March 27th, 2014 by MelissaTagged: 47 Friends Red Table Wine, Lamb, Recipe
Some of these Spring days are pretty chilly, so here’s what we did the other evening: built a roaring fire and made this delicious stew. A little snuggling helps too.
Grab your 47 Friends – and one special friend – and enjoy!
Lamb Stew with 47 Friends Red Table Wine
Place a cast iron Dutch Oven on the cooktop on medium heat. Add olive oil and saute:
4 Scallions, sliced 1/4″ crosswise
Half a sweet potato (julienne pieces)
Lamb rib chops
Some leftover marinara sauce (just a little)
Spritz of lemon
Sprigs of fresh mint, thyme, rosemary and oregano
4 whole cloves
Splash of balsamic vinegar
Cook on low until sweet potatoes are soft and lamb tender.
Excellent with 47 Friends Red.
March 2nd, 2014 by MelissaTagged: Russian River Valley, Travel Sonoma County
We are looking forward to some great swimming this summer. When the heat sets in at our ranch near Santa Rosa, we head to the River (the Russian River, that is). This escape from weather can work the other way too — leaving foggy San Francisco to come to the relative warmth of the River. We’re reminded of this heritage as we swim near Hacienda Bridge, built in 1877 for the Northwestern Pacific Railway line. Folks could take the ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito and then ride the train to Guerneville and spend a day relaxing at the River. Unfortunately there is no longer a train serving this route, but many still make the trek.
Another favorite River trip of ours is to go for a hike in Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve. After a short drive off River Road near Guerneville you enter another world — a magic world where the trees grow to …
July 27th, 2010 by MelissaTagged: News from the Cellar, Winemaker Notes
One of my goals as a winemaker is to identify wines that will contribute to a balanced, truly enjoyable blend, and to carry this potential along into the finished blend. What’s the process behind this? This is where the stereotype of the winemaker really fits! Wine thief in hand, I go from barrel to barrel, making determinations of quality and earmarking lots for one blend or another. Even with a spit cup, it’s hard not to enjoy this part of the job. Each of the wines I have been watching since September or October of last year have finally come into their own, with distinct personalities!
Once the merits of these individual barrels and lots are identified, the blending trials begin in the lab. Each of the candidate wines is sampled, and blended proportionately in several different ways. I will take an educated guess on the first round, using experience with each component to make the initial blends. Trial and error is best way to know how well these varied wines will get along (Often, my favorite individual barrels in the cellar may turn out to be the least …
July 5th, 2010 by MelissaTagged: 47 Friends White Table Wine, Summer Picnic Food
Hope you had a GREAT 4th of July. We did – with family together at our ranch/vineyard for a picnic, followed by fireworks big and small. It was a fairly hot day here, so some cool, crisp white wine and easy picnic food seemed in order. We did all the actual cooking in the cool of the morning, then assembled it in the late afternoon, opened a bottle of 47 Friends White Table Wine, and sat down for a feast at the end of a long, lazy day.
Of course you have to have grilled chicken, and we grilled yellow and red peppers to go with it. In a twist on traditional potato salad, we added carrots, green onions, and fresh, fresh green beans. The dressing included garlic, cilantro, vinegar, a bit of olive oil, and homemade mayonnaise. And corn of course! What is the 4th without corn-on-the-cob! The brownies are disappearing before we can get them on the plate.
The crisp, refreshing sauvignon blanc base of the 47 Friends White Table Wine was a …
June 25th, 2010 by MelissaTagged: 47 Friends Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Bay Area Wine Event
This coming Sunday, June 27th, we’ll be at our “big sister” winery’s table (Ancient Oak Cellars) at the San Francisco Pinot Days’ Grand Festival held in at Fort Mason from 1-5pm. As the website says, “Sunday’s Grand Festival at Fort Mason in San Francisco will showcase more than 220 phenomenal producers of pinot noir. Consumers will be able to sample up to 500 pinots from every important domestic pinot noir region, from the Russian River Valley to the Santa Lucia Highlands, Oregon to Carneros, the Anderson Valley to the Sonoma Coast to the Santa Rita Hills.”
We’ll be pouring our 47 Friends Russian River Valley 2008 Pinot Noir there. We hope to see many of you – old friends and new – at this event.Â If you’re a new friend, please introduce yourselves to us – especially if you are a Facebook friend. Just think – this could be you in the next photo (this is our friends Virginia and Andrew, us, and our winemaker Joe …
April 15th, 2010 by Melissa
Spring is sprung! Even as it comes with lots of showers and stormy, changeable weather, it is undeniably here in all its glory. My thoughts turn from winter foods of root vegetables, stews, and dark, brooding red wine to something fresher and lighter. Asparagus is quintessentially spring, but is also notoriously hard to pair with wine. Ever up for a challenge, I set out to make a dinner featuring fresh, local asparagus from the farmer’s market.
Searching online, I found the following words of warning: “Certain chemicals in asparagus can make your wine taste vegetal, grassy, or just plain rotten. No other ingredient…is the target of such fear, disdain, and discussion. Asparagus has been likened to Kryptonite; it is the enemy, it ruins perfectly nice vino. But it’s too delicious to ignore entirely.” OK, now I’m scared but, like Mr. Cury, agree that I must forge ahead.
On to his advice: “1) Grill the asparagus so there’s a char 2) Cover it in sauce 3) Serve with a creamy dressing 4) Look for thin spears, …
March 31st, 2010 by Melissa
Well, I’m in Houston – taking 47 Friends wines to the great state of Texas! I’ve been meeting with distributors here and hope to be able to make an announcement in the next several weeks about who’ll be representing my wines in Texas.
I could tell it was going to be a good trip as soon as I landed at Houston’s Hobby airport at – you guessed it – gate 47. The great karma just kept flowing. I got to my rental car and it was in – again, you guessed it – spot 47!
I met some fantastic folks here. What they say about the friendly folks of Texas is sure true! I stayed at the Lovett Inn (www.lovettinn.com) in the Montrose/Museum district. If you’re ever in Houston, I encourage you to stay there. Dan, the owner, some of his friends, and some fellow guests joined me in enjoying the wine left over from sampling the distributors earlier in the day. What a hoot (with three O’s, as my new friend Todd would say – www.toddpartridge.com)….
February 20th, 2010 by Melissa
47 Friends wines are busy the next few weeks. Tonight they’ll be the featured wines at the da Vinci Arts Middle School auction, where they’ll help raise money to bring arts-integrated education to about 450 middle school students.Â Next weekend, join 47 Friends wines – and about 47 friends of Mark Westcott and our good friend Annette Demsey as they play some gorgeous piano pieces. Rumor has it that there will be four or more hands playing at some times. The concert is at Classic Pianos in Portland, Oregon. Another great music series is the Old Church Jazz series, each Sunday in March. There’s going to be some great music, great friends, and great wine. What a combination! Hope to see you at one of these great events. Grab your 47 Friends – and enjoy!
February 8th, 2010 by Melissa
Wow – what a weekend. Just got back from blind tasting of some of 47 Friends’ new releases. It was held in the gorgeous house of our friends near the top of Bernal Heights in San Francisco. With glorious city views, Val’s rockin’ tunes, pizzas, salad, and some great new friends, we tasted through seven Chardonnays and four Cabs – with our new 47 Friends wines included. Many fabulous tasting notes and comments. Looking forward to these wines being released in the next few months…