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Posted on January 11, 2024 in Lifestyle
That’s right, folks! Wine is more than just a tasty treat. Here are some of the health benefits of drinking wine in moderation:
1. Boosts Heart Health:
Studies have shown that moderate consumption of wine can improve heart health by increasing the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body. Red wine, in particular, contains antioxidants such as Resveratrol that can help prevent heart disease.
2. Reduces the Risk of Stroke:
Wine is said to have had blood-thinning properties that can reduce the risk of blood clots, which can cause a stroke. A glass of wine a day may just be able can help keep the stroke away!
3. Promotes Longevity:
People who consume wine in moderation have been found to live longer than those who abstain. It’s worth noting that red wine tends to contain more antioxidants than white wine, particularly the antioxidant Resveratrol, which is found in the skins of red grapes. A study conducted in France found that the Resveratrol in red wine can increase longevity by activating a protein that slows down the aging process. So, while both red and white wine can have health benefits, red wine may have more potent antioxidant properties.
4. Boosts Brain Function:
Wine has also been shown to improve cognitive function and memory. The antioxidants in wine can help protect the brain from damage and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes:
Moderate wine consumption has also been linked to a reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The Resveratrol in red wine can help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation in the body. White wine also contains polyphenols, which are plant compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These polyphenols can help protect against certain chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.
A Toast to Health and Meaningful Connections
It’s not just about the wine itself, but also the social aspect of sharing a glass of wine with loved ones or friends. Research has shown that having strong social connections and meaningful relationships can contribute to a longer and healthier life.
Studies have found that people who have strong social connections and supportive relationships tend to have better physical and mental health, as well as a longer lifespan. In fact, a study conducted by Harvard researchers found that strong social ties can have as much of an impact on longevity as quitting smoking or losing weight.
Moderation is Key
Now, before you go uncorking that bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s important to note that moderation is key. Too much of anything can be harmful, and wine is no exception. The recommended daily amount of wine is one glass for women and two for men. So, let’s raise a glass (in moderation, of course) to good health and a great glass of wine! Cheers!
Posted on December 20, 2023 in Recipes
Ring in the New Year with the perfect blend of sophistication and celebration by indulging in our exquisite New Year’s Sparkler cocktail created with our Rosé Sparkling Wine. Crafted to elevate your festive moments, this sparkling delight is the perfect cocktail for your New Year’s Eve bash. Cheers to a night of memories and the promise of new beginnings! Make your New Year’s Eve celebration unforgettable with the loveliest, tastiest sparkling cocktail – our New Year’s Sparkler.
- 1/2 bottle Berry-flavored vodka; chilled
- 1 Cup Pomegranate juice; chilled
- 1 bottle of Wilson Creek Rosé Sparkling; chilled
In a punch bowl or large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients.
Serve and garnish with raspberries.
Posted on December 18, 2023 in Wine 101
Posted on December 11, 2023 in Recipes
Indulge in the festive spirit with our delightful Jingle Juice recipe – an effortlessly simple, irresistibly delicious, and stunning holiday punch! With just three key ingredients, this concoction is guaranteed to charm every palate. Cheers to holiday joy in a glass!
- 1/2 of a 750 ml bottle of Vodka
- 1 bottle Wilson Creek Rosé Sparkling
- 1 bottle Cherry 7-up
- Cranberries for garnish
In a punch bowl or large pitcher filled with ice, combine Vodka, Rosé Sparkling, and Cherry 7-Up.
Serve over ice and garnish with cranberries. Enjoy!
Posted on November 7, 2023 in Wine & Food
Thanksgiving is already here! With so much to be thankful for, we wanted to take time to thank all of our Wine Club Members and Guests who enhance our lives everyday! You are the reason we love bringing you fine wine, delicious cuisine, and good times!
To celebrate you all and all the things we have to be thankful for, Wilson Creek put together a few wine pairings to go with your favorite Thanksgiving Pies! Because nothing says celebration like sweet treats and bubbly!
Key Lime Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie
Once again, we are THANKFUL for you!
Posted on October 3, 2023 in Recipes, Uncategorized
Balsamic Steak Gorgonzola Salad with Grilled Corn
Pair with 2022 Viognier
Enjoy a perfectly, grilled steak marinated with a rich, sweet, and slightly tangy balsamic flavor. With each forkful, you experience a delightful contrast between the smoky, charred notes and the sweet depth of the balsamic. Complementing the steak is a vibrant salad that bursts with freshness and color. All of the ingredients are generously drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette that mirrors the flavors of the steak, tying the dish together. Now, sip on a glass of Viognier, and you’ll discover the magic of this pairing. The wine’s aromatic bouquet fills the air with delicate floral notes and hints of ripe stone fruits. As you take a sip, the Viognier’s apricot, peach, and honeysuckle flavors meld seamlessly with the steak’s sweet balsamic glaze, creating a delectable contrast that enhances both the wine and the dish. Together, they elevate your dining experience to a level of culinary bliss.
