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FOOD & WINE PAIRINGS: Tis the Season for Crab!

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Tis' the season for crab! Pair your favorite crab dish with sparkling wine, chardonnay or sauvignon blanc. We've got some suggested wine and food pairings below!

recipeRodStrongCrabCakes.jpgCrab Cakes with Sherry Mayonnaise
Sip a glass of Rodney Strong's refreshingly crisp and luscious Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay which only get's sweeter when paired with it's perfect compliment-scrumptious crab cakes. See Recipe

Mini Crab Cake Appetizers
These melt in your mouth crab cakes are a great addition for any party, even your upcoming Superbowl Party! No matter what team you are rooting for, make sure you make a lot, as these will go fast. Pair with Domaine Chandon's Sparkling Wine. Tip: Buy some extra bottles for celebration after the game. See Recipe

Crab Risotto with Fine Herbs
La Crema Monterey Chardonnay offers an elegant contrast to the flavors in this dish. Crisp and cool as it cuts through the richness of the risotto, while building off the herb and mineral notes found in this dish. There could not be an easier recipe for success. Look for very fresh crab to enhance the seafood flavor, while also accentuating the lemon peel aromas of this Central Coast wine. See Recipe

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Sauteed Diver Scallops & Viognier

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Submitted by: Lucy's Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono

Recipe: Sautéed Diver Scallops with Celery Root and Citrus
Chef: Executive Chef Victor Scargle, Lucy Restaurant & Bar

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Wine Pairing: Storybook Mountain Vineyard, Viognier, Napa Valley, 2012
This is a very lively Viognier: it has all the classic aromatics/ suggestions of white flowers and stone fruits. This particularly wine possesses an impressive lively and crisp acidity.
The texture is rich enough to carry the creamy and fleshy scallops and the acidity here has a perfect affinity with the citrus component that chef Victor uses both in the garnish as well as in the sauce itself.

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Pan Roasted Duck & Merlot

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Recipe: Pan Roasted Duck with Roasted Chestnut-Cranberry Stuffing
Wine Pairing: Sterling Vineyards Reserve Merlot, Napa Valley 09

recipe_SterlingVineyards_duckBreast.jpgIngredients - Roasted Chestnut-Cranberry Stuffing
  • 6 oz. butter
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 cups rough chopped roasted and peeled chestnuts (*cooked and peeled chestnuts can be purchased from gourmet food stores and mail order)
  • 4 cups squab or chicken stock
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, roasted in a 300° oven for 20 minutes
  • 4 cups fresh country bread cubes, crust removed and lightly toasted
  • 1 tbs. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tbs. chopped fresh sage
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs. butter
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Butter a 8 x 12 or so baking dish.
  • In a large sauce pot on medium high heat cook the onions and celery in the butter until very tender, stirring frequently to avoid browning.
  • Add chestnuts and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the stock, turn up heat to high and bring to a boil. Shut off.
  • Transfer mixture to a bowl. Fold in bread cubes, herbs and roasted cranberries.
  • Transfer to baking dish. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Spiced Winter Squash & Chardonnay

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Stuck for an idea for a side dish to serve for the holidays? Kendall-Jackson has the perfect dish to serve - Spiced Winter Squash. Pair with Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay.


SPICED WINTER SQUASH
~ Recipe by Chef Tracey Shepos Cenami

kendall-jackson-recipe-spiced-winter-squash.jpgIngredients:
  • 3 lbs. winter squash (such as butternut, acorn or kabocha), peeled, seeded and cut into uniform 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 Tbsp., plus 1/8 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. pepitas
  • 1½ tsp. pomegranate molasses
  • ½ orange, zested
  • 8 mint leaves, torn

RECIPE: Chandon Sparkle Cookie

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Chandon, the perfect bubbly to toast the holidays, is kicking off the season of celebration with Momofuku Milk Bar's Chef Christina Tosi. The award-winning pastry chef has teamed up with California sparkling pioneer Chandon to create a festive limited-edition cookie recipe incorporating the wine that adds pop to any holiday gathering.

Super scrumptious and with a flute cookie cutter, they will more than dazzle your friends and family!

Watch the video:

RECIPE: Butternut Squash Soup

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Submitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

Leaves are turning and a chill is in the air. Time to enjoy a heart-warming soup.

Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup
Wine Pairing: Korbel Brut Champagne

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National Pasta Day - Celebrate a Family Favorite

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Get ready to celebrate a family favorite on October 17th, National Pasta Day. Whether a main course or a side dish, pasta is more popular than ever and National Pasta Day provides the perfect opportunity to get creative with this fun, versatile food. In the spirit of National Pasta Day, Kenwood Vineyards has launched a contest and an online cookbook, both focusing on the many pleasures of pasta.

Accepting entries until December 1st, 2013, the Kenwood Vineyards Perfect Pasta Pairing Contest challenges entrants to create a pasta masterpiece that pairs perfectly with one of six Kenwood Vineyards wines. The Kenwood Vineyards Perfect Pasta Pairing Contest is open to all amateur chefs and entries will be judged for quality, creativity and originality. Grand Prize is a spectacular Kenwood Vineyards wine country tour package valued at $5,000. Prizes will also be awarded to the best entry in each wine category. Complete rules and an on-line entry form for the Kenwood Vineyards Perfect Pasta Pairing Contest located at www.kenwoodvineyards.com/pastacontest.

Here's a recipe for Capellini with Salmon and Cream Sauce to get those creative juices flowing. Pair with Kenwood Vineyard's Sonoma County Chardonnay. The creamy elements of this Chardonnay mirror the richness of the salmon sauce, and it's citrus notes act like a squeeze of lemon, to brighten it up.

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Tomatoes - Recipes and Wine Pairings

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Whether growing in your garden (lucky you!) or on the menu at your favorite restaurant, it's tomato season! Particularly tasty are heirloom tomatoes which are already in full bloom and in season. See some of our favorite recipes for using this lovely red fruit.

Kendall-Jackson celebrates the tomato season every year with their annual Heirloom Tomato Festival. This year the festival is on September 28, 2013 and will showcase more than 175 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, a chef competition, and of course, tomato-inspired dishes.

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FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Chocolate Raspberry Blintzes and Zinfandel

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Submitted by: Chef Lucy Lewand of Camellia Inn

Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Blintzes with Raspberry Sauce
Wine Pairing: Truett - Hurst Zinfandel Rose (aslo known as Salmon Run Rose)


recipe_CamelliaInn_ChocolateRaspberryBlintzes.jpgAt the Camellia Inn located in Healdsburg, chocolate is celebrated at every opportunity. We have Chocolate Covered Wednesdays when guests receive chocolate treats and chocolate inspired dishes for breakfast. We do chocolate dinners, collect chocolate recipes and observe national chocolate holidays. These chocolate raspberry blintzes are a breakfast favorite among guests. 

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Flat Iron Steak and Cabernet Sauvignon

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Submitted By: Chef Pablo Jacinto of Silverado Resort and Spa

Recipe: Five Dot Ranch Flat Iron Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Delta Asparagus and Chimichurri Sauce

Wine Pairing: 2010 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa, CA)


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The Grill at Silverado serves up local, seasonal cuisine with sides of innovation and passion. Chef Pablo Jacinto, a veteran of Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, has decided to share with you his recipe for his famous Five Dot Ranch Flat Iron Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Delta Asparagus and Chimichurri Sauce. Enjoy!

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Steamed Mussels with Sauvignon Blanc

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Submitted by: Chef Robin Lehnhoff-McCray of Kenwood Vineyards

recipe_KenwoodVineyards_mussels.jpgRecipe: Steamed Mussels with Fresh Fennel and Thyme

Wine Pairing: Kenwood Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc


Ingredients:
  • 3 pounds fresh mussels
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 1 T freshly chopped garlic
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced thinly
  • 2 cups Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, leaves picked off stems

Special Note: Have all your other ingredients ready to use as this recipe moves pretty quickly once you start to assemble it.

