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Grilled Chicken Provençale and Bandol Rose

When it comes to summer there is nothing like lounging on my deck with a nice glass of Rosé. Refreshing and delicious it is a great porch pounder. But many people don’t realize that Rosé is one of the most food friendly wines out there. Because, there are made with red grapes the wines can be a touch more substantive than a lot of white wines but without the troublesome tannins can make some reds tricky to pair. Everything from vegetables and vegetarian foods, spicier cuisines, herbal and aromatic dishes can be easily swayed by the power of Rosé.

Rosé is made all over the world in virtually every wine growing region from just about every grape it seems. But, Roses true home is in the south of France – Provence to be specific, Bandol to be precise. Here something like 90% of the wine produced is pink! So when it comes to pairing I look to Provence for inspiration – Ratatouille, Salad Niçoise, Bouillabaisse are classics. But a personal favorite is Chicken Provençale- chicken marinated in olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs grilled and served with a sauce of fresh tomatoes, Niçoise olives fennel and a touch of anchovy and capers. Served up with some haricot vert and chilled Rosé et viola!

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Bandol is a personal favorite. There are many greats –Tempier, Bastide Blanche,   . My personal favorite is Domaine Sorin Bandol Rose 2016 and at $17.99 it is truly a steal for Bandol Rosé. With all the extra richness that comes from a Bandol rose, this is a full wine, rounded with a touch of watermelon as well as generous berry fruits. The blend is 60% Mouvedre, 25% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Carignan. The acidity gives a lift to the concentration of the wine.

Chicken Provençale
Serves 8
Ingredients:

3 pounds Chicken Breast – Boneless, skinless and butterflied

*****Marinade
¼ cup Olive oil
1 teaspoon each fresh Rosemary, thyme and sage
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Garlic, chopped

***** Provençale Sauce
¼ cup Olive oil
1 each Onion, Diced
1 each Fennel, diced
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
½ cup White Wine
Salt
1 teaspoon Red pepper flake
2 Tablespoon chopped Parsley
1 Tablespoon Herbs du Provence
1 Tablespoon fresh Thyme
1 cup olives – Nicoise, Picholine, Kalamata, etc.
2 tablespoons capers
2 each anchovy, Minced
1 Pound Fresh Tomato, diced
14 ounces Tomato Puree

1. In large bowl combine ingredients for marinade
2. Butterfly chicken breasts: Put your chicken breast on a chopping board and, with your hand flat on top of it, use a sharp knife to slice into one side of the breast, starting at the thicker end and ending at the thin point. Be careful not to cut all the way through to the other side. Open out the breast so that it resembles a butterfly.
3. Place into marinade and toss to coat. Place in zip lock bag, you can do this a day before.
4. To make sauce: In a large pot heat olive oil and add Onion, Fennel and garlic stir to soften. Add spices and herbs stir to sweat add white wine. Reduce.
5. Add olives, capers, anchovy, tomatoes, and puree.
6. Cook until sauce is thickened, remove from heat.
7. Preheat grill: clean and brush with oil
8. Place breast butterflied side down. Cook 3 minutes turn ¼ turn cook 2 minutes
9. Flip and cook another 2 – 4 minutes remove from grill and let rest a few minutes
10. Serve with Haricot Vert, roasted potatoes, and Provençale sauce.

California Style Gazpacho and Rose By Lenny

Few dishes can evoke sun and summertime like fresh Gazpacho can. It is a dish that traces its roots to Andalusia in southern Iberian Peninsula. The proto gazpacho was most likely of Roman origin and was made using stale bread, garlic, olive oil, salt, and vinegar. The bright red Gazpacho that most people know wouldn’t come around until long after Columbus returned with those deadly nightshades from the “new world.” It wouldn’t be until the 19th century, the red gazpacho became popular when tomatoes were added to mix.
I like to make mine partly pureed with a nice garnish of cucumbers, fresh tomatoes and avocado. Top with sour cream and some fresh cilantro and you have a lovely summer soup for your next patio party. I like to serve it out of a pitcher with some crushed ice blended in. Serve with some fresh sliced bread and if you like some Manchego Cheese and Jamon de Serano and you have a lovely light lunch.
The perfect pairing for the fresh taste of Gazpacho is Rose! A Spanish Garnacha rose, beautiful Provence Rose or how about a nice California Rose?
Smoke Tree Rose California 2016 $19.99
Fresh, finessed and elegant, Smoke Tree Rosé offers aromas of white cherry, white peach and yellow nectarine. The palate is vibrant with flavors of crabapple, quince and crisp nectarine. The finish is dry and refreshing.
Made by longtime Domaine Chandon Winemaker Joel Burt this wine is a base of Grenache, like many Spanish and French Rose, and makes this wine very food friendly.

California Style Gazpacho
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***** Base
2 each Tomatoes Concasse, peeled and seeded
½ ea red onion, finely diced
1 each jalapeño chili pepper, minced
1 ea Lime, Juice
½ cup Cilantro, chopped
½ tsp Cumin
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Basil
1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
1 slice bread
1 cup ice

64 oz Tomato Juice
4 each Tomatoes, diced
1 each Pasilla Pepper, finely diced
1 each cucumber seeded and diced
1 each Avocado diced
1 bunch green onions
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup sour cream, for garnish

1. Combine ingredients for base in blender and puree until well combined
2. In large container combine base with tomato juice and remaining ingredients
3. Garnish with sour cream and fresh cilantro

Tennessee Mule’s and Bourbon Glazed Tri Tip

Here are two of my favorite things – whiskey and Barbecue!

Below I give you my Bourbon Glazed Tri Tip Recipe – you can prepare it either  on a BBQ or just as easily in the oven. Now you could serve a big Zin or WA Syrah with this but I like to make pitchers of Whiskey Gingers AKA Tennessee Mules.

Tennessee Mule

3 parts Ginger Ale

1 part Jack Daniels No 7

Squeeze of lime juice plus more slices for garnish

Plenty of ice

Refreshing and a great pairing for my Tri Tip recipe

Maple Bourbon Glazed Tri Tip Steak
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2-3 lb. Beef Tri-tip

Marinade:
1 tsp. course ground black pepper
1 tsp. chopped garlic
¼ tsp. ground thyme
¼ cup bourbon
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Glaze:
¼ cup Bourbon
2 Tablespoons Grain Mustard
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Siracha

Roasting:
Olive oil
Sea salt
Black pepper

1. Day 1: Trim Beef of any excess silver or fat. Combine ingredients for marinade. Place Tri Tip in a Ziploc bag with marinade at let rest overnight in refrigerator.
2. The next day remove tri tip from marinade and let come to room temperature.
3. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
4. Combine ingredients for glaze and set aside
5. Rub Roast with oil and season liberally with salt and pepper.
6. Prepare a roasting pan with a wire rack.
7. Heat a large cast iron pan on stove top. Sear each side of tri tip to brown 3-4 min each side.
8. Place roast on wire rack and place in oven.
9. Roast for about half an hour and brush roast with glaze.
10. After 20 minutes turn roast and brush with glaze again, repeating every 10 – 15 minutes until center of roast reaches 130 degrees.
11. Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

 

Weekend Wine Pairing – Cuban Style Pulled Pork and Scarpetta Barbera

It’s Barbecue time! Now if you are like me, you’ll grill just about anything – salmon, steaks, burgers, pizza. I even know a guy who likes grill marks on his pancakes. There is one thing that just belongs on the grill, smoker or bbq and that is pork. Whether you are grilling up pork chops on a Wednesday or doing a whole pig roast (like we are doing Saturday) one wine I think works just as well with pulled pork sandwiches or Ribs is Barbera.
Barbera comes from the north of Italy, near the German border. High up in the foothills of the Alps they eat a lot of pork, sausages and Prosciutto. Barbera is generally lower in alcohol and distinguished by soft tannin, a bright sweet tart cherry character and certain roundness. These qualities make Barbera an easy wine to pair with many different dishes from Thanksgiving turkey to Pizza to Cuban style pulled pork sandwiches.
One of our favorites is the Barbera from Scarpetta. Scarpetta is owned by a Sommelier and a Chef so these wines are naturally made to go with food.
Scarpetta 2014 Barbera del Monferrato DOC $14.99
Made in collaboration with Fabrizio Iuli in Monferrato, Piemonte this Barbera is medium bodied with low tannins but bright acidity, giving it wonderful balance. Monferrato is the birthplace for Barbera, and historically unlike the rest of Piedmonte, its top cuvees are frequently Barbera. Hence, for good reason, Barbera from Monferrato is celebrated for its balance of fruit, terroir and acidity. The high acidity and low tannins let this wine work with everything from a pizza or homemade pasta to a piece of beef or pork.
Here is a version you can make at home no matter what the weather.

