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Leek & Roquefort Cheese Tartlets Recipe

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Enjoy this recipe for luscious Leek & Roquefort Tarlets that were the 4th course during our Magic of Monterey Class at Deux earlier this month. The pungent Roquefort in these tartlets pairs well with both Cabernet Sauvignon and red Zinfandel. At our Magic of Monterey Class, we paired these with Scheid Family Vineyards Very Dark Red Blend - a full bodied yet supple wine with deep, ripe fruit flavors of black currant and black raspberry perfumed by delicate notes of crushed violet.  YIELD: 8, 5 in square tartlets; 8-16 servings  Ingredients 1 tbsp unsalted butter 3 large leeks, rinsed and finely...

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Caramelized Onion & Cheese Squares Recipe

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Try this recipe for Caramelized Onion & Cheese Squares that were the 5th course during our Magic of Monterey Class at Deux earlier this month. They're a terrific addition to the holiday buffet table or to serve as an hors d'ouevre before dinner or a cocktail party. At our Magic of Monterey Class, we paired these with Scheid Family Ranch 32 Cabernet Sauvignon - It delivers blackberries, plums and currants with traces of mocha and violet. On the palate, it is deep, lush and fruity with balanced acidity and perfectly integrated tannins. YIELD: 3 dozen squares, 6-8 servings    Ingredients 2 cups/255 g unbleached...

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Mardi Gras Wine Pairings

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Mardi Gras is known for the wild celebrations and the overabundance of food! Louisiana’s creole cuisine blends ancestral influences to create a delicious mix of dishes that feature staple ingredients like rice, meats, fresh seafood, and mouthwatering creole seasonings with a kick. Traditional dishes like gumbo and jambalaya typically have one thing in common if nothing else: SPICE! Authentic creole dishes often boast flavors of cayenne, paprika, and pepper sauces to get the perfect amount of heat and flavor. When looking to pair a wine with these spicy traditional meals it can be difficult but once you find the perfect...

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Valentine's Day Dinner & Wine Pairings

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Planning your Valentine’s Day dinner and on to the task of pairing a wine with it? Choosing the right vino can be almost as stressful as attempting to perfectly cook the meal itself. Here are a few of our top wine pairings with classic dishes, common on the romantic holiday! Stop by this week to pick them up in time for Valentine's Day! Overview: Steak Rare to Medium rare, fatty steaks pair with Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel Pasta Cheese, cream or butter sauce on pasta pair with a nice oaked Chardonnay Tomato-based (and meat) sauces on pasta pair with Chianti Seafood Boiled,...

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Super Bowl Food & Drink Pairings

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Super bowl parties typically call for supremely large spreads of savory foods making it hard to narrow down the alcohol you’ll be stocking your bar with. Here are some streamlined pairings (and a couple tips) with a few of the most popular super bowl party menu items that’ll help you stock your fridge with just the right stuff! Overview: Spicy & Acidic Dishes: Pair with low acidity, hoppy ale or bubbly wine to cut the heat and acidity. Meat Dishes: Pair with lighter style beers or deep, jammy red wine to compliment the flavors. Fried Foods: Pair with lighter style...

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