Jenn Velasquez
 
December 31, 2016 | Jenn Velasquez

New Years Eve wine & cheese for all

Mallory Mitchell is at it again, pairing our Oak Knoll Cabernet Franc with a bountiful charcuterie plate, perfect for helping people settle in to the New Years festivities this holiday weekend. This wine is part of our December Wine Club, but you can also buy this bottle on it's own here in our shop to confirm its versatility and drinkability for yourself!

"Craving the perfect cheese plate has become somewhat of a hobby for me. I really enjoy seeking out new ingredients and techniques to use when creating the spread. In September when James and I got married, we received an incredible new cutting board that I’ve just been waiting to use and last weekend I finally got the chance to test it out!

For this meal we shared a bottle of their Cabernet Franc, and it was probably the best I’ve tried so far. It really complimented everything in this spread and was the perfect blend of richness and spice."

Visit Avec Mallory to see the entire post. Thanks again, Mallory!

We hope you have all had an exciting 2016 and we wish you a healthy, happy, wine and cheese-filled New Year. 

Time Posted: Dec 31, 2016 at 9:09 AM
Jenn Velasquez
 
December 23, 2016 | Jenn Velasquez

Snacks and Starters for this weeks Festivities!

I don't know about you but we are currently scouring the internet and making lists for some exciting new dishes to serve up for our annual New Year's gathering. Having a few new stars among our staple holiday favorites is a crucial, albeit often frustrating part of the ritual. How can we be sure these new dishes will go with the wine? Luckily, we were thrilled to see our friend Lori over at Fake Food Free has tested some pairings for us! Check out her site for the full recipies, but here is a bite-sized bit for you.

Date and Bacon Tarts with Mascarpone and Hazelnuts
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Savory Fig, Rosemary and Parmesan Cornmeal Cookies

"With notes of black cherry, mocha, and vanilla as well as a little sweet oak, (the Leaky Lake Cabernet Sauvignon) is perfect for a savory snack, and tannins that aren’t too overpowering allow it to pair with a savory appetizer that has just a touch of sweetness.

So I turned to my new two favorite seasonal ingredients to help me come up with something – dates and figs.

I’m kind of crazy about these tarts. The crust bakes up light and flakey and the filling is sweet with just a hint of salty, smoky bacon flavor. Mascarpone makes the best topper because while it has the consistency of a cream cheese, it lacks the tanginess, making it a better match with the other ingredients. The hazelnuts add a pleasant crunch. 

Next up are the savory cookies. Every time I make some, I wonder why I don’t do so more often. The consistency of a good cookie, but the satisfying flavor of a salty snack. And I’m not even a salty snacks person. That’s probably why I add a little bit of dried fig so you get just a touch of sweetness in each cookie."

 

Time Posted: Dec 23, 2016 at 8:59 AM
Jenn Velasquez
 
December 12, 2016 | Jenn Velasquez

Cultivar Wine Beach Picnic with Avec Mallory

We may not all be so lucky as to spend the chilly winter months beach side. At least we can live vicariously via Miami local Mallory of Avec Mallory, who recently brought us along on a picnic to Key Biscayne. The Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc she brought with to pair with her gorgeous picnic is part of our December Wine Club - if you're not yet a member, you still have time to sign-up and receive the current shipment! 

"To me, the perfect picnic is really simple. A few great types of cheese, meat, fruit, and wine. This week we were lucky enough to sample the  2014 Cultivar Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc from Cultivar Winery. Drinking a glass of this wine chilled on the beach with some snacks was such a nice way to spend the afternoon."

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Time Posted: Dec 12, 2016 at 9:27 AM