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Wine Country Recipe ~ Asian Pork Shoulder Stew with Anise

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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Fragrant anise adds a subtle sweetness to this warming stew. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Zinfandel or Pinot Gris.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch (2.5cm) cubes
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into 4 wedges
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
3½ cups chicken stock
1 whole star anise pod
1 large sweet potato (about 1½ pounds) peeled, cut into 1-inch-thick rounds, each cut into 4 wedges
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into ¼-inch-thick rounds
3 tablespoons flour, mixed with 3 tablespoons cold water
soy sauce

Directions:

Heat the vegetable oil in a wide 5- to 6-quart pot over medium heat until hot but not smoking.

Add the pork and brown for 3 minutes on each side. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger; cook and stir for 3 minutes.

Add the chicken stock and anise. Turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 2 hours.

Add the potatoes and carrots. Uncover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in the flour-and-water mixture and simmer for 10 minutes.

To serve, divide the stew among 4 to 6 bowls. Pass soy sauce at the table.

Suggested Pairings:

Danza del Sol Winery ~ 2014 Pinot Grigio – Aromas of honeysuckle and juicy pears with a hint of citrus lead into flavors of bright melon with a balanced, crisp acidity.

Leoness Cellars ~ 2013 Zinfandel – Rich and full-bodied, this wine offers aromas and flavors of sweet blackberry and plum with hints of spice and black licorice framed by soft tannins and a long, silky finish.

Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winery ~ 2012 Zinfandel – Aromas of raspberry jam, Red Delicious apples and finishes off with toasted black pepper.

Monte De Oro Winery ~ 2014 Pinot Gris – Off-dry-to-dry, medium-bodied wine with a nice balance of acidity, alcohol and flavor.

Recipe courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Beef Rib Roast with Horseradish Ricotta Cream

Friday, December 18th, 2015

DECEMBER_BEEF_RIB_ROAST_2_FINAL_p_c-California-Wine-InstituteThis succulent rib roast served with peppery herbed ricotta cheese sounds absolutely delicious and would be the perfect meal for a chilly Sunday night! You’ll want to pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.

Ingredients:

1 standing rib-eye roast with 4 rib bones (about 9 pounds) bones removed and tied to the body of the roast (ask the butcher to do this)
15 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
½ cup extra-hot horseradish
3 tablespoons thinly sliced chives
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
2. Place the meat, bone-side down, in a 2- to 3-inch-deep roasting pan.
3. Place the pan in the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and roast for 2 more hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 125°F at the center of the meat.
4. Remove the string and let the meat rest for 20 minutes before carving.
5. While the meat is resting, mix the ricotta with the horseradish, chives, lemon juice, black pepper, and salt.
6. To serve, slice the meat and serve each portion with a spoonful of ricotta.

 

Suggested Pairings: 

Callaway Vineyard & Winery ~ 2012 Wild Yeast Cabernet Sauvignon – Dried blueberries, dark cherry and small black currants with liberal lashings of baking spice.

Oak Mountain Winery ~ 2010 Oak Mountain Merlot – A soft nose, with flavors of raspberry, blackberry, and plum with abundant smoky oak.

Ponte Winery ~ 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – Hints of black currant, plum, cherry and oak.

Wilson Creek Winery ~ 2011 Family Reserve Merlot – Firm yet subtle tannins play with the earthy fruit of plum and black currant, soft and supple and lingering finish.

Recipe courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with Carrots and Fresh Herbs

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Tuscan_Pork_hero-e07906d4-82d8-424e-aab5-b74cae86a3b4-0-472x310This flavorful roast can be served hot with roasted carrots and savory pan drippings or cold, thinly sliced for sandwiches. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds pork shoulder roast, tied, trimmed of excess fat and seasoned well with salt and pepper
4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, minced
1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves, minced
1 (2-inch) sprig of rosemary, leaves removed and finely chopped
6 fresh large sage leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
12 whole baby carrots, cleaned with stems removed
1/3 cup Temecula Valley Zinfandel

Directions:

Preheat oven to 275 F (135 C).

Mix the herbs and garlic in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture evenly over the pork and into the crevices. Put the pork in a roasting pan. Roast uncovered for 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss olive oil, carrots and shallots in a large bowl.

After 90 minutes, add the carrots and shallots to the pan and pour the Zinfandel over the pork. Cook for an additional 90 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes. Slice the pork and serve with carrots and drizzle with the pan juices.

Serves 4

Recipe Courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

Suggested Pairings:

Baily Winery ~ 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon –  Warm, rich tones with subtle, herbaceous qualities and a hint of mint.

Doffo Winery ~ 2013 Zinfandel – Full of black cherry jam, raspberry, black berry and allspice aromas, with luscious notes of boysenberry, ripe plums and toasted oak.

Lorenzi Estate Vineyards & Winery ~ 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Aged in New French oak for 18 months and expresses itself with a depth and complexity you should expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Maurice Car’rie Vineyard & Winery ~ 2012 Van Roekel Estate Zinfandel –  Aromas of raspberry jam, Red Delicious apples and finishes off with toasted black pepper.

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Cavatelli with Spicy Winter Squash

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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This pasta dish looks delish!  Utilize winter squash such as butternut, hubbard or pumpkin squash for this healthy, hearty vegetarian quick dish.  Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sangiovese.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

6 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 large red onion, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper

2 pounds butternut squash—peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 1/2 pounds cavatelli or small shells

3/4 cup freshly grated caciocavallo, pecorino or Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Instructions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, onion and crushed red pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic and onion are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the squash and thyme, season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the cavatelli to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Add the cavatelli to the squash mixture in the skillet, then stir in 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water and toss gently to combine. Add the 3/4 cup of caciocavallo, season with salt and pepper and stir gently; add a little more pasta water if necessary. Serve the pasta right away, passing more cheese at the table.  Pairs well with Sangiovese.

Suggested Pairings:

Danza Del Sol Winery ~ 2011 Sangiovese – Wild berry and tart cherry aromas have a hint of sweet pipe tobacco. Flavors of plum and mulberry are deepened with a note of black tea.

Frangipani Estate Winery ~ 2012 Estate Sangiovese – A 100% Sangiovese with aromas and tastes of black cherry, black currant, mulberry, plum fruit.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards ~ 2012 Sangiovese – Subtle aromas of toffee and fresh berries with distinctive notes of cherry and raspberry. A hint of vanilla adds a lingering soft finish.

Wiens Family Cellars ~ 2013 Sangiovese – Bright notes of mineral and red licorice transition into a concentrated core of spiced plum and chocolate cake riding over soft, yet substantial tannins.

Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali / Food & Wine

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Wine Country Recipe ~ Curried Butternut Squash Soup Shots

Monday, September 28th, 2015

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This modern shot-glass style serving puts a new spin on this traditional smooth and piquant autumn soup. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Merlot or Pinot Grigio.

Ingredients:

1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed
4 sprigs of thyme
2 tablespoons curry powder, divided
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups vegetable stock, warmed
1/3 cup heavy cream (extra for garnish)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 F. (190 C.)

In a large bowl toss together the squash, onions, garlic, thyme, 1 tablespoon (15ml) of the curry powder, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour the squash mixture onto a baking sheet and roast for about 45 minutes.

Discard the thyme sprig and pour the mixture into a blender along with the warmed stock and puree until smooth. (Do this in two batches). Pour the pureed soup into a medium saucepan simmer and stir in the remaining curry powder, and cumin. Simmer the soup for 7 to 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in the cream until fully combined. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve by pouring soup into 24 small glasses or espresso cups. Garnish with a few drops of heavy cream.

Suggested Pairings:

Bel Vino Winery – 2012 Merlot ~This vintage presents deep, dense aromas of plum, licorice and vanilla with flavors of dark fruit, cloves and maple.

Carter Estate Winery – 2012 Merlot ~ Blueberries and rose petals mingle with a rich chocolate, coffee earthiness, lightly tinged with a pretty herbal note that is warmed with French oak.

Europa Village – 2014 Estate Pinot Grigio ~ Ripe Asian pears and lemon cream on the nose, the full body warmth is elegantly balanced by a lingering acidity.

Monte De Oro Winery – 2013 Pinot Grigio ~ Medium intensity aromas of pears, lemons, apples, and peaches with accents of honeysuckle, white flowers and honey.

Recipe courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Wine Country Recipe: California Style Clam Bake

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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Here in the Temecula Valley, we’re lucky enough to be just 20 miles (as the crow flies) from the Pacific Ocean and some of the most beautiful beaches in California. But, no matter where you are in the world, this garlic-infused California-style clambake recipe will bring the California beach to you. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sauvignon Blanc or Rosé.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 shallots, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup Temecula Valley Sauvignon Blanc or other crisp white wine
1 cup chicken stock
2 pounds mussels
2 pounds clams
1 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped

Directions:
In a large stockpot, over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, shallots and garlic. Sauté for 1 minute or until the vegetables are slightly browned.

Add the wine and chicken stock. Bring the liquid to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.

