Food Pairings

  • 1 leg of lamb (about 6 lbs.)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 – 4 garlic cloves, slivered
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Stir together rosemary, ground pepper, and salt. Remove excess fat from lamb and pat dry. Make slits in the meat and insert garlic slivers. Rub lemon juice into meat and pat on spice mixture. Put in roasting pan, fat side up, and place in oven. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and roast about 1 1/2 hours, until meat thermometer registers 150 degrees. Let stand 10 minutes before carving.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Franc

Serves 4

  • >4 red snapper fillets
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. mirin
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. butter

While red snapper soaks in milk, make ginger sauce. Whisk together: rice wine vinegar, mirin, green onion, ginger & sugar. Set aside. On a plate, mix together flour and sesame seeds. Drain the fillets and dredge in dry mixture. Heat oil in a large sauté pan; add butter to melt. Brown filets on both sides. Serve with ginger sauce.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Viognier

Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 lbs top sirloin steak
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 1/4 tsp. each: marjoram, salt, and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 thin slices Black Forest ham
  • 6 oz Gruyere, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup beef stock

Cut meat into 4 serving pieces and make a pocket slit in each. Rub cut side of garlic over steaks; rub with the mixed spices. Insert a slice of ham and several slices of cheese into the pocket. Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat; brown the steaks nicely on the first side, turn and repeat on the second side. Place several slices of cheese atop the steaks, top with a slice of ham. Carefully flip the steaks and cook until ham is browned and cheese melted. Remove to warmed platter, ham side up, and tent with foil. Deglaze the pan with wine, scraping up any browned bits. Add beef stock and reduce by half. To serve, sprinkle steaks with parsley and spoon sauce over.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Test Pilot F-86 Sabre Jet

Serves 4

  • 4 duck breasts, boneless, skin on
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 3⁄4 c. dried cherries, halved
  • 3⁄4 c. Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, cut in small pieces

Season both sides of duck breast with salt and pepper. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat; when hot, place duck breast in pan skin side down. Allow duck fat to render from under skin, crisply browning skin, about 8-10 minutes. (Do not shortchange this procedure!) Once well browned, increase heat to high and turn breast over to sear meaty side until it is also nicely browned. Remove duck from pan; keep warm.

Pour off accumulated fat, turn heat to low. Add shallots, dried cherries, and wine; cook together until wine is reduced by half. Add butter, a few pieces at a time, whisking to incorporate each addition. Check for seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, spoon reduction sauce over duck breasts.

Recipe from Chef Jeremy MacVeigh, Professional Culinary Institute, PCIchef.com

Chef’s Note:

“The key to cooking duck breast is to render it, skin side down in a moderately hot pan for about 8-10 minutes to make the skin very crisp and to melt off the considerable amount of fat that lies beneath duck skin. Crisped duck breast skin is sublime, but only if it has been rendered well.”

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon

Serves 4

  • 1/4 cup dried currants, hot water to cover
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 5 Tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 10-oz pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat
  • Flour to dredge
  • 1/2 cup crème de cassis
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover currants with hot water and let stand 30 minutes to plump; then drain. Meanwhile, combine both broths and boil until reduced to 1 cup, about 10 minutes. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in heavy skillet over medium heat. Season pork with salt and pepper. Coat with flour, shaking off excess. Brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer to small baking pan (do not clean skillet). Bake pork until thermometer inserted into center registers 155 degrees, about 15 minutes. Tent with foil to keep warm. Meanwhile, pour fat from skillet.

Add currants, cassis, and vinegar to skillet and boil until liquid is reduced by half, scraping up browned bits. Add reduced broth mixture and boil until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup and mixture thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and whisk in remaining 3 Tablespoons butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Slice pork and spoon sauce over to serve.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Franc

  • 6 beef tenderloin medallions (approx. 5 oz. each)

Marinade:

  • 1 c. olive oil
  • 1⁄2 c. dry red wine
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Sauce:

  • 2 c. beef broth
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped garlic
  • 1⁄4 c. dry red wine
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch, dissolved in 1 Tbsp.
  • water
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Soak a cedar roasting plank. Mix marinade ingredients in large Ziploc. Add the beef; turn to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Heat oven and plank to 350 degrees. Remove beef from marinade; arrange in center of heated plank. Roast 20-25 minutes until desired doneness or internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

Prepare sauce in a medium-size saucepan. Combine beef broth, fresh rosemary, garlic and wine; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Partially cover and cook 20 minutes. Bring sauce back to a boil; whisk in dissolved cornstarch and cook until slightly thickened. Salt and pepper to taste. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Spoon sauce over tenderloin when plated and garnish with fresh rosemary to serve.

Reprinted by permission: “Savory Flavors with Wood” – www.naturescuisine.com (out of print)

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Merlot

Serves 4-6

  • 1⁄4 c. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. onions, thinly sliced
  • 1⁄2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 c. dry red wine
  • 6 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. grenadine

Heat olive oil in heavy, large saucepan over medium heat. Add sliced onions, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are very soft, about 30 min. Add wine, balsamic, and grenadine. Simmer uncovered, stirring often, until mixture thickens and onions are very tender, about 20-30 min. more. Season to taste with salt and pepper before cooling. Lovely atop baguette toasts as an appetizer. Also nice as an accompaniment to roast poultry, beef, or pork.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Merlot

  • 1 Tblsp. whole cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp. whole coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 oz. pitted, brine-cured olives,
  • halved lengthwise
  • 3 Tblsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tblsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 oz. feta cheese, diced

Combine cumin, coriander, and red pepper in small skillet over medium heat. Warm gently until spices are fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to bowl and stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least one day, up to one week. Bring to room temperature before serving on baguette slices.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Test Pilot P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 4 red snapper fillets
  • 2 c. Rice Chex, crushed
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • ¼ c. parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest, grated
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • Lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine crushed Rice Chex, olive oil, parsley, lemon zest, and salt. Pat filets dry. Press fish in coating mixture, covering both sides. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet and lay prepared filets atop it. Bake 14-16 minutes until browned; cooking time may vary with thickness of filets. Serve with lemon wedges.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

Serves 8

  • 1 baguette, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tblsp. olive oil
  • 11 oz. chevre, softened
  • 3 Tblsp. olive oil
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2/3 c. marinated artichoke hearts, sliced thin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the crostini: preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay out baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush lightly with 2 Tblsp. olive oil. Bake 10 minutes; let cool. (Can be made 1 day ahead.)

For the topping: stir together: chevre, 3 Tblsp. olive oil, green onions, artichoke hearts and seasoning. (If made ahead, refrigerate until ready to use. Soften at room temp before continuing.) Spread on crostini slices and enjoy!

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay