Wineries of the Month
The Scacciadiavoli Estate is one of the most ancient wine production estates of the “Montefalco” zone. The name Scacciadiavoli (Devil banisher), derives from an exorcism carried out here in the XVII century. The episode involved a young woman possessed by the devil, who was made to drink some of the local red wine by the exorcist, which succeeded in driving away the devils. The hamlet has been named after this historic event and is today called “Scacciadiavoli.” In the mid 20th century, the grandfather of the current owners, Amilcare Pambuffetti, purchased the estate, which extends over a surface area of 130 ha, 20 ha of which given over to grapes. The estate produces the typical types: Montefalco Sagrantino, Montefalco Rosso, and Grechetto.
Poderi San Lazzaro Winery
Poderi San Lazzaro is owned by Paolo Capriotti and Elisetta Carosi, is an excellent location in the middle hill 290 meters above sea level, 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the Adriatic Sea and 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the Apennine mountains, is located in the municipality Offida, the heart of the Rosso Piceno Superiore, which is one of the historic Italian DOCs. The vineyards are south, south-west and north-west, in a clayey soil. The company is composed of two adjacent farms, for a total of 18 hectares, of which 15 are vineyards and olive trees and 3 to forest that produces 40,000 bottles a year of wine. The philosophy is to give the utmost care of the vineyards for grapes and to ensure the highest quality product in the bottle.
The heart of Giusti Operations and main office is located in Nervesa della Battaglia, a rural village in the province of Treviso, Italy. The house, formally called “Case Sigismondi” was used as a military base in the Second World War. The Giusti Properties, located in-between the hills of Montello and the Piave river, are embracing the Abbey of the city Nervesa della Battaglia, and are well positioned in the heart of Eastern Veneto, between Treviso, Asolo and Venice. The Tenuta Rosalia represents the birthplace of viticulture for Giusti Wine. The fertile red clay soils of this property grows a number of grape varieties, including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Glera. Owned and established by the Giusti Family in 1780, the Case Bianche property grows Chardonnay, and Prosecco DOC grapes.
Winery of the Month
Sans Liege Wines
When choosing vineyards to source fruit from, winemaker Curt Schalchin, favor character over notoriety. Each of these sites have a distinctive appeal that separates them from the rest, and very often they are locations passed over by other winemakers. In taking up his own journey, he has learned to not discount any field for its quirks and eccentricities, however, for in diversity lies the promise of uncommon opportunity. This is the heart of Sans Liege.
The Central Coast is home to a wide variety of climates, soils and topographies, so the boundaries are kept wide open. Though these appellations are each highly-regarded for their production of Rhone varietals, Curt Schalchin found that fruit from his vineyard blocks speak foremost of their individual provenance, a very real story of place, rather than as textbook examples of Mediterranean France. These fields provide the raw fuel for his creative work and his attempt to channel them into exemplary wines, made complete by the union of their disparate strengths.
The Pipestone Vineyard, Alta Colina Vineyard, Derby Westside Vineyard, and RBZ Vineyard lie near Paso Robles. Santa Barbara County is the location of four Sans Liege Wines vineyards, the Alta Mesa Vineyard, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Barbara Highland Vineyards, and Watch Hill Vineyard. Laetitia “Les Galets” Vineyard is located in Arroyo Grande Valley and the Larner Vineyard is located in the Santa Ynez Valley.
ITALIAN Wines of the Month
Scacciadiavoli Grechetto 2016 is 100% Grechetto and is canary yellow in color with light green reflections. On the nose, this wine boasts aromas of soft flowers and sweet candy. This well-rounded wine exhibits fresh acidity and greets the tongue is with flavors of lemon zest. The persistent finish is both sweet and fruity. Pairs well with soups, pastas, rice dishes, and fish courses. Alcohol: 13%
Poderi San Lazzaro, Sangiovese “Polesio” 2015 is 100% Sangiovese. It is intense ruby red in color. The aroma of fresh flowers greet the nose, as well as slight smokey notes. On the palate, this wine is elegant with soft, mature tannins. It finishes with good complexity and strong mineral notes. Pairs with pasta with red sauces. Alcohol: 14%
Poderi San Lazzaro, Pecorino 2015 is hand crafted Pecorino and golden in color with aromas that are rich and varied. The bursting flavors range from citrus, durian fruit, lemon and pine to honeyed jasmine floral notes. This well-rounded wine has a long finish with medium tannins. It is aged 70% in stainless and 30% in Slavonian oak. Pairs well with appetizers, seafood, and oven roasted fish and pork. Alcohol: 14%
Scacciadiavoli, Montefalco Rosso 2013 is a blend of Sangiovese 60%, Sagrantino 15% Merlot and various other red grapes 25%. It is intense garnet in color. This wine is mature on the nose showing jammy notes, raspberry, and cherry. The flavors of this perfectly balanced wine is lively and full on the palate with spice presence, refined, closely-integrated tannins and lovely vanilla succulence. It is aged 12 months in large oak barrels and another 6 months in the bottle. It pairs well with red meats, spicy cheeses, and tasty Umbrian cuisine. Alcohol: 14%
Giusti, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba “Rubbjano” 2011 is 100% Lacrima di Morro d’Alba. It is a saturated purple color in the glass and displays aromas of freshly crushed blackberries and rose petals. Notes of black cherries and tobacco overtake the mouth with very gentle tannins and a lasting finish. It is aged 10 months in small French oak barrels and another 6 months in the bottle. It Pairs well with braised meats, stews, and pasta with tomato sauce. Alcohol: 13.5%
Scacciadiavoli, Sagrantino 2008 is 100% Sagrantino and has a deep red color with garnet nuances. The nose is dominantly met with earthy aromas, with dried sage, blackcurrant leaf, leather, and cedar. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied and more savory than fruity, with firm tannins. It boasts of a long herbal finish with dark chocolate hints. It is aged 15 months in small oak barrels, 6 months in stainless, and 9 months in the bottle. It pairs ideally with red meats, roasted meats, and mature cheeses. Decant for at least an hour. Alcohol: 15.5%
Poderi S. Lazzaro “Bordo” 2011 is 100% Grenache from relatively young, five year old vines that yield about two tons per acre. It is very youthful in color and intensity. Floral aromas of violets and blackberries overtake the nose. This wine is tannic, with notes of blueberries and licorice. The finish emerges with a slight touch of wood that stays on the tongue. It is full bodied, yet elegant and balanced. It is aged in 500 liter tonneaux for 8 months. It pairs well with grilled lamb chops and beef. Alcohol: 14%
ITALIAN Region of the Month
Venezia, a city built into the sea, is haunted by the princes and poets of its past and by centuries of tourists. The cities of Padova, Vicenza, and Verona, originally frontier posts on the Roman trade route between Venezia and Genova, grew into Renaissance splendor. Nature exhibits its own marvels, the Dolomite Mountains in the north, the Euganean hills in the south, vast Lake Garda in the east, and to the west, the Adriatic with its beaches and ports. Today, Veneto is a thriving agricultural center, ranking first with classified DOC wines. There are three areas of premium production: the western province of Verona, the central hills, and the eastern plains. Verona is the leader in classified DOC wines, especially Soave, Bardolino, and Valpolicella, a blend of Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara. When young, Valpolicella is a fruity red, but when the grapes are partly dried, they become Amarone, one of Italy’s most noble wines. Bardolino is made from the same grapes but is a lighter version. The central hills produce Soave, Tocai, the Pinots, Merlot, Cabernet, and sparkling Prosecco. The eastern plains have been dominated by Merlot and Cabernet Franc for decades.
CALIFORNIAN Wines of the Month
Groundwork 2016 Grenache Blanc boasts 100% Grenache Blanc and displays very natural aromas of grass and citrus fruit. It is aged 4 ½ months in stainless steel. On the palate, this well-balanced wine bursts with flavors of white peach skin, green tea, citrus hard candy, and lemon grass. Also noted are long-lasting flavors of river rock minerality, lychee, and quince. A bit unusual for a white wine, but recommended decanting 30 minutes to an hour. Alcohol: 13.9%
Groundwork 2015 Grenache is 100% Grenache is ruby red in color and opens up on the nose with aromas of fresh rose petals and cherry. Flavors of Rich cranberry, pink peppercorn, cherry juice and rosemary sit heavy on the tongue. The finish shows lasting flavors of black licorice and allspice. It is aged 18 months in French oak. Alcohol: 14.4%
Sans Liege Wines 2015 Cotes-du-Coast is a blend of 41% Viognier, 26% Roussanne, 18% Marsanne, and 15% Grenache Blanc. It is aged 16 months sur lie in 20% new French barrique, 65% neutral French barrique, and 15% stainless steel. This blend that hits the nose with breathtaking jasmine and honeysuckle. On the tongue, this blend bursts with flavors of peaches, whipped vanilla cream, sweet white corn, and orange pith. On the finish, are strong notes of lingering caramel. Chill slightly 10 to 15 minutes and enjoy. Alcohol: 14.4%
Sans Liege Wines 2014 Long Way Home is 100% Syrah and is a well-balanced wine with heavy aromas of allspice, castelvetrano olives, and prosciutto overtake the nose. Sitting perfectly on the tongue, this wine displays flavors of rainbow peppercorn, plum, and is finished off with the long-lasting flavors of star anise and blackberry. It is fermented open top with 20-30% whole clusters. Aged 22 months in French oak, 20% new barrique, and 80% neutral barrique. 300 cases produced. Decant 2+ hours. Alcohol: 15.4%.
