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What is Sauternes?

Posted by Monica Yu on

What is Sauternes?

Some of the world's greatest wines are sweet. No, we are not referencing wines that have been altered with levels of sugar or halted fermentation to achieve sweetness. We are  talking about Sauternes, a golden colored, sweet French wine from the Bordeaux region. Drive about 25 miles southeast towards the Graves appellation, there are two neighboring sub-regions, Barsac and Sautneres.  These two regions are along side the Garonne and the Ciron tributary. The two rivers provide an unique microclimate along with the morning fogs and warm afternoons. The water of the Ciron is cooler than the Garonne, thus in the...

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Coffee Rubbed Steak with Creamed Corn & Tomatillo Risotto

Posted by Monica Yu on

Coffee Rubbed Steak with Creamed Corn & Tomatillo Risotto

This recipe for Coffee Rubbed Steak with Creamed Corn & Tomatillo Risotto is hearty and rich with loads of complex flavors. The subtle layers of coffee, smoke and savory seasonings infuse the marbling with more distinction that begs for a wine pairing. The risotto also plays well with Sauvignon Blanc's roundness and minerality, as well as a good Pinot Noir.  Making the Rub: makes 1+ cup of seasoning rub ¼ cup of Whole Coriander Seed 2 tbsp of Black Peppercorns 2 tbsp of Whole Cloves 4 tbsp Dark Roast Coffee ¼ cup of Kosher Salt Toast the cloves, peppercorns and coriander in...

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Choucroute Garnie

Posted by Monica Yu on

Choucroute Garnie

  We continue the inspiration of Anthony Bourdain on a second recipe which is linked to the region where he was last found. (View previous recipe here). Bourdain died in Kaysersberg, France which is a small village in the Alsace region of France. It shares a border with Germany and has a thriving wine and food culture. Although he has been known to dine in the fanciest restaurants in the world, Bourdain's roots are traced to street food and simple dishes that represents the terrior and tell stories. Choucroute Garnie is a classic Alsatian recipe for preparing sauerkraut and sausages....

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Chili de Mayo: Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers!

Posted by Monica Yu on

Chili de Mayo: Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers!

Are you looking to heat things up even though Summer has not officially arrived? This spicy vegetarian dish is certain to do just that. With this recipe, we've substituted the traditional rice filling for a more nutritious and tasty filling, quinoa! This grain-like crop is actually closely related to the beet and spinach species, so it is no surprise that this South American super food is packed with protein, fiber and iron. Quinoa no doubt makes a great filling for stuffed peppers and is an excellent alternative to meat. Since this recipe is hotter than mild, we've listed some substitutions...

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Pink Peppercorn Christmas Pork

Posted by Leo Coulourides on

Pink Peppercorn Christmas Pork

It's time to "get piggy with it" this Christmas. This year we're celebrating with a special pork dish that is both sweet and savory. The rich, velvety sauce adds delicious decadence to this thick cut of meat. Pink peppercorns garnish the dish adding a touch of festive color to the dish. This pork is great with a side of mashed potatoes, celeriac puree or roasted root vegetables. Let the sauce run into one of these sides in lieu of gravy or butter. Try this with our pork friendly Zinfandel.  With an underlying sweetness and lightness it is best to pair with...

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