Food Pairings

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup unsalted pistachio meats, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate-infused Craisins®, chopped

Use the best quality chocolate chips available and combine in a 4-cup glass bowl. Microwave on half power one minute; stir. Microwave another minute on half power; stir to smooth. (May need another half minute.) Line a sheet-cake pan with parchment and spread melted chocolate mixture evenly. Sprinkle with prepared nuts and fruit. Cover with wax paper and press toppings lightly into chocolate; discard wax paper. Chill about 20 minutes, or until firm enough to break into bark pieces.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon

Serves 4

  • 4 Bruce Aidells Chicken-Mango sausages
  • 1/2 pineapple, cored and cut into chunks (may use canned if fresh is not available)
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup apricot jam
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • Skewers for grilling

If using wooden skewers, soak in water 30 minutes to minimize charred ends. Slice sausage into 1″ pieces. Stir together jam, pineapple juice, and five-spice powder for glaze. Alternate sausage and pineapple on skewers. Brush with glaze to coat. Grill or broil 8-10 minutes, turning at least once.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Viognier

Serves 4

  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 2 T. white wine vinegar
  • 2 T. honey
  • 1/4 t. onion powder
  • 1/4 t. garlic salt
  • 1/2 t. poppy seeds
  • 3 large peaches
  • 2 c. diced cooked chicken
  • 1/2 c. diced red onion
  • 6 c. salad greens
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, honey, onion powder, garlic salt, and poppy seeds. Add fresh ground pepper to taste. In the same bowl, cut up 2 peaches into bite-size pieces. Add chicken and onion. Toss to coat. Cover and chill up to 2 hours. At serving time, arrange salad greens on plates. Top with chicken mixture and walnuts. Slice the remaining peach as garnish. (You can double the dressing and pass on the side.)

Serve with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

Serves 4

  • 4 salmon filets
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon peeled, grated ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind

Place salmon in an 8-inch square baking dish. Combine all other ingredients, stirring well. Pour marinade over salmon. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Uncover before baking in the marinade at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily.

 Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

Serves 4

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 6 cups assorted greens
  • 2 cups diced, cooked chicken
  • 2/3 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, diced

Combine greens and endive in large bowl. Toss with enough dressing to coat. Add remaining ingredients. Drizzle with more dressing; toss gently. Arrange on 4 serving plates and serve with warm, crusty rolls or sourdough bread.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

Serves 8

  • 2 tablespoons Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, washed, spun, and torn
  • 4 oz. Roquefort cheese, crumbled

Combine first 10 ingredients in medium bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss vinaigrette with lettuce and divide among 8 salad plates. Sprinkle with Roquefort and serve. (Attributed to the Pleasanton Hotel)

Made with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. minced shallots
  • 1 c. red wine
  • 1 tsp. flour
  • ½ c. beef stock, warmed
  • 2 Tbsp. minced parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • ½ tsp. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

This sauce graces a well-browned cut of beef, such as rib-eye steaks. Brown the meat to desired doneness in a sauté pan; remove to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Pour the cooking fat out of the pan. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in pan and cook shallots, stirring, about 2 minutes until softened. Add wine and cook over high heat until reduced by 2/3. Whisk flour into warmed beef stock; add to reduced pan mixture, stirring to cook down again. When reduced and thickened, remove from heat. Whisk in 1 more Tbsp. butter to thicken. Add parsley and lemon juice; salt and pepper to taste. Serve over prepared steaks.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 1 sheet prepared puff pastry, thawed (Pepperidge Farms works well)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ¼ c. finely chopped pecans
  • 3 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • Flour for dusting

Set out frozen pastry to thaw. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, stir to mix with oil, and reduce heat to low. Cook for about 30-40 minutes, stirring frequently as onions caramelize in color. When golden, remove from heat and drizzle with honey. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured pastry board, unfold puff pastry. Cut the two fold lines, creating 3 sections of dough. Lightly roll each section to about ¼ inch thickness. Spread 1/3 of onion mixture along each strip, leaving ½” on one of the longer sides ungarnished. Sprinkle each strip with 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. chopped pecans, topping with 1 tsp. thyme. Moisten the ½” ungarnished dough and roll up from the opposite side, sealing the edge over the roll. Place on a tray in the freezer for 10 minutes before slicing into 3/8” rounds. Place the rounds on parchment-lined baking sheets; bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temp.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Viognier

  • 8 oz. wheel Camembert
  • 1 c. sliced strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped pistachios

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, stir together strawberries, sugar, and balsamic vinegar; set aside. Place Camembert in a baking dish with sides and some extra space; bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven; spoon strawberries over hot cheese and drizzle with some of the remaining marinade. Sprinkle pistachios over the top. Serve warm with water crackers.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Test Pilot F-7U Cutlass

  • 1 rack baby back ribs, trimmed
  • 5 Tbsp. (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • red wine vinegar
  • your favorite BBQ sauce

Combine all dry ingredients; reserve 1-2 Tbsp. for serving. Sprinkle red wine vinegar on ribs; coat both sides with dry rub. Wrap tightly in plastic; place in Ziploc to refrigerate 8-24 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove ribs from plastic. Wrap tightly with heavy foil. Bake on a cookie sheet 1 hour. Open foil (avoiding steam); add 3⁄4 cup BBQ sauce. Reseal; bake 45-60 minutes more. Sprinkle with reserved rub and serve with BBQ sauce to pass.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Syrah