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Corn Crab Fritters

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This is a lovely little appetizer that brings together two luscious foods: crab and fritters. This recipe was adapted from New Orleans chef John Besh. These are best served fresh and hot with a glass of Russian River Chardonnay.

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Celery Root Salad

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This is a recipe based on the classic French celeriac remoulade which is available almost universally in charcuteries and delis in that country. It’s delicious and can easily be made a main course with the addition of some smoked salmon, cooked shrimp or paper thin sliced parma ham. Salad can be made ahead and stored refrigerated for up to 3 days. Yields approximately six cups serving 6-8

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Pumpkin Cake

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Moist and flavorful, this pumpkin cake is the perfect way to end a chilly October evening. Pairs nicely with Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.

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Cheese Fondue

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With the unprecedented cheese renaissance in this country, this old war horse of the 60’s and 70’s is making a huge comeback. Time to unearth that old fondue pot and long forks or wooden skewers and treat your sweetie to something special. Serve with any of the Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay’s.

Emmental and Gruyère are the most commonly used cheeses in a classic fondue, but Appenzeller, Comté, Beaufort, Tête de Moine — all relatively low in moisture — also work fine. The addition of cornstarch keeps the cheese and wine from separating.

As an additional treat, when you are almost done eating the fondue, leave a thin coating of cheese on the bottom of the pot. Lower the flame and allow the coating to turn into a brown crust, then break it into pieces and share it with your guests. The crust is considered a delicacy in Switzerland.

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Oysters Rockefeller

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Invented at Antoine’s in New Orleans in 1899, the dish was named after John D. Rockefeller, the richest American at the time, for the richness of the sauce. Antoine’s has kept the original recipe secret but all kinds of interpretations exist. Basically it includes a rich cream sauce with spinach and other greens and flavored with Pernod or anisette. This version omits the rich sauce but is still full of flavor. This would be wonderful with Sonoma-Cutrer Les Pierres Chardonnay.

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Dried Cherries In A Pinot Noir Reduction

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Spread this reduction on a bed of cream cheese smeared on a round rice cracker and enjoy a glass of Sonoma Cutrer Pinot Noir. For a wonderful way to complement your meal.

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Clams Casino

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This is one of the classic recipes using clams. Try to get smaller clams since they are more tender. You can also use this same approach with fresh oysters. The Sonoma Cutrer Rosé of Pinot Noir would be delicious with these.

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Grilled Mussels With Salsa Verde

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This is a fun little appetizer or hors d’oeuvre. It can be made as much as a day ahead, refrigerated and then grilled at the last minute. You can also finish this in a hot (450 degree) oven. The bonus in this recipe is that you also get the mussel stock, which is a delicious base for seafood soups and sauces. Strain it through a fine strainer and freeze for use later on. It cries out for a chilled glass of Sonoma-Cutrer Rosé.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

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A fall favorite, this cheesecake highlights the rich spiced flavors of pumpkin.

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Fresh Fava with Pecorino

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This is an ancient recipe from the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. It celebrates spring with both new green Favas and the white young sheep’s milk cheeses which are made at that time. Do not use an aged grating cheese like pecorino romano. I remember cafes all over this region serving this both as an appetizer or as the cheese course following the meat course. I’ve blanched the Favas here but if you can find them very fresh, young and tender, do as the Italians do and eat them raw.

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Mushroom & Tomato Chowder

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Remember that curry powders vary in strength and of course flavor profile. Choose the one you like and taste carefully to decide if you want more.

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Strawberry Avocado Salad

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Sweet strawberries and salty cheese have a wonderful affinity for each other. This simple salad is delicious with the Russian River Ranches Chardonnay, which has rich, ripe fruit flavor.

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Smoky Salmon Chowder

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I have the chance to go fishing in Alaska each summer and we catch beautiful salmon, halibut and rockfish. This is a recipe that I use often substituting any of those fish but my favorite is salmon. We’re told traditionally that soup and wine aren’t served together. I think that’s nuts! This dish goes well with any of the Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnays.

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Baked Ricotta

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This makes a rich warm cheese dip with a light, airy, soufflé-like texture – perfect for any occasion. Also delicious served to top a salad, pasta or whatever. My favorite ricotta is from Bellwether Farms, which you’ll find in good cheese shops. Easy to make and delicious with any of the Sonoma-Cutrer wine.

