Maison L’Envoyé Pinot Noir

Salisbury Steak with GravySalisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

STEAK INGREDIENTS:
• ½ onion (white, brown or yellow)
• ½ cup panko bread crumbs (or 1/3 cup ordinary bread crumbs)
• 1 lb ground beef (mince)
• 1 garlic clove , minced
• 1 egg
• 2 tbsp ketchup
• 1 beef bouillon cube, crumbled
• ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
• 3 tsp Dijon mustard or 2 tsp dry mustard powder

GRAVY INGREDIENTS:
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 2 garlic cloves , minced
• ½ onion , finely chopped
• 5 oz mushrooms , sliced
• 2 tbsp unsalted butter
• 3 tbsp flour (all purpose / plain)
• 2 cups beef broth / stock
• 1 cup water
• 2 tsp Dijon mustard
• 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
• Salt and pepper

STEAK DIRECTIONS:
• Place bread crumbs in a bowl. Use a box grater and grate the onion over the bread crumbs. Mix with fingers, leave to soak for a few minutes.
• Add remaining steak ingredients into the large bowl. Use your hands to mix until just combined – don’t over mix.
• Divide into 5 and pat into oval patties around ¾ inch thick.

DIRECTIONS:
• Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Add the steaks and cook the first side for 1 minute or until browned, then flip and brown the other side (they will still be raw inside). Remove onto plate.
• If skillet is looking dry, add a touch more oil. Add chopped onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, until onions are a bit translucent.
• Add the mushrooms into the skillet and cook for 2 – 3 minutes until golden.
• Turn heat down to medium. Add butter. Once melted, add flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
• Gradually add in beef broth, stirring as you go. Once mostly lump free, whisk in remaining gravy ingredients. Add steaks along with the juices on the plate. Cook for 5 – 7 minutes, or until gravy is thickened, stirring occasionally around the steaks. If the gravy thickens too quickly, add more water.
• Remove steaks onto a plate. Taste gravy, salt and pepper to taste. Serve steaks topped with the mushroom gravy, over mashed potato is ideal. Sprinkle with a bit of parsley if desired.
© Recipe courtesy Recipe courtesy of RecipeTinEats.com

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Maison L'Envoye Pinot NoirMaison L’Envoyé
The Attaché
Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Driven by a tireless hunt for elusive sites where Pinot Noir shines, Maison L’Envoyé (House of the Messenger) traverses the globe with the intention of presenting the acme of regionality and winemaking styles. They champion many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors. This project has been a standout since it debuted in 2011, named a ‘Winery to Watch’ by Wine & Spirits in 2015. The Attaché is a barrel selection culled from both alluvial and volcanic vineyard sites. An indigenous whole berry fermentation took place employing a gentle infusion technique to extract color and depth without excessive phenolics. The wine then matured for 12 months in French oak barriques, 35% of which were new.

Felipe Ramirez“Vibrant aromas of wild berries, dried flowers and sage with touches of spice and woodsmoke. The palate fills the mouth with fleshy red fruits, cherry cola and earthy layers. Gentle tannins provide a structured yet soft frame to the fruit which is kept in line by a satisfying minerality. The wine finishes long with clarity and focus.” – Felipe Ramirez, Winemaker

Winemaker: Felipe Ramirez
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Analysis: 13.6% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: 92 pts Vinous, 90+pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate

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Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole

Portobello Penne Pasta

Portobello Penne Pasta Casserole

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 (8 ounce) package uncooked penne pasta
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• ½ pound portobello mushrooms, thinly sliced
• ½ cup margarine • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
• 1 large clove garlic, minced
• ½ teaspoon dried basil
• 2 cups milk
• 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
• 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
• ¼ cup soy sauce

DIRECTIONS:
• Preheat oven to 350℉. Lightly grease a 9” x 13” baking dish.
• Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
• Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the mushrooms, cook one minute, and set aside. Melt margarine in the saucepan. Mix in flour, garlic, and basil. Gradually mix in milk until thickened. Stir in 1 cup cheese until melted. Remove saucepan from heat, and mix in cooked pasta, mushrooms, spinach, and soy sauce. Transfer to the prepared baking dish, and top with remaining cheese.
• Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly brown.

© Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com by Chmadden, click to see video

DECEMBER WINE CLUB PAIRING

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Alit
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon

MELLOW WINE STYLE

Alit Collective is a small team of passionate winemakers, driven to spread the pleasure of exceptional wines. Alit farms organically and minimizes intervention, aiming to capture a vineyard’s natural ecosystem in a bottle. That means dry farming, where natural rainfall replaces conventional irrigation. This method conserves water while producing small but intensely flavorful grapes. During fermentation, they rely on the vineyards’ native wild yeasts to transform the grapes into wine. With just a little coaxing from the winemaking team, Mother Nature creates the flavors, textures and aromas of a great wine. The Alit Willamette Valley Pinot Noir began with ripe, organically farmed grapes grown in volcanic soil that is more than 14 millions years old. Hand-picked – stems and all – and carefully conducted an orchestra of wild yeasts to transform them into wine.

