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2013 Wine Resolutions – #3 – Revel with Riesling

by Monica Bennion on January 3, 2013

Keeping with the theme of Resolutions #1 & #2, we hope you will rediscover the “new” old-world style of Riesling.  In the recent past, Riesling saturated the market, and the wine world was inundated with overly sweet and incredibly unbalanced Rieslings.  In an effort to erase the stereotype, with great success I might add, winemakers are focusing on making crisp, low-alcohol Rieslings with a balanced ratio of residual sugar and acidity.  Being German trained, Scott has always made his Rieslings in a dry or off-dry fashion, and our 2009 Jana Mendocino Valley Old Vine Riesling is no exception.  If you enjoy dessert wines, our 2010 Angel Eis is a sweet but balanced dessert wine crafted with high-quality Riesling grapes.  Click HERE to learn more on Riesling styles.


Dessert Wines: Gifts to Impress Your Host and Hostess

by Jana Harvey on December 6, 2012

Anyone can bring a big name bottle of California wine to a dinner party, but bringing a special bottle of dessert wine for the finale will surely be remembered.  In addition, traditional holiday fare is always challenging to pair with wine.  But you can be sure of a hit with a dessert wine that enhances the dessert spread or sips well by itself. Because we grew up on Coca Cola, most of us have a sweet tooth. The right dessert wine is a finishing touch that even the infrequent drinkers at the party will enjoy.

Well made dessert wines that show outstanding balance will always find their way to the taste buds and warm the hearts of the guests.  I say well balanced, because for a dessert wine to be truly enjoyable it needs enough acidity to balance the residual sugar.  When you have this sweet and sour balance the wine warms the heart and is neither too tart or too cloying on the palate.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to the ubiquitous fruit and pumpkin pies served during the holidays.

Angel Eis - Ice Style WineAfter a sumptuous feast with a full belly, a small glass of liquid dessert might suffice. The 2010 Angel Eis is a low alcohol Ice Wine style that provides fresh rich Riesling essence with a low 7.6% alcohol giving the wine fresh nectar with a crisp twist. Enjoy with this festive lemon pound cake recipe that we paired especially for our Angel Eis. [click to continue…]

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Caramel Cake

by Monica Bennion on September 14, 2012

A rich and delectable dessert, perfect to pair with our ice style wine, Angel Eis

2 cups plus 2 tbsp. sifted cake flour (not self-rising; sift before measuring)
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature 30 minutes
1 cup well-shaken buttermilk

1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
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Grilled Peaches with Frozen Yogurt

by Monica Bennion on June 29, 2012

2010 Angel Eis

Grilled peaches with vanilla frozen yogurt pairs beautifully with our rich and delicious Angel Eis

4 ripe medium peaches
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 to 2 pints vanilla frozen yogurt
Toasted, sliced almonds for topping (optional)
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Lemon Pound Cake with Angel Eis

by Monica Bennion on April 24, 2012

A wonderfully easy recipe to pair with our delightfully easy drinking Angel Eis.

1 French Vanilla cake mix
1 3.4 oz package of Instant Lemon Pudding Mix
Fresh squeezed juice from one or two lemons and Angel Eis to equal 3/4 cup
3/4 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
Non-Stick cooking spray with flour

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