 

Cuban Roast Pork Sandwich

 

Rolls – hoagie, ciabatta, slider buns

Butter for rolls

Cilantro Garlic mayo (Recipe Follows)

Roast pork (see below)

Mustard

Coleslaw (recipe follows)

2 onions

 

*****Roast Pork

2 cups orange juice

2 tablespoons garlic, minced

1 tsp oregano, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 oz. rum

3 lb. pork shoulder

 

*****Cilantro Garlic mayo

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup cilantro

1 cup mayonnaise

1 Lemon, juice

Salt and pepper as needed

 

*****Coleslaw

1 cup mayonnaise

1½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

¾ teaspoon celery seeds

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ medium green cabbage, very thinly sliced (about 4 cups)

½ medium red cabbage, very thinly sliced (about 4 cups)

2 medium carrots, peeled; julienned or grated

 

  1. In Ziploc bag large enough for pork combine orange juice pork, orange juice, garlic and spices and let marinated overnight.
  2. In a large roasting pan place pork and marinade cover and roast for 3 – 4 hours until meat falls apart. Remove from oven. With two forks shred pork,
  3. To make mayonnaise: in bowl of food processor combine cilantro, garlic, lemon juice and mayo season if necessary.
  4. In a large cast iron pan melt butter and add onions. Season with salt and pepper. Cook stirring occasionally until soft and caramelized about 15 minutes. Set aside.
  5. For coleslaw: whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, celery seeds, salt, and pepper in a large bowl to combine. Add green and red cabbage and carrots to dressing and toss to coat. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  6. To assemble sandwich: brush hoagies with butter and toast or grill.
  7. Spread hoagies with cilantro Mayo then pork, mustard, onions and pickles. Top with coleslaw.

 

 

 

Yamhill-Carlton Road Show June 27th!

Come Taste the Wine of Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA!

June 27th, 2017 | 6 to 8pm
The Metropolist
2931 1st Avenue South A
Seattle, WA 98134

$30 (in advance with Eventbrite here>>)
$35.00 (at the door ~ cash only)

The Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area, home of many Oregon wine industry pioneers and the oldest soils in the Willamette Valley, is coming to Seattle! Join 12 wineries for a memorable tasting experience on June 27th from 6-8pm. The producers will be pouring wine all exclusively made from Y-C AVA fruit, concentrating on Pinot Noir, as well as a small selection of other varietals. This is a great opportunity to taste Oregon wines without traveling hundreds of miles. Learn firsthand about Oregon’s geology and climate and what makes the wine so alluring, complex and age worthy. While you sip, enjoy delectable bites that complement these world-class wines.

This is a unique opportunity, as many of these wines are not for sale in Washington state. If you like what you taste at the event & want these wines in your own cellar, Esquin Wine & Spirits will be taking wine orders!

Participating Yamhill-Carton AVA Wineries:

Carlton Hill Wines

Elk Cove Vineyards

Fairsing Vineyards

Ghost Hill Cellars

JL Kiff Vineyard

Ken Wright Cellars

Lenne Estate

Marshall Davis

Monks Gate

Saffron Fields

Stag Hollow

 

Scarpetta Wine Pig Roast Event, Saturday, June 3rd!

