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2705, 2018

Risotto with Roasted Garlic and Goat Cheese

By |May 27th, 2018|Categories: Appetizers, Main Courses, Recipes|0 Comments

**This recipe was featured as part of our 2018 New Release Wine & Food Pairings.** Suggested Wines Sauvignon Blanc (Dry White) True Chardonnay (Dry White) This unique spin on a classic dish substitutes Parmesan cheese with goat cheese, adding an extra dimension of flavor. In addition by finishing with lots of lemon the citrus flavors of our cool climate white wines are accentuated nicely. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup chopped shiitake mushrooms 2 tablespoons chopped shallots 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice 3/4 cup dry white wine 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2-3 cups hot chicken stock 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese 2 tablespoons chopped roasted garlic 1 teaspoon minced lemon zest 2

2705, 2018

Spinach and Gruyere Cheese Dip

By |May 27th, 2018|Categories: Appetizers, Recipes|0 Comments

**This recipe was featured as part of our 2018 New Release Wine & Food Pairings.** Suggested Wines True Chardonnay (Dry White) Classic Chardonnay (Barrel Aged Dry White) This full flavored appetizer recipe is compliments of Farmhouse Deli in Douglas, Michigan. Please note: This recipe is scaled for a commercial kitchen. Please contact Farmhouse Deli for information on scaling it down if desired. Ingredients 1 lb butter 2 1/2 cups white flour 4 quarts heavy cream 1/2 gallon whole milk 3/4 block cream cheese 5 quarts shredded gruyere cheese 6 cups Parmesan cheese 4 lbs spinach, blanched and finely chopped Salt, garlic powder and white pepper to taste  Directions Combine butter and flour to make a roux.

2705, 2018

Greek Style Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmades)

By |May 27th, 2018|Categories: Main Courses, Recipes|0 Comments

**This recipe was featured as part of our 2018 New Release Wine & Food Pairings.** Suggested Wines Cabaret Rosé (Dry Rosé) Lakeshore Sunset (Semi-Dry Blush) A wonderfully fresh and classic Mediterranean dish. You can even use leaves from the vineyard! Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups lightly pureed onion 2 1/4 cups medium or long grain white rice 1/2 cup parsley, finely minced 1/4 cup mint, finely minced 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup tomato puree 1 teaspoon sugar 50-60 prepared grape leaves 1 1/2 lemons, thinly sliced 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce (14oz can) 1 teaspoon dried thyme  Directions Cut onions into small pieces and process in a food processor until finely chopped (not

2705, 2018

Beef Stroganoff with Dried Cherries

By |May 27th, 2018|Categories: Main Courses, Recipes|0 Comments

**This recipe was featured as part of our 2018 New Release Wine & Food Pairings.** Suggested Wines Meritage (Dry Red) Merlot (Dry Red) Lakeshore Ruby Red (Semi-Dry Red) A classic dish with a spin! The dried cherries were specifically added to pair this dish the the more fruit driven style of red wine so typical of our cool climate. Stronganoff can be served on its own, or over egg noodles or polenta. Ingredients 3 tablespoons canola oil 2 tablespoons butter 2 lbs beef round bottom, cut into thin strips 2 large yellow onions, diced 1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup dry red wine 1 tablespoon beef bouillon 5 oz dried cherries, coarsely chopped 2

2705, 2018

Sugar Free Chocolate Mousse

By |May 27th, 2018|Categories: Desserts, Recipes|0 Comments

**This recipe was featured as part of our 2018 New Release Wine & Food Pairings.** Suggested Wines Meritage (Dry Red) Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Red) Lakeshore Ruby Red (Semi-Dry Red) This sugar-free low carb chocolate mousse is rich and creamy with less than for net carbs per serving. The slight bit of gelatin helps stabilize the mousse so you can make it in advance. Fast and easy to prepare! Ingredients 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin 1 tablespoon cold water 2 tablespoons boiling water 1 cup Splenda 1/2 cup unsweetened powdered cocoa (Ghirardelli preferred) 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Optional Topping: whipped cream lightly sweetened with Splenda Optional Topping: Light dusting of unsweetened

1608, 2017

It’s Been a Long Path to the Bottle

By |August 16th, 2017|Categories: Cellar, Tasting Room|0 Comments

It's Been a Long Path to the Bottle Muscat Ottonel is one of the new wines featured at our Wine and Food Pairing event last April and has since been released to the general public this summer.  While it is a new wine to our customers, Muscat Ottonel has a long history at Fenn Valley and has been grown in our vineyards for more than 30 years.  Fenn Valley fans never knew about it because we did not see a good thing until we tripped over it. The story begins in the mid-70’s when we were planting our first vineyards and producing our first wines.  A newly planted vineyard takes three years to begin