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Cranberry and Orange Scones w/ Champagne

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Submitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

KORBEL toasts moms all week with a daily brunch recipe to delight!

recipe_Korbel_CranberryOrangeScones.jpgRecipe: Cranberry and Orange Scones
Wine Pairing: KORBEL Sweet Cuvee

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Carrot-Ginger Soup

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Submitted by: Chef Robin Lehnhoff-McCray, Korbel Champagne Cellars

A bit of warm comfort food paired with a glass of Korbel Champagne can go a long way!

recipe_Korbel_CarrotGingerSoup.jpgIngredients:
  • 2 T sweet butter
  • 2 lbs carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 inch knob, fresh ginger root
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh garlic
  • 2 cups Korbel Brut
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup sour cream or crème fraiche

Recipe: Champagne Cocktail

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recipe_Korbel_ChampagneCocktail.jpgSubmitted by: Korbel Champagne Cellars

Celebrate elegant simplicity!

Ingredients:
  • 6 oz. chilled KORBEL Brut
  • 1 cube sugar
  • Angostura® bitters
  • Lemon twist

Instructions:
Place sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute and soak it with bitters. Fill with KORBEL. Garnish with a lemon twist.
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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.

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Asparagus Frittata with Champagne

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Submitted by: Korbel Champagne Cellars

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Asparagus are back, baby! This brunch recipe is delicious just out of the oven with spring greens and baby potatoes. Serve with a glass of Korbel Champagne!

Chicken Crepes with Lemon Cream Sauce

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recipe_Goosecross_Chicken-Crepes-with-Lemon-Cream-Sauce.jpgRecipe: Chicken Crepes with Lemon Cream Sauce
Wine Pairing: Goosecross Chardonnay
Chef: Colleen Topper

One of the chef's favorite dinners to prepare year around! Make the crepes while the chicken is baking, then whip up the sauce. Crisp the crepes in the oven, spoon the sauce on top, and enjoy with Goosecross Chardonnay!


FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Truffle Eggs & Toast & Brut

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Submitted by: Community Cafe & Annex Wine Bar

recipe_CommunityCafe_TruffleEggsToast.jpgRecipe: Truffle Eggs & Toast

Wine Pairing: Kenwood Vineyards Yulupa Cuvee Brut

Ingredients:
  • 4 (1 1/2-inch slices) of English Muffin Bread (We use bread from Costeaux French Bakery in Healdsburg)
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 8 ounces Fontina cheese, sliced
  • Truffle salt, to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Truffle oil
  • Asparagus spears, sliced
  • Mushrooms, sliced

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Shortbread Cookies & Champagne

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Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookie Hearts
Wine Pairing: KORBEL Brut Rose

recipe_Korbel_chocolateDippedShortbreadCookie.jpgSubmitted by: KORBEL Champagne Cellars, Chef Robin Lehnoff

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Corn Chowder and Champagne

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Submitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

recipe_Korbel_cornChowder.jpgA chilly weekend demands a wonderful, warming Chowder which pairs beautifully with Korbel Blanc de Noirs.

Recipe: Corn, Coconut, and Fennel Chowder
Wine Pairing: KORBEL Blanc de Noirs


FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Chocolate Mousse & Cabernet Sauvignon

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By: Chef Justin Wrangler of Kendall Jackson

recipe_KendallJackson_ChocolateMousse.jpgRecipe: Valrhona Cabernet Chocolate Mousse

Wine Pairing: Hawkeye Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

A sweet pairing and personal favorite of the chef!

INGREDIENTS
  • 25 ounces of heavy cream
  • 8 ounces of Valrhona Bittersweet Chocolate 61%
  • 2 ounces of Kendall-Jackson Highland Estates Hawkweye Mountain, Cabernet Sauvignon.

METHOD

In a medium size mixing bowl, whip 16 ounces heavy cream to soft peaks. Set aside.

Meanwhile, place chocolate in a medium size bowl. In a small pot, add 9 ounces heavy cream and bring to a boil. Once cream has come to a full boil, pour over chocolate and stir until smooth.

Allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes. Add the wine and half of the whipped cream. Fold approximately halfway and then add the remaining whipped cream. Fold gently until incorporated.

Spoon the chocolate mousse into a medium size pastry bag. Pipe the mousse into any desired cup or bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

RECIPE: Butternut Squash Gratin

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Submitted by: Chef Robin Lehnhoff-McCray of Korbel Champagne Cellars

recipe_Korbel_butternut-squash-gratin.jpgIngredients:
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated Asiago Cheese
  • 1 cup basil pesto (store bought is fine)
  • Olive oil no stick spray
Instructions:
Spray the bottom and sides of an 8 inch casserole dish, set aside. Preheat the oven to 350º.

Toss the squash with the olive oil to coat evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour into a baking dish and cover with foil. Bake until squash is tender. Let cool slightly before pureeing in a food processor (1/2 amount at a time). When the squash is smooth, add 4 T cheese and pour into the 8 inch casserole dish. Top the squash with ½ cup pesto and continue with the next layer of squash/asiago. Finish with pesto on top and a sprinkle of remaining cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown edges appear. Serve immediately.

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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. www.korbel.com 

Food & Wine Pairing: Winter Salad & Sauvignon Blanc

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VINeleven at the Napa Valley Marriott, Chef Brian Whitmer

recipe_NVMarriott_salad.jpgRecipe: VINeleven Winter Salad
Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

My favorite culinary expression is the composed salad.  Spinach, red leaf, watercress, escarole, arugula and Totsoi are just a few that you will find in my salad bowl this time of the year.  Enjoy my Winter Salad, a celebration of garden greens and market vegetables of the moment. Bon Appétit! ~ Chef Brian Whitmer


FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Seared Day Boat Scallops and Sparkling Wine

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Chandon, Chef Perry Hoffman

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Seared Day Boat Scallops, Stewed Kumquats, Onion Puree

This savory-sweet Seared Day Boat Scallop and Stewed Kumquat with Onion Purée recipe is practically guaranteed to leave you wanting more. Developed by étoile Restaurant Chef Perry Hoffman exclusively for Prestige Members to pair with Chandon wines.


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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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


Wine & Food Pairing: California Lamb Mediterranean Style

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Ever since Napa Valley Wine Train Executive Chef Kelly MacDonald was a child, he helped his family create culinary masterpieces at family gatherings. This is one of his favorite recipes for you to use that is sure to please your family this holiday season.

Recipe: California Lamb Mediterranean Style
Wine Pairing: Chef recommends pairing this dish with a soft, mildly tanic, fruit forward red wine like Swanson Vineyards Merlot.



KORBEL Jack-o'-Latern

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Submitted by: 

Just in time for the scariest time of the year, enjoy a KORBEL Jack-o'-Latern cocktail!

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Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Jack Daniel's
  • Tennessee Whiskey
  • 2 oz. Orange Juice
  • 4 oz. KORBEL Brut

Instructions:
  • Pour Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey and Orange Juice into a shaker with ice. 
  • Shake and strain into a rocks glass (over ice.)
  • Top with KORBEL. 
  • Garnish with a stick of black licorice.


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

Wine & Food Pairing: Corn Salad w/ Goat Feta

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Submitted by: Chef Robin Lehnhoff-McCray of Kenwood Vineyards

Recipe Name:  Fresh Corn Salad with Redwood Hill Farms Goat Feta
Wine Pairing: Kenwood Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir


recipe_KenwoodVineyards_CornSalad.jpgIngredients:
  • 10 ears of fresh corn (shucked, and cut off the cob)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 basket cherry tomatoes
  • 2 T chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 red onion chopped fine
  • ½ cup capers with juice
  • 1 cup nicoise olives (pitted and chopped)
  • ½ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T whole grain mustard
  • 1 bunch fresh basil (chiffonade)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro (chiffonade)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
In a pot of boiling salted water, cook fresh corn for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Combine corn with diced bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, garlic, onion, capers, olives, basil and cilantro. In a small bowl, combine balsamic, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over corn salad and toss.

