FAJITA BAR [RECIPE]

FILED UNDER: Food and Wine Recipes, Know Your Bordeaux

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This month, we stepped into the Bordeaux Wines Test Kitchen to craft fun and healthy summer meals to pair with our favorite summer wines from this year’s Today’s Bordeaux selection

If you like to entertain as much as we do, then you’ll love this Fajita Bar idea for your next party. It’s a festive and casual way to infuse flavor and fun with a little creativity. For this Mexican inspired spread, we chose to pair it with an affordable, dry white Bordeaux. Petit Chapeau 2013 is a deliciously crisp white wine blend comprised of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. This wine from Daniel Johnnes, wine director for Daniel Boulud’s esteemed restaurants, balances hints of spice without being overbearing on the palate. And, at the price, you can stock up for the party. 

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Fajita Bar
Serves 6
Get creative! Prepare a range of sides for people to customize their own Fajitas!
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1lb chicken breast cut into one inch strips
  2. 1 red bell pepper
  3. 1 green bell pepper
  4. 1 sweet onion
  5. Bunch of radish
  6. Half red cabbage
  7. 1 green zucchini
  8. 1 yellow zucchini
  9. 1 avocado
  10. 2 limes
  11. 1 bunch cilantro
  12. 1 cup greek yogurt
  13. 1 cup shredded cheese
  14. 1 cup red or green salsa
  15. 1 package of tortillas
For marinade
  1. ¼ cup olive oil
  2. ½t cumin
  3. ½t chili powder
  4. ¼t paprika
  5. 1t oregano
  6. 1t garlic powder
  7. 1 clove minced garlic
  8. Lime juice
  9. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix together ingredients for marinade
  2. Wash and prep chicken breast
  3. Chop onion to desired size
  4. Mix chicken breast and onions into marinade and set aside
Prepare vegetables and set aside in separate bowls
  1. Cut peppers into slices similar in size to chicken
  2. Shred cabbage
  3. Slice radish into thin slices
  4. Slice zuchinni into 1cm slices
  5. Slice avocado (wait until the last limit to avoid browning)
  6. Cut off stems of cilantro and wash
  7. Spray a large pan with olive oil or non-stick spray
  8. Place the pan on the stove and set to medium high heat
  9. Once it's warmed up, add chicken mix
  10. When the onions have softened and chicken is grilled on the outside, add peppers
  11. Stir occassionally
  12. When chicken is fully cooked, place on large platter
  13. Add a little oil to the pan and grill zuchinni
  14. Heat Tortillas in microwave for 20-30 secs or in the oven for a few minutes
  15. Plate all ingredients buffet style and allow guests to build their own fajitas
Notes
  1. Feel free to experiment with different sides and additions and don't forget to pair with a White Bordeaux!
Bordeaux Wines | Blog http://www.bordeaux.com/us/blog/
A fan of red? Try our summer steak salad with a Merlot based Bordeaux. The recipe here

 

 

 

 

 

 

SKIRT STEAK SALAD [RECIPE]

FILED UNDER: Food and Wine Recipes, Know Your Bordeaux

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This month, we stepped into the Bordeaux Wines Test Kitchen to craft fun and healthy summer meals to pair with our favorite summer wines from this year’s Today’s Bordeaux selection

While whites tend to be all the rage in summer months, reds can be just as refreshing. Value Bordeaux wines offer a range of light and fruity reds that are perfect for the season. Chateau Jean Faux 2010 , a Merlot based red (80 % Merlot, 20 % Cabernet Franc), is a prime example of an easy drinking red from Bordeaux Supérieur. Priced at about $20 – $29 dollars, its the perfect pairing for an outdoor dinner for two. 

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For this recipe, we decided to create a dish that celebrates Bordeaux’s more classic pairings highlighted with fresh, local ingredients. If you love steak and red wine, you’ll definitely be pleased!

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Skirt Steak Salad
Serves 2
An easy recipe with elevated flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4lb high quality skirt steak
  2. Arugula
  3. Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes
  4. 1 bunch of radishes
  5. Roquefort Cheese
Dressing
  1. 1 part balsamic vinegar
  2. 2 parts olive oil
  3. 1 scoop of dijon mustard
Instructions
  1. Salt & pepper skirt steak on both sides, generously
  2. Whisk together ingredients for dressing
  3. Wash and cut tomatoes and radishes in half
  4. Wash arugula
  5. Dress the veggies
  6. Top with crumbled Roquefort Cheese
  7. Place pan on stove at high heat
  8. Once heated, place steak on pan
  9. Grill for 5 minutes on each side
  10. Once grilled to your desired temp, slice steak into strips with the grain
  11. Place on greens and serve
Notes
  1. Fresh, local veggies and high quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil are the key to this dish. Serve with baguette on the side for added umph!
Bordeaux Wines | Blog http://www.bordeaux.com/us/blog/
 

Sochi Borscht [RECIPE]

