General: November 2010 Archives

Holiday Entertaining

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Holiday wine and food pairing can be tough. Figuring out which wines to pair with such a wide assortment of foods is a challenge for even the most experienced chef and the thought of entertaining on top of everything makes is stressful! Here are a few guidelines to follow to ensure your food and wine pairings are easy and fun:

Main Dish
For the white wine lover, a soft Chardonnay is a great accompaniment to poultry and an assortment of sides. Even a Riesling or Pinot Grigio could work. The minerality and apple-citrus notes common to Pinot Grigio match well with rich holiday foods. Also, while many assume white wine is the ideal poultry pairing, Pinot Noir's fruity character and lack of tannins are ideal for serving with turkey. It's vibrant and fruity character is sure to please red wine drinkers too.

If you end up serving an elegant roast meat at your holiday dinner, select a bolder red wine, like a Meritage, to match the stronger flavors of the meat.

Side Dishes
Any of these earlier wine pairing suggestions will also work well with the myriad of rich side dishes that often accompany the main course. To complement the spices and flavors try a delightful Syrah-Malbec. This lighter red, with its own notes of spices and earthiness, will stand up well to any dish, from sweet potato mash to creamed pearl onions.

20 Wines for $20 Thursdays

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Buying a bottle of wine at dinner doesn't have to be expensive. Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA is offering patrons of the restaurant a great deal on Thursdays. The new promotion is "20 wines for $20" and lasts through the March 2011.

Sommelier Drew Munro has priced 20 wines at a tremendous value for you to enjoy every Thursday evening. In addition, two wines are available by the glass for $5 each.

Take advantage of this steal of a deal. Make reservations online. See restaurant hours below:
Lunch: Fri. - Sun. 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Dinner: Sun. - Thurs. 5:30pm to 9:30pm and Fri. - Sat. 5:30pm to 10:00pm

*Remember - 20 Different bottles of wine all for only $20 each*

CLICK HERE for dining review.

Change Is Afoot At the Oxbow Public Market

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oxbowmarketsign.jpgBy Deirdre Bourdet

The Oxbow Market is one of my favorite destinations in the Napa Valley.  It has everything a foodie could want in one convenient, comfortable, and very social marketplace.  As a local, it's rare that I stop in without spotting at least one person I know.  With the fantastic new changes in the Main Hall this autumn, the Oxbow's cult following is about to get a lot bigger.  

One of the biggest issues for people visiting the Oxbow in the evening was the early shuttering of the stores, starting around 7pm.  Starting November 17th, the Oxbow will be open every night until at least 9pm, eliminating the need to eat an early bird supper or leave the building.  "Oxbow at Nite!" aims to make the market an anytime, any day kind of scene: it's not just for Tuesdays anymore.

Bourbon-Glazed Roast Turkey

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turkey_detail.jpgSubmitted by Sterling Vineyards

Paired with Sterling Vineyards Three Palms Vineyard Merlot 

Serves 18

  • 15 pound whole turkey, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large tart apple, quartered
  • 1 cup peach preserves
  • 3 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons Angostura bitters
  • butter as needed
  • spiced pickled peaches for garnish, drained

Salmon Roasted on Cedar Plank

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KV_Salmon_cedar.jpgExecutive Chef Robin Lehnhoff-McCray, Kenwood Vineyards, invites you to try this delicious Salmon recipe paired with Kenwood Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir