Thursday, December 29, 2011
Sometimes we finish all our wine at a holiday party and sometimes we have leftover wine in the bottle..."How long will it keep?" is one of my most asked questions. Of course there are variables as to how to answer that because all wines are different and the levels in the bottles can be different. But none-the-less, if you seal up your wine and do not allow additional air to continue to enter the bottle, it should last a couple of days. Fortified wines can last a bit longer. But if you have several bottles open and you just can't finish them, then pour the wine into ice cube trays and freeze them. When frozen, empty the ice cube trays and store in a ziploc bag. These "wine cubes" are excellent to add to all your favorite recipes.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
We all tend to start our holiday
meals with some sort of salad so I went through my recipe book to find this absolutely delicious dressing...
Zesty Mustard Viognier Dressing
1 c. Mayonnaise
1/4 c. Dijon Mustard
1/4 c. Viognier Wine
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Honey
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
1/4 tsp. Salt
This yields approximately 1.5 Cups.
Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and creamy...Enjoy!!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
USB Port Ghirardelli Brownies
8”x8”, 9”x9” or 11”x7” pan
1 box of Ghirardelli Brownie mix
½ c. USB Port
1/3 c. vegetable oil
2 boxes of Ghirardelli Brownie mix
1 c. USB Port
2/3 c. vegetable oil
2) Place dessert wine, oil & eggs in mixing bowl & stir until fully mixed. Add brownie mix & stir until well-blended. Spread in prepared pan. Let it sit at least 30 min. before baking.
3) Bake 45-50 min. for 16 brownies. Bake 50-55 min. for 24 brownies.
For glass pan, add 5 min. to the bake time. Cool completely in pan before cutting. Do not over bake. Store in a tightly covered container.
Enjoy with a glass of USB!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
One of our newest wines, Cello, is a Petit Manseng wine that I fortified and infused with fresh lemon zest. I like to serve this wine icy-icy cold with pound cake a-la-mode or vanilla cupcakes.
Shown here in my herb garden, I pair with the pineapple mint which will take the sweetness down a notch and make it more of a dinner wine. Try with lemon chicken or a mango salsa.
A personal favorite as dessert in a glass...Cheers!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
2 parts Traminette (slightly sweet/fruitier white wine)
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
As we prepare for an Easter feast with family and friends, we bring out the ham. What wine pairs with ham?? That is one of the hardest foods to pair with wine because it is usually salty, with or without honey glaze and maybe even smoked, but all with salt. Ok...lets think of who is actually writing this blog :) My favorite is always bubbles and you know sparkling wine pairs wonderfully with ham. But in case you don't care for that...a dry Rose' is always nice.
Are you doing an Easter brunch with all the fixin's...pancakes, eggs & bacon... more salt but also more complex with both sweet & salty. Again, my go to wine is sparkling because it does truly pair with salty foods, but a Rose' will be nice as well as a light white wine with no oak and more fruit.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Last of the evening, but most certainly not least, was the Thin Mint....what to have with a dark chocolate covered chocolate flavored mint cookie??? Ok...I opened the Hunters Run Red, another light red with a Cabernet Franc base blended with Barbera and Tannat. I was thinking that because of the light tannins it would pair good with the chocolate, but the mint does take over here and found it hard to taste all the complexities of the wine with so much other flavors from the cookie...after one cookie and a nice size glass of wine, it paired well...which makes it nice so that I don't eat too many cookies :)
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Make tonight a special occasion and enjoy some bubbles! Happy New Year!