Serves 6

Wine & Food Pairing: Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles

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Submitted by: Chef Robin Lehnhoff-McCray of Kenwood Vineyards

Recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles
Wine Pairing: Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Cabernet

recipe_KenwoodVineyards_PumpkinTruffles.jpgA wonderful fall treat, perfect for Fall!

Ingredients:
2 ½ cup vanilla wafer, crushed
1 cup toasted almonds, ground
½ cup powdered sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
6 oz. Valrhona chocolate, melted
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 cup Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
¼  cup powdered sugar (for dusting truffles)

Instructions:
In a saucepan, bring the cabernet to a boil and reduce down by 2/3. Set aside to cool. Combine wafer crumbs, almonds, ½ cup powdered sugar and cinnamon. Blend in chocolate, pumpkin and reduced wine. Form 1 inch balls. Chill completely and then dust with remaining powdered sugar before serving.

Makes 3 doz. Truffles

KORBEL Agave Avenger

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Submitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

recipe_Korbel_AgaveAvenger.jpgEnjoy a KORBEL Agave Avenger during the month of September!

Ingredients:
Preparation:
  • Salt the rim of a rocks glass.
  • Pour Herradura tequila, lemonade and pomegranate juice into a shaker with ice.
  • Shake and strain into the glass (over ice).
  • Top with KORBEL.

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

Wine & Food Pairing: Pablo's Pollo Loco

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Submitted by The Grill at Silverado Resort and Spa

recipe_SilveradoResort_PolloLoco.jpgThe Grill at Silverado serves up local, seasonal cuisine with sides of innovation and passion. Chef Pablo Jacinto, a veteran of Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, has decided to share with you his recipe for his famous Pablo's Pollo Loco. Enjoy!

Recipe: Pollo Loco with Chunky Avocado Salsa and Stuffed Anaheim Chili Pepper
Wine Pairing: 2010 Cuvaison Chardonnay or 2010 ZD Wines Chardonnay.

KORBEL Poolside Sparkle

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Submitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

Enjoy a refreshing KORBEL Poolside Sparkle while relaxing during the remaining Summer Months!

recipe_Korbel_PoolsideSparkle.jpgIngredients:
  • 1 oz. Chambord Vodka
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 4 oz. KORBEL Brut
Preparation:
  • Pour Chambord Vodka and pineapple juice into a shaker with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a rocks glass (with ice) or a martini glass (straight up).
  • Top with KORBEL.
  • Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

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

Food & Wine Pairings: Tofu Tempura & Riesling

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Submitted by Chateau Montelena

Oh, how we love the 2011 Chateau Montelena Potter Valley Riesling with Asian cuisine! The traditional sweet and spicy flavors in Thai sweet chili sauces, along with a smidgen of Sriracha hot sauce, provide a perfect dipping companion to this easy Tofu Tempura dish!

recipe_ChateauMontelena_TofuTempura.jpgThe irresistible floral notes and bright acidity of our Potter Valley Riesling compliment the rich taste and texture of any tempura.

Corn & Blueberry Pancakes

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Recipe: Corn & Blueberry Pancakes
Wine Pairing: Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Riesling


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Kendall-Jackson recommends a few ways to spice up your corn on the cob this summer. Forget just grilling or boiling, why not:

  • Try cutting it off the cob, puree in the blender and then add to polenta for an intense corn flavor
  • Mix kernels into vanilla ice cream for an interesting twist
  • Grill, but add a few lemon verbena leaves inside the husk
  • Save the cobs (after the kernels have been cut off) and simmer in water for 20 minutes for an awesome corn stock - use as a base for soups or even risotto
  • Add to pancake or muffin batters

Try their recipe for Corn & Blueberry Pancakes - a great summer pairing with a glass of Riesling and perfect for a relaxing, late Sunday morning brunch! The slight corn flavor in the pancakes compliments the crisp and nearly dry Vintner's Reserve Riesling.


BBQ Chicken with Savory Bread Salad

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recipe_Chandon_BBQChickenBreadSalad.jpgRecipe by Domaine Chandon ~ Yountville, CA

Barbecued chicken gets an elegant update from étoile Restaurant Chef Perry Hoffman. His delicious recipe features summer's most enticing ingredients along with a savory bread salad.

Wine Pairing:
Chandon Sparkling Red or Pinot Meunier, Carneros

If you're visiting Napa Valley, stop by Domaine Chandon and taste their wines in their vibrant, contemporary Tasting Lounge and adjoining terrace. They offer options for every palate and experience preference. More Details . . .

KORBEL Chilled Avocado Soup

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

Enjoy this delicious Chilled Avocado Soup with our lovely Korbel Chardonnay Champagne.

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Wine & Food Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc & Wild Salmon

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recipe_ClifFamily_salmon.jpgBy Master Chef, Anna Callway of Clif Family Winery

It's wild salmon season! Salmon is my favorite fish - it's easy to prepare, good for you and lends itself to many wonderful preparations. I have tried cooking salmon many different ways, but the recipe below is an all-time favorite. Pair this meal with Clif Family Winery 2010 Rte Blanc Sauvignon Blanc.

This method yields a melt in your mouth texture and it is a medium rare finish ( slightly translucent in the center).

KORBEL Sorbet Punch

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Submitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

When you get together with friends, toast the summer and celebrate with KORBEL Sorbet Punch!

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Golden Beet and Berry Salad

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Submitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars, Chef Robin Lehnoff-McCray

Enjoy this delicious Golden Beet and Berry Salad with our lovely KORBEL Blanc de Noir California Champagne. (Serves 8)

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KORBEL Long Drive Cocktail

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recipe_Korbel_LongDriveCocktail.jpgSubmitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

Don't forget Father's Day is June 17th; celebrate with Dad by making him a KORBEL Long Drive Cocktail!

Ingredients
  • 3 oz. KORBEL Brut or Extra Dry Champagne
  • 2 oz. lemonade
  • 1 oz. blue curacao
In a tall glass, pour KORBEL Brut or Extra Dry. Add lemonade, blue curacao and ice.

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



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

recipeBBQFeature_Beringer.jpgGrilled Chicken Breast with
White Corn and Mango Salsa

Elevate your ordinary grilled chicken to new heights with Beringer Winery Executive Chef David Frakes' White Corn and Mango Salsa. The salsa's simple yet refined flavors make it a "go-to" dish for company and will likely inspire another week's worth of meals--try it with fish, tacos, grilled steak, or pork tenderloin. We think the lush, tropical notes are a perfect complement to our Beringer Knights Valley Alluvium Blanc.

CLICK HERE for recipe.


Grilled Lamb with Chanterelles, Ricotta Gnocchi and Souce Soubise
HALL Winery celebrates the season with scores of recipes that pair beautifully with their wines and beckon gatherings with good friends! Try this grilled lamb recipe to create a memorable wine-friendly feast. CLICK HERE for recipe.

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.

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.


recipe_RobertMondavi_GnocchiAsparagus.jpgWine pairing:  Robert Mondavi Winery 2010 Fume Blanc
Chef: Jeff Mosher
, Robert Mondavi Winery

Many people say that asparagus does not go with wine, but when asparagus is paired with silky gnocchi, umami laden parmesan, and zesty Meyer lemon it works quite well. Especially with a bright and lively white wine, such as the Robert Mondavi Winery 2010 Fume Blanc. Give it a try and enjoy.

Ceci Bean Soup with Pancetta and Rosemary

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



recipe_Korbel_CeciBeanSoup.jpgEnjoy this delicious Ceci Bean Soup with Pancetta and Rosemary with our lovely Korbel Rouge 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 eat a delicious lunch at our gourmet Delicatessen. You are welcome to enjoy our complimentary tastings and winery tours.
recipe_StFrancis_Shiitake-Mushroom.jpgSubmitted by St. Francis Winery

Chef: Executive Chef, David Bush
Wine Pairing: St. Francis Sonoma County Merlot

Executive Chef Dave Bush says: "I like to serve this item as either a first course or a side dish, alongside a nice grilled steak or roast. The subtle earthiness of our St. Francis Sonoma County Merlot is enhanced by the sweet cippolini onion and mushroom ragout.  With the addition of the balsamic syrup, lush undertones of dark fruit are brought to the forefront."


