Asparagus and Crab Quiche

Asparagus & Crab Quiche

An Ode to Spring Versatile and flavorful, quiche makes for a lovely brunch item that can be prepared well in advance or as an easy weeknight dinner. The possibilities for ingredients are endless. In this iteration, we used asparagus, sweet onion, and crab meat—the sweetness and succulence of the crab is absolutely sublime paired with our 2019 Freedom Hill Chardonnay. If you’re in a hurry, use a pre-made pastry shell rather than making the dough from scratch.  Recipe INGREDIENTS FOR THE DOUGH 1

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Risotto with truffles and wild mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, and basil

Risotto with Oregon Truffles and Wild Mushrooms

So Much Umami Goodness The inspiration for this dish was sparked by an Oregon black truffle that we found at our local Zupan’s Market. Our recipe features a delicious umami trifecta of ingredients with copious amounts of black truffle shavings, wild mushrooms, and aged parmesan cheese. We paired it with our 2018 Freedom Hill Chardonnay, a silky, full-throttled white with a slight savory edge—it dances in pitch-perfect harmony with the earthiness of the mushrooms and the decadent creaminess of the risotto.  It’s worth

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Spinach Crepes

Savory Spinach Crêpes with English Peas, Courgettes, and Mushrooms

A HARBINGER OF SPRING Bright chartreuse green, spinach crêpes are a flavorful and relatively easy dish to prepare. Layer in lightly sautéed vegetables and you have a showstopper of a dish for spring.  The recipe is the same for the classic crêpe, save for the addition of pureed spinach and Italian parsley. There is, however, one trick to ensure perfection, and that is to age the batter. Allotting an hour or two for the batter to rest ensures that long-chain glutens will form—a

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Smoked Duck Pizza with Fontina, Caramelized Sweet Onions, Pears & Rosemary

Smoked Duck Pizza with Fontina, Caramelized Onions & Pears

FLAVORS THAT MELD BEAUTIFULLY WITH CHARDONNAY We recently smoked a whole duck for our Christmas dinner and found ourselves with a small container of leftover duck meat—not enough for a meal-sized portion, but just enough to serve as a flavorful topping on a rustic pizza.  As is often the case in our kitchen, we improvise and we try out new flavor combinations. This particular recipe is pure magic paired with our 2017 Lange Estate Vineyard Chardonnay. We used mascarpone for the base of

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Homemade Braised Lamb Shanks

Braised Lamb Shanks with Creamy Polenta

GET COZY WITH THIS HEARTY WINTER DISH. There is a broad perception that Pinot Noir is too delicate for heartier dishes. We think the variety is best served with salmon or poultry—in truth, it’s really dependent on the individual wine, Pinot runs the gamut in terms of its aromatic intensity, structure, and body. When pairing with the variety, all of this should be taken into account. While that’s easier said than done for most of us, there are wines that will effortlessly stand

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Gougères with Guyere and Pink Peppercorns

A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN Our hospitality team has ordered gougères from caterers for years. This classic cheese puff certainly makes for an impressive appetizer—light and airy, with just a touch of satisfying chewiness, they are the perfect bite to serve alongside sparkling wines. We were so inspired by this elegant pairing, we decided to make it four ourselves. From start to finish, they take round 40 minutes to whip up, and they are definitely worth the effort.  This iteration is faithful to

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