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September 9, 2021 | Fort Ross

2017 Stagecoach Road Pinot Noir & Salmon with Lentil-Beet Salad

Fall 2021 selections: Salmon with Lentil-Beet Salad

This Food & Wine recipe is best paired with our 2017 Stagecoach Road Pinot Noir

Credit: David Malosh via Food & Wine Magazine


1 cup French green lentils

Kosher salt and pepper

6 baby golden beets, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch wedges

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

2 tablespoons minced shallot

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

3 cups torn frisée, white and light green parts only 

2 red endives—halved lengthwise, cored and sliced crosswise on the diagonal

Four 5- to 6-ounce skin-on salmon fillets


1. In a large saucepan, cover the lentils with at least 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until just tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, add a generous pinch of salt and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain well and spread the lentils on a baking sheet to cool. 

2. Rinse out the saucepan and put a steamer basket in it. Add 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Scatter the beets in the basket, cover and steam until tender, about 10 minutes. Let the beets cool. 

3. In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar with the shallot, mustard and 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the lentils, beets, frisée and endives and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper and toss again. 

4. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering. Add the salmon, skin side down, and press gently with a spatula to flatten. Cook over moderately high heat until the skin is browned and crisp, about 3 minutes. Flip the salmon and cook until it is medium within, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer the salmon to plates and serve with the lentil salad.

Pair with 2017 Stagecoach Pinot Noir »

Why It Works 

"Pinot Noir would do well to look for two words on the label, Sonoma County—it’s arguably America’s greatest Pinot Noir region. Thanks to the brisk ocean breezes of the far Sonoma Coast, or the morning fog that creeps over the Russian River Valley, the climate could not have been better designed for this cool-weather-loving variety. And it’s an ideal partner for rich fish like salmon." - Food & Wine Magazine

This perfectly describes our 2017 Stagecoach Pinot Noir. It has bright, restrained red fruit along with developing earthy characteristics complemented by subtle spice. These notes epsecially accentuate the delicate sweet & earthy flavors of the beets, and the soft, medium-body lines up with the texture of the salmon.

Time Posted: Sep 9, 2021 at 4:30 AM Permalink to 2017 Stagecoach Road Pinot Noir & Salmon with Lentil-Beet Salad Permalink
Fort Ross
September 7, 2021 | Fort Ross

Chicken, Wild Mushroom and Roasted-Garlic Sauté with Stagecoach Road Pinot Noir

Fall 2021 selections: Chicken, Wild Mushroom and Roasted-Garlic Sauté

This Food & Wine recipe is best paired with our newly released 2018 Stagecoach Road Pinot Noir

Credit: Dana Gallagher via Food & Wine Magazine


1 large head of garlic, top fourth cut off

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms

3/4 cup boiling water

1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 pound assorted mushrooms, such as stemmed shiitake, cremini and oyster, quartered

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons chilled

2 large shallots, thinly sliced

1/4 cup dry red wine

1/2 cup chicken stock

2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1-inch dice

1 tablespoon chopped tarragon

Crusty bread, for serving


1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Set the head of garlic on a double layer of foil, cut side up. Drizzle with olive oil, then wrap in the foil. Roast the garlic until very soft, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Let cool, then peel, keeping the cloves intact.

2. Meanwhile, in a heatproof bowl, cover the porcini with the boiling water and let stand until softened, about 15 minutes. Rinse the porcini and coarsely chop them; reserve the soaking liquid.

3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and spread in a single layer in the skillet. Cook over high heat until browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

4. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the skillet. Add the assorted mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring a few times, until browned and their liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate.

5. In the skillet, melt the 1 tablespoon of butter in the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the red wine and boil over moderately high heat until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Pour in the reserved porcini soaking liquid, stopping before you reach the grit at the bottom. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, mushrooms, porcini, roasted garlic and chicken and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat. Add the tarragon and season with salt and pepper. Swirl in the 2 tablespoons of chilled butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Serve with crusty bread.

Time Posted: Sep 7, 2021 at 4:34 PM Permalink to Chicken, Wild Mushroom and Roasted-Garlic Sauté with Stagecoach Road Pinot Noir Permalink
Fort Ross
July 14, 2021 | Fort Ross

2017 Bicentennial Pinot Noir & Picanha Steaks

Recipe by Explorer Club Member kamadoSTEVE

The Recipe

1lb picanha steak
2 zucchinis/summer squash
1/2 lb asparagus
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp sesame oil

Slice the steaks thin and marinate them overnight in a sealed container. On the grill, give them two minutes on each side. Skewer the vegetables and grill for 4 minutes. Salt & pepper to taste.