Felipe Ramirez“On the nose, notes of red cherries, huckleberries, vanilla and cedar. On the palate, you’ll find radiant, rich flavors with a long finish. The all natural result delivers red fruit with a wave of cinnamon-and-clove spiciness as smooth as velvet.” – Felipe Ramirez, Winemaker

Winemaker: Felipe Ramirez
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: 90 pts “Years Best” American Pinot Noirs by Wine & Spirits 2015

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Pasta with Lemon Cream Prosciutto recipe pairing

Pasta Lemon Cream Prosciutto

Past with Lemon Cream and Prosciutto

INGREDIENTS:
• 2 tablespoons (¼ stick) butter
• 3 large shallots, minced
• ¾ cup low-salt chicken broth
• 1 cup whipping cream
• 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
• 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
• ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
• 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint leaves (or ½ teaspoon dried marjoram instead)
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• 16 ounces penne pasta
• 12 thin slices prosciutto-browned and then chopped in small pieces
• freshly grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:
• Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add broth. Simmer over medium-high heat until mixture is reduced to ¼ cup, about 2 minutes. Add cream, lemon peel, orange peel, and cayenne. Simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Add peas; simmer just until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in mint and lemon juice. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
• Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain; return pasta to pot. Toss pasta with sauce to coat.
• Divide pasta among plates or bowls. Sprinkle prosciutto atop pasta and serve, passing Parmesan separately.

© Recipe courtesy of Bon Appétit, January 2003

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Straight Shooter ChardonnaySilky styleMaison L’Envoy
Straight Shooter
Chardonnay
Willamette Valley, Oregon

SILKY WINE STYLE

Driven by a tireless hunt for elusive sites, Maison L’Envoyé (House of the Messenger) traverses the globe with the intention of presenting the acme of regionality and winemaking styles. With winemaking footprints in Burgundy, Willamette Valley, Central Otago and Tasmania, the winery champions many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors. The inaugural vintage of Straight Shooter Chardonnay has heaps of character. After fermentation, 50% of the wine was matured in seasoned French oak for ten months prior to bottling. The wine expresses standout primary aromas of yellow fruits and citrus zest followed by meringue, nougat and lemon verbena notes.

Felipe Ramirez“The palate is fruit-driven and balanced while also light on its feet. The pronounced Meyer lemon and Bosc pear characters are sustained by a vibrant acidity through the long finish.” – Filpe Ramirez, Winemaker

Winemaker: Felipe Ramirez
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Analysis: 13.2% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed & approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine.

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December Wine Club recipe pairing

Rib Roast

FOOL-PROOF RIB ROAST

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 (5 pound) standing beef rib roast, trimmed of fat
• 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• ½ teaspoon dried thyme
• ½ teaspoon fennels seeds, crushed
• 2 pounds new potatoes, halved
• 1 onion, cut into thin wedges

DIPPING SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
• 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
• 3 tablespoons horseradish
• 1 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

DIRECTIONS:
• Let beef stand at room temperature one hour.
• Preheat oven to 350℉.
• Stir together 2 teaspoons salt, garlic powder, pepper, thyme, and fennel seeds in a small bowl. Put beef, rib side down, on a rack set in a roasting pan. Rub beef with spice mixture.
• Place pan in preheated oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part registers at least 135℉ for medium-rare, 1 ¾ to 2 ¼ hours, or 150℉ for medium, 2 ¼ to 2 ¾ hours. Transfer beef to a cutting board, let stand, covered with foil, about 15 minutes (do not drain pain).
• Meanwhile, boil potatoes and onion in a pot of salted water for 10 minutes. Drain, then sprinkle with remaining ½ teaspoon of salt.
• Remove rack from roasting pan, add vegetables, and toss to coat with drippings. Return pan to oven and roast until vegetables are browned and tender, 30 to 40 minutes. • Make dipping sauce: Stir together sour cream, horseradish, and chives in bowl.

© Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes.com by Betty Soup

DECEMBER WINE CLUB

Straight Shooter Pinot Noir bottleMellow style logoMasion L’Envoy
Straight Shooter
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon

MELLOW WINE STYLE

Driven by a tireless hunt for elusive sites where Pinot Noir shines, Maison L’Envoyé (House of the Messenger) traverses the globe with the intention of presenting the acme of regionality and winemaking styles. With winemaking footprints in Burgundy, Willamette Valley, Central Otago and Tasmania, the winery champions many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors. Since debuting in 2011, this winery has stood out, including Wine and Spirits naming them ‘a winery to watch’ in 2015. The fruit was hand-picked, from unadulterated Pinot Noir pristine vineyard blocks and 80% were destemmed with indigenous fermentation in stainless steel open tanks. The wine matured in French oak barrels for 12 months, 10% of which were new.