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Tomato Watermelon Salad

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Summer’s bounty overflows in this picnic-ready salad.

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Pickled Corn

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Savor the flavors of sweet summer corn.

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Crab and Parsley Salad

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One of the real treats of summer are fresh soft-shell crab, which are now widely available. Ideally, you want to prepare the crabs while they are alive. There is a good tutorial on www.seriouseats.com on how to clean these crabs. The bright fruit of the Russian River Chardonnay would be a perfect pairing.

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Raspberries In Chardonnay Jelly

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This easy-to-make after dinner treat features raspberries suspended in a Chardonnay jelly. Deliciously beautiful.

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Clams with Polenta

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A delicious Italian dish that can be easily prepared for a weeknight meal or a decadent appetizer. Pair with The Cutrer Chardonnay.

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Chardonnay Sabayon

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A uniquely light, flavor-filled dessert.

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Lamb Meatballs

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Serve these Lamb Meatballs as bite-sized appetizers or combined with your favorite pasta dish. Enjoy with a glass of the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

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Sonoma Julep

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Derby fans will place bets on this winning wine country version of the Mint Julep.

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Sangria

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Mix up a pitcher of our Sangria and enjoy mingling with your guests!

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Haba Bean Soup

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Haba beans are peeled dried fava beans. This recipe is not only delicious as a soup but also as a sauce to pool around almost anything, from sautéed greens to grilled or pan seared fish or chicken. Perfect with Les Pierres Chardonnay.

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Honey Sesame Chicken Skewers

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The marinade in this dish is also delicious with pork and meaty whitefish such as Halibut or Black Cod. Serve with the Russian River Ranches Chardonnay. Makes 12 skewers.

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Potato Gratín

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Pairs perfectly with turkey and is a little change of pace from the usual mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving.

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Raw Kale Salad

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Tuscan kale served raw makes for a substantial and satisfying winter salad. Be sure to choose bunches of Tuscan kale with small leaves, which are more tender.

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Marinated Mushrooms

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These marinated mushrooms are so easy to prepare and can be used with your favorite flavored vinegar. Perfect with turkey!

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Sonoma-Cutrer Wine Punch

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A fruit-filled punch that will become the centerpiece of every party.

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Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

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This recipe goes well together with pasta or on a loaf of Italian bread. The somewhat bitter and unfamiliar broccoli rabe was unknown just a few decades ago in America when it was first planted in the Salinas Valley in California which is also famous for artichokes. It has now become a favorite for Americans and Italians alike. Try this with a glass of Vine Hill Pinot Noir.

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Asian Short Ribs

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Cook short ribs slowly and gently for the meat to become tender and luscious. Once cooked, they can be served as is or pulled from the bone and turned into a great topper for rice, noodles or a fantastic hash. Since short ribs contain a fair amount of fat, you may braise them ahead and then refrigerate to remove the congealed fat. These go great with the Owsley Pinot Noir.

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Roast Chicken with Herbed French Fries

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The many fresh herbs in this recipe complement this classic roast chicken dish.

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Marinated Salmon

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A wonderfully uncomplicated preparation that highlights the rich flavors of fresh wild salmon.

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Soba Noodle Salad with Smoked Duck

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Serve this flavorful Asian dish with a glass of Sonoma Cutrer Pinot Noir for an enchanting meal.

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Seared Scallops on Creamy Leeks with Red and Orange Pepper Coulis

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A delicious dish from the sea. Seared sea scallops with a red and orange pepper coulis – this appetizer is sure to please.

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Fried Lobster Tails

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Lobster Lovers will rejoice and savor these luscious lobster tails. This recipe serves four and pairs well with Sonoma-Cutrer’s The Cutrer.​

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Sonoma-Cutrer Roasted Chicken

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Nothing compares to a beautifully prepared roast chicken. Pair this dish with Les Pierres Chardonnay for a truly unforgettable meal.

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Tarragon Chicken Breasts with Crab and Asparagus

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Pair these chicken breasts with our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay when entertaining for an impressively easy meal.

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Fettuccine with Smoked Salmon, Pancetta, and Asparagus

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This pasta is easy to prepare, featuring smoked salmon and additional flavors from shallots, pancetta, dill, and capers. Serve with a glass of Russian River Ranches Chardonnay.

