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


Mother’s Day Gifts for Wine Lovers by Montesquieu Winery

May 9, 2012, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

As we get set to celebrate Mother’s Day, the following gift ideas are especially nice for wine lovers— sure to bring a smile and may be enjoyed all year. All of us at Montesquieu Winery wish mothers everywhere a most Happy Mother’s Day!

Unique wine accessories make festive gifts. Some fun ideas include flower wine glass charms, wine bottle stoppers or bottle bags or totes, all which may be used throughout the year. Present with a bottle (or more!) of mom’s favorite wine for a lovely and delicious presentation. Candle holders (like the one pictured below) designed to fit the neck of a wine bottle are a fun way to remember a special bottle—just insert, add a candle and voila!  For handmade bottle bags and totes see Etsy, and for more artsy wine charms see 47 Gems. View Full Post


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


Happy New Year from Montesquieu Winery

December 31, 2011, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

We at Montesquieu Winery wish everyone a most Happy New Year!  Reflecting back on 2011, it has been such an eventful year full of unique and wonderful wine adventures including our first Montesquieu Grand Cru Champagne, the release of our coveted 2007 Derenoncourt California wines, our first Juntarse from the Uco Valley co-produced with Michel Rolland, our developing relationship with Doc Hendley and his team at Wine to Water and so much more!

Our journey to make and find truly distinctive wines has taken us around the world and back again, and we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the relationships old and new that make it all happen!  So we raise a glass to you wine lovers everywhere– clients, winemakerswine brokers and all–we value your part in making our community so vibrant, cheers!

May your enjoyment of wine among friends and family highlight the best of times, soothe the edges of challenges and bring a smile and spring to your step as we look forward to 2012!

Happy New Year to all!


With Gratitude From Montesquieu Winery

November 25, 2011, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

As we enjoy leftovers and reflect on our Thanksgiving celebrations—savoring quality time with friends and family sharing delicious dishes and favorite wines—we would like to be sure to say thank you to all the wonderful people that make up our Montesquieu Winery community.

Thank you to our clients all over the country, who have joined us on our journey of discovering and drinking some of the world’s most delicious and exciting wines. We are privileged to work with you, to get to know you and your preferences and share each other’s stories as we seek to enhance quality of life through the appreciation and enjoyment of wine. We are constantly inspired hearing how our wines have been a part of your lives; being a part of your wine experience is very meaningful to us! 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


The Timeless Gift of Wine: Custom Etching by Montesquieu Winery

October 21, 2011, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

A lovely bottle of wine makes a great gift any time of year. As we approach the holidays, there are more occasions than ever to remember friends, family, clients and colleagues with that special gift. What we at Montesquieu Winery have found is that everyone gets especially excited about our etched bottles, and with good reason! Not only are the wines delicious, but the elegant custom designs create a lasting impression. View Full Post


Montesquieu Winery Reflects On Independence Day and The Spirit of Wine: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

July 2, 2011, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

Happy Birthday America! Independence Day is upon us, the Fourth of July- the day in 1776 that the wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved by Congress.

The eloquent second sentence of the Declaration shines and endures, one of the most celebrated and revered of American history:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Ahh, the pursuit of happiness. One of the many great things about our country is that we provide people the freedom to choose their path to happiness. No matter the challenges we face and the many issues that warrant change or improvement, the fact remains how very fortunate we are! 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


Ring In the New Year With Grand Style-Montesquieu Winery Reviews Large-Format Bottles

December 30, 2010, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi

Bigger Really IS Better

As we all prepare to ring in the New Year, lavish menus and special bottles of wine abound. One of the most popular highlights this time of year for wine lovers’ celebrations is the impressive large-format bottle.  What is all the buzz about?  If you have ever watched the look on people’s faces when a host or hostess enters the room with a Magnum (or larger!) of wine, the mood electrifies and even the most veteran wine lovers’ eyes shine with anticipation.

Nothing makes an impression quite like opening a large-format bottle. But it isn’t all hype. There are many reasons why these impressive bottles make sense, beyond the “wow” factor.

Ullage, Oxidation and the Fountain of Youth

Melchior Cartoon

First, and most importantly, the consensus in the industry is that wine in large-format bottles tastes consistently better, and has a longer cellar life. Wine changes over time as a result of the chemical process of oxidation. There’s a small amount of oxygen trapped inside every wine bottle in the gap between the level of liquid and the cork. This space is called ullage. A big wine bottle has less oxygen relative to the volume of wine, which means that the wine oxidizes more slowly. This slower process translates into a graceful evolution of the wine, which brings out dimensions and qualities not found in the same wine in a standard bottle. View Full Post


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