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September 11, 2022 | Fort Ross

2020 Bicentennial Chardonnay & Poached Orange-Fennel Salmon with Dill Crème

Fall 2022 selections: Poached Orange-Fennel Salmon with Dill Crème

In this recipe, fennel and dill harmonize to evoke a toasty beginning of fall. The roundess of the poached salmon & crème is offset by the fresh citrus and spice of the radish, matching the body of our 2020 Bicentennial Chardonnay

Recipe by Kristen Murray via Sunset Magazine


1 king salmon fillet with skin (2 to 2 1/2 lbs. and about 1 in. thick; cut from tail end), pin bones removed*

 Zest and juice of 1 large orange

 1 small shallot, thinly sliced crosswise, separated into rings

 1 small, tender fennel bulb, trimmed and very thinly sliced on a diagonal, a few feathery leaves reserved (or use torn carrot tops)

 1/4 to 1/2 cup dry white vermouth, such as Dolin

 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

 About 1 tsp. flake sea salt, such as Maldon, divided

 1 teaspoon white pepper

 1 teaspoon ground coriander

 5 juniper berries, crushed with fingers

 Paper-thin radish slices (2 or 3 radishes)

 Dill Crème

1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds

 1 large ripe avocado, pitted and peeled

 2 tablespoons lemon juice

 2 tablespoons roasted hazelnut oil*

 2 tablespoons dry white vermouth such as Dolin

 1 cup crème fraîche

 About 1 tsp. flake sea salt such as Maldon

 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill


1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. Prepare the dill crème:

2a. Pulse coriander in a food processor to break up. Add remaining ingredients except for salt and dill; whirl until smooth. Season to taste with salt. Scrape sauce into a bowl and fold in dill.

3. Cut a sheet of 18-in.-wide heavy-duty foil three times as long as salmon and center it on a rimmed baking sheet, letting ends hang over. Set salmon, skin side down, on foil. Sprinkle fish evenly with orange zest, shallot, and fennel bulb. Bring corners and sides of foil up around salmon to make a canoe with 2-in. sides.

4. Pour orange juice into a glass measuring cup and add vermouth to make 3/4 cup. Microwave until steaming (about 170°) and pour evenly over fish. Drizzle with 1 tbsp. oil and sprinkle evenly with 1/2 tsp. salt, the pepper, coriander, and juniper berries. Tightly roll ends and sides of foil together to create a pouch.

5. Bake salmon until cooked through three-quarters of the way from edge to center of thickest part (which will still look wet; open foil and cut fish to check), 12 to 25 minutes, depending on thickness.

6. Slide two long metal spatulas under fish and carefully transfer to a long platter (Murray likes to use a madeleine pan), leaving poaching liquid behind. Sprinkle radishes, about 1/2 tsp. salt, and remaining 1 tbsp. oil over fish. Scatter torn fennel fronds on top. Serve with Dill Crème

Pair with 2020 Bicentennial Chardonnay »

Why It Works 

As noted above, the body of our 2020 Bicentennial Chardonnay is just right for the weight of this dish. The oak signature is light on this Chardonnay, and therefore the purity of the fruit flavors mingle with the orange while the minerality complements the green spices of the dish.

Time Posted: Sep 11, 2022 at 10:00 AM Permalink to 2020 Bicentennial Chardonnay & Poached Orange-Fennel Salmon with Dill Crème Permalink
Fort Ross
January 17, 2022 | Fort Ross

2018 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay & Black Cod with Miso

Winter 2022 selections: Black Cod with Miso

This preparation of marinated black cod from Food & Wine is simple, yet incredibly rich on flavor. This protein-packed fish also contains over 1,000mg of omega-3's! Add on a seaweed salad to complete the meal - this combination of seaweed & kale is incredibly rich in iron. Best enjoyed with a glass of our 2018 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay

Credit: Nobu Matsuhisa via Food & Wine Magazine


3 tablespoons mirin

3 tablespoons sake

1/2 cup white miso paste

1/3 cup sugar

Six 6- to 7-ounce skinless black cod fillets, about 1 1/2 inches thick

Vegetable oil, for grilling

Pickled ginger, for serving


1. In a small saucepan, bring the mirin and sake to a boil. Whisk in the miso until dissolved. Add the sugar and cook over moderate heat, whisking, just until dissolved. Transfer the marinade to a large baking dish and let cool. Add the fish and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

2. Preheat the oven to 400°. Heat a grill pan and oil it. Scrape the marinade off the fish. Add the fish and cook over high heat until browned, about 2 minutes. Flip the fish onto a heavy rimmed baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes, until flaky. Transfer to plates and serve with pickled ginger.

