Tag Archives: Thanksgiving Wine Guide
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
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