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Brisket Burger with Brie & Applewood-Smoked Bacon

Brisket Burger with Brie & Applewood-Smoked Bacon 2048 1404 Round Pond Estate

Created by Chef Jamie to pair perfectly with our Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, this Brisket Burger is topped with applewood-smoked bacon, Vidalia onion, creamy brie, and fresh arugula.  It’s burger bliss.

Ingredients
2 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 lb ground beef brisket (ask your local butcher to grind)
2 bakery english muffins or favorite burger buns
1 Vidalia onion, cut in ½ inch slices
4 slices applewood smoked bacon
1 small wedge brie cheese, cut into slices
1 cup baby arugula
1 tsp Round Pond Infused Garlic Oil

To start, make the Dijonnaise by mixing together the mayonnaise and Dijon mustard. Next, place bacon on a baking tray and place in 375F oven and crisp until done to your liking. While the bacon is cooking, grill the onion slices and burgers.

When burgers are cooked to your liking, place a couple slices of brie cheese onto patties and allow to melt. When the cheese is melted, remove burgers from the grill and let them rest for 3-4 mins. As they are resting, toast your English muffin or burger bun on the grill.

To assemble, spread Dijonnaise on the bun and then place your burger on top, add bacon, onion, and arugula, dressed with Round Pond Infused Garlic Oil. Top with the other half of the bun and enjoy!

Serves 2

Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad

Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad 2048 1383 Round Pond Estate

Deliciously summery, this Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad will use the best and brightest from your summer garden and is an absolute vision when plated!

ngredients
12 oz burrata
4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp, plus 1 tsp Round Pond Estate Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cups large diced Italian bread
1 tsp pepper
4 each heirloom tomatoes, cored and cut in 1/6
½ each small cantaloupe melon, quartered and sliced
2 Tbsp Round Pond Estate Basil Infused Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Round Pond Estate Cabernet-Merlot Red Wine Vinegar
8 each basil leaves

Place the burrata, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon of Italian Varietal Olive Oil into a Kitchen-aid mixer with the paddle attachment and whip for 30 seconds.

Preheat your oven to 375*F.  Place bread, 2 Tablespoon of Italian Varietal Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in a mixing bowl and toss. Bake croutons in oven until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Toss cut tomatoes, basil infused olive oil, red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper together in a bowl.  Spread the whipped burrata evenly onto 4 plates.  Divide tomatoes, melon, croutons, and basil leaves in 4 equal portions, then place each portion on top of burrata with them. Drizzle a little juice left from the tomatoes over the top of each plate.  Enjoy!

Serves 4

Pork Tenderloin with Crispy Potatoes & Herb Verde

Pork Tenderloin with Crispy Potatoes & Herb Verde 1200 800 Round Pond Estate

This is a new addition to our Il Pranzo menu by Sous Chef Cameron Bouldin and has fast become a guest favorite! It’s perfect for those summer grilling days and pairs wonderfully with our Proprietary Super Tuscan.

Ingredients
2 lbs pork tenderloin
4 Tbsp paprika
4 Tbsp brown sugar
4 Tbsp salt
4 Tbsp pepper
10-12 heads corn, cleaned
2 cups heavy cream
1 bunch parsley
3 Tbsp fresh oregano
2 springs rosemary leaves
1 bunch chervil
1 tsp chili flakes
2 cloves garlic
1 lemon, juiced
1 cup Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Round Pond Cabernet-Merlot Red Wine Vinegar
2 red bell peppers, cleaned and diced
12-15 fingerling potatoes
Fryer Oil

Season pork with 4 tablespoons each of salt, pepper, paprika, and brown sugar.  Set aside to marinate.

Meanwhile, in a medium pot, add fingerling potatoes and cover with cold water and salt.  Boil until tender to stab with a knife.  Set aside to cool.  Once cooled, slice in half.

In a separate pot, add 3/4 cleaned corn kernels to pot, cover with heavy cream, and boil on low until tender. Once tender, drain and save liquid.  Add corn to blender, and purée until smooth, slowly adding in cooking liquid as needed.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

For salsa verde, add parsley, chervil, rosemary, oregano, garlic, chili flakes, lemon juice and Round Pond Cabernet-Merlot Red Wine Vinegar.  Blend on low speed and slowly add Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil until consistency reached.  Set aside.

Heat grill to high heat. Sear pork tenderloin on all sides. Lower heat and continue grilling until cooked through, around 145F.  Set aside when done and let rest 5-10 mins.

While pork is resting, sauté bell pepper and remaining corn kernels on medium heat until browned.  Seasoned with salt & pepper to taste.
Deep fry potatoes in fryer oil at 350F until crispy.  Toss in salsa verde.

Heat purée and place on plate.  Add potatoes.  Slice pork to desired thickness and place over potatoes.  Next add the bell pepper relish and finish with salsa verde on top.  Enjoy!