Many of you have been asking about the La Caja China roaster, stacked with an assortment of Friulian delights, on our entry way carpet. We’ve brought in a pig roasting box emblazoned with Scarpetta Wines  and we can’t wait to share the excitement with you!

Scarpetta Wines was started by Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Patterson. Bobby is a Master Sommelier and James Beard Award Winner. Lachlan is an award winning chef. Together, they own Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Co. which was nominated this year for Outstanding Restaurant in America. Accolades aside, these guys know what they are doing and they’re doing it right. They bring the countryside of Friuli to every glass and plate they present.

With an obsession with Friuli, Bobby and Lachlan have been blazing their way through the states. And, we have some of their Scarpetta Wines in our store to celebrate!

Join as we serve Porchetta Panini along with Scarpetta Wines at our Scarpetta Pig Roast event on Saturday, June 3rd, 2-PM. We hope to see you there!

Grazie!

Weekend Wine Pairing ~ Vintager Chardonnay + Crab Tostadas with Sriracha Guacamole

Okay,  I start to really miss California when it snows in the passes in May, and the rain never ceases. Yes, I am a California native, albeit I have lived in Seattle for over 32 years, so that has to count for something, right? Oh, I do have certain California kid peccadillos. Like when my northern brethren claim indisputable expertise on Mexican food, or when I find myself defending a fondness for Zinfandel or a certain style of California Chardonnay.

Take for example a new Chard we just found.

The Californian Vintager Chardonnay Knights Valley 2012 $14.99

This is an elegant barrel aged chard produced from hand harvested grapes in the legendary Knight Valley AVA, home to winemakers like Peter Michael. Coastal fog and conifer trees create a special cool climate that gives the resulting win a balance of fruit and fresh acidity. Full bodied, yet balanced with well integrated oak and a long seductive finish. Honey crisp apple, blood orange and just a touch of vanilla give this wine all that classic Northern California Chardonnay appeal.

Only 748 cases of this wine were produced by winemaker Sam Jennings, The Vintager Chardonnay is true small production wine.

Yes, and there are certain dishes that pair perfectly with that certain style of Cali Chard – Smoked Chicken Salad, grilled Salmon, Lobster. This wine would be perfect just sitting on a sunny deck with some friends, but this also would be awesome with my Crab tostadas! Recipe below

Join us and taste this extraordinary Chardonnay, Saturday May 20th, at Esquin 2 pm to 5 pm!

xo Lenny

Crab Tostadas with Sriracha Guacamole

1 (16 ounce) package tostadas ( or fresh made)

16 ounces Dungeness crab

1 lime, juiced

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper

***** Garnish

2 tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 red pepper, finely diced

1 jalapeno, finely diced

1⁄2 medium onion, finely chopped

¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped

*****Guacamole

3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled

1 lime, juiced

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon Sriracha

1/2 medium onion, diced

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoon sour cream

  1. You can fry your own tortilla but store bought are just fine
  2. In a large bowl, pull crab apart and check for any shell pieces. Combine lime juice and olive oil and dress crab with dressing and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In another bowl combine diced tomatoes, diced peppers, onions and cilantro.
  4. In bowl of food processor combine all ingredients and pulse until well comined.
  5. Spread 1 tablespoon Guacamole on tostada top with 1 ounce of crab meat and garnish with pepper mixture

Crab Tostadas with Sriracha Guacamole Printable Recipe

Weekend Wine Pairing Mother’s Day Edition

It’s Mothers Day weekend! If you haven’t made reservations yet, you should start putting together plan B. A late lunch or brunch is a casual and easy way to give mom her day without too much stress. A casual spread with cinnamon rolls and croissants purchased from a local bakery, some fresh fruit cut and displayed nicely, smoked salmon or lox and schmear and maybe bagels. A spiral sliced ham, bacon and/or sausages provide some protein. A nice salad – Classic Cobb is a winner. Add a Quiche or Tart at the center will round out the spread.  See my Arugula, Goat Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato and Prosciutto Tart Recipe Below.

Oh, and bubbles. You have to have Bubbles!