FILED UNDER: Food and Wine Recipes, Know Your Bordeaux
Sochi Borscht
Serves 6
Don't be turned off by the long prep/cook time of this favorite winter Russian soup. This recipe for Borscht is adapted from The Gourmet Traveller and serves as the perfect meal to help kick off the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. We suggest pairing this soup with a 100% Sauvignon Blanc like our 2012 Saint Glinglin. This herbaceous, dry white is the perfect compliment to the earthy, herby flavors found in the beets and dill. For more details on the wine visit: http://bit.ly/saintglinglin Settle in for a warm, wine weekend in front of the tube!
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Prep Time
3 hr
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
6 hr
Prep Time
3 hr
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
6 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1lb beef-in-bone shank
  2. 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 onion (finely chopped)
  4. 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  5. 6 cups good-quality beef stock
  6. 1 large red skin or Yukon Gold potato (diced into 1/2 inch cubes)
  7. 4 beets (scrubbed)
  8. 2/3 cup white cabbage (cut julienne)
Instructions
  1. Place beef shank in a saucepan, add water, cover and bring to the simmer over medium-high heat.
  2. Let simmer for 2 minutes. Drain and set beef aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large stock pot or dutch oven over medium heat, add onion, carrot, celery and garlic.
  4. Stir occasionally until translucent (4-5 minutes).
  5. Add stock, bring to the simmer.
  6. Add beef, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the meat starts to fall from the bone (1½-2 hours).
  7. Add potato.
  8. Remove beef, set aside to cool.
  9. When it's cool enough to handle, shred meat off bone and return to soup.
  10. Meanwhile, combine beets, vinegar and 2.5 liters of water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the simmer, season to taste until beets are tender (about 50 minutes to 1 hour).
  11. Drain, set aside to cool.
  12. When cool enough to handle, peel beets, cut into julienne and set aside.
  13. Add beets and cabbage to soup. Simmer over medium heat until tender (10-15 minutes).
  14. Season to taste.
  15. Serve with sour cream and dill and rye sourdough.
Adapted from The Gourmet Traveller
Bordeaux Wines | Blog http://www.bordeaux.com/us/blog/

And the Oscar Goes To… [BORDEAUX WINE PAIRINGS]

FILED UNDER: Art of Living, Buying & Choosing Wine

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[Academy Awards on Sunday, February 23]

An event for the stars and moviegoers, the Academy Awards will be taking place this Sunday, February 23rd. We love to give our predictions on each category (even though we admittedly haven’t seen all the films), but what we know for sure, we’ll be watching with a glass of wine.

If you’re hosting an Oscar party or heading to one, enjoy the Oscars with our Bordeaux wine picks, based on Best Picture nominees. And tell us, who do you think will win?


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Lincoln
Lincoln is a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office.

Pair with: Château Mezain 2011
A pale yellow, shimmering with grey highlights. A powerful bouquet, complex and persistent with aromas of berries and grapefruit. An overall well-balanced palate, round and lively, with citrus notes. $11 [site]


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Argo
Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.

Pair with: Dourthe La Grande Cuvée 2011
The wine’s aromatic intensity expresses the typical characteristics of a fine Bordeaux Sauvignon. An extensive array of aromas exist, ranging from a hint of wood through a mixture of citrus. The concentration of aromas is underpinned on the palate by the harmony of the wine’s fleshy character and refreshing liveliness. $12 [site]


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Life of Pi
Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper.

Pair with: Mouton Cadet 2011
A brilliant straw yellow with a complex and elegant nose, on which boxwood aromas mingle with tropical fruits and citrus notes. A harmonious wine with a full, fruit driven attack, displaying a range of citrus and white blossom flavors and a nicely mineral touch on the finish. $8 [site]


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Amour
A couple’s bond of love is severely tested.

Pair with: Château Haut Selve 2009
A beautiful ruby color with a complex nose of red fruits and woody aromas. The palate is round and well balanced with roasted notes, and a finale of melted tannins. $17 [site]


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Beasts of the Southern Wild
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood.

Pair with: Chartron La Fleur 2011
An interesting earthy wine with a nose of plummy red fruit: strawberry, cherry. It is spicy on the palate with a smooth medium body and a well-balanced acid finish. $10 [site]


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Django Unchained
Django is a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz.

Pair with: Château Bonnet 2009
A powerful but balanced deep red wine. Very expressive nose showing blackberry, black cherry, and chocolate. The palate is rich with lovely fruit and excellent freshness. $10 [site]


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Zero Dark Thirty
A chronicle of the decade-long search for wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Pair with: Château Tour Chapoux 2010
A deep and intense crimson color with flavors of floral notes and minerals. A mature and generous wine with beautiful concentration and structures. A “grand” Bordeaux awarded a Gold Medal. $10 [site]


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Silver Linings Playbook
Life doesn’t always go according to plan, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

Pair with: Castelnau de Suduiraut 2009
Bouquet is fresh and rich, rolling out hints of crystallized fruit, vanilla, white pepper, and mint. Flavors of peach, honey, and spices carry the pleasure through the palate to a finish of dried apricot, crystallized grapes, and caramel. $28 [site]

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Summer Re:Mix: Pink & Pizza [RECIPE]

FILED UNDER: Food and Wine Recipes

Pink & pizza? Why not! A recipe example from the head of the year 2012 according to Gault & Millau, Michel Portos, which combines exceptionally well with rosé wine! Check out all of our Summer Re:Mix recipes here. Enjoy!

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Ingredients: [Servings: 4]
· ½ baguette
· 2 tablespoons oil
· 1 clove garlic
· 3 large tomatoes of Marmande
· 4 anchovies
· 4 black olives
· 1 bunch basil
· Fleur de sel
· Espelette pepper

Directions:
Take ½ baguette, cut it lengthwise and redraw the two. Pan fry in olive oil pieces. On leaving the stove rub with garlic and with a fresh tomato Marmande. Arrange on top of tomato slices fresh, round slices of black olive and anchovy ‘boquerone’ cut diamond, a few leaves of basil, a dash of olive oil, sea salt and a pinch of pepper to Espelette powder. Serve warm if possible.