Food and Wine

What’s Cooking with Montesquieu Wine: Recipes and Pairings for Memorial Day and Summer

May 24, 2012, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

Memorial Day Red, White and Blue Fruit Cups photo from the Food Network

We’ve celebrated the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, various graduation ceremonies—and now Memorial Day will wrap up this eventful month! We’d like to share some recipes and pairings that are fantastic for this popular BBQ holiday, as well as any other occasion you may have this summer where a great recipe and delicious wine to pair it with comes in handy.

Whether you are hosting the get-together or bringing a dish to one, these creations are easy to prepare, full of fresh seasonal flavors and each paired with a wine that complements the dish. Note: If you don’t have the exact Montesquieu wine, pair with a similar one taking into consideration varietal, region, style, etc.

No matter how you celebrate we at Montesquieu Winery wish you all a very Happy Memorial Day!

Starting Things Off To begin with we have the ever-popular and super-easy Caprese salad. For a fun summer twist this recipe is served on petite skewers, which make for a clever presentation and the skewers are easy to manage for casual al fresco dining.

A delicious pairing with this salad is the 2008 Amura Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc. This cool-climate Chilean charmer has just the right vibrant acidity with nectarine, citrus and pomelo to lift the flavors around the delicate cheese. An alternative would be other cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc such as Sancerre. View Full Post


What’s Cooking With Montesquieu Wines: Three Simple and Delicious Spring Recipes With Wines

April 21, 2012, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

Chinese Chicken Salad with Spicy Ginger Dressing by Giao Trac

Spring is in full swing—the perfect time to share some simple and delicious recipes, paired with some of our favorite Montesquieu wines. We hope you enjoy these spring-inspired delights, enjoy!

Chinese Chicken Salad with Spicy Ginger Dressing
Recipe adapted from original by Giao Trac of  Kiss My Spatula

Serves 2

You may also substitute the chicken with grilled tofu, shrimp or any protein of your liking.

Chinese Chicken Salad

1 boneless chicken breast, skin removed
1 medium-sized Napa (or Savoy) cabbage, thinly sliced
2 carrots, shredded
1 small tomato, thinly sliced
1 mango, thinly sliced
4 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
2 tbsp. roasted sesame seeds
handful of fresh mint, chopped
handful of cilantro, chopped
handful of roasted peanuts

Spicy Ginger Dressing

2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

To poach chicken, place the breast in a small saucepan and add water, about 1 inch above the chicken. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiled, immediately lower heat to a very slow simmer and partly cover for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the chicken to cook in hot water for another 15 minutes. Once cooled, shred chicken and set aside.

If you prefer grilling or barbecue, use boneless and skinless chicken thighs instead, lightly brushed with vegetable oil.

In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the spicy ginger dressing.

Add the cabbage, chicken, carrots, tomato, mint and cilantro to the large bowl and toss gently. Top with mango slices and roasted peanuts. Garnish with scallions and roasted sesame seeds, and serve immediately.

Pair with our 2009 Symmetria, a California blend of Viognier, Roussane and Marsanne or our 2009 Hammel Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Montesquieu Winery

February 13, 2012, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

Ahhh romance…here at Montesquieu Winery we love to celebrate, and Valentine’s Day is a favorite. Who can resist the classic pairing of love and wine? Not us!

As we celebrate this year, we’d like to share some delicious pairings for some of our favorite Montesquieu Wines—we raise a glass to love, romance and delectable wines!

In water one sees one’s own face. But in wine, one beholds the heart of another…French proverb

In this spirit we share our winemaker Hélène Mingot‘s idea of the ideal romantic pairing:

“For me the perfect tête-à-tête wine is our Moulin du Paradis paired with a beef stew if it is raining, or paired with duck breast or beef entrecôte grilled outside on a vine-wood fire. We gather the canes from pruning and burn them in our outdoor barbecue, pruning is always in season for Valentine’s Day. Start with our Gabriel Simon Grand Cru Champagne and a duo of fresh and smoked salmon. French wines are the best to celebrate love! But I am French, so I’m not very objective!” View Full Post


Amarone della Valpolicella Classico: Crown Jewel of Veneto

February 10, 2012, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

Valpolicella Classico

It has been said that there is hardly an inch of Italy that isn’t suitable for growing grapes for wine production. As a result, Italy has the most diverse array of individual wine styles, micro-climates and indigenous grape varieties in the wine world!