FOR THE MARINADE:
1 lb sirloin steak
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
FOR THE SALAD:
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved, 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
2 heads endive lettuce, outer leaves removed,
halved and roughly chopped into 2 inch pieces
6 cups mixed spring greens, 1 corn on the cob, husk removed
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling corn
FOR THE GREMOLATA:
2 tablespoons basil leaves, minced, 2 tablespoons parsley, minced
1 clove garlic, minced, 1 tablespoon lemon zest
FOR THE BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE:
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
Dash of salt and fresh ground black pepper
In a medium size bowl, stir together ingredients for the marinade. Place steaks in a large zip-lock bag. Pour marinade over the steaks, seal the bag, and shake to coat. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Make the gremolata: Combine the basil, parsley, lemon zest, and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside. Preheat a cast iron grill pan at medium-high heat or an outdoor grill. Drizzle corn on the cob with 1 tablespoon olive oil and liberally sprinkle salt and pepper. Using tongs, place on the heated grill. Cook each side until grill marks form on the corn kernels and they are somewhat softened, about 10 minutes total. When cool, slice corn kernels off the cob. Grill steak on both sides 4-5 minutes for rare to medium rare. Remove steak to a plate and let rest for five minutes. Slice thinly against the grain. In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for vinaigrette. Toss together half of the vinaigrette, half of the gremolata, mixed greens, endives, tomatoes, gorgonzola, sliced corn, and red onion in a large bowl. Lay sliced steak on top of salad. Drizzle steak and salad with gremolata and remaining vinaigrette as desired. Enjoy!
Posted on September 19, 2023 in Recipes, Uncategorized
Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Pair with 2020 Cabernet Franc
This delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup paired with our 2020 Cabernet Franc is a winning combination that showcases the versatility of our red wine. The wine’s fruit-forward character, balanced with its herbal and spicy elements, elevates the dining experience by complementing the soup’s complex flavors. The perfect recipe to enjoy on a cozy evening at home, this pairing is sure to leave a lasting impression on your palate.
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons white onion, diced
¼ cup tomato, diced
1 tablespoon green chili, diced
¼ cup black beans
¼ cup corn
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
⅛ teaspoon dried oregano
⅛ teaspoon cumin
⅛ teaspoon chili powder
1 ½ cups chicken broth, or veggie broth
1 cup rotisserie chicken, shredded
tortilla strip, for garnish
fresh cilantro, for garnish
In a medium sauce pot over a medium heat, add oil, garlic and onion. Cook until onion starts to become translucent. Add tomatoes, green chilis, black beans, corn, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, and chili powder. Cook until all ingredients are heated through, stirring occasionally. Add broth, stir and bring to a simmer. Add chicken and allow to heat through. Serve with a sprinkle of tortilla strips, cilantro, avocado and even some sour cream. Enjoy!
Posted on September 17, 2023 in Uncategorized, Recipes
Pumpkin Turkey Chili Recipe
Pair with 2022 Yes Dear Chardonnay
A hearty, satisfying meal that’s perfect for a fall football-watching day. Create a cozy fall meal with this delicious pumpkin turkey chili recipe
For this flavorful and slightly spicy pumpkin turkey chili, our Yes Dear Chardonnay is an excellent pairing choice. The buttery and creamy notes of the Chardonnay will complement the rich and creamy texture of the pumpkin, while the acidity will balance the chili’s spiciness.
1 large yellow onion, diced (about 2 cups)
1 medium bell pepper, red, yellow, or orange, diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/3 pounds ground turkey or chicken
1 15-oz. can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with liquid
1/4 cup tomato paste, no salt added
1 14-oz. can pumpkin puree
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
4 cups baby spinach leaves
Sour cream or nonfat plain Greek yogurt, optional
Liberally coat a large pot or Dutch oven with oil spray and warm over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper sauté, stirring occasionally for about 7 minutes or until the onion softens. Add the garlic, stir everything together and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the ground turkey or chicken. Use a spatula or a large spool to break up the meat as it cooks. Continue to cook about 6 to 7 minutes, until fully cooked. Add the beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, pumpkin puree, broth, chili powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper, and optional cayenne pepper, and stir. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Right before serving, add the spinach and mix throughout. Enjoy the chili with desired toppings, such as avocado, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, cilantro, and salsa. Enjoy!
Posted on September 15, 2023 in Wine 101
Posted on August 30, 2023 in Wine 101