Sans Liege Wines 2014 Fool’s Errand is 100% Grenache displays aromas of cherries and trail dust. The flavors are lively and boisterous with hints of fig, Turkish coffee and chocolate. This wine has a strong and lasting finish of blueberries and sage. Aged 20 months in French oak, 20% new puncheons, 30% neutral puncheons, 20% second fill barrique, and 30% neutral barrique. 300 cases produced. Decant 2+ hours. Alcohol: 15.4%
Sans Liege Wines 2014 Pickpocket is 100% Grenache and meets the nose with the strong fragrance of new leather saddle and dark chocolate. On the palate are flavors of clove, nutmeg, and black tea. The finish of this well-balanced wine is topped off with an aftertaste that boasts of almond and fudge. It is aged 22 months in French oak, 45% new. Decant 2 hours. 300 cases produced. Alcohol: 15.4%
Sans Liege Wines The Prophetess XIII/XIV is a blend of 73% Syrah and 27% Mourvedre. It is a heavy blend that is deep ruby red in color. This wine greets the nose with notes of blackberry, pepper, and dried flowers. On the palate, this wine bursts with flavors of blackberry, blueberry hookah smoke, and exotic peppers. This wine finishes strong with medium tannins. This is a blend of the 2013 and 2014 vintages. The 2013 vintage was aged 34 months in French oak, while the 2014 vintage was aged 22 months in French oak prior to blending. Decant 3 hours. 300 cases produced. Alcohol: 15.4%.
CALIFORNIAN Region of the Month
San Luis Obispo
Grapes were first introduced into the Paso Robles area, in 1797 by missionaries. They planted more than one thousand vines. Commercial wine growing, however, wasn’t started until the 1880s. Since 1990, when there were fewer than 20 wineries in Paso Robles, a large expansion of activity has seen the number rise to more than 200 wineries today.The Paso Robles AVA is acknowledged for its heritage grape, Zinfandel, but has gained recognition from a wider range of grape varietals as well. In the 1950s and 1960s, growers began to plant Bordeaux varieties, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. In the 1980s, there were increased plantings of many Rhône varieties, including the first Syrah planted in California, as well as Viognier and Roussanne. The emerging popularity of the region’s wines led it to become the first site of the annual “Hospice du Rhône” conference on Rhône style wine. Today, Paso Robles Wine Country is receiving attention for its unique blends. These wines are unique to the area, and with varietal make-ups that do not follow traditional rules and expectations of winemaking, as characteristic in other regions of the wine world.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
By Chef Robin Obert
Huevos Rancheros Con Papas
Fix this for the kids over winter break!
Scrambled eggs 31.5# (6C)
Shredded cheddar .5# (2C)
Enchilada sauce 2C
Chipotle peppers in adobo 3 oz. (Or, to taste -this is an optional ingredient)
Bacon 8 oz.
Tater tots 1# (4C)
Tortilla chips 3oz.
Green onion ¼ C
Coat one casserole dish with pan spray. Bake tater tots according to manufactures recommendations. Finely chop chipotle in adobo. In a bowl mix scrambled eggs, enchilada sauce, chipotle in adobo & bacon, pour into the coated casserole dish. Top mixture with cheese (reserve one half cup for later) and bake for 15 – 20 minutes (or until it becomes hot and bubbly).
Crush tortilla chips in to smaller pieces and sprinkle over baked mixture. Top with tater tots and finish by garnishing with the remaining cheese and green onion.
Can be served with salsa or Pico de gallo.
A spicy and delicious way to start off the day. Freshly scrambled eggs are tossed in enchilada sauce, chipotle in adobo and (who can resist) bacon! Covered in cheese and baked to a bubbly state. Sprinkled with crushed tortilla chips and topped with crispy golden brown tater tots. We finish it with a bit more cheese and fresh green onion.
Option of serving with Pico de gallo or salsa. There are many options with this particular recipe, kids love choices, this recipe gives them that freedom.