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The Wine List

15 Jan

Light Bodied Crisp Wines–chardonnay, chenin blanc, muscadet, pinot blanc, pinot grigio, white rioja, sauvignon blanc

Medium-bodied, soft whites–white bordeaux, pinot gris, rieslings, sauvignon blanc

Full-bodied, rich wines–white burgandy, chardonnay, muscat, semillion

Light-bodied, fruity reds– red burgandy, gamay, pinot noir, rose, rioja crianza

Medium bodied, silky reds–barbera, cabernet franc, chianti, cotes de rhone, merlot, rioja reserva

Full-bodied, tannic reds–red bordeaux, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, zinfandel

Sparkling wines–cava, champagne, prosecco

Dessert wines–Reds: port, sherry–Whites: ice wine, muscat, sauterne




Wine Pairings

15 Jan

Sweet White Wines–Serve with dessert, mousse, creams, puddings, sweet souffles and cakes. Sauternes are delicious with appetizers. Serve chilled.


Light, Dry, White Wines–Serve with oysters, cold shellfish, broiled fish, cold meals, and entrees. Serve chilled.


Blush Wines–Cold dishes, pates, eggs, and pork. Serve chilled


Light-Bodied, Red Wines–Serve with roast chicken, turkey, veal, lamb, beef, soft fermented cheese, and hamburgers. Serve at room temperature.


Full-Bodied, Red Wine–Serve with duck, game, and strong flavored cheese. Serve at room temperature.

German Style Short Ribs

2 Jan

A crock pot makes easy fair of this long cooking recipe, but trust me it’s worth the wait.

3/4 cup sweet red wine

1/2 cup mango chutney

3 TBSP quick-cooking tapioca

1/4 cup water

3 TBSP brown sugar

3 TBSP cider vinegar

1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground mustard

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs

2 medium onions, sliced

Hot cooked egg noodles or rice

In a 5 quart crock pot, combine the first 11 ingredients. Add ribs and turn to coat. Top with onions. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or until meat is tender. Remove ribs from cooker. Toss in a hand full of ice cubes to absorb the fat. Remove ice quickly and discard. Put cooked noodles in 13×9 glass baking dish. Arrange ribs on top and pour sauce evenly over the top.

Serves 8

302 calories per serving without noodles or rice. 11 g fat (5 saturated) 55 mg cholesterol, 378 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 19 g protein.

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