Delicious Recipes for Leftover Wine

by Alex Richardson

We categorically do not condone leftover wine. But if you do a have a drop or three languishing in a bottle somewhere, we're even more strongly opposed to tipping it away. Wine is a fabulous ingredient in cooking, from French classics like coq au vin, to Spanish tapas treats like chorizo cooked in a heavy red. So if you have a tipple that's going spare, why not incorporate it into a yummy meal? Here are a few of our favourite recipes for leftover wine, ranging from the traditional, to the unusual… 1. Pinot Noir Butter with Blue…

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Sipping the Light Fantastic

by Susanna Gaertner

Here’s a light and lovely red that has all the charm of a Beaujolais but is made right here in California. I admit that I knew nothing about this grape variety, which is also known as Napa Gamay or Napa Gamay 15. At its point of origin in the Longueduc-Rousillon region of southern France, it is also known as Gros Auxerrois. According to winegeeks.com, “Valdiguié is just one of many grapes that were once famous in France due in part to their high productivity. Today the Valdiguié has become an extreme rarity, and can be found more often…

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Loredana Vivera: The Volcano's Calling to Wine

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

For some, winemaking is a calling. Loredana Vivera realized hers while overlooking her family’s vineyards on Mount Etna in Sicily. She’d go on to practice her calling at the family’s Vivera Winery, crafting numerous Sicilian wines including the “Altrove” Sicilia Bianco, which I look forward to sharing with other women in wine.Loredana and I recently discussed her winemaking background in a transatlantic email conversation. The Vivera family purchased an estate near Mount Etna in 2002, but this was hardly the beginning of women in wine for the Viveras. Loredana’s mother had vineyards for generations within her family. The 2002 purchase…

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Gruet: Making New Mexico the Land of Sparkling

by Elizabeth Miller, CSW, CSS

When winemaker Gilbert Gruet came from Champagne to New Mexico in the 1980s for a family vacation, he likely sought the scenic beauty that earned the state’s nickname “Land of Enchantment”. What they found, however, was great terroir and a burgeoning wine industry. The family planted roots, and their 30 year catapult to becoming one of America’s greatest producers of Methode Champenoise has transformed this land into a “Land of Sparkling”.Gruet Winery’s Brut has been a staple at Vintology Wine & Spirits and my family events for years. The ‘coming to America’ story has been the special touch when I’ve…

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Champagne Announces 2016 Harvest Dates

by Liz Palmer

The Champagne region has announced the start dates for the 2016 harvest. Commencing today (September 12) through to September 26h there will be over 120,000 pickers, porters, loaders and press operators descend on the vineyards of Champagne for the harvest – the moment every winegrower has been waiting for.Each harvest is different in terms of grape ripeness, potential alcohol levels and natural acidity – so picking the right moment to harvest is essential.A ripening observation network for the accurate timing of harvests.Twice a week, just as the grapes start to change colour (véraison), samples are taken from some 450 control…

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CauliBroc

by Susanna Gaertner

Cauliflower and Broccoli with Spicy Mint SauceBroccoli and cauliflower make fine bedfellows when covered with this exceptional sauce, which can also be used to spice up other vegetables ordinarily labeled bland or boring. Quantities do not need to be exact...start with what's written here and then increase, decrease, or leave out according to your preferences. This is a great way to use up that jar of left-over mint jelly.Ingredients:1 lb broccoli florets1 lb cauliflower florets1 onion or shallot, chopped1 cup cider1 small tart apple, chopped2 Tbsp olive oil2 Tbsp flour2 carrots, chopped2 cloves garlic1 tsp dill½ tsp thyme2 tsp mint…

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Wine and Chocolate Pairings

by Lazar Stevic

Wine and Chocolate - A Match Made in HeavenCalifornia is renowned for its world famous vineyards and stunning cellar doors. The sweeping hills and valleys threaded with vines and haloed in endless sunshine means that the wine to come out of California is always of exceptional quality. We all know that when it comes to wine and chocolate, it is a match made in heaven. Nothing beats the taste of pure indulgence of pairing the sweet taste of pure chocolate with the heady fragrance of a sunshine state wine. At Santa Barbara Chocolate we believe that our customers deserve only…

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Is Rosé Passé?

by Minnesota Uncorked™

It’s never been more popular to drink the pink stuff, and with good reason. You might assume that dainty light pink bottle of wine isn’t for you –– that it’s sickly-sweet, for people who don’t really like wine. Forty years ago you might have been right, but in the midst of the resurgent popularity of dry European-style rosés, pink wines have something to offer almost any wine drinker.Rosés are not only a perfect, refreshing wine to sip in the spring, summer and fall, but pair excellently with many foods. Rosés, especially dry ones, are usually made with red grapes, but…

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