom to pursue his viticultural dream.

Marilyn was first exposed to wine while a UCLA undergraduate studying abroad at the University of Bordeaux, where she studied French literature. Today, Marilyn heads up the estate extra virgin olive oil program and promotes Stolpman wines with Tom.

Tom Stolpman still practices law as a trial attorney with the Long Beach, California firm of Stolpman, Krissman, Elber & Silver LLP. When not preparing or trying cases, he is the founding partner and charismatic historian of Stolpman Vineyards and Ballard Canyon.

Tom and Marilyn finished construction of their dream house on the vineyard, Villa Angeli, in 2013. Perched atop one of the vineyard hills, Tom and Marilyn can enjoy the family dynasty they have created.

Learn more about the folks at Stolpman and their “Grape Whisperer”.

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stolpman-wineSTOLPMAN VINEYARDS
Winery Spotlight Tasting
Santa Ynez Valley, California

  • Stolpman Viognier
  • Stolpman Roussanne
  • Stolpman LaCuadrilla
  • Stolpman Estate Syrah
  • Stolpman Petite Sirah
  • Stolpman Sangio Degli Angeli

 Limited Seating Available – Reserve your seat ASAP!

Contact your local WineStyles to RSVP!

Mediterranean Lamb Sliders

lamb-slidersRAITA SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
•  1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt, plain
• 3 Tbs chopped fresh mint
• 2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
• 1 large garlic clove, minced
• 1-2 tsp lime juice
• 1 ½ tsp finely grated lime peel
• Coarse kosher salt

BURGER & VEGETABLES INGREDIENTS:
• 4 Tbs olive oil, divided
• 1 ½ cups chopped onion
• 2 Tbs minced peeled fresh ginger
• 2 large garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tsp coarse kosher salt, divided
• 2 tsp Madras curry powder
• 1 ¾ pounds ground lamb
• 3 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
• 1 ¼ tsp cracked black pepper, divided
• 3 medium zucchini (about 12 oz), cut lengthwise into ½ inch-thick slices
• 6 green onions, trimmed
• 1 fresh poblano chili, quartered, seeded
• 13-15 slider buns, or 6-8 hamburger buns or pita
• 1 large tomato, thinly sliced

RAITA DIRECTIONS: Mix yogurt, mint, cilantro, and lime peel in small bowl. Season to taste with coarse salt and pepper. Cover; chill until cold, at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
BURGER DIRECTIONS: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, ginger, and ¼ teaspoons coarse salt. Sauté until onion is tender, about 8 minutes. Mix in curry powder and stir 30 seconds. Remove from heat Cool onion mixture to room temperature, at least 15 minutes.
Place lamb in large bowl. Add onion mixture, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, cilantro, and 1 teaspoon cracked pepper. Blend mixture gently; shape into six ¼-inch-thick patties.
VEGETABLES: Combine zucchini, green onions, and chili in another large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons oil, ¼ teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper; toss to coat.
PREPARE BARBECUE (medium-high heat): Place vegetables and burgers on grill. Cook until grill marks appear, about 4 minutes, then turn. Cook vegetables until tender, about 3 minutes. Cook burgers to desired doneness, about 4 minutes for medium-rare. Cut zucchini and green onions crosswise into 2-inch-long pieces. Cut chili into thin strips.  Toast buns if desired. Top with burger, tomato slices, vegetable mixture and a dollop of raita. Serve with remaining raita.  Recipe courtesy of Cline Cellars.

Cline_Sonoma_ViognierSilky_StickerCline Family Cellars
Estate Grown Viognier
Sonoma Coast, California

These grapes were grown in four of Cline’s vineyards, in the Sonoma Coast appellation, which has a world renowned reputation for producing excellent fruit. The soil is mineral-rich and needs very little irrigation. The vines are bathed in early morning fog and warmed by afternoon sun.  Viognier grapes are late to ripen and picking them at the right time is very important. Grapes were hand picked and de-stemmed without being crushed and immediately pumped to the tank press where the juice was gently removed. Fermentation at a cool 50°F in stainless steel tanks and neutral barrels allowed Viognier’s flavorful fruit characters to shine through. Serve this wine slightly chilled, and enjoy with salmon, shrimp fettuccine, or cayenne chicken salad.  

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Winemaker, Charlie Tsegeletos

“Cline’s Viognier offers distinctive aromas of pears, apricots, orange blossoms and honeysuckle with a fresh, bright demeanor” , winemaker Charlie Tsegeleltos.

Winemaker: Charlie Tsegeletos
Appellation: Sonoma Coast, California
Varietal Blend:  99% Viognier, 1% Riesling
Analysis:
14.0% alcohol / volume, 3.42 pH
Critical Acclaim:
Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.

Oregon Salmon Patties

Salmon-pattiesINGREDIENTS:
•  1 (14.75 oz) can salmon
• 2 tablespoons of butter
• 1 onion, medium, chopped
• 2/3 cup cracker crumbs
• 2 eggs, beaten
• ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
• 1 teaspoon dry mustard
• 3 tablespoons shortening

DIRECTIONS:
Drain the salmon, reserving ¾ cup of the liquid. Flake the meat. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook until tender.

