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.

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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

Viognier Pairing Recipe

SAUTEED SCALLOPS WITH BACON, GARLIC, BASIL and CHIPOTLE PEPPER

INGREDIENTS:

• 4 slices bacon, diced
• 1 pound scallops, rinsed, patted dry at room temperature
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• ½ cup unsalted butter
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• ½ teaspoon dried oregano
• ½ teaspoon dried basil
• ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
• ½ teaspoon dried chipotle powder, optional
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS:
• Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Drain excess fat; reserving 1 tablespoon in the skillet. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
• No need to rinse the pan. Wipe clean the skillet and add half the butter to melt over medium heat. Add scallops to the skillet in a single layer and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and translucent in the center, about 1-2 minutes per side. Spoon butter on top. Set aside and keep warm.
• Melt remaining butter in the skillet. Add garlic, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in bacon and scallops.
• Serve immediately, garnished with basil, chipotle pepper power, if desired. © Recipe courtesy of Chungha Rhee.

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Silky styleMartellotto Winery
Santa Ynez Valley
Viognier
Santa Barbara, California

Viognier hails from the Rhone Valley in south France. At the Zaca Mesa vineyard in Santa Ynez, the grape is farmed to perfection. Truly art in a bottle, 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. Bone dry and luscious, this Viognier is a perfect aperitif wine. Exotic aromatics, it’s ideal to pair with seafood and salads. Lush, lovely and enticing. One taste and you’ll be hooked.

winemaker Greg Martellotto“Bottled after ten months, the Viognier explodes with freshness, vibrancy, and sunshine. The tropical aromas of honeysuckle, white peach, and dried apricot invite flavors of Meyer lemon and honey-crisp apple.” – Greg Martellotto, winemaker

Winemaker: Greg Martellotto
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley, California
Varietal Blend:  Viognier
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

June Wine Club pairing recipe

EGGPLANT INVOLTINI

Eggplant Involtini

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped (about 3 large)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed and divided
  • 12 (1/4-inch-thick) lengthwise slices eggplant (about 2 medium)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 ounce whole-wheat French bread, toasted and torn into pieces
  • 8 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup) and divided

DIRECTIONS:
Combine oil and tomatoes in a medium saucepan; stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 garlic cloves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until reduced to 2 cups. Cool 10 minutes. Place mixture in a food processor; process until smooth. Set aside.
• Preheat broiler to high.
• Sprinkle eggplant slices evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; arrange slices in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Lightly coat eggplant with cooking spray. Broil 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Place remaining 2 garlic cloves in a mini food processor; pulse until chopped. Add nuts and bread; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form. Add ricotta, rind, and egg; process until smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup basil and 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Spread 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce over the bottom of an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread 2 tablespoons ricotta mixture onto each eggplant slice; roll up jelly-roll fashion. Place rolls, seam sides down, over sauce in dish. Spoon remaining sauce over rolls. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining basil. © Recipe courtesy of Sidney Fry, MS, RD and Cooking Light.

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Bold wine Style logoPetit VerdotIt Was a Very Good Year
Petit Verdot
Santa Barbara, California
Martellotto Winery

The Happy Canyon AVA is one of the youngest in Santa Barbara, established in 2009. Located in the southeast part of the larger Santa Ynez Valley, this is the hottest part of the valley and furthest from the ocean. Rolling hills sit atop a serpentine-laced terroir that is primarily planted to Bordeaux varietals. Petit Verdot traces its noble lineage to Bordeaux, where it is typically used as a blending grape. The final wine was loved so much, Martellotto Winery transformed the side show into the main event. This is one of very few Petit Verdot dominate wines produced anywhere. Located in Buellton, California, the Martellotto Winery focuses on vibrant Bordeaux varietals. It’s one of few California wineries bottling and producing varietal wines from each of the five noble Bordeaux grapes.