Pair with 2018 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay »

Why It Works 

Miso is a wonderful, versatile ingredient, adding saltiness and a whole lot of umami. This richness matches the weight of our 2018 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay perfectly. The sweet vanilla and spice notes from oak aging sing alongside the subtle sweetness of the marinade and spiciness of pickled ginger. It's a healthy yet decadent meal that's easy to make. 

Time Posted: Jan 17, 2022 at 8:30 AM Permalink to 2018 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay & Black Cod with Miso Permalink
Fort Ross
January 10, 2022 | Fort Ross

2019 Bicentennial Chardonnay & Seared Scallops with Fennel & Lemon Relish

Winter 2022 selections: Seared Scallops with Fennel & Lemon Relish

This Food & Wine recipe is a great way to start off 2022. Scallops are a highly nutrition seafood that are low in fat. In fact, a 3oz serving of scallops has less than 1g of fat and 17g of protein, plus a healthy dose of potassium, iron, and vitamin B6. We recommend pairing it with our 2019 Bicentennial Chardonnay

Credit: Joanne Weir via Food & Wine Magazine


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 small shallot, very finely chopped

1/4 cup diced fennel bulb

Large pinch of ground fennel

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 pound large sea scallops

1 bunch arugula, tough stems discarded

Lemon wedges, for serving


1. In a small bowl, whisk 3 tablespoons of the olive oil with the lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, shallot, diced fennel bulb and ground fennel. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet. Season the scallops with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat until golden brown and opaque throughout, about 3 minutes per side.

3. Mound the arugula on plates and top with the scallops. Spoon the fennel and lemon relish on the scallops and serve with lemon wedges. 

Pair with 2019 Bicentennial Chardonnay »

Why It Works 

Searing scallops on high heat gives the edges a beautiful, crispy crust while leaving the insides tender & rich. This rich texture combined with the slightly sweet flavor of the fish matches the weight & subtle vanilla note of our 2019 Bicentennial Chardonnay. The addition of lemon & fennel are complemented by the citrus & mineral flavors in the wine.

Time Posted: Jan 10, 2022 at 12:16 PM Permalink to 2019 Bicentennial Chardonnay & Seared Scallops with Fennel & Lemon Relish Permalink
Fort Ross
January 10, 2022 | Fort Ross

Winter 2022 Releases & Food Pairings

Our latest releases are out to kick off 2022! To start the new year off right, we've selected some recipe pairings that are low on calories, but huge on flavor. 

2019 Bicentennial Chardonnay & Seared Scallops with Fennel & Lemon Relish


Scallops are a highly nutrition seafood that are low in fat. In fact, a 3oz serving of scallops has less than 1g of fat and 17g of protein, plus a healthy dose of potassium, iron, and vitamin B6. The rich, slightly sweet flavor of seared scallops is matched in weight by our 2019 Bicentennial Chardonnay. The lemon & fennel notes bring out the citrus & mineral flavors of the wine as well.

Recipe here.

2019 The Terraces Road Pinot Noir & Carnitas Jackfruit Tacos


"For her jackfruit tacos recipe, Jocelyn Ramirez, cookbook author and chef at Todo Verde in Los Angeles, uses cumin, chile flakes, and salt to capitalize on the pulled-pork texture of jackfruit, transforming it into a plant-based taco filling that tastes like carnitas." - Food & Wine Magazine

The savory jackfruit is used as a plant-based substitute in a variety of classic dishes, reducing the amount of fat and cholesterol in your dish. In fact, jackfruit may actually help lower cholesterol. Combined with its high potassium content, it's a great heart-healthy food choice. When paired with our 2019 The Terraces Pinot Noir, the succulent "pork" flavor is complemented by bright red fruit notes that create a sort of "sweet-and-spicy" play. 

Recipe here.

2018 "FRV" Pinot Noir & Spicy Lemon Rosemary Pork Tenderloin 


The so-called "other white meat," this particular cut of pork is quite lean, and, as the name suggests, tender. A 3oz serving contains just 3g of fat and 62mg of cholesterol, while delivering 22g of protein. Enjoy this warm, hearty dish all winter long with our 2018 "FRV" Pinot Noir. Ripe layers of fruit will contrast with the herbal notes of rosemary and bring out the juiciness of the tenderloin.

