Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend is Jam Packed

Our annual Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend is jam packed with … well … a lot of food and wine! That’s not all we’ve got planned, however. Here’s a look at five non-edible delights on tap. … [Read more...]

Szechuan Spicy Fish & Carmel Road Riesling

Szechuan Spicy Fish

Lately I have been exploring Asian cuisine with the help of a friendly expert who provided this recipe! This is a great dish with a completely different flavor profile from what I typically cook. It is pretty simple but it will require a trip to an Asian market for a couple ingredients. Try pairing the Szechuan Spicy Fish with a Carmel Road Riesling. Szechuan Spicy Fish For the Fish: 2 fillets of cat fish, about 1 lb., cut into slices 1 small Napa cabbage, cut into pieces For the marinade: 1 tbsp cornstarch ½ tsp salt ½  tsp ground white pepper 1 tsp Shaoshing wine or any … [Read more...]

Mango Sticky Rice with Claiborne & Churchill Gewurztraminer

mango sticky rice

I went to Thailand a few years ago and could not get enough mango sticky rice. The fruit was incredible matched with slightly sweet, gooey rice...YUM! Returning home I needed to make this recipe a staple of my own. Many online recipes call for rice steamers and a surprising number of cooking steps for a five ingredient dish. Eventually I found a simpler version and adapted it to make an easy, mango sticky rice dessert recipe. Although I am not typically a microwave cook, this recipe uses one of the fastest cooking tools in the kitchen. Mango Sticky Rice Recipe 1 c. glutinous (sweet) … [Read more...]

Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols


Opolo Vineyards Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County They say good fences make good neighbors, but it was a love of wine and winemaking that was the entrée between Opolo owners Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols. Their two families have lived side-by-side in Camarillo since 1996. As Nichols remembers, “I knew Rick to say hello to, but that was about it. Then one day, he said to me, ‘Hey Dave, I just planted 10,000 grapevines!’ “ and so began the evolution of Opolo, one of Paso Robles’ newest labels. Quinn and Nichols have been neighbors in two counties since 1997 when Nichols bought vineyard … [Read more...]

Green Dip with Niner Wine Estates Grenache Rose

Spinach Herb Green Dip

This is one of my all time favorite holiday recipe memories. My mom made her delicious Green Dip for every winter party. It is a simple, delicious snack to have out when your guests arrive and you will want to make extra to snack on yourself after the party. But, bare in mind that everyone will have a little green in their teeth! Rinse that green away with a nice dry Grenache Rose from Niner Wine Estates. Spinach and Herb Green Dip 2 packages frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed (I use a dish towel) 1 c. fresh parsley 12 scallions (mostly green), lightly chopped 1 container chive … [Read more...]

Mulled Wine

Tis' the season for holiday drinks and what better than mulled wine to warm you up on a chilly evening! Thanks to Laura at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery for this recipe. Mulled Wine 2 tsp. allspice 1 cinnamon stick 8 whole cloves 2 strips orange rind 1/3 cup sugar ¼ cup bourbon 1 bottle dry red wine Juice of half an orange Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Simmer lightly for 20-30 minutes, then strain and serve.  Anything left over can be stored in the fridge. … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pasta with Riverbench Pinot Noir

Another delicious recipe from the Riverbench Vineyard & Winery blog. Grab a bottle of their 2011 Estate Pinot enjoy this fall inspired dish. Pumpkin Pasta with 2011 Estate Pinot Noir Fall means it’s time for anything pumpkin!  This pasta is easy to make and absolutely delicious.  And bacon makes everything better. • 8 ounces fettucine • 3 slices of bacon, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 3 tbsp. chopped fresh sage • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree • ¼ cup white wine • ¾ cup parmesan cheese, grated • Salt • Pepper • 1 tbsp. butter • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes • 1 tbsp. cream • … [Read more...]

Apple Cherry Crisp with Castoro Cellars Muscat Canelli Late Harvest


As apples come into season and the weather cools I love to snuggle up on the couch with a good movie, glass of wine and bowl of fruit crisp. A tart apple like a Granny Smith is best but I make this with whatever is on hand and Fujis are just a delicious. This recipe calls for apples and dried cherries but you can use just about any fruit and even change up the spice mixture to include allspice or cardamom. Apple Cherry Crisp Recipe Filling 5 large apples, cubed 1/2 c. dried cherries 1 Tbsp. flour 1 tsp.  lemon juice 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon Topping 1/2 c. each rolled oats, flour, … [Read more...]

Garden Pasta with Hilliard Bruce Chardonnay


This is the prefect recipe for a quick, delicious meal pack with fresh ingredients from your garden. It took me about 30 minutes from first chop to first bite plus I have leftovers which will save me time for tomorrows dinner. You can also top the pasta with some grilled chicken or fish for added protein. Garden Pasta 5 oz pasta (any kind), cooked per manufacture directions 1 Tbsp olive oil 3 cloves of garlic, minced 2 zucchini, cubed 2 cups button mushrooms, cubed 2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme 1/5 tsp red pepper flakes (more if you like it spicy) 3 cups cherry … [Read more...]

Sustainability – Served Two Ways

After hand thinning the canopy, shoots are left to decompose on the vineyard floor, adding organic matter to the soil.

Since its founding in 1972, Scheid Vineyards has been committed to sustainable vineyard practices. Irrigation technology helps to reduce water usage; planting of a variety of cover crops between vineyard rows helps to enrich the land, prevent erosion, and promote the sustainable health of the vineyard. During a recent visit to a few of Scheid’s vineyards, viticulturist Justin Perino described two vineyard blocks with very different management goals on the same land.  One of these vineyards was planted on closer vine spacing and is managed to keep yields low and quality high, with the end … [Read more...]