winemaker Greg Martellotto“Stylish, ethereal, and abundantly rich, this wine excites with aromas of bouquet garni, violet and rose petal. Flavors of black cherry, plum, graphite and mocha round out a plush and pleasing ink monster. Varietally correct and precise, classic like a Frank Sinatra song. A rare beast with bold fruit.” – Greg Martellotto, winemaker

Winemaker: Greg Martellotto
Appellation: Happy Canyon AVA, Santa Ynez Valley, California
Varietal Blend:  80% Petit Verdot, 20% Malbec
Analysis: 14.25% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

Drunken Spaghetti

May Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Wine Pasta

Photo: Katie Foster / Tasting Table

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 ½ pounds rapini (broccoli rabe)
• 1 pound spaghetti
• 1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine (preferably different Zinfandel)
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons thinly sliced garlic (about 4 cloves)
• ¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
• 1 teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• ½ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese

DIRECTIONS:
• Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rapini and cook for 3 minutes or until just tender. Transfer the rapini to a baking sheet and let cool. In the same boiling water, cook the spaghetti, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. (The pasta will finish cooking in the wine.) Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and then drain the pasta and set it aside. Return the empty pasta pot to the stove.
• Add the wine and sugar to the pasta pot. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until reduced by half, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the pasta and shake to prevent the pasta from sticking. Gently stir with tongs until coated and boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the pasta is al dente, about 4 to 5 minutes.
• While the pasta cooks in the wine, heat a large, deep skillet over high heat. Add the olive oil, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the garlic until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the rapini, red-pepper flakes, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add ½ cup of the reserved pasta water, or more if desired, and stir to combine.
• Add the rapini mixture to the pasta pot, toss gently and transfer to a platter. Sprinkle with the cheese and serve. © Recipe courtesy of Tasting Table, adapted from Michael Chiarello’s Bottega (Chronicle Books).

Bold wine Style logoCline Heritage ZinfandelCline Family Cellars
Single Vineyard Series
Heritage Zinfandel
Contra Costa County, California

Family-owned and operated, Cline Family Cellars was built on a passion of winemaking and rooted in the land. Founded in 1982, Fred Cline made his first vintages from original plantings, some of which dated back to the 1880s. As one of the original Rhone Rangers, Cline has been committed to nurturing the land and using sustainable farming methods. This luscious Zinfandel comes from Cline’s prized Big Break, Live Oak and Bridgehead vineyards located in Oakley. All within a two mile radius of one another, these vineyards are managed by farming practices that were originally used by the Italian and Portuguese immigrants that inhabited the area before the turn of the century. Pairs well with roasted or grilled meats or a hearty pasta dish.

Winemaker Charlie Tsegeletos

Winemaker Charlie Tsegeletos

“The Heritage Zinfandel is big and flavorful, with notes of chocolate, sweet berries, spice and coffee – a classic example of the big boned Zinfandels for which Cline Cellars has become known. The wine’s acidity and tannins are firm, but balanced, creating a luscious wine. The Heritage Zinfandel is delicious now and will age beautifully over the next decade.” – Charlie Tsegeletos, winemaker

Winemaker: Charlie Tsegeletos
Appellation: Contra Costa County, California
Varietal Blend:  Zinfandel
Analysis: 15.0% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine

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

 

February Winery Spotlight

Charles Smith Wines, Washington

Please join us, as we Taste, Learn and Enjoy these ‘rockin’ wines from Charles Smith.  We’ll be tasting through several of his labels.  Be sure to RSVP at your local WineStyles location or reserve tickets on Eventbrite.com

Located in Walla Walla, Charles Smith opened his first winery, K Vintners.  His first release, K Syrah, initiated the style of winemaking that Charles continues today: small lots of single vineyard Syrahs and field blends of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Viognier, all of which are hand-picked, fermented with naturally occurring yeasts and basket pressed.

In 2008, his K Vintners was recognized by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the “Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years,” and as “Winery of the Year” in the annual wine buying guide. His wines continue to receive recognition from wine publications such as Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine & Spirits with 98 scores of 95 points and above, and 386 scores of 90 points and above.