KORBEL Irish Kiss

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recipe_IrishKiss_Korbel.jpgSubmitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a KORBEL Irish Kiss!  Try it with Korbel Organic Brut and "go green" in March.

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

RECIPE: Irish Kiss

  • 4 oz. Korbel California Champagne
  • 1 oz. Midori melon Liqueur

Serve with a green-sugar-rimmed champagne flute.

To make sugar rim, simply add two drops of green food coloring to ½ cup of sugar and mix well. Rub glass rim with lime and dip in your green sugar mixture.

Cured Salmon w/ Pea Puree, Peas, Potatoes and Lemon Beurre Monté

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recipe_CuredSalmon_StFrancisWinery.jpgSubmitted by St. Francis Winery

Chef: Executive Chef, David Bush
Wine Pairing: St. Francis Sonoma County Chardonnay

Executive Chef Dave Bush says: "With its fresh spring flavors, this dish is fantastic as a light lunch, or serve it as an appetizer in place of salad. The delicate oak notes in the St. Francis Sonoma County Chardonnay beautifully compliment the cured salmon, peas and potatoes, while the creamy lemon beurre monté reveals the delicate citrus nuances in the wine and adds a buttery contrast to the bright acidity on the wine's finish."

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 ounces gravlax, sliced thinly
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
  • 2 cups fresh English peas, shucked
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 8 ounces plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • Salt and white pepper to taste

Braised Pork Belly

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recipe_DryCreekKitchen_Pork-Belly_Credit-Bill-Milne-(2).jpgBraised Pork Belly
Caraway Sauerkraut & Potatoes

Wine Pairing: Dry Creek Kitchen Sommelier Drew Menro recommends the 2009 Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.  Freeman strives to make wines of elegance and is able to achieve wines with body and concentrated fruit flavors without high alcohol levels. Their 09 Sonoma Coast Pinot displays brooding flavors of black cherry, plums, and roasted strawberries with hints of mushroom and tobacco. Plus, it has the firm acidity that is needed to match up with the tangy sauerkraut.

In celebration of Epicurean Winter in Healdsburg and the annual Pigs & Pinot event, try this delicious braised pork belly recipe for dinner!

If you are planning a trip to Healdsburg in the next few months (and we encourage you to plan one!), then be sure to take advantage of the Pigs & Pinot Connoisseur Package offered by Hotel Healdsburg. For lovers of Pigs & Pinot that couldn't make Charlie's big event this year, Hotel Healdsburg has created a package for people with a passion for both.

This one-of-a-kind package includes:
  • Two nights in a Hotel Healdsburg premium king or double queen guest room.
  • Private tastings at esteemed Pigs and Pinot wineries - Williams Seylem and Merry Edwards. Tastings are extremely limited and subject to availability.
  • Pigs & Pinot Inspired Dining at Dry Creek Kitchen
  • Pigs & Pinot welcome amenity.

CLICK HERE for more details and to make reservations!

Seared Scallops with Citrus and Arugula

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recipe_Korbel_Scallops.jpgPlanning a visit to Sonoma County? Spend the day at Korbel Champagne Cellars...taste our delightful champagnes, tour our historic winery and gardens, and eat a delicious lunch at our gourmet Delicatessen. You are welcome to enjoy our complimentary tastings and winery tours.

RECIPE: Seared Scallops with Citrus and Arugula

  • Wine pairing: Enjoy this delicious seared scallop appetizer with Korbel Brut Rosé.  
  • Chef: Chef Robin Lehnhoff-McCray, Korbel Champagne Cellars

Chocolate Cabernet Truffles

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Submitted by Kenwood Vineyards Chef, Robin Lehnhoff-McCray

recipe_KenwoodVineyards_CabernetTruffle.jpgThis delicious recipe is easy to make and perfect for Valentine's Day. Enjoy with Kenwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. Planning a getaway in celebration of romance this month? Why not stop by Kenwood Vineyard's tasting room for a complimentary tasting of their wines, including the wine suggested in this recipe

Ingredients:
  • 10 ozs. semi sweet (60%-70% cocoa)* chocolate (chopped small) <photo id="1" />
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Kenwood Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 6 T heavy cream
  • 1 ¼ cup confectioners sugar (sifted)

KORBEL Mango Breeze

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recipe_Korbel_MangoBreeze.jpgSubmitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

Make a Valentine's Day Toast with a KORBEL Mango Breeze!

Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Finlandia® Mango
  • 2 oz. cranberry-apple juice
  • 4 oz. KORBEL Brut

Method
Pour Finlandia Mango and cranberry-apple juice into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass (over ice) or a martini glass (straight up). Top with KORBEL. Garnish with a mango slice.

Meyer Lemon Vacherin Recipe

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recipe_ChandonMeyerLemonVacherin.jpgThe Meyer Lemon Vacherin is one of étoile Restaurant's signature desserts this season. Specifically made to complement Chandon bubbly, this light, flavorful delight offers the perfect end to any romantic meal.

For the Meringne
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
Procedure:
Place egg whites in a mixer fitted with a wisk attachment. Wisk until frothy. then add cream of tartar, slowly add sugar into the egg whites. Whisk until firm peaks have developed. Place mixture into a pastry bag fitted 1/3 of and inch tip and pipe onto sheet pan lined with parchment.

Pipe into a dot onto the parchment then pull back to create an teardrop effect where the points come together in the center, repeat in a circular motion to form a circle , this should take about 11-12 teardrops to make a circle. Make eight complete circles. Circles should be no bigger than 4" in diameter. Pipe and another 8 circles the same size but just using a simple spiral motion. These will be the bottom. Bake at 250F for 20-30 min until set. Let cool.

Beef Stroganoff

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Wine Sampler Pairing: A Taste Adventure . . . Napa Cabernets 3

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We love the winter months for family time around the fire, crisp air and wines that are as robust as the hearty fare that warms our bellies. Gather the family around the table to savor six extraordinary Cabernets from Napa Valley with a simple, yet delicious, beef stroganoff. The spiciness and depth of the wines will shine with this TastingRoom.com favorite.


KORBEL Sweet-tini!

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recipe_KorbelSweetTiniUpdate.jpgA bubbly romance awaits with the KORBEL Sweet-tini!

Ingredients:
  • 4 oz KORBEL Sweet Rose
  • 1 oz Chambord Flavored Vodka
  • 2 oz Cranberry-Apple Juice
Instructions:
Pour Chambord Vodka and cranberry-apple juice into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a wine glass. Top with KORBEL. Garnish with a strawberry. Or, WATCH VIDEO.



Wild Rice Salad with Cranberry Dressing

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Recipe submitted by Chef Phil McGauley, Korbel Champagne Cellars

recipeKorbel_wildRiceSalad.jpgWill you be hosting the Thanksgiving celebration this year? Try adding this delicious wild rice salad to the menu; it pairs wonderfully with KORBEL Natural California Champagne.

Ingredients
  • 8 cups chicken stock, divided
  • 2 cups wild rice, soaked overnight in water
  • 2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 2 tsp. butter, divided
  • 1-cup medium barley
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbs. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup shallots, chopped
  • 3 tbs. parsley, minced
  • 1 tsp. grated orange zest
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 2 large oranges, segmented and cut into ¾ -inch dice

Gougères

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Submitted by Chandon

recipe_Grougeres_Chandon.jpgThese fluffy-light cheese puffs are dangerously easy to eat. A perfect finger food for entertaining, they could also be called cheese bubbles, because their interiors are filled with air. Not surprisingly, they pair quite well with their bubble-filled liquid counterpart--sparkling wine.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup/115 g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup/130 g all-purpose/plain flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups/170 g shredded Gruyère cheese*
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C/gas 6

*Gruyère cheese, made in the French and Swiss Alps, is a semi-hard, aged cheese with a nutty quality. In the absence of Gruyère, other semi-hard cheeses such as Cantal, Asiago, or white Cheddar would make delectable substitutes.

