It’s summertime and the living is easy. To help us celebrate the season, we’re heading to our winery in Napa Valley, where our Head Winemaker, Mari, and Estate Operations & Test Kitchen Manager, Dan Gora, are cooking up tons of delectable bites for summer—and pairing them with all the best wine!
Watch this season’s Grape to Glass to see the magic unfold. And make sure to follow along with this webisode’s recipes below!
Makes 10-12 skewers
Active Time: 50 minutes
Inactive Time: 1 hour
Wine Pairing: Vintner Red Blend
Skewer building is a very fun and interactive way to bring people together in the kitchen. This is a healthy and crowd pleasing dish that we find both kids and adults love to get in the kitchen to assemble. The best thing about this recipe is that it’s completely adaptable. We love to mix up the meats, marinades, and produce we have on hand to make up endless tasty combinations. The roasted flavors in the meats and vegetables really bring out all of the fruit notes in our award winning and 96 point Vintner Red Blend. For those who don’t own a backyard barbecue OR simply want to make these in the dead of winter with some winter produce—these can be done indoors just as easily with a stovetop grill pan or skillet.
Cut all ingredients below into 1 inch cubes / slices:
Purchasing the perfect amount of produce for exact skewer assembly with no food waste can be a bit of a challenge. Have extra bits of veggies leftover after assembling? Skewer and grill them up anyway and save them for tasty toppings on salads for the week to come!
Time: 25 minutes
Wine Pairing: Vintner Pinot Grigio
This classic Italian dish is wonderfully simple and abundantly flavorful. It’s traditionally made with just the two ingredients in the title, but we’ve added some balsamic glaze and sea salt to compliment this quintessential summer favorite. Serve this vibrant appetizer with an ice cold glass of our Vintner Pinot Grigio. The natural sweetness of the melon matches the stonefruit and melon flavor profile of this dry wine. And the salty prosciutto balances out this perfect pairing.
Makes 4 paninis
Time: 30 minutes
Wine Pairing: Frizzante Red Wine
One of our favorite bakeries here in Napa, Model Bakery, makes the most incredible Pain au Levain. It has the perfect balance of a thick crunchy artisanal bread crust with an incredibly soft and chewy inside. We use this anytime we can get our hands on a loaf, but both sourdough and whole wheat work great for this recipe as well.
This panini pairs great with our new Frizzante Red Wine for a number of reasons. The wild berry flavors in the wine from the blend of eclectic reds match the flavor of the blackberry jam. The saltiness from the prosciutto is a wonderful contrast to the bubbles in the wine and finally, the creamy cheese balances out the acidity in the wine.
Ready to craft your own version of Dan’s creations? Pick up the ingredients—and Mari’s wine pairings!—and get ready to throw the ultimate summer soirée.
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The ONEHOPE Team