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Cider Brined and Smoked Game Hens

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This brine technique works equally well with chicken or turkey. Brining is sort of a magical process that adds both flavor and moistness to the meat. Be sure to use the indirect heat method described below and monitor both temperature of the barbecue and the birds with a thermometer.
The objective is to cook the birds slowly enough so that they can pick up a rich smoky flavor. Enjoy a glass of Sonoma-Cutrer Owsley Pinot Noir while you are waiting for the birds to cook.

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Filet-of-Beef Wrapped In Parchment with Sauce Bearnaise and Braised Spinach

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This recipe incorporates a catering technique where beef can be cooked ahead of time. Delicious with Sonoma-Cutrer Vine Hill Pinot Noir .

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Turkey Piccata

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A classic quick Italian recipe, this could be done with any poultry breast. Veal Piccatta, done similarly, was one of the most famous dishes in Italian restaurants from the 1960’s. This delicious alternative is wonderful with​ The Cutrer Chardonnay.

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Lamb with Mint Salsa Verde

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Salsa verde is a classic Mediterranean condiment flavored with anchovies, capers, and herbs. The rich flavors partner nicely with seared, medium rare lamb chops. This recipe is a perfect match for the Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Pinot Noir.

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Curried Shrimp With Crème Fraîche

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This dish features crème fraîche to temper the spice of the Thai curry paste. The lush flavors of the Russian River Chardonnay will be delicious with this slightly spicy curry.

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Halibut Hobo Packs

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This is a simple cooking technique that can be used for any meaty fish. The idea comes from the days of hobos, those vagabonds of the road, who carried no pots and pans to cook with. Perfect with the Les Pierres Chardonnay.

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Japanese Braised Pork Belly

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Tender, juicy chunks of pork belly that have been braised until tender and glazed in a braising liquid made from soy, ginger, sugar, and soy sauce. There is something wonderful about the velvety texture and flavor of pork belly. This is a very traditional method from Japan. Try it with the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

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Bacon and Eggs Pasta

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For brunch or a late dinner, treat yourself to this decadent meal paired with a glass of Russian River Chardonnay.

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Pan Roasted New York Steak

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Searing steak in a ridged grill pan and finishing it in the oven is a useful technique for bringing out the juicy steak flavors. The Salsa Verde from the Mediterranean and Salt Crusted Potatoes are a nice accompaniment and bridge nicely to the Vine Hill Pinot Noir. Both can be made ahead.

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Filet-of-Beef with Cambozola and Creamed Spinach

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Cambozola is a triple cream, brie-style blue cheese made from cow’s milk in the German region of Allgäu. Alongside is a ramekin of creamed spinach. Creamed spinach has been a steakhouse tradition in New York City in 1887. Today, it’s hard to imagine a steak house that doesn’t serve creamed spinach. What a treat to have a glass of the Founders Reserve Pinot Noir with this rich dish.

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Pot-Au-Feu

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Pot-au-feu which means “pot on the fire” in French is very similar to the Italian Bollito Misto or to a New England or Irish boiled dinner. Piquant, briny, condiments are usually served with the meat to counter the richness. Though you may be tempted to add the potatoes right to the pot, that would “trouble the broth,” as the French would say, making it cloudy. Cook them separately to keep the broth clear. Serve with the rich Owsley Pinot Noir.

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Sonoma-Cutrer’s top priority is always to protect the health and wellness of our guests and employees. Our team has been actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, especially as it relates to Sonoma County, CA. We have decided to suspend all tours and tastings at Sonoma-Cutrer beginning March 14, 2020.

As we all navigate through this dynamic situation, our goal is to further minimize risk to our valued guests, employees and the potential spread of the virus to their families and communities. While we expect this disruption to our tours and tastings to be temporary, our closure will remain in place until this health emergency subsides and officials declare it safe to resume normal activity. 

In the meantime, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. You may contact our tasting room at (707) 237-3489 or [email protected]. For wine club questions, please call (707) 237-3498 or email [email protected]. We will be checking our phone messages and emails daily.

Additionally, you may find information as it pertains specifically to Sonoma County, CA at sonomacounty.com/coronavirus.

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