Felipe Ramirez“Intense aromatics of dark cherry and blue fruits alongside subtle earth and elegant floral notes. The palate mirrors the nose and is full of freshness with a touch of oak for texture and balance. Vibrant acidity and soft tannins support the flavors through a long, satisfying finish.” – Filpe Ramirez, Winemaker

Winemaker: Felipe Ramirez
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: 91pts Smart Buy, Wine Spectator; 90 pts Wine & Spirits

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WineStyles Thanksgiving Guide

Happy Thanksgiving

Dust the dining room. Count the chairs. Polish the wine glasses. Thanksgiving is almost here! #happythanksgiving

Are you ready to prepare all the trimmings for the table? Or perhaps you’re visiting family or friends and don’t want to show up empty handed! Either way, we’re here to help.

Shop WineStyles, Earn Bottle Bucks!

First things first – remember you can earn Bottle Bucks for your Thanksgiving shopping! Throughout November and December, spend $100 at participating WineStyles stores, and you’ll get $15 back in Bottle Bucks to use on more goodies! WineStyles is your one-stop shop for premium wines, craft beers, artisan cheeses and gourmet foods perfectly suited for your Thanksgiving feast. View details here, and find your local WineStyles store here. Offer void where prohibited.

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What to serve before dinner:

Wine: Bubbly is perfect for a pre-dinner apéritif. Plus it starts off your feast on the right foot. It is a celebration after all! Toast your guests as they come through the door and make them feel right at home. It’s even a good idea to keep out some bubbles for an in-between courses palate cleanser. Bubbly does a great job at cutting through fats and sweets.

Food: Put together a simple yet stunning cheese and charcuterie board in no time at all. To please everyone’s palates, opt for a diverse selection of tastes (smoked, tangy) and textures (hard, soft, grainy) so there will be plenty of variety for your guests to nosh on. Once your cheeses and charcuterie is cut and displayed, add some colorful cheer! Colorful pickles, mustard, olives, cherries and nuts will make your board look tasteful and polished. Pick up all the artisan cheese and charcuterie you need at your local WineStyles store.

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Above: Cheese board with variety of cheeses

 

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Above: Charcuterie board with baguette, pickles, olives


What to choose if you want 1 or 2 wines to go with the whole feast:

Choosing just one or two wines to go with your Thanksgiving feast is possible. Granted, each dish on your table may not be the perfect “match made in heaven” pairing to your wine, but we can get pretty close. Here are our best red and white wine picks for you:

Red: Fruity Pinot Noir 

A high-acid, low-tannin Pinot Noir, such as from the Willamette Valley in Oregon is your best bet for a red wine to pair with Thanksgiving dinner start to finish. The key-word here is “fruity”. A dry red can lose its presence among all the fruity, sugary, and salty dishes on the table. The fruit-forward flavors of cranberry and cherry in a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir will complement your turkey dinner and all its dressings. Hint: At your local WineStyles store, ask for help selecting the perfect Pinot Noir for your dinner under the Fruity style section.

White: Semi-Sweet Riesling

A semi-sweet Riesling such as Weingut Geierslay from Mosel, Germany is your best bet for a white wine that can stand up to the turkey and all its dressings on the big day. You may remember this particular wine from your October Wine Club selections! (View Wine Club details and our special holiday sign-up offer here.) Riesling is incredibly versatile with typically low alcohol content and high acidity. It will complement just about anything you pair it with, and the touch of sweetness may be welcome by friends and relatives who aren’t wine connoisseurs.

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Thanksgiving-friendly wines at your local WineStyles store


What to pair with ___insert dish here____

Ask your local WineStyles staff to help you pick the perfect wines to pair with all your Thanksgiving dishes, whatever they may be. If you want to branch out and try a little something different that will pair perfectly with each and every dish from ham to pie, we commend you! WineStyles is here to help make your Thanksgiving one for the memory books. 🙂

Thanks for reading, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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October Wine Club pairing recipe

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Granny Smith Apple Chutney

apple-chutneyINGREDIENTS:
• 3 Granny Smith apples sliced into 1 inch wedges
• 2 tbsp butter
• 1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
•  ¼ cup sugar
• 1 cup water
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp nutmeg

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.

wbj_syrahBold_stickerWine by Joe
Dobbes Syrah
Willamette Valley, Oregon

Though a small-town boy raised in Willamette Valley, Joe Dobbes’ wine calling originated far from his home country. Stints in the Nahe and Burgundy regions in France provided Joe with a solid foundation in the Old World of winemaking, before returning to the U.S. and eventually beginning Joe Dobbes Wines in 2002. Today, he has succeeded in building one of the most well-established wine companies in Oregon. The estate vineyards cover some 214 acres in Willamette Valley and, in addition, Joe works closely with a number of elite Oregon vineyards to release single-vineyard wines and masterful cuvées under three labels – Dobbes Family Estate, Jovino and Wine By Joe, the last of which was named the #1 Hot Small Brand of 2011 by Wine Business Monthly.

JoeDobbes“20 months in neutral barrels has refined the tannins and created a full mid-palate with a smooth finish. This fruit driven Syrah expresses a full spectrum of bright red to dark berry fruits.  Floral and earth driven accents keep this food friendly wine alluring” – Joe Dobbes, winemaker

Winemaker: Joe Dobbes
Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal Blend:  100% Syrah
Analysis: 13.7% alcohol / volume, 3.7 pH
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine