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Temecula Wine Pairings for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Temecula Wine Pairings For Your Thanksgiving Table

In just a few weeks, your tummy will be rumbling and your mouth salivating with the promise of the once-a-year feast that is Thanksgiving. America’s biggest food holiday serves up the chance to do some serious (and seriously fun) fun wine and food pairing. Here in Temecula Valley, California we’ve got the perfect wine pairings to go with each Thanksgiving course. No matter what your budget, this simple guide will have your friends and family giving thanks to you for making their holiday meal extra special.

Light Appetizers + Mellow Whites

These bright yet mellow whites pair well with lighter dishes to kick off your Thanksgiving meal. The floral notes of a viognier compliment a fall salad of pears, blue cheese and walnuts; a selection of fruit and cheeses match nicely with a chardonnay; and light pinot grigio will sing next to your pumpkin soup.

Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2010 Special Selection Chardonnay; $18.00

Danza Del Sol Winery, 2011 Pinot Grigio; $21.56

Briar Rose Winery 2011 Estate Viognier; $21.00

 

Herbacious Side Dishes + Spicy Reds

The spicy notes derived from these unique wine grapes pair especially well with stuffings and gravies seasoned with holiday herbs like sage, thyme and rosemary. Having a vegetarian Thanksgiving? These wines work well with earthy mushroom and winter squash dishes too!

Mount Palomar 2006 Sangiovese; $25.00

Leoness Cellars 2010 Zinfandel; $38.95

Doffo Vineyards 2011 Syrah; $49.00

 

Poultry & Meats + Bold Reds

Whether it’s wine or food, everyone looks forward to the main course. The dark fruit flavors in these big reds will enhance similar flavors in your herb-rubbed turkey or peppered roasts. Whether you’re serving poultry, lamb or beef, all three are bold enough to stand up to a rich meat course.

Baily Winery, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon; $20.00

Monte De Oro Winery 2007 Merlot; $27.00

Wiens 2008 Reserve Tempranillo-Petite Sirah; $49.00

 

Dessert + Sweet Wines

Your Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without dessert, and no dessert is complete without wine – at least that’s how we feel! Apple pies and pear tarts are practically made to pair with a sweet moscato, where red delicious apples, kiwi , pears, and apricots come together nicely with honeysuckle and jasmine undertones. Oak Mountain’s port has a nutty honeyed flavor to perfectly compliment the nutmeg and allspice flavors of pumpkin pie. And for a special treat, buy a bottle of Renzoni port to pair with a fudgy chocolate cake.

Keyways Vineyard Winery 2012 Moscato; $19.00

Oak Mountain Winery Port; $29.00

Robert Renzoni Paradiso Port; $49

 

One Meal, One Wine

On a wine-buying budget? Or just looking to simplify your evening by serving one wine from start to finish? Any of these four, well-priced wines fit the bill. Each is lighter on the palate, with only subtle hints of sweetness making them suitable to drink from appetizers all the way to dessert. Bon appetit!

Maurice Car’rie 2010 Chenin Blanc; $12.95

Miramonte Winery 2010 Grenache Rose; $17.50

Falkner Winery 2012 Sauvignon Blanc; $18.95

South Coast Winery Ruby Cuvee; $22.00

Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery 2010 “80/20” Cabernet/Shiraz Blend; $35.00 | 15% discount for a case

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Wine Country Recipes: Perfect Wine & Food Pairings for California Wine Month

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In honor of California Wine Month, we’ve rounded up this year’s best recipes and pairings from Temecula Valley Wine Country!

What is a Perfect Pairing?

Truth be told, there is no such thing as a “perfect” pairing! The old adage, “white wine with fish and red wine with meat” isn’t always a tried-and-true method of pairing wine. We say have fun with it and play with pairings to discover how different wines can bring out the subtle nuances of flavors in a food.

For those who aren’t as adventurous, we’ve paired up Temecula wines with some of our favorite wine country recipes provided by our member wineries.

We hope you enjoy creating these “perfectly” paired recipes in your own home, while popping the cork on one of our beautiful Temecula Valley wines.

Here are a few of our favorite gourmet recipes from Temecula Valley wineries perfectly paired with Temecula Valley wine —

Cocktails & Appetizers

Syrah Sunset Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Syrah
  • 2 tsp finely shredded lime peel
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar Ice
  • chilled 1 nectarine, pitted and sliced

 

Directions – In a 1-quart glass measuring cup combine lime peel, lime juice, and sugar; add water to equal 4 cups. Stir to dissolve sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. To serve, place ice in six 16-ounce glasses. Add 2/3 cup of the lime juice mixture to each glass. Pouring along side of glass, slowly add 1/2 cup wine. Thread nectarine slices on skewers and add to glasses.

*Try with some spectacular Syrah from Doffo, Falkner, Foot Path, Lorimar, Masia de Yabar, Miramonte, Mount Palomar, South Coast’s Wild Horse Peak or Van Roekel.

Oak Mountain Winery Marinated Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 blocks (8 oz each) white cheddar cheese
  • 2 pkgs. (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 1/2 cup Oak Mountain Tuscan Avocado Oil
  • 1/4 cup Oak Mountain Pear Pomegranate Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Oak Mountain Dark Cherry Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 3 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • Toasted sliced French Bread or assorted crackers

 

Directions:
Slice each block of cheddar cheese into twenty 1/4” slices. Cut each block of cream cheese into 18 slices and sandwich between cheddar slices, using a knife to spread evenly. Create four 6” long blocks of cheese; place in 13 X 9” dish.
Combine the roasted peppers, oil, vinegars, onions, herbs, sugar, garlic, salt & pepper and pour over cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning once. Drain excess marinade. Serve cheese with bread or crackers.

Perfectly Paired with:

  • Briar Rose Winery 2011 Estate Viognier
  • Longshadow Ranch Winery 2009 White Feather Chardonnay
  • Lumiere Winery 2007 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Monte De Oro Winery 2011 Viognier
  • Oak Mountain Winery 2011 Chardonnay
  • Van Roekel Winery 2011 Chenin Blanc

 

Thornton Winery Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium butternut squash peeled, seeds removed and chopped into cubes
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh peeled garlic
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2-3 tbsp red Thai curry paste
  • salt & pepper

 

Directions:
Melt butter in a large soup pan. Add onion and garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
Add cubed butternut squash. Cook 1-2 minutes.
Cover with chicken stock. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 30-45 minutes or until squash is soft.
Blend soup, strain and then return to pot. Season with Thai curry paste and salt and pepper as needed.

Perfectly Paired with:

  • Briar Rose Winery 2011 Estate Viognier
  • Falkner Winery 2009 Viognier
  • Keyways Vineyard & Winery 2011 Viognier
  • Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery 2010 Viognier
  • “Buon Vicino” Thornton Winery 2010 Chardonnay
  • Van Roekel 2010 Reserve Chardonnay

 

Stay tuned for Part 2 – Featuring Main Courses & Desserts!

 

 

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