We're welcoming 2015 at SummerWood Winery & Inn with new wine releases and some healthy recipes! Drop by the tasting room and check out the 2013 Viognier, 2011 Syrah and 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The Viognier, a blend of fruit from both Alta Colina and Hearthstone Vineyards, features aromas of white peach, honeysuckle, orange blossom and apricot pie. The wine is enticing, with flavors of creamy, ripe peaches and apricots intertwined with citrus and honey. The acidity is immense, with a long, persistent finish. The 2011 Syrah is a treasure box of aromas -- ripe plum, black cherry, licorice, tobacco leaves, chocolate, vanilla and leather, leading to complex, full flavors of black cherries and plum with a touch of dark chocolate and butterscotch. The Reserve Cab hails from the Stanger vineyard; its dark, inky red color hints at the intensity of this vintage -- berry and cherry aromas invite notes of dark chocolate, pencil shavings and cassis with a hints of vanilla, cola and sweet, toasted oak. The flavors echo the aromas with a touch of roasted coffee beans. This wine is a favorite of Winemaker Mauricio Marchant, who suggests enjoying some now and holding back a few bottles for your future enjoyment!
Chef Kelly has been busy adding lots of great recipes to her blog and Facebook page (Chef Kelly). Check them out for healthy, farm-fresh additions to your menu! (My favorites are the Farro Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and the Zucchini Cakes!)
We hope to see all of our valued wine club members at the Annual Member Appreciation Party on February 21, 2015 (11am-2pm). Be sure to RSVP to 805.227.1365 ext. 11 or via email. Kelly and Mauricio have a fabulous menu/pairing prepared for the celebration!
Best wishes for a wonderful 2015 -- cheers!
CONGRATULATIONS TO CHEF KELLY FOR WINNING last night's Cutthroat Kitchen!!!
The lively episode, titled “The Undertater”, included challenges in which she prepared a stuffed baked potato and cooked Korean short ribs. The final challenge found Chef Kelly sabotaged, playing a memory game to retrieve needed ingredients to prepare her award-winning blueberry turnover, all while handcuffed. Throughout the competition, Chef Kelly was sabotaged five times, with final winnings totaling $6,900.00. Cheers!!
A reality cooking show hosted by celebrity chef, author and television personality Alton Brown, Cutthroat Kitchen features four chefs faced with three cooking challenges. At the beginning of the challenge each chef is given $25,000, which can be used to sabotage their opponents and/or used to bid on ingredients for the competition.
Each challenge gives the chefs a dish to create, with 1 minute to retrieve their ingredients from the pantry. The contestants are then given 30 minutes to prepare their dish. Upon completion, a guest judge evaluates each dish and the chef with the worst dish is eliminated. Episodes broadcast so far this season include, "Crabs of Steel", "SaBOOOtage" and "Chip Off the Ol' Baklava".
SummerWood Executive Chef and Inn Manager Kelly Wangard, learned of the opportunity after receiving a Facebook message from the show's casting director, who was searching for a female executive chef. A quick telephone conversation and Skype interview followed, with Wangard learning she had been selected within a week of the initial contact. To prepare for the show, Chef Kelly practiced perfecting simple dishes in a short amount of time, and also brushed up on her baking skills.
The episode was filmed in mid-May in Burbank, CA. Without divulging too much information, Chef Kelly commented that, "it was by far the most challenging, stressful and hilarious cooking experience I've ever had! The show has a ton of staff and it seemed to be a well-oiled machine. I was very impressed with the professionalism and how they were able to produce 5-6 shows a week."
Check it out this Sunday & raise a glass of SummerWood wine to cheer Chef Kelly on as she competes in Cutthroat Kitchen!
While the days are still toasty out, we are gearing up for a fabulous Fall at SummerWood Winery & Inn with the launch of our brand new website! YAY! We have been eagerly awaiting the launch of our new responsive design site, with an exclusive wine club member portal plus many more exciting features! Pour a glass of SummerWood wine, relax & check out our new summerwoodwine.com!