FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Salt and Pepper Pork & Zinfandel

Recipe: Salt and Pepper Pork
Wine Pairing: Paired with Lambert Bridge 2010 Maple Vineyard Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Ingredients: (makes four servings)
  • 3  1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, tied and sliced into 1.25 inch slabs
  • 4  teaspoons whole peppercorn blend  (I like the Morton & Bassett Rainbow Peppercorns) Very coarsely ground with a mortar and pestle
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt, from a salt grinder
  • 6 ounces (weight) sliced bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup Zinfandel
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Stock (or store-bought chicken broth: unsalted)
  • Pomegranate Molasses

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Butternut Squash Soup & Chardonnay

Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup Finished with Crème Fraiche & Tuscan Olive Oil
Wine Pairing: Lambert Bridge 2011 Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Ingredients: (makes 2 quarts)

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil, light
  • 1/4 pound yellow onion, medium diced
  • 1  1/2 each carrots, medium sized, peeled & sliced thin
  • To taste sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 pounds butternut squash, split, seeded, skin removed and diced large
  • 1/2 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 2  each bay leaves
  • 1/4 pound red potatoes, peeled and diced large   
  • 2 teaspoons thyme, fresh, chopped
  • ¼ cup rose wine (or chardonnay)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 ounces gruyere cheese
  • 1  1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha chili sauce
  • 2  cups water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 each apple, medium sized, peeled and diced medium

RECIPE: Greek Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Submitted by: Korbel Champagne Cellars

Gather around the table to celebrate the day with a hearty meal.

recipe_Korbel_meatballs.jpg~ Makes 50-60 meatballs.
~ Prep time: 40 minutes, plus 20 minutes baking time.
~ Cooking time: 2-1/2 - 3 hours (low heat)

FOOD & WINE PAIRINGS: Tis the Season for Crab!

Tis' the season for crab! Pair your favorite crab dish with sparkling wine, chardonnay or sauvignon blanc. We've got some suggested wine and food pairings below!

recipeRodStrongCrabCakes.jpgCrab Cakes with Sherry Mayonnaise
Sip a glass of Rodney Strong's refreshingly crisp and luscious Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay which only get's sweeter when paired with it's perfect compliment-scrumptious crab cakes. See Recipe

Mini Crab Cake Appetizers
These melt in your mouth crab cakes are a great addition for any party, even your upcoming Superbowl Party! No matter what team you are rooting for, make sure you make a lot, as these will go fast. Pair with Domaine Chandon's Sparkling Wine. Tip: Buy some extra bottles for celebration after the game. See Recipe

Crab Risotto with Fine Herbs
La Crema Monterey Chardonnay offers an elegant contrast to the flavors in this dish. Crisp and cool as it cuts through the richness of the risotto, while building off the herb and mineral notes found in this dish. There could not be an easier recipe for success. Look for very fresh crab to enhance the seafood flavor, while also accentuating the lemon peel aromas of this Central Coast wine. See Recipe

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Sauteed Diver Scallops & Viognier

Submitted by: Lucy's Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono

Recipe: Sautéed Diver Scallops with Celery Root and Citrus
Chef: Executive Chef Victor Scargle, Lucy Restaurant & Bar

Wine Pairing: Storybook Mountain Vineyard, Viognier, Napa Valley, 2012
This is a very lively Viognier: it has all the classic aromatics/ suggestions of white flowers and stone fruits. This particularly wine possesses an impressive lively and crisp acidity.
The texture is rich enough to carry the creamy and fleshy scallops and the acidity here has a perfect affinity with the citrus component that chef Victor uses both in the garnish as well as in the sauce itself.