Why it works

Our 2017 Bicentennial Pinot Noir is marked by its medium body, elegant acidity, and plush mouthfeel. When paired with the lean, slightly spicy picahna steaks, the tannins become perfectly balanced, leaving a contrast of fresh strawberry and herbal notes. This restrained fruit & savory combination is a true summer masterpiece. 

Time Posted: Jul 14, 2021 at 7:17 AM Permalink to 2017 Bicentennial Pinot Noir & Picanha Steaks Permalink
Fort Ross
April 12, 2021 | Fort Ross

Roasted Maitake Mushroom with Pearl Couscous, Pea Shoots, and Fava Bean Salad

Springtime 2021 selections

Fort Ross chef, Michael Dotson has prepared this recipe to be enjoyed with our newly released 2018 Top of Land Pinot Noir


1 cup pearl couscous

1 cup water

2 T. virgin olive oil

1 t. turmeric

1 T sea salt

½ cup halved mini/baby carrots

1 large shallot sliced in ¼ inch thick rings

2 T. virgin olive oil

12 ounces maitake mushrooms

2 T virgin olive oil

2 T. butter

Small handful pea shoots

½ cup shucked, blanched and peeled fava beans

Tahini Dressing*

Kosher or Sea Salt and fresh pepper


1. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees

2. In a pot, toast couscous in olive oil until some of it starts to turn golden brown. Add turmeric and stir in. Then add water & sea salt, cover and turn down heat to low.

3. Cook 10 minutes and check to see if all of the water has absorbed. If not, cook 1-2 minutes longer. Transfer couscous to a cookie sheet to cool.

4. Brush a sheet pan with oil. Toss carrots and shallots with olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread evenly on half of sheet pan. Place clusters of mushrooms on other half and brush with olive oil and melted butter; season with salt and pepper.

5. Roast veggies in the oven until just tender and lightly colored, about 20 minutes.

6. Toss couscous with veggies, fava beans, 2 tablespoons of dressing, salt, pepper and a couple good pinches of pea shoots.

7. Divide pea shoots among 4 bowls or salad plates and spoon equal portions of couscous salad over pea shoots. Top with a cluster of mushrooms and drizzle a teaspoon of dressing around plate/bowl and over mushroom.

Tahnini Dressing

This light, flavorful tahini dressing can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. 


2 T minced shallots

1 T minced fresh ginger

2 oz, rice vinegar

1 t. white miso

2 T water

3 T tahini

1 t. salt and 3-4 twists of fresh pepper

2 oz. any neutral oil


1. In a bowl, whisk first 7 ingredients together well and emulsify oil in. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed or vinegar balance to your liking.

2. Let sit an hour before using so flavors can meld.

Time Posted: Apr 12, 2021 at 5:30 AM Permalink to Roasted Maitake Mushroom with Pearl Couscous, Pea Shoots, and Fava Bean Salad Permalink
Fort Ross
April 10, 2021 | Fort Ross

Bucatini with Mushroom Ragu, Dandelion Greens, and Tarragon

Springtime 2021 selections

This Food & Wine recipe is best paired with our newly released 2018 Top of Land Pinot Noir


1 ounce dried morel mushrooms (about 26 medium morels)

4 cups hot water
½ cup unsalted butter (4 ounces), divided

2 cups finely chopped yellow onion

⅓ cup finely chopped carrot

2 ¾ cups finely chopped fresh cremini mushrooms

½ cup finely chopped celery

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

½ teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste and for garnish

¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste

½ cup (4 ounces) dry white wine

2 thyme sprigs

2 cups lower-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

4 quarts water

12 ounces uncooked bucatini pasta

1 medium bunch dandelion greens or spinach, trimmed and roughly chopped (about 3 cups)

2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

¼ cup chopped fresh tarragon, plus tarragon leaves for garnish

1 ½ ounces Parmesan cheese, grated with a Microplane (about 1 cup)


1. Place dried morel mushrooms in a large heatproof bowl; add 4 cups hot water. Place a plate on top of mushrooms to keep submerged. Let stand until mushrooms are plump, about 30 minutes. Lift mushrooms from liquid, and squeeze gently to remove excess liquid. Reserve liquid in bowl; finely chop mushrooms.

2. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large (12- to 14-inch) skillet over medium. Add onion and carrot; cook, stirring often, until carrot is tender, about 8 minutes. Add cremini mushrooms, celery, garlic, and chopped rehydrated morels; cook, stirring occasionally, until cremini mushrooms have released their liquid, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle mixture with pepper and 1 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring often and scraping bottom of skillet, until liquid has evaporated and vegetables start to caramelize, about 12 minutes. Add wine and thyme sprigs; stir to release browned bits from skillet. Cook, undisturbed, until wine has completely evaporated, about 2 minutes. Carefully pour reserved mushroom soaking liquid into skillet, leaving any sediment in bowl. Add broth to skillet; bring to a vigorous simmer over medium. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture has thickened and reduced to about 3 cups, 40 to 45 minutes. Discard thyme sprigs. Cover and keep warm over low until ready to use. 

3. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot over high. Add remaining 1/4 cup salt, and return to a boil. Add bucatini; cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente, 7 to 9 minutes, adding dandelion greens during last minute of cooking. Meanwhile, return ragù in skillet to a simmer over medium-high.

4. Using a spider or fine wire-mesh strainer, lift pasta and greens from cooking liquid, and add to ragù in skillet. Cook over medium-high, tossing to coat pasta with sauce. Add pasta cooking liquid as needed, 1/4 cup at time, until sauce is creamy and clings to pasta, about 4 minutes. Stir in mustard and remaining 1/4 cup butter until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Fold in tarragon.

5. Divide pasta evenly among bowls; sprinkle with Parmesan. Garnish with tarragon leaves and additional pepper. Serve immediately.

Time Posted: Apr 10, 2021 at 8:45 PM Permalink to Bucatini with Mushroom Ragu, Dandelion Greens, and Tarragon Permalink
Fort Ross
April 10, 2021 | Fort Ross

Quick Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Spring Vegetables

Springtime 2021 selections

This Food & Wine recipe is best paired with our newly released 2018 Bicentennial Pinot Noir


4 (10-ounce) skin-on airline chicken breasts

1 ½ teaspoons s kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste

¾ teaspoon black pepper, divided

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 small carrots, sliced diagonally into 1-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)

8 ounces fresh oyster mushrooms, halved

6 small hakurei turnips or radishes, trimmed and quartered (about 1 cup)

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, divided

6 rosemary and thyme sprigs, divided

2 spring onions, or 4 scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces (about 1 cup)

¼ cup (2 ounces) rosé wine

½ cup unsalted chicken stock

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Heat oil in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over medium. Cook chicken, skin side down, until skin is golden brown and crispy, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Reserve drippings in skillet.

2. Increase heat to high. Add carrots, mushrooms, turnips, 1 tablespoon butter, 3 herb sprigs, remaining1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 6 minutes. Add onions and chicken, skin side up. Transfer skillet to preheated oven. Roast until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 160°F, 18 to 20 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, divide chicken and vegetables among 4 plates; reserve drippings in skillet.

3. Return skillet to heat over high. Add rosé and remaining 3 herb sprigs; cook, undisturbed, 2 minutes. Add stock, and bring to a simmer over high. Simmer until reduced by one-third, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in parsley and remaining 2 tablespoons butter; season to taste with salt. Pour sauce over chicken and vegetables.

Time Posted: Apr 10, 2021 at 8:00 PM Permalink to Quick Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Spring Vegetables Permalink
Fort Ross
June 1, 2020 | Fort Ross

Strawberry Tapenade

This fun twist on tapenade can be served on its own with tortilla chips, or can top salmon, pork or chicken. We recommend a glass of our Bicentennial Pinot Noir with any of these!


Strawberry Tapenade

by Chef Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat


3/4 cup White Asparagus, peeled and sliced

1/4 cup Spring Onions, thin sliced

2 Tbsp Sorrel, rough chopped

2 Tbsp Parsely, rough chopped

1 Tbsp Cilantro, rough chopped

1 Tbsp Basil, rough chopped

1/4 cup Nicoise Olives, rough chopped

1/4 cup  Fish Sauce

1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar

1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 1/2 cups Strawberries, thin sliced


1. Mix all ingredients together, except strawberries. Add strawberries when you are ready to serve with your favorite grilled meat or fish.


Time Posted: Jun 1, 2020 at 12:18 PM Permalink to Strawberry Tapenade Permalink