ITALIAN

Wineries of the Month

San Salvatore

San Salvatore
San Salvatore is located in the midst of the Cilento National Park, near Paestum, Stio and Giungano, in the Campania region of southern Italy. This mountainous region has a high level of biodiversity and the soil is rich in minerals. The influence of the nearby sea and ideal sun exposure help to create an ideal microclimate for viticulture. Deeply committed to preserving the delicate balance of the land, San Salvatore takes a special interest in cultivating the vineyards without synthetic products or genetically modified organisms.

Terredora di Paolo
Terredora Di Paolo is a story of a family that is closely linked to Campania, its land, its history and its people for generations. With 494 acres of privately owned vineyards in the best sites of the Avellino province, Terredora di Paolo is one of the largest wineries in southern Italy.

In Irpinian, the wines exhibit a distinctive personality due to its unique microclimate. The altitude at which the vineyards are found, the soil and the thermal fluctuations develop wines that are intense and elegant and display complex bouquets.

Mastroberardino
Mastroberardino is one of the leading wineries and wine families in all of Italy in terms of production, market impact, and innovation. This is one single family with a winemaking history which dates back to the early 18th century, and which is largely responsible for the viticultural success of Campania’s remote Irpinia area. The Mastroberardino family have earned themselves a place in Italy’s viticultural history as a guardian and protector of indigenous grapes of Southern Italy’s Campania region.

 


CALIFORNIAN

Winery of the Month

Shadow Ranch

Shadow Ranch
Shadow Ranch is a small, family owned winery located in the heart of the Fair Play American Viticultural Area (AVA). Built in 1888, the homestead, old barn and original outbuildings have a rustic Gold Rush era feel atop a picturesque hilltop in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We produce small batch, single vineyard wines from high elevation sites throughout El Dorado County.

The ten acres of vineyards at Shadow Ranch are planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Grenache. The vineyards are planted in the fine-grained, well drained, decomposed granite which is common in the Fair Play region. Hilltop exposure positions the vines to receive cooling breezes in summer, preventing the grapes from maturing too quickly. In the winter, the hilltop exposure allows cold air to drain to the valley, which limits the damage from frost. This allows the grapes to stay on the vines long enough to develop the necessary complexity and concentration required to make great wine.

Shadow Ranch embraces the concepts of sustainable farming and having as little impact on the environment as possible. The operation is solar powered and our vineyards are organically farmed. We explore soil, climate, and viticulture to illustrate the special characteristics that the geography imparts upon the wines we create.

 


ITALIAN Wines of the Month

CampaniaARTISAN SERIES

2016 Terredora Dipaolo Copa Di Volpe Campania IGT
100% Coda di Volpe
Alcohol: 12.5%
Pale lemon in color with greenish reflections. Rich and intense scents of fruit and flowers. Fresh and soft to the palate, it has tones of citrus fruits and quince. Pairs well with fresh pasta, fresh summer salads and light dishes.

2016 Mastro Aglianico Campania IGT
100% Aglianico
Alcohol: 12.5%
The grapes chosen for this delicious wine bestow fruitful aromas of strawberry, cherry and blackberries. On the palate, the wine has a soft, texture and medium body with flavors of strawberry and cherry. This wine pairs well with typical Mediterranean cuisine such as baba ghanoush, lemonroasted branzino or grilled lamb chops.

WINEMAKER SERIES

2012 San Salvatore Falanghina IGP Falanghina Campania
100% Falaghina
Aromas of cedar with accents of acacia and hawthorn. With extraordinary minerality on the palate, this is an excellent wine to pair with fresh cheeses like Mozzarella di Bufala and is also very good with shellfish and seafood.

2015 San Salvatore Ceraso Aglianico IGP Aglianico Campania
100% Aglianico
Alcohol 13%
Full-bodied and exuberant with notes of plum and sweet spices. Accompanies all dishes with strong flavours, especially medium and aged cheeses, and roasted and grilled meat.

2015 Terredora Dipaolo Lacryma Christi Del Vesuvio Rosso DOC
100% Piedirosso
Alcohol: 13%
Ruby red with violet reflections. Intense fruit aromas of cherry, raspberry, black currant and spicy overtones with hints of minerals and cloves. Soft and elegant, with pleasant tones of mature red fruits, plums and hints of tobacco, coffee and ground pepper. Ideal with first courses with meat sauces, white and red meats, mature cheeses and hot, spicy dishes.

COLLECTOR SERIES

Mastroberardino 2015 Redimore Irpinia Aglianico DOC
100% Aglianico
Alcohol: 13.5%
Deep ruby red color. Complex and intense, with hints of red fruits, especially strawberries and raspberries, and spices such as vanilla, tobacco, cocoa and coffee. Elegant, wellstructured, with a long persistence and a remarkable softness. Pair with red meats dishes, game and mature cheeses.

2012 Terredora Dipaolo Fatica Contadina Taurasi DOCG
100% Aglianico
Alcohol: 14%
Ruby red color with garnet reflections. The nose is pronounced and complex with notes of cherry, wild berries, spicy scents of violet and tobacco with a mineral accent. In the mouth it is elegant, smooth, velvety and intense with characteristic hints of plums, black cherries, black pepper and tar; full-bodied and austere with balanced tannins and acidity. Pairs well with roasted meats, game, spicy dishes, truffles and aged cheeses such as provolone, parmigiano or gorgonzola.