Add the mussels and clams and steam for 7 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, shake the pot several times. Remove from heat and pour mussels and clams into a large serving dish.

Garnish with parsley. Serve immediately, accompanied by a fresh, rustic-style bread.

Recipe courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

Suggested Pairings:
Briar Rose Winery ~ 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – Aromas of white peach, nectarine, white flowers and vanilla pave the way to the palate laced with ripe stone fruits, and a creamy toast.
Falkner Winery ~ 2013 Irresistable Rosato – Rosé Table Wine – This vibrant bright pink wine is bursting with sensual notes of strawberry and cranberry flavors.
Hart Winery ~ 2014 Sauvingnon Blanc – With citrus notes of guava and tangerine, a subtle herbal undertone and a clean peach finish.
Miramonte Winery ~ 2014 Rosé – Racy strawberry and candied watermelon notes, beautiful melon and peach mid-palate, and long finish of rose petals, sugar-dusted citrus.

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Red Wine Marinated Flank Steak Filled with Prosciutto, Fontina and Basil with Cabernet-Shallot Reduction

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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There’s nothing better than grilling in the summer….well actually, there IS something better.  Summer grilling with wine!  This recipe perfectly pairs the two.  You may want to try it with your favorite Temecula Valley Cabernet for your 4th of July BBQ.

Ingredients:

4 shallots, coarsely chopped
1 cup dry red wine, such as Cabernet
1/4 cup olive oil
2 pounds flank steak, butterflied
Salt and pepper
1/4 -pound thinly sliced prosciutto
1/4 -pound thinly sliced fontina cheese
14 fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
Cabernet-Shallot Reduction, recipe follows

Directions:

Whisk together shallots, wine and olive oil in a large baking dish. Add the steak and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Heat grill to high.

Remove the steak from the marinade and blot with paper towels. Lay on a flat surface, cut side up, and season with salt and pepper. Cover the surface with the prosciutto slices, then top with the cheese and a layer of basil leaves. Starting with the side facing you, tightly roll up the steak around the filling. Using kitchen string, tie the roll in 4 or 5 places.

Brush the outside of the steak with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the steak over high heat until browned all over, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn the steak 4 times as it cooks. Move the meat away from the direct heat and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 125 degrees F for medium-rare. Remove from the grill and let rest 5 minutes before slicing. Slice against the grain into ½-inch thick slices and drizzle with the Cabernet-Shallot Reduction.

Cabernet-Shallot Reduction Ingredients:

2 teaspoons olive oil
3 shallots, finely chopped
1 bottle Cabernet wine
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
Salt
1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

Heat oil in a large saucepan on the grates of the grill over high heat. Add the shallots and cook until soft. Add the wine and peppercorns, bring to a boil and cook until thickened and reduced to 1 cup. Strain the mixture into a bowl and season with salt, to taste, and honey.

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay and FoodNetwork.com

Suggested Wine Pairings:

Danza del Sol Winery ~ 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Aromas of cherry and vanilla compliment a very bright and fruity flavor profile with a hint of black currant.

Foot Path Winery ~ 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Medium bodied, Best Served With: Cheeses/ Pizza, Red Meat & Chicken

Frangipani Estate Winery ~ 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bright cherry, sage, and licorice.

Miramonte Winery ~ 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bright cherry and blackberry notes, accented with sweet, toasted cedar nuances, and a thin line of fresh mocha.

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Garlic Prawns with Warm Cucumber and Ginger Salad

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

APRIL_GARLIC_PRAWNS_1_FINAL_p_c-California-Wine-InstituteRed pepper flakes add a hint of heat to this light and zesty salad. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Ingredients:

2 cups salad greens
2 teaspoons sesame oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
8 large garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
1 pound medium prawns, shelled and deveined
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 cucumbers peeled, cut in half lengthwise, and sliced into ¼-inch-thick half-rounds
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 limes, each cut into 4 wedges

Directions:

Put the salad greens in a large bowl and drizzle with the sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and toss to mix. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the garlic; cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add the prawns and red pepper flakes; cook and stir for about 3 minutes, or until the shrimp is cooked through. Season with salt.

Scrape the shrimp and garlic into a bowl and set aside.

Using the same skillet, heat the 1 remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the ginger; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add the cucumber and soy sauce and cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from heat.

Divide the salad among 4 plates. Top each with a quarter of the cucumbers, followed by a quarter of the shrimp. Squeeze the juice of one lime wedge over each salad and garnish with a second lime wedge.