Champagne is always a perfect answer. If you are on a budget there are plenty of excellent options for bubbly out there. A nice Cava, Crémant or domestic Sparklers can be a good gift. But, I will always default to Prosecco for a party or brunch. Prosecco has a softer edge than Champagne, and lends itself to a wide variety of foods quite nicely. Also, you can’t beat the price! You can get 3 or 4 bottles of great Prosecco for the price a bottle of Marque Champagne.

The Prosecco house of Ruggeri is an excellent example. The Ruggeri Winery was established in 1950 by Giustino Bisol, whose family boasts a deeply rooted, centuries-old tradition in viticulture in the Valdobbiadene area. The Bisol family has been cultivating vines in the heart of Valdobbiadine for centuries. Today the winery is run by Paolo Bisol, who is assisted by his children Giustino and Isabella.

Today, Ruggeri is one of the most respected producers in Valdobbiadene winning the coveted Tre Biccheri from the Italian wine guide of record, The Gambero Rosso. In the prestigious World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling wine, which is published every ten years by the famous auction house Christie’s, Ruggeri has the highest rating of all the producers from the Prosecco D.O.C.

“I hold the wines of Ruggeri & C. S.r.l in the highest regard. Paolo Bisol and his team run an immaculate operation that extends from the vineyard to his high tech winery.” Robert Parker

Today, we have an unbeatable deal on one of Paolo’s wines.

Ruggeri NV Argeo, Prosecco DOC $13.99

“Brilliant silvery straw color. Delicate aromas of honeycomb, spiced melon and apple, and pink peppercorn with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long tangerine, delicate herbs, and pickled kumquat finish with fine, fruit tannins. A delicious, mouthwatering Prosecco with a savory twist.” – 92 Points BTI

It’s absolutely delicious as an aperitif, but like virtually all wines from Italy it is made to go with food. From Venice to Milan you will see Prosecco sipped everywhere from sidewalk cafes to white linen restaurants to garden veranda.

So, set out the spread put on your Mom’s favorite record and Pop some Bubbles. Don’t forget to take some pictures and don’t let mom do the dishes!

Arugula, Goat Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato and Prosciutto Tart recipe

Taking Care of Each Other

Ashley Trout has been making waves throughout the Pacific Northwest after launching Vital Wines and March Cellars in 2016. Vital Wines is a community-driven, non-profit winery founded on providing better healthcare for vineyard and winery workers in the Walla Walla Valley. All profits are donated to the SOS Health Services of Walla Walla. A pioneer effort of its kind.

We were able to grab a couple cases of the rarely available Vital The Gifted for you.

Vital The Gifted $24.99

52% Cabernet Sauvignon 29% Malbec 10% Cinsault 10%Tinta Cao

Blackberry and plum, fig and woody thyme stems lead to cracked pepper and baking spices, dried papaya and rare white chocolate notes. An absolutely stunning Washington blend!

Join Ashley Trout as she pours Vital Winery + March Cellars wines on Friday from 4-7PM, at our tasting table, while supplies last

 

Stunning Bubbles Excellent for Mother’s Day

A selection of stunning bubbles excellent for the special Moms in your life this Mother’s Day 🌸🌺

Bisol Desiderio Jeio Prosecco Brut (Italy) $12.99 btl / save $7
A rich, complex Prosecco that is amazing for the price! Brilliant straw yellow color with extremely fine and lively perlage. Intense and fresh nose of citrus fruits and saline sensations. Perfect for Bellini’s in the Spring, or on its own!

Graham Beck Brut Rosé NV (South Africa) $12.99 btl / save $7
The Graham Beck Cap Classique Brut Rosé delights with a pink color and a vivid character. Fine pearls adorn the palate, notes of cherries and raspberries entice the tongue. Perfect for Spring – and beyond!

Champagne Maillart Marie Hanze Brut NV (France) $37.99 btl / save $12
90 Wine Spectator
“Steely acidity frames this austere style, but the spiced flavors of guava, fresh-cut apple, spring blossom and kumquat are sufficiently expressive and fleshy for balance. Tightly knit in texture and lightly creamy on the finish.”

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