WineCountry Staff: April 2007 Archives

Warm Spinach Salad with Gorganzola and Spiced Pecans

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Goat Cheese and Warm Spinach Salad.jpgTry this simple warm salad from Fort Bragg's Mendo Bistro at home. The warm dressing just wilts the leaves, and makes for a savory, decadent start to any WineCountry meal. Pair with a Gewurtztraminer, like the local Navarro 2004 Gewürztraminer, Estate Bottled.

Roast Leg of Lamb Marinated with Garlic Confit

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legoflamb.jpgSubmitted By Pine Ridge Winery 


  • 1 leg of lamb, shank and excess fat removed
  • 4 heads of garlic, cloves removed and peeled but left whole
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
  • 1-2 cups olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 ounces flageolet beans soaked in water overnight
  • 1 carrot, split lengthwise
  • 1 white onion, cut in half
  • 6 ounces grapeseed oil
  • 8 ounces (1 stick) whole butter
  • 8 ounces chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Roast Half Guinea Hen

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guinea hen.jpegRoast Half Guinea Hen, Green Garlic Spaetzle & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Recipe by Chef Darren Robey
Harmony Restaurant

The light and delicate flavors of this dish are a perfect combination to usher in spring. The mild but flavorful hen is plated atop robust garlic spaetzle, verdant broccoli rabe and tangy sun-dried tomato pesto. The combination of bold and sweet flavors pairs beautifully with the fruit and slight spiciness of this Italian varietal wine, which is similar to Zinfandel.

A Diner's Journal - Mustard's Grill

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mustardsgrill.jpegEvery now and then I have to be reminded just how great Mustard's really is. We have so many wonderful dining establishments in Napa Valley and I somehow tend to think of Mustard's Grill as a tourists' place (probably because it was one of the first places I went to when I was a tourist), so we just don't go to Mustard's all that often. I've always enjoyed this place, but it took the suggestion of friends visiting here from Southern California to bring me back to my senses - and a really fun dining experience.