White Wine

SALSA
1 ripe mango, peeled, diced into 1/4 inch chunks
1/3 c. diced red onion
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp. lime juice
Pinch of salt
In a bowl, combine ingredients, mix gently

SALMON
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. honey
2 sprinkles paprika
2 tsp. salt
4 6-oz skinless salmon fillets

Preheat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheet with foil. Mix first 5 ingredients and brush over salmon. Transfer to baking sheet. Roast until opaque in center, about 10 minutes. Serve with salsa spooned over salmon.  Serves 4.

Pair with Cooper-Garrod Viognier

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 c. panko
  • 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley flakes
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3-4 Tbsp. butter
  • Lemon wedges and parsley to garnish

Pound chicken thin.  Put on a plate; top each piece with 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, turning to coat.  In a pie plate, combine panko, parmesan, parsley, garlic powder, plus salt and pepper to taste.  Put flour in a second pie plate and beaten egg in a third.  Cut chicken in half for 4 total pieces.  Dredge in flour, coat with egg, and press both sides to cover with panko.  Heat 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add chicken and cook until browned, 4-5 minutes.  As you turn the pieces, add another 1-2 Tbsp. butter to pan for second side browning, about 4 minutes more.  Serve with lemon wedges and a sprig of parsley to garnish.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

  • 4 oz. crumbled feta
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • ¼ c. chopped pistachios

Combine first seven ingredients in a food processor and pulse process until smooth.  Put the whipped feta in your serving dish, sprinkle with chopped pistachios, and enjoy with warm pita triangles, pita crisps, crackers, or toasted baguette slices.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Test Pilot P-61 Black Widow

  • 10 oz. cheese ravioli
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped shallot
  • ½ each zucchini and yellow squash, sliced thin, about 1 cup total
  • ¾ c. heavy cream
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ c. finely shredded Parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped chives

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving ¼ c. cooking water, and return to pot. Simultaneously, heat oil in medium skillet. Add shallot and cook until soft, stirring, about 2 min. Add vegetables with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring often, until squash is just beginning to soften, 2-3 min.  Add cream and lemon zest; cook until squash is tender and cream is thickened, 2 min. or so.

Add squash mixture and ¼ c. Parmesan to drained pasta. Stir to mix, adding pasta water as needed for desired sauce consistency. Serve, sprinkled with chives and additional Parmesan. Serves 2; easy to double.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Test Pilot P-61 Black Widow

  • 2 lbs fresh prawns
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 c. pitted black olives, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped pimiento
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 bay leaf, broken
  • 1 Tbsp. dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Cilantro

Cook shelled and deveined prawns until pink, about 3 minutes. Drain and put in bowl. Add lemon and onion slices, olives and pimiento; toss. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over prawns. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Toss with a little chopped fresh cilantro just before serving.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 11 oz. Chevre
  • 12 oz whipped creme cheese
  • 1 Tbs chives, chopped
  • 1 Tbs parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbs basil, chopped
  • 9 slices Provolone

Line loaf pan with enough plastic wrap to overhang the long sides. Cut 3 slices Provolone in half and place along sides of the pan. Place two slices of Provolone in pan bottom. Mix other cheeses, pine nuts, and herbs until well blended. Spread 1/2 of mix in bottom of pan. Place two slices of Provolone on top of mix. Spread 1/2 of mix in pan. Place 2 slices of Provolone on top. Trim edges extending above cheese loaf and cover with plastic wrap overhand. Refrigerate until firm. To serve, invert molded cheese onto serving tray. Enjoy!

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod wines

Serves 2 per grapefruit

  • 1 pink grapefruit per person
  • 1 T. sugar per grapefruit
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint per grapefruit
  • About 1/4 c. Chardonnay per grapefruit

Carefully remove the peel, membranes, and seeds from the fruit. Leaving the pith and memo branes imparts a bitter flavor, so take the time for this tedious prep work. You can speed it up by using a knife for crisp presentation of the fruit. Place the sections in a non-reactive bowl, sprinkling with the sugar and 1 sprig of mint per grapefruit. Pour Chardonnay onto the top of the fruit. Cover and refrigerate overnight. To serve, remove the marinated mint from the fruit; arrange sections in individual serving bowls, and garnish with a sprig of mint. French vanilla ice cream is a nice accompaniment.

Serves 2.  (Easily multiplied to serve more.)

  • 5 T. mayonnaise
  • 1 T. Dijon mustard
  • 1 T. + 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. water
  • 1 c. cherry or plum tomatoes, halved
  • 4 c. mixed greens
  • ½ lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ¾ c. panko breadcrumbs

Combine mayonnaise and Dijon in medium bowl.  In large salad bowl, whisk together 2 T. of the mixture, 1 T. oil, and 1 T. water with salt and pepper to taste.  Add tomatoes and greens.  Pat shrimp dry.  Toss with mayo mixture in medium bowl to coat.  Put panko in a pie plate and press shrimp to coat both sides with crumbs.  Heat 3 T. oil in large skillet.  Add shrimp and cook, turning once, until golden, crisp, and cooked through.  Toss salad and divide between two plates.  Top with cooked shrimp.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

Serves 4

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 8 dried apricots, thinly sliced
  • 2 large green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger

Mix flour and coriander in shallow bowl. Pound chicken breasts between sheets of waxed paper to 1/2-inch thickness. Season with salt and pepper. Dust with flour mixture, shaking off excess. Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to platter. Tent with foil to keep warm. Add apricots and half of green onions to drippings in same skillet and stir over medium-high heat 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits. Mix broth and cornstarch in small bowl until smooth. Add to skillet; bring to boil, stirring constantly. Add preserves, honey, soy sauce and ginger. Boil until thickened to sauce consistency, about 2 minutes. Pour over chicken. Garnish with remaining green onions.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

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