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Posted on September 17, 2023 in Recipes, Uncategorized
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
Posted on July 13, 2023 in Wine 101
What is Almond Sparkling Wine?
Wilson Creek Almond Sparkling Wine offers a unique and delightful taste experience. The combination of a crisp and effervescent sparkling wine with the irresistible flavor of almond creates a harmonious and indulgent flavor profile. When you take a sip, you’ll be greeted with a subtle almond aroma, followed by a smooth and creamy mouthfeel on your palate. The bubbles add a refreshing and lively sensation, enhancing the overall taste experience. The almond flavor is present but not overpowering, allowing the sparkling wine’s elegance to shine through. The result is a delicious and balanced blend that is both refreshing and satisfying.
A Refreshing Sparkling Wine Infused with Natural Almond Flavors
Experience the Perfect Blend of Elegance and Convenience with Wilson Creek’s Almond Sparkling Cans!
Whether it is in a bottle or in a can this sparkling wine is truly the perfect companion. So the next time you’re celebrating a special occasion, toasting to life’s victories, or simply treating yourself to a moment of joy sit back and enjoy a glass of bubbly!
Posted on June 12, 2023 in Uncategorized
Posted on June 8, 2023 in Wine & Food
- Cabernet Sauvignon and Steak: This classic pairing is a match made in heaven. The bold flavors of a Cabernet Sauvignon complement the rich, meaty flavors of a juicy steak.
- Chardonnay and Lobster: The buttery texture and delicate flavor of lobster pairs perfectly with the subtle sweetness of a Chardonnay.
- Pinot Noir and Salmon: The light, fruity flavors of a Pinot Noir work well with the rich, oily flavors of salmon, making this a popular pairing for seafood lovers.
- Sauvignon Blanc and Goat Cheese: The crisp acidity of a Sauvignon Blanc balances out the tangy, creamy flavors of goat cheese, creating a harmonious pairing.
- Merlot and Pasta with Tomato Sauce: The soft tannins and fruity flavors of a Merlot complement the acidity of tomato sauce, making it a great pairing for pasta dishes.
- Syrah and BBQ: The smoky, bold flavors of BBQ are perfectly complemented by the full-bodied, spicy flavors of a Syrah.
- Sparkling Limoncello and Fruit Salad: The citrusy, effervescent flavors of Sparkling Limoncello pair perfectly with the fresh, juicy flavors of a fruit salad. This pairing is light, refreshing, and perfect for a summer brunch or afternoon gathering.
- Malbec and Beef Tacos: The robust, full-bodied flavors of a Malbec pair perfectly with the rich, savory flavors of beef tacos.
- Sparkling Rosé and Charcuterie: The light, refreshing flavors of a Rosé complement the salty, savory flavors of cured meats, making it a great pairing for charcuterie boards.
- Viognier and Indian Curry: Viognier is a white wine that is known for its floral aromas, fruit flavors, and acidity. It pairs well with a variety of dishes and is especially popular with spicy foods. The fruity flavors and acidity of Viognier balance out the heat and spice of Indian curry, making it a great pairing for this popular dish. The floral aromas of Viognier also complement the complex flavors and aromas of the spices used in Indian cooking.
Posted on May 26, 2023 in Weddings
Posted on May 5, 2023 in Lifestyle
Dear fellow travelers,
Are you looking for a unique and unforgettable experience in Africa? Look no further than South Africa, where you can immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes and witness some of the world’s most fascinating wildlife up close.
At the heart of this experience lies the Global Conservation Force (GCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and their habitats around the world. And we are proud to announce that GCF has partnered with Kariega Game Reserve, one of the most beautiful and sustainable game reserves in South Africa, to offer a truly exceptional travel experience. Our very own, Jeff Littrell, Director of Events and Catering, and also on the Board of Directors for GCF. has first-hand knowledge of how to experience Africa right.
Traveling to the other side of the planet is a real commitment . One should you do with as much advice as possible from the experts. Jeff has been there five times and making his fifth later this year. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Kariega Game Reserve and the vital conservation work of the Global Conservation Force. Kariega Game Reserve is located in the Eastern Cape, just a short drive from the coastal town of Port Elizabeth. The reserve spans 10,000 hectares of pristine wilderness and is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, rhinos, lions, and more. And with GCF’s expertise and support, Kariega Game Reserve is committed to ensuring the long-term survival of these incredible animals and their ecosystems. When you book a trip to Kariega Game Reserve through GCF, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the incredible work being done by the organization to protect and conserve the wildlife in the area. You’ll be able to join expert rangers on game drives and guided walks, where you can get up close and personal with the animals and learn about their behavior and habitats.
Imagine being escorted this fall to the Western Cape, stay at an all-inclusive Homestead house in the middle of the reserve. You will be pampered to for five days with your own chef, stocked bar, game drive vehicle and extremely knowledgeable drivers. It is a thrilling experience to be at a braai (the term for African BBQ) and hear lion’s roaring in the distance. But it’s not just about wildlife. Just outside of Cape Town are premier wine regions, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. During the tour you will be driving the Garden route from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape which is around 400 miles broken up into three legs with lots to see and do on each leg.