Serves 4

Suggested Pairings:

Cougar Vineyard & Winery ~ 2014 Pinot Grigio – Nice mid-palate balance with a short, clean finish.

Hart Winery ~ 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – citrus notes of guava and tangerine, a subtle herbal undertone and a clean peach finish.

Robert Renzoni Vineyards ~ 2014 Pinot Grigio “Julia’s Vineyard” – Fragrant and mildly floral with subtle notes of green apple, lemon and pear, with a crisp refreshing finish.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa ~ 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – A cornucopia of flavors and aromas: sweet kiwi and lime, gooseberries, pears, passion fruit and wild flowers.

Recipe courtesy of the Wine Institute of California

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Wine Country Recipe: Citrus Marinated Grilled Flank Steak Tacos with Roasted Tomatillo and Avocado Sauce

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

steak-tacos-ck-1898520-xJust in time for Cinco de Mayo! Citrus marinated steak and rich, smoky tomatillo sauce turn these tacos into something special. Pair with your favorite Temecula Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel.

Ingredients:
1½ lbs flank steak

Marinade
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ orange grated rind and juice
1 lime grated rind and juice
½ bunch cilantro leaves, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder (or other chili powder)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey

Roasted tomatillo sauce:
12 tomatillos, husks removed and quartered
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons (30ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 avocado, pitted and diced
½ bunch cilantro leaves
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 lime grated rind and juice
salt and pepper to taste

10 white corn tortillas, grilled
lime wedges

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Place the flank steak in a resealable plastic bag and set aside.In a small bowl combine the marinade ingredients and whisk together. Pour the marinade into the bag with the steak, seal and shake together until the steak is well coated. Place the steak onto a shallow dish and then place in the refrigerator for about one and up to 6 hours.

While the steak marinates make the tomatillo sauce. Pour the tomatillos onto a baking sheet and top with the minced garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast the tomatillos for 20 minutes or until soft. Pour the cooled tomatillos into a food processor with the remaining sauce ingredients and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside until ready to use.

Remove the flank steak from the marinade and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Grill the flank steak on each side for about 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes Slice the steak against the grain into thin strips.

To assemble the tacos place desired amount of steak onto a grilled tortilla and top with the tomatillo sauce. Serve warm with a wedge of lime.

Serves 4

Suggested Pairings:

Callaway Winery ~ 2012 Zinfandel – This classic Zin begins with full aromas of rich, ripe strawberry, black cherry, dusty white pepper and anise, leading to the palate brimming with dried cranberry and jammy red and black fruits.

Leoness Cellars ~ 2012 Zinfandel – Rich and full-bodied, this wine offers aromas and flavors of sweet boysenberry and blackberry framed by soft tannins and a long, silky finish.

Thornton Winery ~ 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – Very classic berry and pepper aromas came forth while subtle herbaeceous notes meld with the warm toasty aromas from the oak.

Wilson Creek Winery ~ 2011 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – This Cabernet displays deep rich ruby color. Aromas of spice reminiscent of clove with hints of leather layered with a fruitiness of blueberry and raspberry play on the nose. This wine’s structured tannins are well incorporated into a long pronounced finish.

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Wine Country Recipe: Strawberry-Blueberry Compote in Red Wine Syrup

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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Infusing red wine with warm spices and herbs creates a fragrant syrup for the distinctive ruby-hued compote. Serve over ice cream, pound cake, or with almond biscotti, and garnish with mint.

Ingredients:

1 cup of your favorite Temecula Valley dry red wine *
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
2 (2 1/2-inch) orange rind strips
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
4 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup blueberries

Preparation:

Combine first 6 ingredients in a small non-aluminum saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Drain wine mixture in a colander over a large bowl; discard solids. Add berries; toss to coat. Serve warm or chill up to 2 hours.

* Wine Suggestions:

Doffo Winery ~ 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – A dark rich garnet color entices the senses.  The pallet boasts dark red cherries and cassis.  The lingering finish on the this silky Cabernet Sauvignon shows a hint of smoke and cacao.

Falkner Winery ~ 2012 Syrah – This wonderfully rich wine has deep flavors of ripe plum and black cherry and is very true to the varietal. Enjoy the delicious depth of flavors, and smooth, round, lingering finish.

Hart Winery ~ 2012 Syrah –  Grown in the granitic soils with the abundant sunshine and caressing cool ocean breezes of the region, our old-vine Syrah displays rich fruit, great depth and color, and a long, lingering finish.

Lorimar Winery ~ 2012 Allegro – Merlot – Rich and full bodied, with black cherry, plum and blackberry flavors with hints of rose petals.

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