Prawn and Bacon Brochetas

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Submitted by Chandon

chandonPrawnsBacon.jpgThe next party you throw with friends will be a breeze. Chandon has several quick and easy to make appetizers that are sure to make your next shin dig a hit!

This pairing of prawns and bacon is extremely popular in tapas bars and ideal for an intimate gathering of friends. Serves 12



Ingredients

  • 5 oz thinly sliced bacon
  • 24 medium to large uncooked, headless prawns, peeled
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lemons, quartered

Instructions

Cut the bacon into pieces that will wrap around the prawns completely. Place the wrapped prawns flat on a board and skewer them securely through the thickest part of the tail. Season with pepper and drizzle with oil.

On a griddle or barbecue, cook the brochetas for 2-3 minutes per side, until the bacon is crisp. You may also roast the brochetas in the oven at 425°F on an oiled baking tray for 8-10 minutes. Drizzle with lemon juice and serve immediately.

Recommended Wine Pairings



Harvest Couscous Salad

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Submitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars, Chef Robin Lehnhoff

recipe_Korbel_CouscousSalad.jpgFall is approaching and the grape harvest is beginning.Try this wonderful harvest salad with our Korbel Brut California Champagne.

Harvest Couscous Salad

Ingredients
  • 2 cups Couscous
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • pinch Kosher salt

  • 6 Naval oranges (zested and juiced)
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh garlic
  • 3-4 Gravenstein apples, diced small
  • 1 cup toasted chopped pecans
  • ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped dry apricots
  • 4 T fresh chopped mint
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Korbel Pink Lady Cocktail

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recipe_KorbelPinkLady.jpgSubmitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

Looking for a refreshing summer drink to cool you down on a hot summer day? Try our Korbel Pink Lady

Korbel Pink Lady
  • 4 oz. KORBEL Brut Rosé
  • 2 oz. pink lemonade
  • A little grenadine for color
In a tall glass pour KORBEL Brut Rosé. Add lemonade and ice.

CLICK HERE for more fabulous recipes by Korbel Champagne Cellars!

Add a splash of grenadine to make more pink.

Chicken Almond Salad

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Chef Robin Lehnhoff-McCray of Korbel Champagne Cellars

recipe_ChickenSalad_Korbel.jpgCuisine: Chicken Almond Salad
Wine Pairing: Korbel NV Blanc De Noirs

A simple recipe . .. perfect for a summer lunch.

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs diced chicken meat
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ½ cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 1-2 cups red seedless grapes
  • ½  cup crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 T Mendocino brand mustard
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Method:
Combine all ingredients. Chill and serve.

Special Note:
Rotisserie chicken already prepared from the grocery store is perfect for this recipe.

Other recipes featuring Korbel Champagne!

Mustard Chicken and 2009 Cuvaison Carneros Chardonnay

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mustardchicken.jpgWhat to make for dinner tonight? Bring a taste of Napa Valley home with Cuvaison's refreshing estate grown 2009 Carneros Chardonnay - expertly paired with this quick and easy Mustard Chicken recipe.

CLICK HERE for recipe!

Wine Country Gazpacho

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korbelRecipe_gazpacho.jpgSubmitted by Chef Robin Lehnhoff-McCray
Korbel Champagne Cellars

Looking for a quick, easy, and refreshing meal to serve this summer season? Try our Wine Country Gazpacho paired with our Korbel Natural Champagne.

INGREDIENTS


  • 3 cups Fresh Summer Tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 cups canned Italian Pear Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup Red Onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup Fresh Garlic, chopped
  • 2 Jalapenos, seeded and minced*
  • 3 cups Tomato Juice
  • ½ cup Cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup Parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup Aged Red Wine Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Champagne Punch

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korbel-champagne-punch.jpgSubmitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

The summer is fast approaching and tis the season for BBQ's and backyard get togethers. Korbel Champagne Punch is the perfect refreshing drink that all your guests will love.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen sliced strawberries in syrup, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups apricot or peach nectar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 (750ml) bottles KORBEL Champagne, chilled
  • 1 pint Häagen-Dazs® Raspberry or Strawberry Sorbet
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced, if desired
  • Fresh mint leaves, if desired

METHOD:
In a blender or food processor with metal blade, place thawed strawberries and syrup; blend until smooth. Pour strawberry purée into a large pitcher. Add apricot nectar, lemon juice and honey; stir to mix. Refrigerate until serving time.

To serve, pour mixture into a large punch bowl. Stir in your favorite KORBEL Champagne. (Korbel Recommendations: Non Vintage Blanc De Noir, Brut Rose or Brut) Gently drop small scoops of Häagen-Dazs sorbet into punch. Garnish with sliced strawberries and mint, if desired.

Sorbet scoops can be made ahead of time. Place scoops on wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Place in freezer until ready to serve.

Alaskan Halibut with Lobster Home Fries

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CarnerosBistro_recipeHalibut.jpgExec.Chef Roland Scheller
Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar
The Lodge at Sonoma a Renaissance Resort & Spa
Sonoma, CA


This popular dish has been a staple on our dinner menu since it appeared on the cover of Wine Spectator in 2009. The rich favors in this dish go perfectly with the MacRostie 2008 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, a balanced wine with lively notes of fresh citrus, ripe apple, tropical fruit and layers of spice and integrated French oak.

Fresh Strawberry Salad

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korbel_Recipe_StrawberriesSalad.jpgSubmitted by Chef Lehnhoff-McCray
Korbel Champagne Cellars


Spring is here and summer is fast approaching! This delightful fruit salad is perfect for a warm summer day with a refreshing glass of our Korbel Sec.

Ingredients:
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, cut in half
  • 2 oz dried blueberries
  • 1 cup Korbel Sec
  • 2 oranges, zested and juiced
  • 2 T chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese or plain Greek yogurt (optional)
Method:
Place the blueberries in a small saucepan and add the Korbel Sec. Bring to a boil and then turn off. Let the berries soak up the champagne until cool. Drain the berries and set aside.

Place the strawberries and blueberries in a bowl. Add the orange zest, juice and the fresh mint. Toss gently and chill until ready to serve.

Top with Greek yogurt or mascarpone cheese if desired.

Serves 4



Perfect Mimosa for Mother's Day Brunch!

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korbel-passion-fruit-mimosa.jpgSubmitted by Korbel Champagne Cellars

Looking for a way to celebrate your amazing mom? Treat her to a Korbel Passion Fruit Mimosa and Toast to Life and all she has done for you!

Korbel Passion Fruit Mimosa

  • 4 oz. KORBEL Champagne
  • 1 tbsp. Grand Marnier® liqueur
  • 3 tbsp. passion fruit juice or nectar blend
Combine Grand Marnier and juice. Top with KORBEL. Garnish with an orange peel twist.

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SPECIAL NOTE:
Already in Wine Country and want to take Mom out? Stop by Korbel for complimentary tastings and tours. Be sure to take advantage of our special wine offers if you want to take home a bottle of celebration for later!




Filet Mignon with Mushrooms and Sauce Pinot Noir

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filet mignon 001_crop.jpgBacon wrapped Filet Mignon married with garlic, mushroom, rosemary and wine...it's an entree sure to please!  Served with a favorite side dish and a MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir, it is perfect for a special occasion dinner.

