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Wine Country Recipe: Fennel-Apple Slaw with Aged Cheddar on Pita Toast

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Looking for a simple snack for spring?  Try this quick and easy recipe for Fennel-Apple Slaw!  Remember to use farmer’s market ingredients for the freshest and best-tasting produce.

Recipe courtesy of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa


Fennel-Apple Slaw

1 fennel bulb
1 green apple
1/2 bun chives
1/2 bun parsley
Oil, salt & pepper, lemon juice to taste

Aged white cheddar – as much as you like!



Cut off the green top and root bottom of the fennel.  Cut the white bulb in half and thinly slice.  Save a small bunch of green fennel fronds and set aside.
Core the apple, and slice into little sticks.
Finely chop chives and parsley.
In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine all together seasoning with salt, pepper, oil and lemon juice. Let sit for at least 15-30 minutes to marinate.

Pita bread

Cut pita into bite-size pieces, season with oil, salt and pepper.  Bake in 375 degree oven for about 10 mins or golden brown. Let cool completely.

Cut a piece of cheese to fit on top of pita.
Top with the fennel-apple slaw and garnish with a bit of fennel frond.

Pairs perfectly with sparkling Pinot Grigio! Click below to taste the sparkling Pinot Grigio with South Coast Winery master winemaker Jon McPherson – cheers!


Wine Country Recipe: Scallops and Risotto from South Coast Winery

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Butter Poached Scallops with Aged Gouda Risotto

Courtesy of The Vineyard Rose Restaurant



Scallops – as many as you desire

¾ lb butter

1 cup Viognier wine

½ bun of parsley

salt & pepper to taste

To make:

  1. Season scallops with salt and pepper in a hot skillet, about 2 minutes each side
  2. Put a roasting pan on the stove on low heat.  Add butter, wine and parsley.
  3. Wait for the butter to melt, add the scallops.  The heat should be real low, and the liquid should not be boiling but just under a simmer.
  4. Let soak for about 10 minutes



1 cup Arborio rice

2 ½ cup chicken broth

2 shallots

1 cup shredded Aged Gouda

1 tab of butter

½ bun of parsley, chopped

 To make:

  1. Chop shallots and sauté in large skillet with butter; cook shallots till they are nice and dark
  2. Add rice, stir and cook for about 1 minute; add half of the broth and reduce heat.
  3. Stir occasional, making sure the rice does not stick.  When all the stock is just about absorbed, add a little more stock and stir.  Repeat and continue till all the stock is used.  Cook till all the broth is just about absorbed, the rice should appear to be creamy and should be nice and tender.
  4. Turn off heat and stir in parsley and cheese.  Season to taste.



  1. Spoon a little risotto on to a plate.
  2. Place a couple of scallops per plate, and spoon just a touch of the butter over the top of the scallops.  Enjoy!


Pair it with Carter Estates Viognier a delightful summer wine!


The Vineyard Rose Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; located at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa.

For reservations, please call 951.587.9463
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