Wine Country Recipes: Perfect Wine & Food Pairings, Part 2

October 12th, 2012

As promised, here’s Part 2 of this year’s best recipes and pairings from Temecula Valley Wine Country!  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.


Grilled Porterhouse Steak with Tomato Relish
Courtesy of Wilson Creek Winery


  • 2 Porterhouse steaks
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper

Grilled Tomato Relish:

  • 4 Roma tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, julienned
  • 1/4 cup basil chiffonade (thin strips)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp canola oil Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Halve the tomatoes vertically. Toss the tomato halves in olive oil and salt and pepper. Grill the tomatoes skin side up on a charcoal or gas grill, rotating once to create crosshatch marks. Remove the tomatoes from the grill and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
Heat the canola oil in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Add the onions to the pan and sauté until they are translucent. Add the tomatoes, garlic and basil and sauté for about a minute. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook for another minute or two. Season with salt and pepper.
Season the steaks liberally with salt and pepper. Grill to desired doneness. Top the steaks with the warm tomato relish to serve.

Perfectly paired with:

  • Doffo Winery 2010 Mistura
  • Foot Path Winery 2010 Krazy Foote
  • Leoness Cellars 2008 Melange de Reves
  • Masia de Yabar 2009 Estate Crianza Syrah
  • Vindemia 2008 Zinfandel
  • Wilson Creek Winery 2008 Zinfandel


Robert Renzoni Vineyards Spaghetti Alla Carbonara
Recipe Courtesy of Robert Renzoni Vineyards


  • 1 lb dry spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp Robert Renzoni Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 oz diced pancetta
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a deep skillet over medium flame. Add pancetta and cook for 2-3 minutes. Toss the garlic into the skillet with the pancetta and sauté for another minute, then reduce flame to slow cooking.
Drain pasta and save a little water. Add drained spaghetti to the skillet with pancetta and garlic. At this point, beat the eggs and chopped parsley. You can add some of the pasta water for better consistency.
Serve on a big oval plate, Italian Family Style, and garnish with Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh chopped Italian parsley.

Perfectly paired with:

  • Chapin Family Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Hart Winery 2009 Barbera
  • Lumiere 2009 Daybreak Merlot
  • Lorimar Winery 2008 Duet
  • Monte De Oro 2008 Vigna Vicini
  • Robert Renzoni Vineyards 2008 Sangiovese



Brie Wrapped in Filo Pastry with Honey, Orange & Almonds
Recipe Courtesy of Callaway Vineyard & Winery


  • 1 wheel of Brie (1 kilo)
  • 12 sheets of Filo pastry
  • 6 oz melted butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 2 oranges cut into segments, no seeds
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp fresh lavender

Peel and cut oranges into segments. Place into a bowl and mix with the honey, lavender and pepper.

Separate Filo pastry into two piles of six sheets each, lightly brush top sheet with melted butter. Restack the pastry into one pile; place the brie in the center of the pastry and top brie with orange mixture. Close pastry and gently bunch together to seal.
Paint the outer pastry with more butter.

Next, bake on a non-stick cookie sheet or pan in a 400 degree oven until golden brown. Transfer to a serving plate.  Serve right out of the oven with a baguette or crackers and ripe fresh fruit.  Serves 15-20 people.

Perfectly paired with:

  • Callaway Vineyard & Winery 2008 Winemaker’s Reserve Viognier
  • Cougar Vineyard & Winery 2011 Pinot Grigio
  • Leoness Cellars 2011 Melange de Blanc
  • Robert Renzoni Vineyards 2011 Cantata
  • Thornton Winery NV Brut Reserve Natural
  • Wilson Creek Winery Almond Champagne


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