Ingredients:
  • 2 (8-ounce) filet mignon steaks
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 bacon strips
  • 2 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. Assorted mushrooms such as shitake, crimini and chanterelle, stemmed and halved
  • 1 TBS finely chopped garlic
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 cups Pinot Noir (MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard or Carneros)
  • 2 TBS prepared demi-glace (find recipe online at www.gatewaygourmet.com/demi.htm or purchase online, "Demi-Glace Gold" at www.clubsauce.com )
  • 2 TBS unsalted butter

Carmelized Apple Bread Pudding

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concannonVineyard_breadPuddingRecipe.jpgwith Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay Cream
Recipe from Concannon Vineyard

Comfort and sophistication in every luscious bite, this is sure to be a holiday hit at your table this season.

Ingredients:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 c sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 c hot milk
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t grated lemon zest
  • 1/8 t grated nutmeg
  • 4 c cubed day old country style bread, crusted trimmed
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 c ¾ inch wedges Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Horseradish Crusted Prime Rib with Roasted Beets

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Prime Rib Image #1.jpgServe with 2005 Arrowood Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

We've taken the classic steak and red wine pairing and amplified it with a whole rib roast crusted in horseradish and thyme.  The richness in the prime rib complements the smooth tannins in our 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon while the baby beets bring out the subtle earthy aroma in the wine.

Serves 8 to 12

Martini Short Ribs

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short ribs.jpgThis is a Martini family recipe that Mike Martini, third-generation Winemaker, enjoys cooking for his friends. He likes to do the preparation, then while the ribs are braising in the oven, he works up an appetite riding his Harley up and down the mountain roads behind the winery.

Pairs nicely with Louis M. Martini Napa Valley's Cabernet Sauvignon.

Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank

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submitted by VirginiaWine.org

pall.jpgby Melissa Close, Executive Chef of Palladio Restaurant

Executive Chef Melissa Close has directed Palladio's kitchen since the fall of 2000, continually working to bring authentic Italian Cuisine to Central Virginia. Raised in Alabama, Melissa has been in the restaurant business since she was 16 years old and is a distinguished graduate from the New England Culinary Institute, Alumna of the Year in 2005. She has focused on Italian cuisine since working for award-winning chef Frank Stitt at Bottega Restaurant & Cafe located in Birmingham, Alabama in the early 90's. Her quest to refine her fluency in Italian cuisine led her to San Francisco's Rose Pistola Restaurant.

mel-2.jpgAfter taking a hiatus to work for one of her early culinary mentors and fellow Charlottesville chef, Craig Hartman, at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, Colorado, she was drawn back to Italian cuisine when asked to take the Executive Chef's position at Palladio Restaurant. She has brought both national and international recognition for Palladio Restaurant through her constant striving to create menus with the freshest ingredients found locally and internationally. During the restaurant's annual closing in January, Melissa and her staff travel across the Atlantic to stage in some of Italy's finest establishments to expand their knowledge of Italian cuisine. Melissa and her staff's commitment for excellence has won her induction in the Chaine des Rotisseurs, and three invitations to create dinners at the world-renowned James Beard House in New York City, a great honor bestowed upon select chefs in the country.

Pissaladiere (French Onion Pizza)

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kellerRecipe2.jpgChef Jennifer B. Keller (from the Keller Family)

The aromas of cherry, raspberry, tangerine and minerals are in harmony in this lovely wine and once more show us the nature of the Keller Estate terroir. The lively acidity on the palate reminds us that this wine is meant to express the most delicate side of Pinot Noir, while making for a great wine to be paired with summer fare. To continue on this voyage to the south of France we share with you a family recipe for pissaladière, a flavorful onion flatbread that work beautifully as an appetizer to pair with our Rosé!

Margherita Pizza, Napoletana Style

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Submitted by Chef Jon Seeger of Boskos Trattoria

Wine Pairing: 2006 Zenato Valpolicella and 2006 Nalle, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel

Napoletana pizza is what you find the locals eating in Naples. The dough is stretched thin and sauced lightly, and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. The pizza is baked in a wood fired oven at 750 degrees minimum. The pizza is so thin in the center that eating with a knife and fork is preferred. The outer crust is light an airy and enjoyed dipped in olive oil.  

Crab Cakes with Sherry Mayonnaise

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recipeRodStrongCrabCakes.jpgRecipe provided by Syrah Bistro chef/owner Josh Silvers from the Down Home : Downtown cookbook, with Jeff Mall from Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar and published by Rodney Strong Vineyards.

Wine Pairing: Rodney Strong Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Take a moment to enjoy the good life. Sipping a glass of Rodney Strong's refreshingly crisp and luscious Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay only get's sweeter when paired with it's perfect compliment-scrumptious crab cakes.

Grilled Ribeye with Red Wine Porcini Sauce

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recipeMerryvale.jpgSubmitted by Chef Jim Filaroski of J. Alexander's

Wine Pairing: Merryvale Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Summer's here and the time is right... for a barbecue!  Invite your friends over, uncork a bottle of Merryvale Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and get the coals hot.  This great grilled rib-eye dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser and pairs impeccably with Merryvale's Cab.

Gallo Spaghetti and Meatballs

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spaghetti.JPGSubmitted by Gallo Winery

The Gallo family believes that one of the reasons they have stayed strong as a family business for over 75 years is their love of sitting down together to share good food, wine and conversation.  Many meals have been enjoyed, some from old Italian family recipes and some more contemporary Californian in style. This recipe was created by one of the first employees at the Winery and has been a favorite of the Gallo family for years.

Ingredients:
  • Spaghetti, 1 lb.
  • Tomato Paste, 4 cans (6oz. ea.)
  • Plump Tomatoes, 2 cans (14.5oz. ea.)
  • Ground Round Steak, 2 lbs.
  • Ground Pork, ½ lb.
  • 2 Eggs
  • Gallo Family Vineyards Frei Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1 cup
  • Garlic Cloves, Sliced, 4 each
  • Parsley, Chopped, 4 Tbs.
  • Cheese, Parmesan
  • Basil
  • Water, 1 can (14.5 oz)
  • Salt, 1 ½ tsp
  • Garlic Salt, 1 ½ tsp
  • Black Pepper, ½ tsp

Dungeness Crab

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chandonRecipe.jpgSubmitted by: Perry Hoffman, Chef de Cuisine
                          étoile at Domaine Chandon

Dungeness Crab has everything a chef loves - sweet, salty, rich, but also light - all at the same time. An incredibly versatile ingredient, crab has the enviable ability to work well with many other components. Chef Hoffman prefers to pair this dish with étoile Brut.
recipeDryCreekKitchen.jpgSubmitted by: Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen
Chef: Les Goodman

Wine Pairing Suggestion:
Papapietro Perry Winery 2005 "Peter's Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen, located in Hotel Healdsburg, serves an ever-changing menu celebrating Sonoma County's fresh seasonal ingredients and wines. Each March, Chef Palmer hosts Pigs and Pinot, a two day festival of spectacular food and wine.  This dish is a tribute to Pigs and Pinot and is paired with this year's winning Pinot Noir.


Hotel Healdsburg
25 Matheson Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
800.889.7188
www.hotelhealdsburg.com

Dry Creek Kitchen
Hotel Healdsburg
317 Healdsburg Avenue
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Grilled Seared Cinnamon and Cumin Pork Roast

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Pork final.jpgSubmitted by Timber Cove Inn ~ Sonoma

Wine Country Chef Jon Mortimer is the mastermind behind Alexander's, the Sonoma Coast culinary soiree that overlooks panoramic seascapes at the attractive Timber Cove Inn. Inspired by local ingredients and sensory Sonoma bliss, this radiant dish offers exotic flavor via local pork and the unique collaboration of cinnamon, coriander and cayenne pepper.

Ferrari-Carano: Food & Wine Take Center Stage

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ferrariCarano.jpgSonoma County is famous for their year-round abundance of produce. Each season Ferrari-Carano's culinary gardens offer Rhonda Carano's inspiration for new and delicious recipes as well as tried and true recipes from her Italian ancestry. With farmers' markets spreading across the country and people's desire for fresh fruit and vegetables, it's becoming easier for today's cook to create fresh and diverse menus that are not only delicious, but also nutritious.

This ever-changing bounty of ingredients makes entertaining fun and pleasing for every palate when paired with the perfect wine. Below are two such recipes...

