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A Year in the Life of a Grape Grower

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A Year in the Life of a Grape Grower

For Northern California grape growers, November is recovery time. After the flurry of harvest activity and the bright explosion of vineyard color, a brisk wind tears the leaves from the vines exposing their skeletal canes to the elements. On clear mornings, ground fog hovers in low areas over the dormant vines while underground, their roots search for nutrients in the soil.

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Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

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Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

Take on the holidays with this crowd pleasing dessert and wine combo. Decadent and rich, this is the perfect pie to finish off your meal. Ideal to pair with a Merlot or Zinfandel.Yield: 1 9inch pieIngredients:Pastry Dough 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick (4ounces) butter cut into 1/2 inch pieces 2 to 3 Tablespoons ice water Pie Filling 3 ounces butter 1 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon good quality Bourbon 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 5 ounces good quality semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped 2 cups pecans...

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Roasted Cauliflower and Tomato Curry with Paneer

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Roasted Cauliflower and Tomato Curry with Paneer

    A quick and easy fall dish that will satisfy both your vegetarian and meat lover alike. To make it vegan, leave out the Paneer cheese. This wild, exotic array of spices and flavor will pair well with Gewurztraminer, Pinot Grigio or Riesling.  Serves 4For Roasted Cauliflower: 2 tablespoons grape seed oil (or other neutral flavored oil) 1 large cauliflower cut into florets 1 teaspoon turmeric 1teaspoon ground pepper 1teaspoon salt For Curry Sauce: 2 tablespoons grape seed oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 medium bay leaf 1 clove garlic minced 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger 1/2 cup...

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Postcard from Wine Country: The 2020 Harvest Heartbreak

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Postcard from Wine Country: The 2020 Harvest Heartbreak

As the world has been turned upside down by pandemic, the grape harvest in Napa and Sonoma has been further threatened by a series of destructive wildfires. Catastrophic events have impacted every segment of the wine industry, from vineyard workers to winery owners.  In early Summer, it was thought that coronavirus would pose the biggest threat to the 2020 harvest. That has not been the case. The August LNU Complex Fire—a series of fires resulting from a rare lightning storm—brought weeks of acrid smoke to most of Napa and Sonoma counties. Then, in late September, the fast-moving Glass Fire ripped...

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Crispy Crab Cakes

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Crispy Crab Cakes

These delicious crab cakes are extra crispy because they are quickly dredged in panko before cooking. Serve them with a roasted red pepper aioli and paired with Chardonnay or crisp Sauvignon Blanc to round off your dish.Makes 6 to 8 appetizer size crab cakes. Ingredients: 1/2 cup sweet onion, finely diced 1/4 cup celery, finely diced 1/3 cup red pepper, finely diced 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley 1 Tablespoon capers, rinsed and chopped 2 generous shakes of Tabasco 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 cup plain panko plus 1...

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