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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: 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

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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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!


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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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

Quinoa Salad

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Quinoa-Salad.jpgby:  Kathy Glass, Director of Macaroni Salad, Platypus Tours

Wine Pairing Suggestion: Pairs beautifully with a slightly chilled un-oaked Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

A delightful salad for warm days or evenings.  Quinoa meets many dietary requests in that it's gluten/wheat free, a natural protein and very tasty.  This dish is versatile as well.  Just leave out the cucumber and cilantro and serve it warm as a side dish in colder times of the year.

Marinated Halibut on Radish Sprout and Fennel Salad

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fish_wine_country.jpgSubmitted by Viansa Winery & Vineyards

Viansa's 2007 Chardonnay offers flavors of Apple, honeydew melon and toasty oak with a crisp clean finish. This wine was 50% barrel fermented and 50% stainless steel tank fermented. A deliciously fresh wine that pairs nicely with a cheese and fruit platter, grilled fish or light pasta dishes.  Drink now through 2010. Visit Viansa.com/lifestyle for recipes like "Pepper and Prosciutto Frittata".

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.

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.

Pasta Butterflies w/ Asparagus & Snowpeas

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Provided by Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

Wine Pairing:
Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay, Alexander Valley

16-18 first course servings

Ingredients
  • 6 large eggs
  • 12 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 lbs all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal, as needed
  • Parmesan Cream Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions:
Combine eggs, tomato paste and salt in food processor and blend. Mix in eggs and blend till very well combined. Add flour slowly, and continue to mix until dough is formed into a ball. Take dough out and knead a little, then let rest.

Roll dough to thinnest possible setting on pasta machine. Lay strips of dough on a surface lightly dusted with cornmeal. Let rest, uncovered for 10 mins. Cut 1" x 2" rectangles, with a serrated hand wheel. Pinch in the center of each rectangle to form the "butterfly" shape, making sure the pinched center adheres.

Parmesan Cream Sauce:
  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 2 oz unsalted butter
  • 1/3 lb. snow peas, trimmed
  • 1-1/4 qt heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Trim and peel asparagus, cut on bias into 1" pieces. Blanch asparagus and drain and dry. Melt butter in sauté pan and add snowpeas and asparagus, sauté, tossing often until vegetables are tender. Add cream and cheese. Bring to boil and reduce until cream is slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss with pasta immediately.


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)

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
 
 

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