Grilled Lamb Chops with Wine-Mint Marinade
Wine Pairing: Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon

Pasta Butterflies with Asparagus and Snowpeas
Wine Pairing: Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay

Ferrari-Carano also offers several other recipes online. Or use their Wine and Food Pairing Guide to assist you in selecting the ideal wine for all your entertaining needs.

Grilled Lamb Chops w/ Wine-Mint Marinade

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Recipe provided by Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

Wine Pairing Suggestion
Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Marinade:
  • 2 med. garlic cloves
  • 1 med. shallot
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped mint
  • 1 Tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 3 Tbsp dry red wine
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp mint jelly (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • 8 lamb chops, or rack of lamb
Finely chop garlic, shallot, mint and rosemary in food processor. Add mustard, red wine, olive oil and pepper, until blended. Rub on meat. Store in plastic Ziploc baggie.

Prepare barbecue and grill according to your likeness. Serve immediately.

Garnish with grilled peaches with Gorgonzola crumbled on top.


Cooking with Ice Wine?

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icewine.jpgWhether a self proclaimed gourmet cook or one in hiding, you most likely know the benefits of cooking with wine and (in imitation of Julia Child) consider drinking wine while cooking a must.

I myself am no stranger to using a little Zin in spaghetti sauce, Chardonnay with sauteed mushrooms and butter, and scores of other wines when the recipe calls for it.  Of course, there are also those times, while drinking wine, when every dish seemed to warrant a dash of wine here and there whether dictated by a recipe or not, but I digress...

In any event, it never crossed my mind to use a dessert or ice wine in cooking. But lo and behold, I read an article A Lesson in Enjoying Ice Wine that aptly stated "You pair it with desserts, drink it after meals, but you've never thought to use it to make your desserts, or use it in your meals".  Perhaps, its time we all venture out into new territory.  Imagine all the wonderful possibilities of cooking with ice wine...like with your French Toast....

chocolate_croissant_lg.jpgChef: Sharon Campbell
Executive Pastry Chef, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Prepared for Pairings at the Plaza during the 9th Annual Great Wine Escape in Monterey, CA

Grilled New York Steak

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                By Vincent Nattress, Culinary Consultant to Napa Free Range Beef

FOOD+WINE PAIRING
Although Cabernet Sauvignon is often heralded as the perfect foil for steaks, a wine such as Merlot, with softer and fruitier notes and lower acid, is a better match for beef prepared with saltier, sharper and more savory marinades.

INGREDIENTS

Serves 2-4

  • Two 10-12 ounce New York steaks
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Grilled Eggplant Roulade

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Recipe by Chef Andrei Litvinenko
Kendall-Jackson Winery

Heirloom Black Bell eggplants are sliced thin, brushed with garlic olive oil and grilled. We then layer our roulade with roasted sweet Italian heirloom peppers, sun dried tomato pesto, sweet basil leaves and Matos Family St. George cheese. The combination of the concentrated flavors and smokiness of the vegetables with the aged cheese pairs well with the rich tannins and complexity of the Highland Estates Grizz Ridge Merlot, as well as our Stature Merlot.


Grilled Bartlett Pears and Candied Walnuts

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Wine Pairing:

2003 Late Harvest Viognier, $25

Ingredients - Candied Walnuts
  • 1 cup Walnut halves
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 + tsp. Togarashi - Japanese chile mix
  • Salt 
Ingredients - Pears
  • 3 ea. Bartlett pears, cut into 1/8ths, Cores removed
  • Sugar to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Canola oil
  • 1 lb. Point Reyes Blue Cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. Honey


Lamb Rack with Blueberry Compote

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Colorado Lamb Rack with Blueberry Compote,
Pumpkin Risotto and Mustard Glace

 

Chef: James Waller
Executive Chef, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Prepared for Pairings at the Plaza during the 9th Annual Great Wine Escape

Lamb

Grain Fed Colorado Lamb Rack 2 ea.
Remove fat cap cover with a sharp knife.

Method:
Season Lamb with salt and pepper and grill both sides. Place on mirepoix (diced celery, carrot, onion) with Bay Leaves and Thyme. Place in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Set aside before cutting. Lamb should be medium rare and should be fairly firm, yet give a little when squeezed. 


Braised Shoulder of Lamb

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Braised Shoulder of Lamb

with Pinot Noir, Raisins and Carrot Purée

INGREDIENTS
Serves 4

 

LAMB SHOULDER

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2- to 3-pound lamb shoulder roast, boned, tied and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Pinot Noir
  • 8 to 10 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 to 5 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock

 

CARROT PURÉE

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

 


 


Preheat oven to 350º

FOOD+WINE PAIRING
More Pinot Noir is always a good thing. Pinots have that earthy, black cherry flavor, which complements the fruit in the dish. The slight undercurrent of cinnamon in the wine works well with the spicy notes of the carrot purée.
--Chef CORY SCHREIBER.



Chef's Recipe Notes:

This preparation works well with a rolled and tied shoulder of lamb or lamb shanks. The carrot purée adds flavor and color and can be made while the lamb is braising.
Cory Schreiber - Executive Chef and Founder - Wildwood Restaurant & Bar.


                      Cory Schreiber
                      Executive Chef
             Wildwood Restaurant & Bar

 

Duck Confit

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Chef's Recipe Notes:

This was our spin on duck a l'orange. Duck confit takes a real commitment to make. If you are looking for something simpler, you could use two seared duck breasts instead, sliced on top of each salad.
DUSKIE ESTES AND JOHN STEWART - Chefs and co-owners - Zazu

FOOD+WINE PAIRING
Salads can be a tough food to pair with. The aromatics in Viognier work with the bitter and pepper found in salad greens' ginger and five-spice powder. The exotic citrus blossom and honeysuckle notes align with the kumquat dressing. The rich, viscous nature that a Viognier can have works with the duck confit.
-- Chef JOHN STEWART

INGREDIENTS
Serves 6 to 8

DUCK

  • 1 shallot, sliced in rings
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black  pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup kumquats, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Viognier
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 pound watercress, frisée and other  young lettuces, washed
  • 2 legs duck confit, picked


John Stewart and Duskie Estes
Chefs and co-owners
Zazu

Roasted Pork Loin and Rosemary Potatoes

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Pinot Noir is one of the most difficult wine grapes to grow requiring constant attention and long growing season. When it is made correctly it can be quite sublime. It pairs well with pork and matches well with fennel and rosemary. The following recipe uses both of these spices and the natural earthiness of Pinot Noir make a great combination.

If you want to enhance the recipe a bit, after you make the butterflied pork roast, marinate it with olive oil, Pinot Noir, black pepper up to four hours, then proceed with the recipe.

Braised Beef Short Ribs

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Redd Restaurant 

Chef Eric C. Maczko
Winery Chef, Pine Ridge Winery

Prepared during a Creative Culinary Combinations Class held at the winery on Monday, January 30, 2006. The cooking seminars are $40 per person.

Braising is a great way to help chase away any lingering winter blahs. What is better than the great smell of a long, slow cooked meal - that was easy to prepare and serve? This uncomplicated technique transforms tougher cuts of meats into juicy, tender morsels with a sauce that melds the flavors of the meat and vegetables intricately.


Cranberry Cornmeal Torte

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Wine Country Recipe - Cranberry Cornmeal TorteBe adventurous and prepare a dessert outside of the usual pumpkin and sweet potato pie fare typically eaten at this time of year. Domaine Chandon recommends the Cranberry Cornmeal Torte along with any of their sparkling wines. Sparkling wine has an amazing ability to enhance a broad range of foods by refreshing and enlivening the palate. Follow this tasty recipe paired with sparkling wine and see how delicious this marriage can be.




Roasted Pork Loin and Rosemary Potatoes

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porkloin.jpgPinot Noir is one of the most difficult wine grapes to grow requiring constant attention and long growing season. When it is made correctly it can be quite sublime. It pairs well with pork and matches well with fennel and rosemary. The following recipe uses both of these spices and the natural earthiness of Pinot Noir make a great combination.