Winemaker Charles Smith is the only person to have received Winemaker of the Year distinctions by both Wine Enthusiast (2014) and Food & Wine (2009).

ABOUT THE WINEMAKER

Growing up just outside of Sacramento, California, Charles Smith began craving worldly travel at a young age.  In 1989 Charles decided to move to Denmark and spent nine years managing rock bands and concert tours throughout Europe. Wining and dining on the road ultimately triggered the career he has today.In 1999, he moved back to the States, landing in the Pacific Northwest. He opened up a wine shop on Bainbridge Island, just across the Puget Sound from downtown Seattle.  On a road trip, he passed through the small town of Walla Walla and met a French winemaker. The two men discovered their common passion for great Syrah and Charles was convinced to move to Walla Walla and make his own juice. December 2001, Charles released his first wine, 330 cases of the 1999 K Syrah. The Walla Walla Valley was now his home.

Wines of Substance
In 2017, he unveiled a new name for his international company and vast portfolio – Wines of Substance.
SIXTO: The Chardonnay-only label from Charles Smith and Brennon Leighton. Inspired by the story of musician Sixto Rodriguez, Charles similarly wanted to resurrect something that was always great, but was waiting to be rediscovered – as in the old Chardonnay vines in Washington State. Being the sixth label that Charles created (sextus translates to “sixth” in Latin), the name SIXTO was a perfect fit.
Substance Wines

SUBSTANCE: The newest chapter in history books of Charles Smith and his wines.   With a single-minded vision to produce the best value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon, Substance label was born.  Using traditional winemaking, natural fermentations and barrel-aging, each wine is made in small batches ensuring integrity.

Casasmith winesViNO CASASMITH: Italian inspired and locally produced, ViNO was created by Charles Smith in 2010 with the inaugural release of a 100% Pinot Grigio. This is in keeping with the vision of producing Italian varietals with the same integrity as they would be produced in Italy. Hand-made wines that are a great value and delicious to drink.

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The Dry Dam Riesling

Maple Mustard Chicken

maple chickenINGREDIENTS:
• 6 pieces boneless, skinless chicken thighs
• 3 cups dijon mustard
• ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
• ½ cup maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon black pepper
• ¼ teaspoon paprika

DIRECTIONS:
• Preheat oven to 350℉. Spray a medium sized casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
• In a small bowl mix mustard, vinegar, maple syrup, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and all the paprika together, set aside.
• Clean chicken thighs, checking for bone pieces and cutting off excess fat. Lay chicken pieces in a single layer, not flat, into casserole dish. Season with leftover salt and pepper. Pour maple mustard mix over the chicken and bake uncovered for 35 minutes. Sauce should be bubbling, and chicken registering an internal temperature of 165℉.
• Remove from oven and serve hot with your favorite sides and enjoy with a glass of dry Riesling. © Photo and recipe courtesy of Chateau Ste Michelle.

The Dry Dam wine bottled’Arenberg
The Dry Dam
Riesling
McLaren Vale and ADelaide Hills, South Australia

In 1992 d’Arenberg’s neighbors built a dam in which no water lay, as it was a dry winter. The next year it rained but the dam was jinxed and didn’t hold water. Some people mix the name around, calling the wine ‘The Dam Dry Riesling,’ which in some years is truer than others. For this vintage, small batches of grapes were crushed gently, chilled and then transferred to custom designed steel basket presses. Gentle juice extraction is critical early on to retain the delicate fruit flavors. The fermentation was long and cool, and was stopped before reaching total dryness to ensure that residual sugar remains to balance the high mineral acidity. It was an excellent year for Riesling in McLaren Vale. Enjoy the heady yet delicate personality of this wine in youth or confidently cellar it.