808, 2017

Cherry and Blueberry Harvest

By |August 8th, 2017|Categories: Cellar, Harvest Updates|0 Comments

Balaton cherries waiting to be processed While many Michigan wineries are busy getting ready for harvest, Fenn Valley is already well underway! You see, we process local cherries and blueberries much the same way we work with grapes. This allows us to get more use out of the crush and press equipment as well as create great products out of Michigan-grown fruit! Cherries The cherry we work with is the Balaton, developed in Hungary and brought to the United States by Michigan State University. It differs from the extremely popular Montmorency cherry by having a firmer skin and red flesh. We believe it is ideal for winemaking as a result of both the flavor

1605, 2017

Jam-Topped Mini Cheesecakes

By |May 16th, 2017|Categories: Desserts, Recipes|0 Comments

**This recipe was featured as part of our 2017 New Release Wine & Food Pairings.** Suggested Wines Ice Wine (Dessert Wine) Late Harvest Vignoles (Dessert Wine) Dessert wine pairings can be tricky. The key is to choose a food item that seems less sweet compared to the wine (even if in reality the food has more sugar). The savory elements of cheesecake help ensure the wine seems more sweet. The jam ties in the fruit flavors in this delicious pairing to end a great meal. Ingredients 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons butter, melted 1 – 8oz. cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg, lightly beaten Assorted jams, warmed  Directions Preheat

1305, 2017

Italian Quesadillas

By |May 13th, 2017|Categories: Main Courses, Recipes|0 Comments

**This recipe was featured as part of our 2017 New Release Wine & Food Pairings.** Suggested Wines Meritage (Dry Red) Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Red) Lakeshore Ruby Red (Semi-Dry Red) An Italian take on this classic Mexican dish! The strong fennel flavor of the sausage is a classic Bordeaux style red wine pairing. The apples deliver an acidic component that highlights the crispness of cool climate red wines. And anytime cheese is involved wine seems to fit in nicely. Ingredients 10 fresh flour tortillas 1-1/2 pounds strong Italian sausage,** cooked 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese 3 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced paper thin  Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay out

1305, 2017

Fig and Prosciutto Flatbread

By |May 13th, 2017|Categories: Main Courses, Recipes|0 Comments

**This recipe was featured as part of our 2017 New Release Wine & Food Pairings.** Suggested Wines Merlot (Dry Red) Capriccio (Dry Red) Lakeshore Ruby Red (Semi-Dry Red) This flatbread is the food version of red wine! The fig jam brings out fruitiness while the Gorgonzola cheese and fresh herbs add a dimension of earthiness and an herbaceous quality. And lastly the thinly sliced prosciutto delivers a salty, savory dimension. The complexity of this dish really draws out and highlights the complexity of a well made red wine. Ingredients 2 x 12oz. balls of pizza dough, thawed and at room temperature. All-purpose flour Extra virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced

1305, 2017

Cheesy Bacon Spread

By |May 13th, 2017|Categories: Appetizers, Recipes|0 Comments

**This recipe was featured as part of our 2017 New Release Wine & Food Pairings.** Suggested Wines Traminette (Semi-Dry White) Edelzwicker (Off-Dry White) Not many white wines would go well with this flavorful cheese spread. However Traminette has a wonderful floral aromatic, fruity flavor and slightly spicy finish, making it an interesting and successful pairing. Ingredients 1-12oz. pkg. bacon strips, cooked, drained and chopped ½ cup roasted pecans, chopped 4 cups (1 pound) finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese 2 cups mayonnaise 1 small onion, finely chopped 3 tablespoons finely chopped sweet red bell pepper 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper  Directions Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir together well. Let set at least 2-3 hours for

1305, 2017

Super Orange Chicken

By |May 13th, 2017|Categories: Main Courses, Recipes|0 Comments

**This recipe was featured as part of our 2017 New Release Wine & Food Pairings.** Suggested Wines Muscat Ottonel (Dry White) Moscato (Semi-Dry White) Lakeshore Demi-Sec (Semi-Dry White) The classic orange blossom characteristics of Muscat Ottonel pair perfectly with the orange marinade on the chicken. Also, Muscat Ottonel is one of the few wines that pairs nicely with asparagus, which adds a nice dimension to this dish. Ingredients 10 – 12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 1 lb. fresh asparagus, ends trimmed, roasted 1 sweet red bell pepper, roasted 1 bunch green onions, sliced including the greens 8 – 12 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1

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