WineCountry Staff: May 2012 Archives

Spice Up Your Summer Nights!

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Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma
From butchery to Mexican tamales, plan a culinary getaway to Sonoma Wine Country and spend your summer evenings learning new tricks, tips, and culinary techniques. With the addition of TASTE, a complimentary wine tasting event complete with tasty bites and good company, guests are invited to relax, unwind, and enjoy the warm nights.

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Summer Tamales with Agustín Gaytá
June 1, 6:30-9:30p.m., $100

Using the techniques and ingredients of his childhood, Chef Gaytá demonstrates how to prepare Mexico's oldest dish, the tamale. Students are encouraged to master the basics, then add their own concepts and experiment with a variety of flavors. From savory to succulent, dishes include Tamales de Mariscos (Shrimp and Scallops with Butternut Squash Wrapped in Swiss Chard and Served with Habañero Salsa) and Tameles Dulces de Coco (Sweet Coconut with Vanilla Cream Sauce). Register for Class!

French Blue Restaurant in St. Helena, CA Opens Today

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St. Helena, CA - French Blue, a beautiful and warm neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Napa Valley from renowned architect Howard Backen, his wife interior designer Lori Backen and vintner Leslie Rudd (also owner of PRESS restaurant), opened its doors today.

Set in the old Vanderbilt building on the north end of downtown St. Helena, the restaurant's name comes from the blue doors, which graced its entrance for over 50 years. The space features a large open kitchen with a wood burning oven and grill, two fireplaces, a communal table in the center and outdoor seating. The menu, from Executive Chef Philip Wang, features rustic, wood-fired Napa cooking, seasonally inspired from the local gardens of Rudd Farms, located on Mt. Vedeer and at Edge Hill Vineyards - the best ingredients, simply prepared. The food is matched by a carefully edited selection of Northern California wines and handcrafted cocktails. View menus online!
 
French Blue currently serves dinner only, with opening hours from 5pm - 11pm, seven days a week. Beginning June 4th, the all-day restaurant will also offer lunch, with breakfast to follow on June 13th. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted.

Wine Country Paella

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Submitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars
Chef Robin A. Lehnhoff-McCray


Enjoy this delicious Wine Country Paella with our lovely Korbel Rouge or Korbel Chardonnay Champagne.

Planning a visit to Sonoma County? Spend the day at Korbel Champagne Cellars . . . taste our delightful champagnes, tour our historic winery and gardens, and enjoy a delicious lunch at our gourmet Delicatessen. Complimentary tours and tastings daily.

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Get Your BBQ Grills Out!

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FOOD AND WINE PAIRINGS

Dave's "Zinful" Flank Steak
Pair with Dry Creek Vineyard's Zinfandel. CLICK HERE for this popular recipe.


recipeBBQFeature_Peju.jpgGrilled Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs
Part of Peju Winery's Hot Summer Trio & Food Pairings. The Hot Summer Trio is the ideal selection of wines for a warm summer day - serve chilled on the deck, the boat or at the beach. Includes the 2010 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Carnival and 2011 Provenance. This particular dish pairs well with the Carnival.

CLICK HERE for recipe.






Grilled Rock Shrimp w/ Avocado Butter and Hazelnut Romesco
This is a great dish to make when you want a showstopper appetizer but don't have much time to make one. Perfect for a spring or summer party, the creamy avocado butter in this recipe is beautifully balanced by the crisp acidity in our La Crema Pinot Noir Rose.
CLICK HERE for the recipe.

recipeBBQFeature_KendallJackson.jpgGrilled Rib-Eye with Bearnaise Mayonnaise
Rib-eye steaks are well marbled, extremely tender and incredibly flavorful. This grilled rib-eye is amazing paired with a full-bodied red wine. The béarnaise mayonnaise brings a hint of acidity and fresh flavor from the tarragon. Pair with Kendall-Jackson Highland Estates Cabernet Sauvignon or Highland Estates Merlot.

CLICK HERE for recipe.

Lentil Quinoa Avocado Salad

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Submitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars
Chef Robin A. Lehnhoff-McCray


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Enjoy this delicious Lentil-Quinoa-Avocado Salad with our lovely Korbel Organic Brut - Made With Organic Grapes or Korbel California Chardonnay Champagne.

Planning a visit to Sonoma County? Spend the day at Korbel Champagne Cellars . . . taste our delightful champagnes, tour our historic winery and gardens, and enjoy a delicious lunch at our gourmet Delicatessen. Complimentary tours and tastings daily.

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