“Fresh and vibrant with a perfumed aroma of summer florals, green apples chester osborn winemakerand limes. Citrusy acidity highlights an entertaining and energetic palate.” – Chester Osborn, winemaker

Winemaker: Chester Osborn
Appellation: McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Varietal Blend:  100% Riesling
Analysis: 10.8% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: 90 pts Wine Enthusiast

d’Arenberg Winery

d’Arenberg has been ranked as one of the Top 100 Wineries in the world by Wine & Spirits Magazine six times!  Peak behind the scenes with winemaker, Chester Osborn:

Enjoy a glass of Chester’s amazing wines, join our January Wine Club!

Custodian Grenache wine bottled’Arenberg
The Custodian
Grenache
McLaren Vale, South Australia

In 1959, Francis d’Arenberg (d’Arry) Osborn began bottling d’Arenberg wines under the now famous Red Stripe label. Today, d’Arenberg is the keeper of nearly one-third of all of McLaren Vale’s mature Grenache bush vines and d’Arry has celebrated 67 consecutive vintages earning consistent critical acclaim for their coveted Grenache-based wines. Fourth generation winemaker, Chester Osborn, guides the small-batch Grenache parcels from the vintage through the gentle ‘Demoisy’ crusher, into open fermenters and then into the 19th century basket-presses. Natural minimal processing ensures maximum flavor which results in a harmless deposit in the bottle.

“When Grenache is good, you know it straight away. The nose is packed with chester osborn winemakerfresh fruit characters of raspberry, cherry and pomegranate, with complex notes of sooty black earth and cracked fennel seed in support. With time, the palate evolves from initial fresh red fruit characters into a darker brooding blackberry and Kalamata olive skin spectrum. The wine maintains its focus and drive on a long lingering finish held by a tight rhubarb-like acid line. The fine line is further supported by structured, lively tannin.”. – Chester Osborn, winemaker

Winemaker: Chester Osborn
Appellation: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Varietal Blend:  100% Grenache
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume

EGGPLANT BRAISED IN CHORIZO TOMATO SAUCE

eggplantINGREDIENTS:
• 16 oz loose chorizo
• 1 cup diced onion
• 4 large garlic cloves, sliced
• 28 oz can tomatoes
• 1 pound Japanese eggplant (about 3)
• 1 cup red wine
• 1 tsp fresh thyme
• 1 tsp fresh oregano
• ¼ cup basil

DIRECTIONS:
• Place the tomatoes in a blender and puree until smooth.
• Slice the eggplant into 2 inch pieces.
• Over medium heat cook the chorizo until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
• Add onion and garlic to pan and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the chorizo back to the pan with the wine. Cook for 1 minute. Pour in the tomato and bring to a boil. Add the eggplant and bring back to a boil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the pan, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes add the thyme and oregano. Put cover back on and cook for 10 more minutes, or until eggplant is tender.
• Chop the basil and sprinkle over the top. 4 servings. Serve as main dish or side dish.
© Photo and recipe courtesy of Chateau Ste Michelle.

January Wine Club pairing recipe

Blackberry Braised Short Ribs

recipe ShirazINGREDIENTS:
• 6 short ribs
• 1 cup onion, chopped
• 1 cup carrot, chopped
• 1 ½ cup red wine (Shiraz, Merlot, or Cab)
• 1 ½ cup beef stock
• 2 tbsp tomato Paste
• 2 pints blackberries

DIRECTIONS:
• Using a pot with a lid that will fit all 6 short ribs comfortably, heat it over medium high heat.
• Preheat an oven to 375 ℉.
• When pot has properly heated, add a tsp of oil, and then sear off short ribs until they are brown and caramelized lightly, about 3 minutes. Remove ribs.
• Add carrots and onions to pot and cook until just starting to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Put in tomato paste and cook 1 minute longer. Pour in wine and stock and bring mixture to a boil. Put in ribs and 1 pint of blackberries, cover and place in the preheated oven. Cook until ribs are tender. This will take between 2 and 3 hours, depending on thickness of ribs. Check liquid level periodically to ensure it doesn’t all evaporate. If more liquid is needed add more stock and wine, or just water.
• When ribs are done cooking, remove from pan and keep warm. Strain out liquid from pot. Add other pint of blackberries and simmer sauce for 10 more minutes. Season to your taste with salt and pepper.
• When serving make sure to include some blackberries with each piece of rib.
© Photo and recipe courtesy of Chateau Ste Michelle.

