November 2012 Archives

Holiday Recipes & Pairings from Mumm Napa

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Things are sparkling brightly with Mumm Napa this holiday season!

MummNapaSparklingHolidayWineBanner.jpgPlan your complete Christmas Dinner with recipes and wine pairing from Mumm Napa this year. The menu puts a delicious Baked Ham with Honey Apricot Glaze front and center along with several tasty sides like spicy mashed potatoes and minted peas. In general, Mumm Napa recommends their most versatile sparkling wines Brut Prestige and Blanc de Blancs for Christmas. View all of the holiday recipes and pairings HERE.

MummNapaCindyPawlcyn.jpgMumm Napa has also teamed up with noted Napa Valley chef Cindy Pawlcyn (Restaurants: Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Mustards,) to provide foodies and wine lovers even more festive pairings. Dare to inspire guests with a Swordfish Involtini, or a Chocolate-Hazelnut Truffle Tart. Of course, there are more recipes online which also include recommended wine pairings. Click here to view.

If all of this was not enough to whet your palate, ENTER TO WIN an exclusive Napa Valley Weekend getaway that includes airfare for you and a guest, 2 night accommodations, $1000 in spending money and a special pairing dinner hosted with Chef Cindy Pawlcyn.

Visiting Napa Valley or Sonoma? Stop in for a wine tasting visit at Mumm Napa's Tasting Room. Not only do they boast some fabulous sparkling wines, you can also view the breathtaking photography of famous photographer Ansel Adams at Mumm Napa's fine art photography gallery.

Mumm Napa
8445 Silverado Trail
Rutherford, CA 94573
(800) 686.6272



Food & Wine Pairing: Chocolate Cake & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Recipe from Louis M. Martini Family Recipes

Recipe: Luscious Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting
Wine Pairing: Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon

recipe_LouisMartini_chocolateCake.jpgCake Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup premium semi-sweet chocolate, ground
1 cup flour
4 tsp. baking powder

Frosting Ingredients:
1 pint whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup premium semi-sweet chocolate, ground
1/2 cup slivered almonds


Wine & Food Pairing: Apple Dumplings

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By: Chef Justin Wrangler of Kendall Jackson

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Recipe: Apple Dumplings
Wine Pairing: Kendall Jackson 2007 Grand Reserve Late Harvest Chardonnay

When you cut into these beautiful dumplings, the fragrance of apple & spices smells just like grandma's apple pie. These are great served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.

Food & Wine Pairing: Baked Brie with Pecans

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Recipe: Baked Brie with Pecans
Wine Pairing: Chatuea Julien 2009 Private Reserve Merlot

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Restaurants Open in Napa Valley & Sonoma for Thanksgiving

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It's not too late to have a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner with family and friends where you can leave the dishes and clean up to someone else. Check out which restaurants in Napa Valley and Sonoma will be open to serve you a grand Thanksgiving feast.

>> Restaurants Open in Sonoma for Thanksgiving Dinner

>> Restaurants Open in Napa Valley for Thanksgiving Dinner

Want to do a little wine tasting on the holiday? See what wineries are also open in Napa Valley and Sonoma Thanksgiving Day. CLICK HERE!

Thanksgiving Dinner in Sonoma

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2012 Update!

turkeyDinner.jpgRestaurants That Will Be Open

It's not too late to have a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner with family and friends where you can leave the dishes and clean up to someone else. See below for which restaurants in Sonoma this year will be open to serve you a grand Thanksgiving feast.

CLICK HERE for a list of all the Sonoma wineries that will be open Thanksgiving Day as well.

Depot Hotel
Bring your family and friends and join Chefs Antonio and Michael Ghilarducci for Thanksgiving Dinner. Open for dinner 12 noon through 7pm with seatings every half hour. Call for reservations if you have a party of 6 or more. MORE DETAILS

Inn at the Tides - Bay View Restaurant
Join The Bay View Restaurant for a festive Thanksgiving Day feast.  Entree choices include traditional Roasted Turkey (children under 12, half price), Lobster Fettuccine, Poached Salmon, Pork Tenderloin, Rack of Lamb and Filet Mignon.  Full menu available on our website. Reservations strongly suggested. MORE DETAILS


Recipe: Sweet Potatoes and Maple Rosemary Pecans

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Submitted by Kenwood Vineyards

Here is a flavorful Thanksgiving side dish to accompany the the Turkey as recommended by Chef Robin Lehnhoff-McCray of Kenwood Vineyards.

recipe_KenwoodVineyards_Sweet-Potatoes--Maple-Rosemary-(2).jpgIngredients:
  • 2/3 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large diced pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs. fresh rosemary leaves
  •  ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

Food & Wine Pairing: Thai Curry Butternut Squash Soup

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Submitted by: Chef Robin Lehnhoff-McCray of Kenwood Vineyards

recipe_KenwoodVineyards_SquashSoup.jpgRecipe Name:  Thai Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Wine Pairing: Kenwood Vineyards Russian River Gewürztraminer

Try this butternut squash soup recipe that is sure to warm you up on a breezy Autumn day. Once you're done and ready to eat, pair this tasty soup with a glass of chilled Gewürztraminer.

Ingredients:
  • 1 butternut squash (2-3 pounds)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 T red Thai Curry paste*
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups coconut milk

Instructions:
Cut squash in half and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in a 400º oven for 30-40 minutes, or until tender. Remove from the oven and let cool enough so that you can peel off the outer skin (discard) and chop the pulp of the squash.

In a large pot, sauté the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and curry paste in the olive oil until vegetables are soft. Add the squash and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add the coconut milk and puree in a blender until smooth. Reheat and serve.

Serves 6


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