Recipe here. 

Time Posted: Jan 10, 2022 at 11:20 AM Permalink to Winter 2022 Releases & Food Pairings Permalink
Fort Ross
September 7, 2021 | Fort Ross

2019 "FRV" Chardonnay & Swiss Chard and Leek Gratin

Recipe by Food & Wine Magazine

The Recipe

3 pounds Swiss chard, large stems discarded
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 medium leeks, white and tender green parts only, sliced 1/4 inch thick
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 quart whole milk
1/2 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Freshly ground pepper

Step 1: In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the chard in batches until wilted, about 1 minute. Drain the chard, squeeze dry and chop it.

Step 2: Heat the oil in the pot. Add the leeks and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until tender, 7 minutes. Uncover, add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 2 minutes. Add the chard, season with salt and remove from the heat.

Step 3: Preheat the oven to 425°. Butter a 10-by-15-inch baking dish. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour over moderate heat to form a paste. Gradually whisk in one-third of the milk and cook, whisking, until the mixture starts to thicken. Repeat two more times with the remaining milk. Bring the sauce to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low and cook, whisking often, until thickened and no floury taste remains, 15 minutes. Whisk in the cheeses and the nutmeg; season with salt and pepper. Mix the sauce into the leeks and chard. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 4: Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Bake in the upper third of the oven for about 25 minutes, until bubbling and golden brown on top. Let rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Why it works

With it's subtly creamy texture and bright citrus & apple notes, our 2019 "FRV" Chardonnay complements the cheesiness of the gratin while creating delightful contrast in the acidity. 

Time Posted: Sep 7, 2021 at 10:40 AM Permalink to 2019 Permalink
Fort Ross
April 1, 2021 | Fort Ross

Ricotta Fava Toasts

Springtime 2021 selections: Ricotta Fava Toasts

This Food & Wine recipe is best paired with our newly released 2018 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay



3 quarts water

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided, plus more to taste

1 pound unshelled fava beans or 1 cup frozen shelled favas or edamame

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

4 (1/2-inch-thick) rustic bread slices or pain au levain slices, cut from the center of the loaf

1 cup fresh whole-milk ricotta cheese

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh tarragon, plus whole tarragon leaves, for garnish

1/8 teaspoon black pepper


1. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large stockpot over high. Stir in 2 tablespoons salt. Shell fava beans; add beans to boiling water. Cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, immediately transfer beans to a bowl filled with ice water; let stand 2 minutes. Drain well. If using shelled fresh beans, peel and discard skins from beans. Stir together peeled beans, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

2. Preheat grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F). Brush bread slices evenly on both sides with remaining 1/3 cup oil. Place on unoiled grates; grill, uncovered, until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes per side.

3. Stir together ricotta, chopped tarragon, pepper, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl; spread seasoned ricotta evenly on 1 side of each toast slice; top evenly with dressed favas. Cut toasts in half on an angle; arrange on a serving platter. Season with salt, and sprinkle with tarragon leaves.

Time Posted: Apr 1, 2021 at 7:30 PM Permalink to Ricotta Fava Toasts Permalink
Fort Ross
June 1, 2020 | Fort Ross

Fava Bean and Pecorino Bruschetta

Take advantage of fava beans while they're in season with this refreshing salad. We recommend pairing it with a glass of our Chardonnay - juicy flavors of lemon curd, autumnal pears, hazelnuts and brioche complement the savory spices and salty character of this dish. 


Fava Bean & Pecorino Bruschetta

by Chef Marco Canora at Hearth


3 pounds fava pods (about 2 cups shelled)

6 ounces Pecorino Toscano or other young pecorino cheese

1/4 cup spring onions, thiny sliced

1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 

Pinch of red pepper flakes

3/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

3/4 cup extra virign olive oil

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon dry white wine

3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Meanwhile, shell the favas.

2. Drop the beans into the boiling water and blanch until their skins loosen, about 3 minutes. Cool in ice water, peel, and put them in a large bowl.

3. Cut the pecorino into 1/4" cubes and add it to the bowl with the favas. 

4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well. Season to taste with salt and serve.

Time Posted: Jun 1, 2020 at 11:59 AM Permalink to Fava Bean and Pecorino Bruschetta Permalink