ITALIAN Region of the Month

Campania

The capital of Campania, Naples was founded by the Greeks, enlarged by the Romans, and subsequently invaded by the Normans, Hohenstaufen, French, and Spanish among others. Established by the Greeks in the 11th Century BCE, Naples was the earliest of a cluster of far flung settlements throughout southern Italy. Many important figures of the age lived in these settlements, and today some of the best ruins of the ancient Greek world can be found there. Along with mathematics, architecture, and drama, the ancient art of winemaking also flourished. Aglianico and Greco, vines that the Greeks introduced, are still highly prized. The Greek historian Herodotus called this part of Italy Oenotria, the land of wine. Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo are among Italy’s most distinguished white wines, while Taurasi from Aglianico has been called the “Barolo of the South” because of its aging ability. Taurasi, Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, and Aglianico del Taburno are the four DOCG wines to date in the government system of laws that regulate wine production. There are 17 DOC areas and nine IGTs.


 

CALIFORNIAN Wines of the Month

El DoradoARTISAN SERIES

2017 Shadow Estate Sheriff Sauvignon Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc “musque”
Alcohol: 14.5%
White peach and grapefruit with floral hints of orange blossom, Honeydew melon, grapefruit, citrus and stone fruit scents open to a fresh, bright, sweet, citrus filled finish. Pair with fish, light pasta dishes, and mild cheeses.

NV Sheriff Red Blend
Composition: Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Grenache, & Barebera
Alcohol: 14.5%
Offering secondary notes of spice and earth, along with blackberries and hints of jam. Medium bodied, round textured and a bright, sweet and sour cherry finish are found in this wine. With more red than black fruit, there is a lot of vibrancy to the red berry notes in the finish here. This is ready to drink on release.

WINEMAKER SERIES

2016 Shadow Ranch Zinfandel
96% Zinfandel, 4% Petite Sirah
Alcohol: 14.5%
Dark ruby in color, fragrant aromas of blackberries and raspberries. Lush berry flavors with a supple, medium-full body finish. Finishes with spice and pepper and a hint of tannin. Serve with Pizza, a hearty burger, or nice steak.

2016 Shadow Ranch Barbera
100% Barbera
Alcohol: 14.5%
Deep color with forward aromas of plum, cherry and spice. Crisp and mouthwatering acidity coupled with bold, fruity flavors and a lengthy finish. Serve with steak, lamb, or pasta in rich red sauce.

2017 Shadow Ranch Rosé
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 14.5%
Bright floral flavors with grapefruit, orange blossom and stone fruit. Full bodied in the mouth with a long crisp finish. Serve with halibut, salmon, mild cheese, or a light pasta dish.

COLLECTOR SERIES

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot
Aromatic with bright ripe black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, baking spice, savory dried autumn leaves, subtle violet floral notes with a hint of caramelized barrel sweetness.

2016 Shadow Ranch Petite Sirah
100% Petite Sirah
Dense, inky color, raspberry, cracked pepper and chocolate and spice flavors with tangy, firm, chewy tannins. Serve with a blue cheese burger, BBQ ribs, or pizza.

CALIFORNIAN Region of the Month

El Dorado

In 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill on the South Fork of the American River. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, El Dorado County became the destination for legions of people, who arrived to find their fortunes, many originally from Europe. Miners planted vineyards almost immediately, and by 1870, El Dorado County had about 2000 acres of vines. Zinfandel and Barbera were some of the earliest plantings and later Syrah. But the gold bust and finally Prohibition destroyed viticulture until a resurgence of interest in the late 1960s. With a huge array of microclimates,vineyards are planted at elevations between 1200 to 3500 feet with cooler areas at higher elevations and warmer ones in the valleys. Breezes floating down from the mountains provide the crucial cooling influence, extending the time that grapes can hang on the vine to develop flavor. Home to over 70 wineries, the main American Viticultural Area is El Dorado County, but part of the sub appellations, Fair Play and Shenandoah Valley cross over into the County. The Sierra Foothills AVA, one of the largest in California, includes all eight Foothill counties.


 

DINNER WITH DEBRA

By Debra Williams

Beef Tenderloin in Mushroom Sauce
Great dish for a cold day from Taste of Home!

4 Tbsp. butter divided
1 tsp. oil
2 beef tenderloin steaks (1” thick and 4 ounces)
1 cup sliced, fresh mushrooms
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
Dash pepper
2/3 cup chicken or beef broth
1/8 tsp browning sauce, optional

Heat 2 Tbsp. butter and oil over medium-high heat; cook steaks to desired doneness 5-6 minutes per side. Remove from pan; reserving drippings; keep warm

In same pan, heat drippings and remaining butter over medium-high heat; saute mushrooms and green onion until tender. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper until blended; gradually stir in broth and browning sauce, if used. Bring to boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Serve with steaks.

Slow Cooker Spiced Wine
I love warm drinks on cold days. This is from Well Plated.

1 bottle red wine, think fruity, but not too sweet
¼ cup honey
1 zested, juiced orange
5 whole cloves
4 green cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
1 whole star anise
¼ cup brandy
Orange slices-garnish
Cinnamon sticks-garnish

Add wine, cider, honey, orange zest, and orange juice to 3-quart or larger slow cooker. Stir. Add cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and star anise. Cook on low (do not let boil) until warm, usually 10 minutes to an hour. Stir in Brandy. Ladle into mugs, add garnishes, and enjoy.