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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

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!

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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



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: Strawberry-Prosciutto Salad

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Submitted by KORBEL Champagne Cellars

iStockImage_SubmittedByKorbel_092612.jpgEnjoy this delicious Fresh Strawberry-Prosciutto Salad Paired with KORBEL Sparkling.

RECIPE: Fresh Strawberry-Prosciutto Salad

Ingredients:
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, cut in slices
  • 2 medium roma tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 4 oz thinly sliced prosciutto
  • ¼ cup KORBEL Sparkling
  • 2 oranges, zested and juiced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T chopped fresh mint
  • 3 cups young arugula



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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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!




Ahi Tuna in a Cucumber Rollup

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Ahi Tuna Roll-up.jpgSubmitted by Gloria Ferrer

The clean flavors of "maguro" sushi come together in this dazzling appetizer. A sesame-soy marinade lifts the tuna flavors, and the wasabi and pickled ginger give these delectable rollups a real punch. Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut sparkling wine provides a vivacious accompaniment to the spicy, exotic nature of the dish while balancing the salty flavor of the marinade.

Yield: 24 pieces

INGREDIENTS
  • ½ lb Ahi tuna - absolutely fresh, dark red, high quality "sushi grade" is essential here

Marinade
  • 2 T Green onion - chives will work as a substitute
  • 1 T Fresh ginger - if you can't find the fresh root, skip it. Don't use powder!
  • 2 T soy sauce - good quality "shoyu" works best
  • 2 t Rice wine vinegar - substitute any light wine vinegar if necessary
  • 1 T Toasted sesame oil - toasted sesame oil has more flavor than untoasted
  • Pinch Black pepper--several turns from the peppermill works best

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.

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.




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.

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.

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