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World Series Wines

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What to Quaff With What to Eat While Tuning In
By Courtney Cochran

AT&T Park - home to SF's National-League-topping Giants - is renowned for its fancy game fare (Gilroy garlic fries, anyone?), though beer usually trumps wine as game-viewing-beverage-of-choice at the LEED-certified park.  Still, we know that vinous-inclined ball fans watching from home will no doubt reach for the corkscrew come this evening's World Series kickoff game.  Accordingly, we've put together a few suggested food and wine pairings for those of you who prefer the likes of Zin while taking in our team's next win.

Peanuts
Where would a true ball fan be without this classic game viewing staple?  When tucking into 'nuts, there's nothing more fitting with which to pair them than a crisp sparkling wine.  Why? Its acidity will deftly offset all the salt in this treat, while its bubbly profile and creamy mousse recall beer (though we know bubbly is better!).

*Make 'em gourmet: Upgrade your traditional basic nut to fancy Virginia versions.

Hot Dogs
We can't imagine a ball game without 'dogs.  Accordingly, uncork a fruity, medium-bodied red like Pinot Noir or Cru Beaujolais (for the latter, we like versions from Morgon and Brouilly) when tucking into this meaty treat.  These wines' mellow tannins will stand up to dogs' chewy texture, while their fruity flavor profiles make great foils to the savory taste of this choice game fare.

*Make 'em gourmet: Opt for Polish sausage franks for a richer, beefier taste.

Hungarian Goulahahahahahahash

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goulash.jpgRecipe submitted by Liz Vezer of Vezer Family Vineyard

Visit picturesque Suisun Valley, Napa Valley's neighbor by 6 miles! Cooking Class, Dinner & Tasting with Liz for a special occasion reservation at the Vezer Family Estate ... add an escorted ATV Vineyard tour for the perfect day. Open year-round No Appointment for Mankas Corner or Blue Victorian Tasting Rooms. No Fee Wine Club.

Ingredients:
 
  • 1 Bottle Vezer Family Vineyard 2006 Zinfandel - I personally use 1/2 to drink while cooking & 1/2 to cook in the recipe
  • 4-5lbs lean stew meat - cut into chunks so it absorbs the wine better
  • 1 large onion chopped fine
  • 10-12 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 lbs. Potatoes
  • 2 lbs Carrots
  • 10-12 TBS Hungarian Paprika
  • 3 large containers of beef stock
  • 1/4-1/2Cup Olive Oil (you decide how 'virginal')
  • 2-3 Turkish Bay leaves
  • 2 TBS Sea Salt
Serves approximately 1 tribe or 8 people.

Where to Watch the World Series

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By Deirdre Bourdet

giantsBaseball.jpgNAPA VALLEY, CA - The Giants are in the World Series! Join fellow fan-atics at these wine country spots to cheer on San Francisco's own orange and black.


Calistoga Inn & Brewery. Beer and baseball are a classic pairing, and this downtown Calistoga bar/restaurant/inn also boasts an award-winning microbrewery, which sells 100% of its beers on the premises. Crispy calamari and buffalo wings rub shoulders with steamed mussels, oysters, shrimp cocktail and Dungeness crab cakes on the appetizer menu, and bring a taste of the bay to northern Napa Valley.

With a pint of local brew and bowl full of seafood, you will be more than set for game time. 1250 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga.

Bourbon Pepper Tenderloin

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Submitted by Gourmet Retreats at Casa Lana B&B
10 Servings

gourmetRetreats.jpgINGREDIENTS:
  • 3 pounds Beef Tenderloin, trussed
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon achiote powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil, for searing


Submitted by Kenwood Vineyards

October is National Pizza Month, though Americans don't need a special month to indulge in this lunch and dinnertime favorite. An astonishing 93% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month, and every man, woman and child in the country eats an average of 46 slices of pizza per year. Pizza and a glass of wine are a natural pairing, yet few food and wine matchmakers have ever tried this tasty combination - pizza and Sauvignon Blanc.

Pairing pizza and Sauvignon Blanc makes perfect, palate-pleasing sense. While toppings can range from almost nothing to almost everything, tomato sauce and cheese lie at the heart of pizza's scrumptious flavors, and Sauvignon Blanc complements both. Sauvignon Blanc's forward fruit/herb character enhances the herb-infused flavors of tomato sauce, while its crisp acidity serves as a foil to the richness of the cheese.

Calistoga's Bed & Breakfast Morning Treasures

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brannanCottageRecipe.jpgWhy is staying in a bed and breakfast such a treat?? Two words-"The FOOD!". Calistoga is brimming with bed and breakfasts with wonderful, dedicated chefs all showcasing their delectable goodies Click below for these recipes and more....or better yet, just book a room!


Brannan Cottage Inn


Calistoga Wine Way Inn and Craftsman Inn


Chateau de Vie


The Chanric Inn


If you're not a culinary genius in the kitchen or would simply like someone else to be the chef for once,  like we said...book a room!  Right now Calistoga is full of "Sweet Lodging Deals" making this a perfect time to book a fall or winter getaway, relax and enjoy life's little pleasures.  

Bounty Hunter Beer Can Chicken

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BeerCanChickenHiRez.jpgSubmitted by Chef Will Wright, Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ

You might have heard about it from a local or seen it on television, now you can make and taste it for yourself! A guest favorite at our Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ haunt in Downtown Napa, it's not the only draw - sidle up to the bar, or sit on an actual saddle and experience over 40 wines by-the-glass and the best BBQ around.  975 First St., Napa CA www.bountyhunterwinebar.com

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 lb. whole chicken
  • 1 can of Tecate beer
  • 1 lime, cut in half

  • 5 lb. pre-mixed Cajun spice
  • 1 C fennel seed
  • 1 C coriander seed
  • 1 C white sesame seeds
  • ½ C dried thyme
  • ½ C dried oregano
  • ½ C smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. Coleman's dry mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. tumeric
And a few of our own secret spices.  Feel free to add any of your own favorites!
This will make enough spice rub for twelve chickens - store what you don't use in an air-tight container for up to one month in a cool dry place.

Fall Recipes

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PumpkinCurrySoupl.jpgIt's sad to see the summer go, but Fall beckons with a swirl of autumn leaves and delicious comfort foods. Pair your favorite dishes with wine, and you're all set for a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon curled up by the fire or reading a book in your special chair.  See the round up of recipes we found!

Sweet Potato Mash

Pumpkin French Toast

Roasted Salmon w/ Lentils & Bacon

Ziti w/ Portobello Mushrooms

Mortadella and Cheese Panini

Spicy Pumpkin Pound Cake

Pumpkin Curry Soup

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