Serves 4

Green Olive Tapenade

Green Olive Tapenade 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This delicious Green Olive Tapenade is a part of our Vino & Olio tasting  experience.  It’s so easy to make a makes a light and cool summer appetizer!

1 cup Castelvetrano olives, pitted
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp capers
1 each lemon, juiced
1 cup Round Pound Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

Place all ingredients in a food processor and turn on.  Slowly add the oil and continue to puree for about 1 minute and then serve with fresh bread, crudité, or crackers.  Enjoy!

Roasted Red Pepper & Caper Tapenade

Roasted Red Pepper & Caper Tapenade 6720 4480 Round Pond Estate

This delicious spread is one of Chef Jamie’s most requested recipes from our Vino & Olio tasting experience and makes wonderful use of those summer red peppers from the garden!

Ingredients
4 each red peppers
¼ cup capers
1 each shallot, minced
1 cup Round Pond Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
1 each lemon, juiced
1 tsp salt

Toss red pepper is in olive oil and roast until the skin blisters at 450F.  Take out of the oven and place in a mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Let the peppers steam until they are cool.  Next, peel the skins off and take seeds out of the peppers.  Place the peppers in a food processor with all the other ingredients except the lemon oil.  Turn on and slowly add the lemon oil until all incorporated.  Continue to puree for 1 minute and then serve with fresh bread, crudité, or crackers.  Enjoy!

Brassica Salad

Brassica Salad 2048 1445 Round Pond Estate

This beautiful Brassica Salad is as bright and colorful as summer itself and pairs perfectly with our Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients
2 cups broccoli, sliced thin
1 cup cauliflower, sliced thin
1 cup purple cauliflower, sliced thin
1 cup cheddar cauliflower, sliced thin
1/2 cup toasted pistachios
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup parsley leaves
1/2 cup Meyer lemon vinaigrette
2 Tbsp Round Pond Infused Chili Oil

Place all ingredients except chili oil in a large bowl and toss together.  Let marinate for about 15 minutes and then place in a serving bowl and drizzle with chili oil.  Enjoy!

Serves 4

Vadouvan Chicken Sandwich w/Grilled Lemon Aioli

Vadouvan Chicken Sandwich w/Grilled Lemon Aioli 1024 683 Round Pond Estate

The addition of Vadouvan spice to this chicken sandwich is artfully combined with a fantastically versatile Meyer Lemon aioli topping, making this a stellar paring for our Proprietary White Wine.

Ingredients
4 each Roma tomatoes
2 Tbsp Round Pond Italian Varietal Olive Oil
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp thyme, chopped
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tsp salt
½ tsp harissa paste
3 each lemons, halved, grilled until slightly charred, juiced
2 each egg yolk
1 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
1 cup Round Pond Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
1 Tbsp salt
2 each boneless skinless chicken breast
3 Tbsp vadouvan seasoning
1 tsp salt
1 cup baby arugula
½ each English cucumber, thinly shaved with peeler, no seeds
4 each ciabatta rolls

 

Slice Roma tomatoes into ½ inch thick slices, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with Italian Varietal Olive Oil, then sprinkle with salt and chopped thyme.  Bake in a 350° oven for about 45 minutes.  While tomatoes are roasting, mix together the yogurt, harissa paste, and salt, set aside.

To make the aioli, combine egg yolks, 2 tsp of grilled lemon juice and chopped oregano.  While whisking slowly start adding the Meyer Lemon Olive Oil to the mixture.  When mixture starts to thicken, add more lemon juice to smooth it out until all the oil and lemon juice are incorporated.  Season with salt, reserve.

Season both sides of chicken breast with salt and the Vadouvan seasoning.  Grill until cooked through.

To assemble, cut open the ciabatta rolls and spread the lemon aioli on the bottom half of the roll.  Top with chicken, then roasted tomatoes and shaved cucumber.  Finish by topping with baby arugula and a drizzle of the harissa yogurt. Enjoy!

Serves 4

Duck Confit Grilled Cheese With Pear Mostarda

Duck Confit Grilled Cheese With Pear Mostarda 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food, but Chef Jamie has elevated this classic with the addition of smoky, rich duck confit, and the delightfully sweet tang of a pear mostarda. Wonderfully decadent, this sandwich works wonderfully as an appetizer and pairs wonderfully with our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ingredients
4 each pears, cut into small cubes
1 1/3 cups sugar
4 Tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp yellow mustard seeds
1 Tbsp brown mustard seeds
1 cup water
8 slices whole wheat sourdough
16 slices fontina cheese
¼ lb butter, room temperature
10 ounces duck confit, shredded

For Pear Mostarda: 
Combine pears, sugar, water, Dijon mustard and mustard seeds in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Let simmer for about a half an hour or until the liquid has started to thicken.  When thickened to desired consistency, pour the mixture into a shallow baking pan and let cool completely.

