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Laetitia & Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

June 9, 2014

You hear a lot of talk about Integrated Pest Management (IMP) in vineyards. So what is IPM? The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources ( defines IPM as: Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target... [Read more...]

SIPping Sustainably at Cooking for Solutions

May 12, 2014

SIP Certified Sustainable will join the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its thirteenth annual Cooking for Solutions celebration on May 16-18, 2014 in scenic Monterey, California. It’s a grand culinary celebration with more than 20 celebrity chefs from across The Americas, including live cooking demonstrations, intimate salons, culinary adventures and a grand Gala event. You’ll discover how SIP Certified sustainably farmed wines & vineyards and some of the nation’s top chefs are finding delicious ways to protect our land, water and ocean wildlife. The weekend of festivities willfeature live events with special guests and celebrity chefs... [Read more...]

Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend is Jam Packed

April 7, 2014

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...]

Mango Sticky Rice with Claiborne & Churchill Gewurztraminer

February 10, 2014

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... [Read more...]

Green Dip with Niner Wine Estates Grenache Rose

January 7, 2014

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... [Read more...]

Apple Cherry Crisp with Castoro Cellars Muscat Canelli Late Harvest

October 7, 2013

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... [Read more...]

Garden Pasta with Hilliard Bruce Chardonnay

September 9, 2013

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... [Read more...]

Beef Sliders with Stonestreet Winery Cabernet

July 1, 2013

Making a tasty beef slider doesn't really require a recipe but I always enjoy perusing different ingredient combinations for foods that I cook regularly. This combo is nothing out of the ordinary but why mess with perfection? You are guaranteed to love these grilled mini burgers with spicy mayonnaise, blue cheese and fresh tomato. I enjoyed mine with a glass of Stonestreet Winery Cabernet. Beef Sliders Mayonaise Your favorite hot sauce (I used local favorite Cayucos Hot Sauce) Mini hamburger buns, toasted Ground beef Salt and pepper Tomato, sliced Blue cheese crumbles Preheat the oven... [Read more...]

Zesty Lemon Bars

June 24, 2013

To me, lemon bars taste like summer and I love this recipe. The crust crumbles like great shortbread and the filling packs a lemony zing. Maybe try pairing these with some Laeitia Vineyard & Winery bubbly (I really just like an excuse to drink bubbly). Zesty Lemon Bars Crust 1 cup white whole-wheat flour, or all-purpose flour 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter, softened 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest Filling 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest 1/3 cup lemon juice 1 large... [Read more...]

Green Wine Chat | Varietals Off the Beaten Path

June 10, 2013

We explored the lesser known and often overlooked varietals. Joining us was the always entertaining Jerry James Stone, Matt Browne, Stasi Seay, Fritz Westover, and Ashley Routson. And of course we talked about SIP and how certified vineyards are taking care of the land and people. Watch as our friendly group tastes a Roussanne from Cass Winery, an Albarino from Tangent Winery, and a Viognier from Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery.   [Read more...]