Welcome to our blog about Great Wines... Great Times... Under Blue Ridge Mountain Skies™
My name is Jessi Ratledge, the new Tasting Room Manager at JvD. I lived in the Winston Salem area until I went to culinary school in 2007. I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY in 2009. I have worked in kitchens in North Carolina, New York, Missouri, Colorado, and Alaska. Recently, I decided to take a step back from the Chef world to explore more about the wine industry, however I still enjoy all things food.
I'd like to share a few favorite recipes with you as we enter the New Year. Winter is an excellent season for warm, savory dishes and enjoying red wine. I especially love to cook with the wine I selected to drink with the meal.
For this French Onion Soup recipe, Jones von Drehle 2014 Merlot would be a great choice when deglazing the pan after caramelizing the onions. The recipe author suggests duck stock for the soup, but it also okay to use all beef stock, or even a hearty vegetable stock if you prefer a meatless-meal.
Chef Jenn Segal has an awesome Beef Stew recipe reminiscent of the classic Boeuf Bourguignon in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I cook with Jones von Drehle 2015 Cabernet Franc to add delicious depth of flavor to this stew.
Lastly, try making Coq Au Vin with Jones von Drehle 2015 Rock & Rail. Ina Garten always creates reliable, approachable recipes; and I especially love her interpretation of this traditional French dish. I usually omit the Cognac, but feel free to include it if you have some on hand.
We will be sampling these dishes in the Tasting Room
from 1 pm until they are gone on the following dates:
Sunday, January 19th - French Onion Soup
Sunday, February 23rd - Beef Stew
Sunday, March 22nd - Coq Au Vin
If you have any questions about these recipes or food & wine pairing, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bon Appetit!