Chicken Chilaquiles

When life gives you sweet, California-grown tomatoes, make chilaquiles, a genius use for tortillas that are a few days old. September is the height of the harvest for the meaty plum tomatoes that make thick, flavorful sauce. Resist the temptation to substitute store-bought tortilla chips for the home-fried tortillas; the chips soften too much, and […]

Zinfandel Turkey Brine

Brine: 2 750 ml. bottles Zinfandel 4 cups apple cider 1 pound fresh cranberries 1 cup honey 1 cup kosher salt 4 sprigs fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 4 sprigs fresh sage 2 sticks cinnamon Turkey: 1 18-pound turkey, preferably free-range and hormone free 3 large carrots, coarsely chopped 6 stalks celery, coarsely chopped […]

Zinfandel Glazed BBQ Beef Short Ribs

Level: Intermediate Total: 2 hr 45 min Prep: 10 min Cook: 2 hr 35 min Yield: 2 to 4 servings   Ingredients 6 beef short ribs, 2-inches thick, cut across the bone Salt and freshly ground black pepper Dry rub seasoning mix 1/2 cup olive oil 4 poblano peppers, diced 4 medium yellow onions, diced […]

Zinfandel and Black Pepper Marinated Tri Tip

Serves 4-6 people Ingredients: 1 Tri Tip approximately 1 to 1-1/2# 4 cups Zinfandel 6 sprigs fresh thyme 4 sprigs fresh savory 1 clove garlic 1 shallot 6 green cardamom pods 1 stick cinnamon 2 cloves 1 bay leaf sea salt to taste 1 Tbsp. coarse ground fresh black pepper 1/4 cup honey fleur de […]

Zinfandel Risotto with Duck Confit and Wild Mushrooms

Serves 8 appetizer portions or 4 main course portions Ingredients: 1 lb. wild mushrooms, assorted 2 tablespoons grape seed oil 1 bunch fresh thyme 2 shallots, minced 10 tablespoons butter 1-1/2 cups carnaroli risotto rice 5 cups chicken stock 1 bottle Zinfandel wine sea salt fresh ground black pepper 1 bunch garlic chives, chopped 4 […]

Easy Curry Lentil Soup

This curry lentil soup recipe coaxes the appetite with great flavors with only a few ingredients. A delicious soup that you can pair with a crusty bread recipe and a glass of Zin!

Vegetarian Moroccan Chili


Watch winemakers Carol Shelton and Joel Peterson talk about many great vegetarian options to pair with Zinfandel. Submitted by Carol Shelton Wines   Description Brown in a large sauté pan 1 yellow onion diced 2 t. garlic minced 1 T. ground cumin 1 t. ground cardamom 2 t. ground coriander 4 t. sweet paprika 1 […]