In a medium bowl, combine the onions with the reserved salmon liquid, 1/3 of the cracker crumbs, eggs, parsley, mustard and salmon. Mix until well blended, then shape into six patties. Coat patties in remaining cracker crumbs.

Melt shortening in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook patties until browned, then carefully turn and brown on the other side.  Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes.com

wbj_viognierSilky_StickerWine by Joe
Dobbes Viognier
Applegate Valley, Oregon

Dobbes’ objective when making Wine By Joe is to produce approachable wines that are true to their varietal character and accurate representations of the Oregon terroir. Far more effort is expended on site selection, with the singular focus of sourcing fruit that expresses true varietal character while promising depth, elegance and balance. This all takes place at Dobbes Family Estate in Dundee, Oregon’s first LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) certified winery. 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.

JoeDobbes“Stone fruit aromas and flavors of ripe peach, apricot, golden raspberries and candied orange mingle with notes of honeysuckle and Daphne blossoms. Lovely floral complexity. The wine finishes with medium length balanced by bright acidity.” – Joe Dobbes, winemaker

Winemaker: Joe Dobbes
Appellation: Applegate Valley, Oregon
Varietal Blend:  100% Viognier
Analysis: 13.1% alcohol / volume, 3.7 pH
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

 

Coffee Rubbed Skirt Steak

Fire up the Grill!
Great recipe to pair with the Big Game and Chapter Three Shiraz!

Coffee-Skirt-SteakINGREDIENTS:
•  2 lbs. skirt steak
•  2 tablespoons ground coffee beans
•  2 tablespoons ground black pepper
•  1 ¼ tablespoon sea salt
•  1 tablespoon smoked paprika
•  ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Mixed all dry ingredients and rub Steak both sides.   Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Prepare grill (preferable charcoal) and grill steaks two-three minutes per side on high heat.

Let rest 5 minutes.  Cut across grain and serve with a glass of Chapter Three Shiraz.  Serves 4
Recipe compliments of Epic Wines.

Bold_stickerChapter-3-ShirazMcPherson
Chapter Three Shiraz
Central Victoria, Australia

This is the third range to be released into the McPherson portfolio and has been created with the finest attention paid to viticultural practices and winemaking techniques to achieve wines of perfect harmony, great style and superb quality.  Fruit was harvested from 15-year-old vines in exceptional vineyard sites on top of the Strathbogie Ranges.The vineyards are situated on granitic sand and rock, which give the wine notable terroir.  Smooth, complex and elegant, this medium bodied, cool climate red evolves with stunning aromas of ripe sweet berries coupled with a floral, violet – like perfume and smoky, chocolate suggestions. The perfect accompaniment to fillet steak or venison – or for something a little different try it with some chocolate cake.

Harmoniously balanced with brooding fruits and carefully integrated French oak, this wine offers intense blackberries and dark plums with a lingering spicy finish. Possessing an eternal palate of richness and spice, it is irresistible now, and will richly reward those who offer it time.”- Jo Nash, winemaker

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Jo Nash, winemaker

Winemaker: Jo Nash
Appellation: Central Victoria, Australia
Varietal Blend:  95% Shiraz, 5% Viognier
Analysis: 14.0% alc/vol
Critical Acclaim:
5 Stars Central & Western Victoria Wine State National 2014; Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards UK 2013; Gold Medal Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit 2013

Dobbes Family Estate Viognier Pairing Recipe

Stir Fried Pork with Ginger

Pork_Ginger_stirfry_smallINGREDIENTS:

• 1/4 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
• 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
• 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 3 Thai chiles or 2 jalapeños, minced
• 2 large garlic cloves, minced
• 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
• 1 3/4 pounds pork tenderloin, sliced crosswise 1/8 inch thick
• 1 pound Asian eggplants, cut into 1-inch dice
• 1 cup coarsely chopped basil
• 1 kaffir lime leaf, very thinly sliced, or 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
• Lime wedges, for serving

DIRECTIONS:

Heat a large wok or skillet over moderately high heat for 5 minutes. In a small bowl, mix the stock with the oyster and fish sauces. Add the oil to the wok and swirl to coat. Add the chiles, garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds. Add the pork and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add the eggplant and stir-fry until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sauce mixture.

Remove from the heat and stir in the basil and lime leaf. Transfer to plates and serve with lime wedges. Serve with white rice or rice noodles.

DFE_Viognier_NV_smallDobbes
Family Estate Viognier

Rogue Valley, Oregon

Silky_Sticker“Bright gold in color, the nose reveals aromas of lychee and ripe white peaches. The characters are very clean and true to the varietal. This is a medium-bodied wine with silky fruits and balanced acid. On the palate, pronounced flavors of peach cobbler are balanced by acidity that seems to sustain the finish for some time.” – Joe Dobbes, winemaker

Winemaker: Joe Dobbes
Appellation: Rogue Valley, OR
Varietal Blend:  100% Viognier
Analysis: 13.5% alc/vol