Recipe - Eggs Benedict with Sémillon Hollandaise Sauce
Spring, oh spring, how we await you! These sunny March days in Walla Walla have been spent daydreaming about warmer weather, longer days, and white wine to round it all out. Not sure about you, but our white wine stocks at home are looking pretty bare! So when we went to the library wine rack here at the winery, we were so excited to find a few cases of our 2010 REININGER Sémillon. Naturally, we popped a bottle, handed glasses to Chuck, Abbie and Brad, and tasted it. Holy cow, it’s so good! It’s amazing how much tangerine, pineapple and tropical fruit can hang on in wines over the years. Bright acidity, smooth as velvet, and uplifting enough to carry us through the last of winter.
So, in fantasizing about all the brunches that spring is bound to host, we decided to work some Sémillon into our favorite breakfast recipe of all time, eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce. Now don’t worry, this is way easier than most people think. A little prep, a couple more dishes than you're used to, and you too can poach an egg and make hollandaise. So grab some 2010 REININGER Sémillon, pop the cork, and let’s do brunch.
Recipe - Asparagus Prosciutto Puff Pastry Bundles
Easter is just around the corner, and Semillon is the perfect white for your Sunday brunch. Its lower alcohol is great for a breakfast bevie, and with notes of lemongrass, honeycomb and flint, it pairs great with dishes like quiche, berry parfaits, fresh chevre and even asparagus. Try this chilled white with Fox and Briar’s Prosciutto Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles.
Recipe - Blueberry Syrah Reduction Sauce for Grilled Meats
Week three of Washington Wine Month is all about Syrah & Barbecue! A few nights ago winery partner and GM Kelly Tucker celebrated a birthday dinner at home featuring Grilled Rack of Lamb with a Blueberry Syrah reduction sauce. The Tuckers say the sauce’s bang for buck ratio is huge and takes very little time or brain power to make. The lamb was barbecued outdoors with a simple rub of oil, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper.
Holiday Recipes and Wine Pairings
It’s fireside season, meaning it’s a great time to perfect your cheese board skills with nibbles featuring our new Reininger and Helix release wines. With nary a carrot or celery stick in sight, these homemade crackers and spiced nuts ala Ina Garten, plus cheese and fig savories from the Runaway Spoon are quick to make, require only a few ingredients, and taste delicious!
Recipe - Eggplant Caponata
Weekend goals: REININGER Sangiovese Grosso with eggplant caponata and pita. Our limited production 2017 Seven Hills Vineyard Sangiovese is made in a traditional Brunello style. Crafted from the Sangiovese Grosso clone, this wine has classic aromas and flavors of cherry, dried strawberry and tobacco. Perfect for game day at home.
Recipe - Grilled Vegetables, Goat Cheese & Bread Salad
What's not to love about fresh veggies combined with heat and smoke on the grill? Instead of the traditional tomatoes and cucumbers, this easy Mediterranean inspired bread salad is hearty and filling, and pairs nicely with whites, rose and even lighter red wines, such as our Reininger Sémillon, Helix Rosé and Helix Sangiovese.
Recipe - Rosemary Steak Tips with Gorgonzola Polenta
This recipe for Rosemary Steak Tips & Gorgonzola is super simple with very few ingredients but a lot of flavor. We used locally sourced sirloin cap from @butcherbutcherww and although we used gorgonzola from @cuginiitalianimport, you could also use bleu d'auvergne, a Rogue Creamery blue, or our personal favorite if you can find it the Kikorangi Blue Cheese from New Zealand!
Pair it with a robust and tannic red like our Cab-dominant 2017 REININGER BDX, and don’t forget that 10% of the proceeds from its sale will go to Walla Walla’s Blue Mountain Action Council's Covid-19 Relief Fund to help those in need.
Recipe - Blue Cheese & Rosemary Chicken
A good way to think about pairing red wine with poultry is to consider the seasoning, herbs and/or sauce. The strong flavors of blue cheese and rosemary in this dish suggest a fairly powerful red. Many might immediately think of Cabernet Sauvignon, but we know our Walla Walla Merlots are rich and complex, sometimes even mistaken for Cab!
We recommend using a mild blue cheese like Rogue Creamery's Oregon Blue or New Zealand's Kikorangi Blue Cheese. Pair it with the Walla Walla Valley 2017 REININGER Merlot and enjoy on the patio with family.
Recipe - Raspberry Buttermilk Cake
Spring baking is still on the calendar, and we thought we’d share one of our favorite spring cake recipes for everyone who is staying safe at home.
With a lovely dollop of whipped cream, we just can’t get enough of this Raspberry Buttermilk cake as a centerpiece finale for Easter brunch, especially when paired with a glass of a Wine Spritz with our 2018 REININGER Sémillon- just add some club soda and fresh raspberries.