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

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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