Sea Bass Stew

Sea Bass Stew

As we get into fall we need heartier dishes – and red wine. Here’s the dish – and the wine to go with it. INGREDIENTS: Olive oil 1 onion, hopped 2 celery ribs, chopped Salt and pepper 3 garlic cloves, minced ¼ cup chopped herbs (thyme, parsley, basil) ¾ cup white wine (Taft Street Sauvignon …

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Smoked Salmon

In July I had the great pleasure of taking my son and grandson on a fishing trip to Alaska. We had a great time, and brought home a load of salmon, halibut and sea bass. I’m currently working of this recipe with salmon fillets. INGREDIENTS: Cure 1 pound salmon fillet, pin bones removed ½ cup …

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Good Ole Summertime

Summer is officially in high gear, and indications thus far show a larger that average harvest. When growers describe things as “not too bad,” they usually are just the opposite. The tragic (and all too common) fires in Mendocino and Lake Counties will undoubtedly affect North Coast grapes this year, but fortunately for us the …

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Tomatoes Taft

Tomatoes Taft

August starts serious tomato season in Sonoma County. Early Girls and a variety of heirlooms are now available for BLT’s and endless other treats. Here’s a versatile salad; try it with a chilled glass of Taft Street Russian River Sauvignon Blanc. INGREDIENTS: 1 shallot, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons …

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Extreme Conditions

We have already had our second hundred degree heat spell and our second major fire, and it’s not even the 4th of July yet! Spooky. However, early reports from the vineyards indicate a healthy and hearty crop. Melissa and crew are in full bottling mode, working with numerous clients and their packaging needs. It is …

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Pasta with Mushrooms & Prosciutto

There are many reasons to feel blessed by living in Sonoma County. Mushrooms are one. We are especially fortunate to be neighbors of Mycopia, mushroom cultivators who have a drop-in sale every Friday where they offer various exotic varieties at below market prices. Here’s a classic. Try this with a baguette and salad. INGREDIENTS: 1/4 …

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