For Grilled Cheese:
Begin by spreading butter on one side of all the bread.  Lay buttered side down on a cutting board, and place 2 slices of fontina cheese on each slice of bread.  Layer 2 1/2 ounces of the shredded duck confit on 4 slices of the bread.  Top each slice with another (duckless) slice of bread and cheese.

Get a sauté pan hot, then reduce heat to medium and grill each sandwich for about 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown.  Place them in a 375-degree oven for about 3 or 4 minutes to make sure that the duck is heated through, and cheese is melted well.

When done, cut each sandwich into 8 piece triangles and top each piece with about a teaspoon of the pear mostarda. Enjoy!

Serves 4

About the FEED

About the FEED 2048 1368 Round Pond Estate

About The Feed

The FEED is the ultimate source for Round Pond-inspired wine pairings, delicious recipes, and effortless entertaining. As a family, we have always enjoyed sharing stories and creating new memories around the table with fantastic wine and food as the centerpiece. We are grateful to be able to share this joy and all that comes from our estate with you.

Here’s what you’ll find on The FEED:

Recipes
With six acres of gardens and a dedicated master gardener and chef, we at Round Pond heartily embrace the “farm to table” lifestyle.  Enjoy these recipes from our Winery Chef and bring the taste of Round Pond home.

Live like a (Napa) Local
This is your guide for where to stay, where to eat, where to go and what to do.  Get our staff-favorite fellow wineries and restaurants, owners Ryan & Miles MacDonnell’s list of must-do experiences in the Valley, and more.  Follow our lead and truly live like a local while you’re here.

Live like a (Napa) Local – At Home
Get tips and how-to advice on how to bring a Napa—and Round Pond—feel to your home, garden and table.  Host your own olive oil tasting, farm your garden organically, pair food and wine like an expert, and more.

Life at Round Pond – Behind the Scenes
To make something great, you’ve got to roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and make sure to keep your sense of humor along the way!  We share how we make our artisan wines and foods with an eye on the integrity and purity of our estate products.

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Top 5 Tips For Holiday Entertaining In Napa Valley Style

Top 5 Tips For Holiday Entertaining In Napa Valley Style 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

With its pleasing laid-back vibe and beautiful attention to detail, Napa Valley is famous for its comfortable yet elegant aesthetic.  This combination translates perfectly into an approach to entertaining for the holidays that wows guests with sophistication and polish, yet is easy to execute.

Here are our top 5 tips for bringing the spirit of Napa Valley to your next holiday gathering…

 TOP 5 TIPS

1. Seasonal Decor

Whatever is in bloom or handy in your garden can be used to dress your table.  Seasonal herbs, potted plants, evergreen boughs, pomegranates, persimmons, or bundles of holly interspersed with votives or fairy-lights can make a holiday table magical.  When you can, try to mix rustic woods together with vintage industrial copper or metal for an elegant farmhouse feel.  An added plus: if you use potted flowers or plants, they make lovely gifts to send home with your guests at night’s end.

 

2. Garden to Table

Bring seasonal produce to the table as much as possible.  Most all fruit or produce stands close during the winter months, but try to find a farmer’s market to shop, or a higher-end grocery store to get the pick of seasonal fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and local specialty international markets that can inspire and set the base for your menu.

 

3. Keep in Simple

Establish a color theme and stick to it.   Whether you go for a traditional red and green or blue and silver, keep your look cohesive and your sanity (and budget) in check by sticking to a unifying theme.  Scour your existing decor collection for items that fit into your color palate and source your decorative accents from what you already have before you shop for additional elements.   Make sure to bring some of the bright colors into your appetizer and food display with fresh fruits and vegetables – color is key to stimulating your appetite and your senses, plus the more vibrant the color the more healthful the food.

 

4. Keep It Intimate

The ideal number of people for a party is between 10-30 so that you can actually have time to enjoy your guests.  To keep the party going and infuse new energy into your circle, ask your guests to invite someone they think is interesting to keep the conversation lively and fresh. Want to make your party even more special?  Use a free design site like canva.com to create invitations, identifying signs for your appetizer table and drink bar, or to make personalized menus.

 

5. Wine Paring is Key

What comes first?  The menu or the wine?  Wine and food should complement each other, so this is where special attention should be paid.  Food and wine pairing guides are easy to find on the internet (we like this one).  Depending on your access to seasonal foods, you might want to design your wine choice around your menu.  However, if you are a confirmed wine lover and can’t wait to share your favorite wine with your friends, let your wine choices dictate the meal to come.  Better yet, ask your guests to bring their favorite wine to share!

From all of us at Round Pond, we wish you a healthy and happy holiday season!

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