It’s an adventure you’ll never forget and you have a chance! Join us on the next trip! Some of our wine club members have already signed up to join us at the Homestead House. I invite you to join us on Friday, June 23rd, at 4 pm, to share a glass of wine and hear more about this incredible journey. Let us transport you to the heart of Africa and provide you with an unforgettable experience that combines luxury, adventure, and conservation. SIGN UP HERE
Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Regenerating the Future: How High School Students are Leading the Way with Regenerative Agriculture – Meet the Regeneration Generation
Posted on April 21, 2023 in Giving Back
There seems to be a barrage of negative environmental news lately, such as the alarming rate of losing a species on Earth every 10 minutes. Additionally, there is an estimation that only about 40 to 60 harvests are left while our current agricultural systems can provide a sustainable food supply. Unfortunately, there are little to no prospects for technological fixes such as genetically modified organisms and agricultural chemistry, which, despite their promises, have actually greatly accelerated the degradation of our life-supporting biological systems.
It would be easy to understand an attitude of apathy from young people based on tThe highly degraded commons of our life supporting ecosystems and a functional worldview that we have handed them, after the mildest climate and the great potential of human intellectual achievement in the history of mankind.
The birth of the Regenerative Agriculture Club
It would be easy to understand but not what you would find if you went into the Temecula Valley High School and other schools in our region. What you would find his students who in 2019 got together with supportive and innovative faculty members Megan Mahan and Toby Brandon and started a Regenerative Agriculture Club. While other students were working on their thespian, musical, or athletic abilities, these students decided to work on regenerating the future for all.
In 2019 students from the Temecula Valley High School got together with supportive faculty members and administration and said that they wanted to start learning about the concepts of regenerative agriculture which not only include the regeneration of basic life supporting biological systems but also includes all elements of the Eco, the whole house which includes biology, economics, politics, and social and organizational theory. The students soon realized that the best method of learning is hands on application, and the best application is in your own backyard. They looked to the hillside behind the Temecula Valley High School, which had been largely abandoned except for an infamously challenging cross country field trail through the disrupted soils that no longer even supported natives plant or animal species. They envisioned an the evolving learning laboratory in their backyard where they could see the application of regenerative principles develop over time in person and share with their fellow students.
Students Transform Abandoned Hillside into Thriving Regenerative Laboratory
These students, with assistance and guidance from high school Science faculty members Meghan Manion and Tobey Brannon, developed a concept for the hillside project. They reached out to industry professionals to develop this hillside regenerative agricultural learning laboratory. The students recruited assistance from Greg Pennyroyal, Professor of Viticulture at Mount San Jacinto College (MSJC), Vineyard Manager, and practitioner of regenerative viticulture at Wilson Creek Winery. Additionally, they sought help from, Tom Curry, regenerative olive Grove manager and local food entrepreneur, and Leah Di Bernardo, founder and owner of EAT marketplace, a farm to table restaurant, and champion of high nutrient density food and public health in our region.
During the 2020 school year, the students began conducting biological surveys investigating regulatory and technical aspects of developing their hillside regenerative outdoor laboratory project. They also began to gather institutional, political, and fiscal support for their proposal. Over the next two years, the students developed a systematic approach to learning what is necessary for a project of this scale, including the invaluable life skill of tenacity. They overcame numerous financial, bureaucratic, and technical barriers that any major project encounters, and did not let anyone interfere with their dreams.
Regenerative Agriculture Club Achievements
The Regenerative Agriculture Club has over 100 members, and has been featured on an ABC News segment. They have organized several fundraisers, and had a high level meeting with the staff of MSJC College, including with John Kemp and leading technical experts from Advancing Eco Agriculture. The club has received funding from the Specialized Secondary Program grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The high school now has an approved curriculum for a regenerative agriculture high school science program and is coordinating with the development of a program offering an AS degree in regenerative System theory for entrepreneurs and social change, and Regenerative Agriculture.
During Spring Break in May 2023, the land clearing was finished, and irrigation and infrastructure systems are being installed with the direct involvement of the students, who are involved in all aspects of this project.
A basic tenant of systems theory-based ecological science is that nature constantly innovates, launches, reevaluates, and re-innovates. This is the essence of an organizational theory called Agile Management, which like many things we “discover” are actually just processes of nature we have wisely learned to adopt. The organization and execution of this project follows this basic environmental principle and will be constantly adapting, learning, and improving. The founding members of the regenerative AG club are also evolving and learning. They have all been accepted to Berkeley or Davis to study environmental sciences. Their acceptance is largely credited to their innovative work on the regenerative AG hillside project.
Inspiring the Regeneration Generation
Posted on April 19, 2023 in Lifestyle
In addition to their knowledge and experience, they are also very approachable, friendly, and willing to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Their commitment to customer service is second to none. From helping you pick out the perfect bottle to offering tasting room experiences, you will be sure to leave with an unforgettable experience. Meet the Wilson Creek Winemakers.
At Wilson Creek Winery, we are proud to say that many of our wines have achieved ratings of 90+ with Wine Enthusiast Magazine. You can find some of those wines on our website. These exceptional ratings are a testament to the quality of our wines and their unique terroir. Whether you’re looking for a bold Malbec or a sweet white like our Golden Jubilee, you can be sure that a bottle from Wilson Creek Winery will provide an unforgettable experience.
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