Shiraz Love Grass Bottled’Arenberg
The Love Grass Shiraz
McLaren Vale, South Australia

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d’Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. In 1912, the original vineyards were established and a century later d’Arenberg has more than 345 acres managed by 4th generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. d’Arenberg has been ranked as one of the Top 100 Wineries in the world by Wine & Spirits Magazine six times! A wild grass, the Love Grass, often grows in the vineyards surrounding the d’Arenberg winery. During vintage, the sticky, Velcro-like, long stemmed flowers of the Love Grass affectionately attach themselves to the vineyard workers’ socks. This Shiraz will also linger with you and, as such, the family thought it fitting to name this wine ‘The Love Grass’.

chester osborn winemaker“Quite a lifted nose, with intense aromas of mulberry, plum and graphite. The round and deliciously balanced palate mirrors the nose. The wine finishes long with moderate acidity and heaps of fine, spicy tannins.”. – Chester Osborn, winemaker

Winemaker: Chester Osborn
Appellation: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Varietal Blend:  90% Shiraz, and 9 other varietals (10%)
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume

Lasagna Pairing Recipe

lasagnaINGREDIENTS:
• ½ lb lean ground beef
• ½ lb ground veal
• ½ lb ground pork
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 Tbsp oregano
• 1 28-oz can whole tomatoes, drained
• 1 28-oz can whole tomatoes with juice
• 2 eggs
• 16 oz cottage cheese
• 15 oz ricotta cheese
• ½ cup parmesan cheese
• 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
• 19-oz package no boiling required lasagna noodles

DIRECTIONS:
• Preheat oven to 350℉.
• In a large skillet, brown ground beef, veal and pork. Add minced garlic and oregano and stir.
• Place canned tomatoes in food processor and pulse until tomatoes are thoroughly chopped; reserve 2 cups, place remainder in skillet with the meat and stir. Remove from heat and set aside.
• In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Stir in cottage, ricotta and parmesan cheeses. Set aside.
• Spread 1 cup of reserved tomatoes in the bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Layer 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, ½ cottage cheese mixture, ½ meat sauce, and 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese. Repeat layering finishing with a layer of noodles. Add the remaining 1 cup of tomatoes. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover, and top with remaining cup of mozzarella cheese. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Serves 8-12
•Enjoy with a glass of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Barbera. Recipe compliments of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards.

Mellow style logoJacuzzi Barbera bottleDECEMBER WINE CLUB
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Barbera
Amador County, California
MELLOW STYLE

The Barbera varietal comes from the hills of northern Italy’s Piedmonte region, where it has been grown since the 13th century. During the 1800s and 1900s, Italian immigrants introduced the varietal to the Americas, most notably in Argentina and California. The grapes are known for their deep color and softer tannins. The fruit for this Barbera comes from Rancho Victoria nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in the northern part of Amador County. The soils here are sandy clay loam derived from decomposed granite. This provides abundant nutrients and water retention for healthy, strong vines. The grapes were handpicked and destemmed without crushing the berries. This gentle approach minimizes the pick-up of bitter components from the skins and seeds. The wine was racked to oak, and aged for 12 months on 35% new French medium toasted oak.

“This Barbera has freshness and clarity. Bright cherry and raspberry fruit dominate with an underlying savoriness which compliments the elegant palate and clean finish.”. – Charlie Tsegeletos, winemaker

Winemaker: Charlie Tsegeletos
Appellation: Amador County, California
Varietal Blend:  90% Barbera, 10% Alicante Bouschet
Analysis: 14.0% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim: Reviewed and approved by Doug Frost, Master Sommelier and Master of Wine