Oysters Mustar'feller

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oysters.jpgNapa Valley Wine Train
Executive Chef : Kelly Macdonald

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 Grays Harbor Oysters in a half shell (Oyster origin optional)
  • 3 Cups Champagne
  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 12 Ounces of fresh Spinach (stemmed, cleaned & dried)
  • 1 Cup Shallots (chopped)
  • 4 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Whole Grain Mustard
  • ¼ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ¼ Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Sea Salt (optional)

Crispy Potato Cake with Cured Salmon

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Crispy Potato Cake with Cured Salmon
Herb Crème Fraîche, Fennel-Red Onion Slaw,
Four-Minute Quail Egg and Caviar


A feast for all the senses, the Wente Vineyards Restaurant's open architecture allows the kitchen's rich, savory aromas to greet you at the door. Vineyards and gardens surround the restaurant, reinforcing the Wente philosophy of using the best possible seasonal ingredients. The restaurant and the winery are wonderful showcases for a re-emerging and vigorous Livermore Valley wine region.

Grilled Vegetable Stacks

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Brought to you by Gourmet Every Day Cookbook

You can do this with just about any veggies that you happen to have and any type of cheese that melts. Try Fontina or Gruyère, you and your family will be begging for more.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium (about 3 inches in diameter) portabella mushrooms, dark gills scooped out
  • 1 red bell pepper, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, quartered lengthwise
  • 4 slices medium to large zucchini, cut into rounds
  • 4 slices medium eggplant, cut into rounds
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella
  • Olive oil
  • Salt (preferably kosher or sea salt) and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup Roasted Tomato with Balsamic Savory Condiment
  • 4 rosemary branches 4-5 inches in length, bottom two-thirds of leaves removed

Sesame Swordfish Skewers with Dipping Sauce

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Brought to you by Gourmet Every Day Cookbook

This appetizer is a conversation starter for sure and will probably be the talk of the party. You can use any firm fish and for fun, use both black and white sesame seeds.


Ingredients

  • 3⁄4 cup Made In Napa Valley Shanghai Tangerine Sesame Marinade
  • 1 pound swordfish steak, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 20 cubes)
  • 20 snow peas
  • 1⁄4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 20 cherry tomatoes
  • Toothpicks (look for interesting ones at Asian markets)

Sage-Encrusted Rib Roast with Root Vegetable Ragout

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Submitted by Chef Eric C. Maczko, Pine Ridge Winery

NAPA VALLEY, CA - Throw some new spice into your Thanksgiving menu. It may be time to trade in the usual bird for a savory roasted ribeye. Pine Ridge Winery plates up this Sage-Encrusted Rib Roast with Root Vegetable Ragout. Highlighting all the traditional flavors of fall, this roast will add a rich nuance to your holiday spread and be the perfect pairing for your cab-loving friends.

Ingredients
  • 6-8 pound bone-in ribeye
  • 1 bundle sage
  • 2 ounces 2003 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 quart beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, separated
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 carrots, medium dice
  • 2 parsnips, medium dice
  • 2 turnips, medium dice
  • 1 rutabaga, medium dice
  • 1 head garlic, cloves peeled but whole

Tempura Fried Cayucos Abalone

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Abalone.jpgSubmitted by Executive Chef Peter Pahk 

NAPA VALLEY, CA - Silverado Resort's Royal Oak Grill serves delicious wine country cuisine in the heart of Napa Valley prepared by acclaimed Chef Peter Pahk. Serve this dish at your next wine country party.


Perfectly Paired: Recipes with Italian Flair from Pasta Prego

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This casual Italian eatery in Napa features authentic flavors from Italy that pair wonderfully with the light, crisp flavors of sparkling Brut.

Cream of Tomato Soup in Puff Pastry

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Le Crème de Tomatoes en Croute
(Cream of Tomato Soup in Puff Pastry)

PJ Steak & Seafood


Grilled Lamb Loin with Zinfandel Sage Morel Sauce

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Recipe developed for Amador Foothill Winery by
Matt Pinsonneult, Chef, Sierra Nevada Tap Room and Restaurant Chico, CA

Heady Zinfandels, like those of the Sierra Foothills, pair beautifully with late-winter meats and mushrooms. This recipe takes fresh spring lamb and marries it with a luscious Zinfandel sauce complemented by the earthiness of sage and morel mushrooms.

Sweet White Corn with Crab & Chive Oil

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cornsoup.jpgBY ROBERT CURRY | WINE SPECTATOR GREYSTONE RESTAURANT

The first appearance of local sweet corn is the inspiration for this heavenly soup. Capturing the fleeting flavors of summer, Chef Curry likes to create layers of interest in his food by creating both complementary tastes (that of the corn and the crab) and those flavors that act as contrasts (the sweetness of the corn and the smokiness of the bacon). The herbal undertones suggest the verdantness of the garden and the lightness that is life in the Wine Country in July and August.


Grilled Hanger Steak with Potato Roesti

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hangersteak.jpgGrilled Hanger Steak with Potato Roesti, Charentais Carrots, and Cabernet Reduction

This recipe comes from our Executive Chef, Kelly McCown, to pair with the newly released 2002 Rubicon.  Like skirt steak, it is full of flavor but requires careful preparation to remain tender.   A Cabernet reduction provides a simple and elegant backdrop that will pair beautifully with the 2002 Rubicon.

Seared Day Boat Scallops

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                                               Seared Day Boat Scallops
                 WITH CAULIFLOWER PUREE, SMOKED SEA TROUT CAVIAR, CHIVE OIL
 
 

 

Sonoma Citrus Chicken Salad

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                                          Sonoma Citrus Chicken Salad
Alexander Valley Grille at Chateau Souverain
 
 

Braised Lamb Shanks

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   By Jim White, Casa Vieja

Exuberant chef and local radio/TV celebrity Jim White presides over Casa
Vieja in charming Corrales, New Mexico. Chef White creates what he calls
"progressive regional" cuisine, inspired by generations of New Mexico cooks
and personal family recipes. Casa Vieja is a 300-year old example of
Spanish Colonial architecture and a dramatic backdrop for White's
ever-changing regional dishes. Built near the time of the founding of
Albuquerque, the old house allegedly hosts a ghost or two.

 

Filet of Beef with Balsamic Reduction

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Spring Lamb with Honey & Thyme Baby Vegetables

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rackoflamb.jpgSubmitted by St. Francis Winery Chef, Todd Muir

Salt, Pepper and Dijon! Add zip and zest to spring with this Lamb delight. Chioggia beets and turnips turn into a heavenly wonder when paired with thyme and honey. Enjoy Chef Todd Muir's specialties when you visit St. Francis Winery.

Roast Pork with Blackberry Demi-Glace

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roast pork.jpgSubmitted by Goosecross Cellars

Sunday dinners just became a lot easier. Tempt your family and friend's food and wine palate with Roast Pork with Blackberry Demi-Glace and Goosecross Cellars Merlot. Pressed for time? Sign up for Goosecross Cellars and Napa Valley Grille's Epicurean Explorations featuring three course lunches with wine pairings on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.

Braised Beef Short Ribs With Gremolata

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beefshortribs.jpgSubmitted by Topelo Winery

LOCALS website has great recipes and food pairing tips. This month, they are featuring Topel Winery from Mendocino Wine Country who submitted the recipe Braised Beef Short Ribs with Gremolata that pairs nicely with their 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Domaine Carneros Pinot Wine Pairing Recipe

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Sautéed Salmon with Green Garlic Barley and Portabello Mushroom with Red Wine Sauce

Spring is just around the corner! Domaine Carneros is prepared to help you celebrate the upcoming season with this wonderful wine pairing recipe featuring Salmon with a red wine sauce. Serve with their Domaine Carneros Avant-Garde Pinot Noir. Bon Appétit!


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