Our JJJ Cellars 2010 Chardonnay is redolent with flavors and aromas of tropical fruit and displays the traditional color of pale straw. Typical food affinities for Chardonnay include salmon, creamed or grilled seafood, pasta with white sauce, lobster, scallops, veal, and the “other white meat” pork. This month we are pleased to offer this recipe for your dining and wine pairing pleasure.
Grilled Salmon with mustard-wine sauce
SERVES 6 – TIME: 30 minutes
2 tsp. minced garlic
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper (divided)
2 Tbsp. each olive oil and fresh lemon juice
6 salmon fillets
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. flour
½ tsp. paprika
¾ cup milk
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 cup JJJ Cellars 2010 Chardonnay (divided)
2 tsp. each chopped fresh basil and rosemary leaves
- Pour ½ cup of the JJJ Cellars 2010 Chardonnay into a wine glass and sip while you cook.
- Prepare a grill or broiler pan for high heat (450°).
- In a small bowl, combine garlic, salt, ½ tsp. of the pepper, the oil and lemon juice.
- Brush the mixture all over both sides of the salmon, then cook, turning once, until done the way you like, about 6 minutes for medium.
- In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
- Stir in flour with a whisk and cook until starting to brown.
- Whisk in remaining ½ tsp. pepper, the paprika, milk, mustard, and the last ½ cup of JJJ Cellars 2010 Chardonnay.
- Cook until simmering, then spoon over salmon and sprinkle with herbs.
Tips: regular olive oil not extra virgin is fine, unsalted butter is great, non-fat milk can be used.
JJJ Cellars 2006 Merlot is big, plumy, smoky and rich! Merlot pairs well with aged cheese, grilled poultry, steak, lamb and lightly spiced foods. Our wine pairing recipe for you is Braised Lamb Shanks, easy, elegant and yummy!
Braised Lamb Shanks – 4 Servings
4 Lamb shanks
½ cup Flour
½ tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Oregano (fresh is best, or dried)
1 tsp. Basil (fresh is best. or dried)
1 clove Garlic (more is better)
¼ cup Oil or olive oil
1 Large onion, chopped
2 cups JJJ Cellars 2006 Merlot
½ cup Water
Other herbs (fresh is better) like parsley, thyme, bay and celery leaves can be added too.
- Pour ½ cup wine into a wine glass and sip while cooking.
- Wash and dry lamb shanks, dredge with flour mixed with salt & pepper, oregano, basil.
- Brown shanks in a pan on all sides in oil and garlic.
- Remove shanks and juices to a crock pot.
- Add remaining ingredients (including the other ½ cup JJJ Cellars 2006 Merlot) , cover and cook all day until done.
- Serve in a big soup bowl over pasta, garlic mashed potatoes, rice, or shredded cabbage.
[For larger amounts adjust quantities and put the shanks in a covered roasting pan in the oven at 350° for 2 hours, or 275° all day.]
Tip: Reserve any of the left over juices/stock and cool in fridge. Remove any accumulated fat. Freeze the stock and use as a “starter” for the next time you prepare this recipe. It just keeps getting better and better.
Recipe Submitted by Elaine Lyttleton, Chinook Vineyards, Ramona CA
Another busy day at the winery. It started with picking a small Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Ramona (which I will write a separate post about shortly), crushing, racking and pressing and of course the dreaded job of cleaning up the after math. You would think by looking at the pics that we were a bunch of kids playing in the wine! Here are my favorite pics of the day!
It’s that time again, 3-Day Walk for the Cure and breast cancer fund-raising campaigns coming out of the woodwork! Pamo Valley is a big supporter of the cause and historically has participated in fundraisers supporting breast cancer research. I myself did the walk several years ago. While I didnt have anyone in my immediate family that I was walking for, I felt a need to do this and I walked for all the other amazing women affected by breast cancer. I have to say, it was one of the most rewarding, inspirational, emotional and memorable things I’ve ever done in my life. Get out and support these gals!
Come out and support new business owners Sheri and Steve Brown of Ramona Florist this Saturday at their first annual open house event & fundraiser for the After School All Stars. Join them on Saturday September 24th for fun, food & fabulous wine from Pamo Valley Winery. There will be prizes, drawings and free hot dogs and chips. Come see their newly remodeled shop filled with home décor, jewelry, hand bags, spa products and much much more. The Ramona Chamber of Commerce will be there for their ribbon cutting ceremony along with the Honorary Major, Sharon Davis and KGTV Channel 10 News filming a two hour video shoot spotlighting Ramona Florist and Gifts. Join them on Saturday September 24th and be a part of their video.
Promoting Locally Grown Produce
Patch.com – Savoring the BackCountry
By Vincent N. Rossi. September 15, 2011
Some Ramona vineyards enter into the ‘San Diego Grown 365’ program through the Farm Bureau.
About a month ago, Edwards Vineyard & Cellars began adding a new visual to its ads in local papers: a deep-red, one might say wine-colored burst bearing within it the yellow sunbeam-tinged phrase San Diego Grown 365.
