Tag: Wine Pairings

The Tomahawk

The Tomahawk

We talked to our butcher about cutting some big steaks for us. Asked to create a menu to pair with an iconic Napa Valley Cabernet, we met the challenge by offering a dry-aged, prime beef bone-in ribeye steak for 4 grilled over mesquite wood. The […]

The Winners Circle

The Winners Circle

We were extremely pleased to prepare hors d’oeuvre and dinner for a small group of wine aficionados in early March ’16 at Winner’s Circle at Vine Hill Ranch. The house and grounds are stunning and the views are a great example of what makes people […]

A couple of Cabernet Pairings

A couple of Cabernet Pairings

No better time to pull out that stash of Cabernet Sauvignon than mid-winter. The days are chilly and short, the nights can be perfect with a warm fire and a culinary spread of braised meats and potatoes, mineral rich greens and savory mushrooms.

Here are a couple of pairing suggestions for that next bottle:

Shitake Mushroom & Chard Duxelle , Porcini Aioli & McClelland Dairy Butter Crostini
Shitake Mushroom & Chard Duxelle , Porcini Aioli & McClelland Dairy Butter Crostini

 

The tannins in Cabernet are a perfect counterbalance for both bitter & rich ingredients – this pairing features a “duxelle” of both, a preparation of slow cooked shitake mushrooms, shallot & butter, with the addition of local Swiss Chard.

 

Bordeaux Style Braised Beef, Pearl Onions, Aligot & Fried Leeks
12 Hour Braised Beef, Pearl Onions, Aligot & Fried Leeks

 

We use “akaushi” beef in our stews – a grass-fed, Wagyu breed of cattle raised in Texas. “Aligot” is from the Auvergne region of France, where mashed potatoes are taken to a whole new level when Cantal cheese is folded in. We use Smoked Fiscalini cheddar to complement the oak profile of a younger Cabernet.

Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter & Sage

Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter & Sage

We refer to ourselves as a 100% from scratch cooking company. This doesn’t mean we make everything we use (cheese, bread, etc often come from local artisanal sources) but we do not buy packaged or pre-made foods to use as ingredients in our recipes. Ravioli is […]

Our Offering This Year for Russian River Passport 2015

Our Offering This Year for Russian River Passport 2015

We were honored this year to be asked by Hartford Family Winery to provide a bite to pair with their fine 2011 Hartford Court MacLean’s Block Pinot Noir. Behold our offering: Pug’s Leap Tomme Arancini with Maitake Mushroom Ragu and Mixed Herb Salad