One of the most distinctive and treasured of all Italian wines—and one that we at Montesquieu Winery believe has a particularly interesting history—is the Amarone della Valpolicella from the Veneto region in the province of Verona. Valpolicella has been producing wines since ancient times, and even its name reflects a longstanding relationship with wine— “Val polis cellae” means “the valley of many cellars”. View Full Post


Thanksgiving with Montesquieu Wines

November 17, 2011, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

2005 Hospices de Beaune, Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Cuvee Boillot

With Thanksgiving just a week away, we would like to share some traditions and recipes from past Thanksgivings with some of our favorite Montesquieu Wines, plus a few tips for including wines in some of your cooking. Wines as well as spirits make a wonderful layering component for flavor when added to various dishes!   And of course, as W.C. Fields said best, “ I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” So open a bottle of one of your favorites, and enjoy these recommendations and this delectable holiday! View Full Post


Montesquieu Wine Featured on NBC’s Today Show

October 4, 2011, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

Last week the Today Show featured a delightful food pairing segment presented by Jessica Harnois, President of the Canadian Sommeliers Association.  Today Show co-host Hoda Kotb and guest Nick Lachey (Newlyweds, The Sing-Off) enjoyed various wines chosen by Jessica featuring recommended pairings.

Of the myriad wines from all over the world Jessica could have chosen, she selected only six wines to pair with various dishes. These wines included one wine by Stéphane Derenoncourt and one by Michel Rolland—both world-renowned winemakers that Montesquieu Winery has the privilege to work very closely with. View Full Post


What’s Cooking with Montesquieu Wine: Sensational Summer Recipes with Pairings

June 15, 2011, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

Whether you have an almost endless summer climate or the full swing of four seasons, summer is here! With Father’s Day approaching and the 4th of July shortly after, it seems the perfect time to share some of our favorite recipes and wines that we particularly enjoy this time of year.

We love hearing from our community of wine lovers, which of course includes our Montesquieu Wine Brokers who are well-versed in all things food and wine.  A natural occupational passion is the discovery of meals that work particularly well with our diverse selection of Montesquieu wines.  Join us as we kick off summer in search of the perfect pairing….. View Full Post


What’s Cooking with Montesquieu Wines: 4 Classic Spring Recipes with Pairings

May 6, 2011, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

Alexandra Holt's Roasted Cod With Vegetables

Roasted Cod With Vegetables

We at Montesquieu Winery are very passionate about finding and making the very best wines possible—wines we are inspired by and know our clients will love. It is natural that when we discover particularly delicious pairings that we would want to share them with you!

With the recent spring holidays and warmer weather now upon us, several delightful dishes jump to the forefront that are especially fabulous this time of year. The recipes are straightforward, yet elegant, and include recommendations for pairings from our eclectic portfolio of international Montesquieu Wines.

What could be more enjoyable than sharing a lovely meal and wines with friends and family? Not much in our book! As you all juggle busy lives, we hope that you find these recipes to be a helpful part of your food and wine repertoire. View Full Post


What’s Cooking with Montesquieu Wines: 5 Simple Recipes with Pairings for a Fabulous & Fun Evening

April 2, 2011, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

Montesquieu Winery's Damaru Cabernet with steak skewers

2008 Damaru Cabernet compliments Grilled Steak Skewers with Balsamic Rosemary Butter

The good life?  Definition: savoring delicious food and wines among friends and family. We at Montesquieu Winery would love to share 5 simple and fun recipes to pair with some of our favorite wines in order to help make enjoying the good life just a little easier.

The recipes were chosen and adapted by Paige Richards of Kiss’d Cuisine, San Diego for their convenience of procuring ingredients and ease of preparation. The Montesquieu Wines were chosen by Missy Carpenter of our Orange County division, specially selected to accompany the meal. The meal was executed as a Kiss’d Cooking class which was a hit—an evening full of smiles and fun—and everyone came away with an approachable menu to pair with a lovely variety of our wines.

We wanted to share these with everyone as the recipes can be done with ease even on a busy weeknight. Some of you may have these wines in your cellar. For those that don’t, we have included general varietal recommendations. Enjoy! View Full Post


A Jug of Wine, A Loaf of Bread and Thou-Montesquieu Valentine Musings

February 12, 2011, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

Love and wine is a timeless pairing. As Valentine’s day is upon us, we feel inspired to share some ideas to celebrate. After all, it turns out that given a choice, almost 60% would prefer to receive a bottle of wine over a box of chocolate. Imagine if the survey was given to just wine lovers—it is safe to say the response would have likely been 100%.

In our opinion every conceivable Valentine’s Day idea will be enhanced by a special bottle of wine. Here are some ideas that are on deck with some of us here at Montesquieu:

Nothing says love like Eiswein-filled strawberries dipped in chocolate.” View Full Post


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