Pamo Valley Winery owner Jennifer Jenkin has been displaying the same logo on the homepage of her winery’s website for three or four months, she said.
San Diego Grown 365 is a campaign initiated by the San Diego County Farm Bureau to alert consumers to products produced within San Diego county.
“By using that label you’re supporting local farms,” said Casey Anderson, farm bureau membership and marketing manager. The number 365 celebrates the county’s year-round growing season, Anderson said.
I first heard about the campaign back in January, in conjunction with Mountain Meadow Mushroom Farm in Escondido. Mountain Meadow President Gary Crouch, who sells only to stores within 50 miles of his farm, is committed to encouraging consumption of fresh, locally grown produce. I first saw the San Diego Grown 365 logo displayed at his farm and on packages of Mountain Meadows mushrooms on store shelves.
An article about the campaign in the farm bureau’s March 2011 newsletter caught the attention of Edwards Vineyard & Cellars co-owner Beth Edwards.
Edwards, who also works as a graphic artist, found the logo art particularly eye-catching. After getting more information from other participants, she signed on to the program.
Permission to display the logo requires that produce be 85 percent grown or harvested in San Diego county. This resonated with Edwards, who noted that the county’s Tiered Winery Ordinance requires local vintners to use at least 75 percent local grapes in their wine.
Edwards displays the farm bureau logo on her winery’s tasting patio. She and Pamo Valley’s Jennifer Jenkin are talking up the program among their fellow members at the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association.
“The more of us that come aboard, the more people will know,” said Edwards.
At this point Pamo and Edwards are the only Ramona agricultural operations signed on to the campaign, according to the farm bureau’s Anderson.
Other segments of the farming community are apparently pursuing similar efforts through other channels.
Tom and Mary Page own Page Organics, a certified organic farm on Pamo Road. They sell their produce directly to consumers through their farmstand. They also sell to stores, such as Jimbo’s and Whole Foods.
When I contacted Tom Page, he said both Jimbo’s and Whole Foods have what he called “internal, locally grown programs.” The stores send out “foragers” to inspect local farms from which the stores buy produce. They post signage in their stores indicating the origins of the products.
Page is an active member of California Certified Organic Farmers, (CCOF). He’s also a member of Slow Food USA, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and Chefs Collaborative.
“We have our own community and network of support,” he said.
I’ll have more to say on the locally-grown movement and its Ramona practitioners in future columns.
Report form Escondido Sunrise Vineyard – 8/28/11
After three full days of hot weather, our grapes are getting close to the perfect brix for picking. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, September 4th , 7am for our harvest. We will be sending additional details of the harvest later this week.
Mike and Nancy Dunlap, Escondido Sunrise Vineyard
Report from Escondido Sunrise Vineyard 8/25/11:
The Grape Vine
Hello Grape Enthusiasts, Winemakers, and Mystified Recipients,
Things are running along quickly. The sugar levels are rising. The grapes are moving towards achieving “ripeness”. The question is always “When will they be ready to harvest?”
Mother Nature is in complete control. The sugar level a few days ago was 22.3 brix. That’s good. Pretty much right on point with the readings for past years.
If things are as they were previously, we will have harvest on the Sunday over Labor Day weekend. But, Mother Nature doesn’t give us as much notice as we would prefer.
So, we will watch, measure and send out updates more and more frequently as the date gets closer.
We love harvest. It is always so much fun to see our friends picking, plucking, squeezing and enjoy a selection of our wines. This year will be no different.
Michael & Nancy Dunlap
Every September, the Julian Chamber of Commerce celebrates the grape harvest with a real, Old World-style Grape Stomp Festa at Menghini Winery. This year’s celebration is set for Sept. 3.
Pamo Valley Winery held a fundraiser on Saturday in effort to raise money for 16 month old Ramonan, Liam Houck. It was a blistering hot day and the turnout was slow. However, as the day went on it cooled down, we did get quite a few people through in the afternoon. Robert Bradley, Ramona Naturals was very helpful in the process. We missed the Houck’s but understood that with the heat and baby Liam’s condition that it was probably better to stay indoors. While we have never met the family, there is a strong sense of community support and urgency to help raise money for this local child in need. I dont have kids but I felt as if Liam were one of my own on our day of fundraising. I was very proud to help promote in any way possible. My brother 38, in New York has had a kidney condition since a horrible car accident in his teen years and one day may also need special attention to his kidney’s. He’s gone through many tests and treatments so I felt a connection with Liam and knew this was a fundraiser we were going to do.
Special mention goes to Pat Donovan who staged his antique tractors on Main St. in our parking lot. Jeff and Sharon Uran and Mike Celaya for bbq’ing in 100 degree weather. And the winners of the opportunity drawings, Jim and Ava Stearns who won the 50/50 drawing and Paul Stykel who won the 16 bottles of local wines, signed by the winemakers.
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