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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

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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. 

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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
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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

Ingredients:

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)

Instructions:

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
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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

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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
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February 3, 2021 | Fort Ross

Fort Ross Vineyard Featured in Sonoma Magazine

12 Sonoma Wineries to Visit Right Now

Sunny days are coming. Here's where to sip wine outdoors.

Make a reservation to visit our Estate Tasting Room on the wild Sonoma Coast this Valentine's Day.

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Fort Ross Vineyard is featured in Sonoma Magazine's latest article: 12 Wineries to Visit Right Now. Join us this Valentine's Day at our Estate Tasting Room for a special opportunity to taste our 2015 Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Pinot Noir! This limited-production, 37 cases, sparkling wine is made from all estate-grown Pinot Noir in the traditional method, secondary fermentation in bottle. This adds toasty flavors of brioche and vanilla to the citrus and light berry fruit notes from the Pinot Noir. 

Tastings are available by reservation online or by calling us at (707) 847-3460.

FEATURED: Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery

The Fort Ross-Seaview AVA is one of Sonoma County’s smallest, with fewer than 600 planted acres, located on steep coastal ridges inland from the ocean with elevations ranging from 920 to 1,800 feet. These slopes produce some of the finest cool-climate grapes in the county, though Fort Ross winery owners Lester and Linda Schwartz were warned decades ago that great fruit would likely not flourish in such foggy conditions. Proving the naysayers wrong, they carved out 53 acres of vineyards planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, in a nod to their South African roots, Pinotage.

The winery was closed for a time in August while a nearby wildfire was brought under control. “We were very fortunate and are immensely grateful for the firefighters who held the line and prevented the fire from reaching the property,” explains vice president Johanna Bernstein. The tasting room reopened as quickly as possible, offering samples of four estate-grown wines together with a pairing of charcuterie or artisanal cheeses, with house-made morsels that might include duck with dried sour-cherry terrine, local rabbit rillette, and marinated vegetables.

On Valentine’s Day weekend, along with the usual wine-and-food pairing expect a welcoming taste of the winery’s limited production Sea Stars Sparkling Blanc de Noir, made from estate-grown Pinot, as well as sweet treats to take home.

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Time Posted: Feb 3, 2021 at 12:00 PM
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January 14, 2021 | Fort Ross

Al's Oxtail

This hearty dish is a great comfort on fall & winter evenings. Pour a glass of Pinotage, and enjoy.

 

Ingredients:

6lbs oxtail

1 large purple onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 cup dates, pitted & chopped

4 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp oregano

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp dried ginger

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Instructions:

1. Brown oxtail thoroughly on high heat in olive oil. Salt well.

2. Sautée onion on low heat until soft. Add salt to this is well.

3. Add garlic to pan, then add herbs.

4. Add onion mix to the oxtail & cover with water.

5. Bring oxtail to a boil. Add dates & bell pepper.

6. Cook covered on low heat for 2 1/2 hours, or until meat falls off the bone.

7. Add salt & pepper to taste. 

Time Posted: Jan 14, 2021 at 10:49 AM
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November 6, 2020 | Fort Ross

Thanksgiving the Sonoma Coast Way

Thanksgiving dinner calls for a whole range of classic dishes, inspired by fall harvest. This year, we've found some modern twists on your favorite Thanksgiving recipes, as well as how to pair them with Fort Ross Vineyard wines.

1. Butternut Squash Tarte Tatin

Suggested pairing: 2017 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay

Photo & recipe curtesy of Bon Appétit

Roasted squash is a mainstay of the Thanksgiving spread. In this modern twist on the tarte tatin (usually made with apples), the rich creaminess of butternut squash is enhanced with a touch of sweetness, and cinnamon. With the final touches in the oven, it gains extra toastiness & spice. Similar flavors can all be found in our 2017 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay. Toasty oak and baking spice along with a round, creamy mouthfeel will meld harmoniously with this sweet-and-savory tart.

2. Red Wine Cranberry Sauce

Suggested pairing: 2017 Bicentennial Pinot Noir or 2014 Pinotage

Photo & recipe curtesy of the Washington Post

Add a little lift to this Thanksgiving-must by adding wine. We recommend using our 2017 Bicentennial Pinot Noir to boost the red fruit flavors, or our 2014 Pinotage to add more spice and enhance the citrus flavors. In either case, this is the ideal recipe for those who enjoy a glass or two while cooking - a splash in the sauce, and a bigger splash in the glass!

3. Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Chanterelles

Suggested pairing: 2017 Stagecoach Road Pinot Noir

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Photo & recipe curtesty of Bon Appétit

With bacon and Chanterelle mushrooms stir fried in with the Brussels sprouts, this Thanksgiving side dish gets an extra layer of umami and richness. Our pick for this one is the 2017 Stagecoach Road Pinot Noir; with a fuller body and savory, earthy notes, it will pick up the umami notes in the mushrooms. Layers of spice and red fruit will add some freshness to the dish as well, encouraging the nuances of flavors to come through in the wine & the food.

4. Cider-Brined Turkey with Star Anise and Cinnamon

Suggested pairing: 2014 Reserve Pinotage

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Photo & recipe curtesy of Epicurious

No Thanksgiving centerpiece is complete without the turkey. This brining technique helps to flavor the interior meat, adding complex nuances in the form of spice, umami, and a lift of citrus. Our 2014 Reserve Pinotage displays earthy notes along with truffle and dried floral notes that will mingle with these spices. Good acidity plus pomegrante and citrus notes balance the wine, and highlight the brighter elements of this brine. 

These four ideas for modern twists on Thanksgiving dinner are delicious ways to try something new this year. Enjoy!

Time Posted: Nov 6, 2020 at 10:21 AM
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July 1, 2020 | Fort Ross

Grilled Prime New York Steak with King Oyster Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Brown Butter

Big, red wine with steak is a classic pairing, and one that we simply love. The topping of king oyster mushrooms, aged balsamic vinegar, and brown butter is really what makes this pairing so in sync. The savory, earthy flavors in the Pinotage match the umami found in the mushrooms while the herbal and red fruit notes harmonize with the aged balsamic.

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Grilled Prime New York Steak 

with king oyster mushrooms, aged balsamic vinegar and brown butter

By Chef Neal Fraser at Redbird

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

1 36-ounce Prime Porterhouse steak

2 sprigs of thyme

3 king oyster mushrooms cut in ½ and scored with a knife

2 garlic cloves

3 oz butter

1 oz aged balsamic vinegar

Kosher salt (Diamond Krystal preferred)

Black pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Light the grill. White oak is a great choice for wood. Get 1/2 or a 1/3  of the grill ripping hot.  Leave the other side off. Temper steak to room temperature before cooking. Season heavily with salt and pepper.

2. Bring a sauté pan to high heat. Season mushrooms with salt, sear cut side down. Place another pan on top of the mushrooms to keep them flat. Lower flame and cook until mushrooms are golden brown. Flip and add garlic, thyme and butter. Lower flame and brown mushrooms in the butter. Cook until tender, around 10 minutes. Discard garlic and thyme. Reserve mushrooms in pan.

3. Grill steak over high flame.  Cross hatch on both sides. Brown edges. Move steak once seared to the cooler part of the grill and close top. Cook to desired doneness. Once cooked to desired doneness, remove from grill and rest for five minutes. Slice steak. Garnish with mushrooms, butter and balsamic. Enjoy.

 

 

Time Posted: Jul 1, 2020 at 12:23 PM
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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!

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Strawberry Tapenade

by Chef Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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
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June 1, 2020 | Fort Ross

Little Gem Salad with Creamy Herb Vinaigrette

Nothing says summertime like a cold Rosé paired with a beautiful, fresh salad. The signature minerality of Fort Ross Vineyard comes through in our Rosé, complementing the creaminess of the dressing. 

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Little Gem Salad with Creamy Herb Vinaigrette 

By Chef Laurence Jossel at NOPA

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

2 egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon minced anchovies

1 1/2 tablespoons muscatel vinegar (can also use white balsamic)

1 1/2 teaspoons Champagne vinegar

1/4 cup cream

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

2 teaspoons lemon juice

4-6 heads of Little Gem lettuces, washed cored, and separated into leaves

3 small heads red endive, washed, cored, and separated into spears

1/2 cup breadcrumbs, toasted until crisp in olive oil

1/2 cup grated Serena cheese, or any other hard grating cheese, like Dry Jack or Parmigiano-Reggiano

Chopped chives, for garnish

Chopped chervil, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

1. For the dressing: place the yolks, garlic, mustard, and anchovies in a blender. Process on high speed until fully incorporated. Add vinegars and blend together. Next, add cream and process for a few more seconds. Slowly drizzle in oil with the motor running. Season to taste with salt.

2. Place salad dressing in a bowl and stir in all of the chopped herbs. Finish with lemon juice and stir to incorporate.

3. To assemble: place lettuces in a large bowl. Toss with dressing until evenly coated (we even suggest massaging it into the leaves so puddles don't form in the endive spears). Divide among 4-6 plates and sprinkle each with a generous amount of breadcrumbs, cheese, chives, and chervil, if using.

 

 

Time Posted: Jun 1, 2020 at 12:11 PM
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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. 

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Fava Bean & Pecorino Bruschetta

by Chef Marco Canora at Hearth

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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