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New Year’s Sparkler

Posted on December 17, 2019 in Recipes

The countdown to the holidays is officially on! Sparkling Wine cocktails are, of course, perfect for Christmas and also make the ideal New Year’s Eve cocktail. May we suggest our New Year’s Sparkler? It’s the loveliest, tastiest sparkling cocktail for either holiday…or both!

INGREDIENTS
 
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a punch bowl or large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Serve and garnish with raspberries.

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Jingle Juice

Posted on December 17, 2019 in Recipes

This Jingle Juice recipe is simple, delicious, and pretty! You only need three ingredients to make this holiday punch everyone will love. Enjoy a couple of these and you’ll hear those sleigh bells jingling in no time!

 

INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a punch bowl or large pitcher filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Serve over ice and garnish with cranberries.

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Christmosas

Posted on December 16, 2019 in Recipes

This Christmas Cocktail is inspired by Delish’s Christmosa with a Wilson Creek twist! A festive and refreshing cocktail for all of your upcoming festivities that only takes about 10 minutes to make and looks so pretty on your buffet table!

INGREDIENTS
 
Granny Smith apples, chopped
 
1 C. whole fresh cranberries

1 C. green grapes, halved

1 C. pomegranate seeds

1 C. red sparkling grape juice; chilled

bottle of Wilson Creek Brut Sparkling Wine; chilled
 
DIRECTIONS
In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine apples, cranberries, grapes, and pomegranate seeds. Pour sparkling grape juice and champagne, then stir.
Serve & Enjoy!
 

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National Cookie Day Wine Pairings

Posted on December 4, 2019 in Wine & Food

Christmas Cookie & Wine Pairings!

Traditions play a big role in making the holiday season so much fun! Here at Wilson Creek, we have a lot of fun with our traditional Wassail we enjoy every year. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser and very popular with our wine club family.

With Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and many other reasons to gather with loved ones, having fun & fresh ideas are always a great compliment to those traditions.

Christmas Cookies are almost compulsory when it comes to the holiday season; one of America’s most popular traditions. Another very popular holiday tradition?… Wine, of course! So why not combine the two and make it that much more special!

Here are a few recipes that will delight your guest’s palates and warm their hearts.

SUGAR COOKIES with Vanilla Sparkling Wine or Brut Sparkling Wine

GINGERBREAD COOKIES with Angelica Cream Sherry or Wine Enthusiast Rated 90 Point Zinfandel

SNICKER DOODLE COOKIES with Wine Enthusiast Rated 91 Points & Editor’s Choice Meritage or Golden Jubilee

BUTTER COOKIES COOKIES with Chardonnay or Coconut Sparkling Wine

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES with VS Cabernet-Zinfandel or ZSM

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES with Decadencia Chocolate Port or Almond Sparkling Wine

OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES with VS White Cabernet or Wine Enthusiast Rated 90 Points & Editor’s Choice GSM

CHOCOLATE THUMBPRINT COOKIES with Double-Dog Red or Rose Sparkling Wine

The great thing about traditions is that there is always room to make new ones. So while you’re enjoying the holidays with your loved ones, maybe try a few of these pairings and see if any are worthy of a new tradition.

We have a feeling you won’t be disappointed.

All of us at Wilson Creek Winery warmly wish you a Merry Christmas & a very Happy New Year!

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Thanksgiving Wine Guide

Posted on October 25, 2019 in Wine & Food

We know how stressful the holidays can be, especially when you are the host. You want to be the Hostess with the Mostest, with that perfect Pinterest display! Our must have guide for choosing the perfect wines will leave you feeling confident for your crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving feast!

Rather than selecting one bottle of wine to compliment all of your dishes, we recommend getting a couple options. You have all of those flavors of tart cranberries, creamy mashed potatoes, brown sugared yams, stuffing with a combination of ingredients, white and dark meats, and you can’t forget that spiced pumpkin pie for dessert! As we always say, there are no wrong pairings. We believe that the best pairings are with the wines you enjoy drinking, but for Thanksgiving we recommend lighter bodied wine to compliment the flavors of your dishes.

Sparkling Wines

Bubbles are the perfect celebratory wine! As guests arrive serve Sparkling Wine to get everyone in the holiday spirit! Sparkling is also a great choice to enjoy with salty and cheesy appetizers. The bubbles cut through the salt to cleanse the palate leaving a refreshed feeling. We have 10 Sparkling Wines to choose from and any of them would be a great choice to get your holiday started.

If you plan to serve it with dinner, we recommend going with a dry sparkling such as Brut or Blanc de Blanc Sparkling.

 

White Wines

When selecting a white wine, think about pairing it with your lighter side dishes and salads. Try white wines with less oak and more flavors that are fruity and refreshing.

Viognier – Full-fruit-forward flavors of peach, green melon and hint of tangerine in the finish.

Roussanne – You’ll love this medium-body wine with exotic flavors of pear, melon, and herbal tea trickling into a citrus peel finish.

Golden Jubilee – The best traits of both a dry and sweet wine. The sweetness is tempered by tropical fruit aromas of mango, pineapple, and guava.

Sauvignon Blanc – Aromas of citrus, citrus blossom and ruby grapefruit followed by delicate fruit flavors of grapefruit and gooseberries.

 

Red Wines

Yes, Red wines are delicious with Turkey and not forbidden! You definitely want a lighter bodied red with moderate acidity to balance out the richness of your dishes.

Zinfandel  – Supple in flavor yet firm in structure with cascading layers of cherry, blackberry and raspberry.

Malbec – Clean, clear delicate fruit reminiscent of blackberries giving way to a medium bodied wine with jammy characteristics.

ZSM(Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Malbec) The aromas are very distinctive highlighting Zinfandel’s spicy notes. Flavors of blackberry, plum oak spice and berry jam fill in the mid-palate.

Syrah – Aromas of sweet oak, cherry, and raspberry with flavors reminiscent of cherry, cedar, and spice gives way to a soft tannic finish.

 

Dessert Wines

Get dessert going with an after dinner celebration of sweet wines! Bubbly is also a great choice to pair with pie if your guests prefer something less sweet.

Moscato – This is a luscious wine! Flavors of honeydew melon, mandarin orange, and a touch of mint.

Decadencia – A fortified dessert wine made from century-old “Old Vine” Zinfandel with a touch of natural chocolate making it even more heavenly delicious.

Angelica Cream Sherry – A truly world-class Sherry. Fortified with brandy. Perfect for sipping by the fire after a long day. Serve room temperature and enjoy!

 

Make your Thanksgiving Display Pinterest Worthy with our Fall Dinnerware now available in the Tasting Room!

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