Spring

Braised Shortrib Flatbread

Braised Shortrib Flatbread 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This delicious flatbread recipe was a hit at our recent Spring Wine Release Party! With juicy braised shortrib, smoked gouda, and pickled chilies, it was amazing paired alongside our newly-released Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ingredients

2 lbs boneless beef shortribs
2 Tbsp Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt and pepper
1 each yellow onion, diced
2 each carrots, peeled and diced
2 each celery stalks, diced
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2 ½ cups beef stock
1 cup red wine
4 each stonefire brand flatbreads
4 cups shredded smoked gouda
1 cup pickled chilies, sliced
2 cups baby arugula
8 Tbsp Round Pond Infused Garlic Olive Oil

Season the shortribs with salt and pepper.  Add the Italian Olive Oil to a very hot Dutch oven and sear shortribs on all sides. Remove them from pan. 

Add the onion, carrot, and celery into the Dutch oven.  Sauté for 3-4 minutes, then add tomato paste and stir together.  Cook for another couple minutes, stir in the red wine and simmer until liquid is reduced by half.  Add the beef stock and the short ribs back to the pan, covering pot tightly with a lid. Cook on low heat for about 2 hours, stirring every half hour to avoid sticking.  When the short ribs are tender enough, shred them with a fork. 

To assemble the flatbreads, spread the shredded shortrib over the flatbread, top with shredded smoked gouda. and pickled chilies. Arrange flatbreads on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees until flatbread is golden brown and crispy and cheese is melted.  Remove from the oven and top with arugula and drizzle with Infused Garlic Oil.  Slice into squares and enjoy!

Chocolate Mousse Pie

Chocolate Mousse Pie 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This Chocolate Mousse Pie recipe comes from our Trade Assistant Nicole’s great aunt Trudy.  Nicole’s mom Teresa made this pie every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we think it’s a welcome treat anytime!

Ingredients
2+ cups chocolate cookie wafers (Oreos)
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, separated
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 container Cool Whip
3/4 cup nuts, optional
cocoa powder for dusting

Preheat oven to 325*F. In a food processor, add the cookies and process into uniform crumbs.  Add the melted butter and process until blended.  Pour into a springform pan and press evenly along the bottom and up the sides 2/3 of the way.  Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool.

To prepare the filling, melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. Melt slowly so as not to overheat the chocolate. Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl with 1/4 cup sugar. Add vanilla and beat until fluffy. Add the egg yolks and mix until blended. Gently fold in the melted chocolate.

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until stiff – this can take several minutes. Fold egg whites into cream cheese mixture, fold in the Cool Whip and blend well. Add nuts, if you choose to do so. Pour filling into the springform pan. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Remove from springform carefully and place on a cake stand.  Dust with cocoa powder through a fine-mesh strainer and decorate as you like.  Enjoy!

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!

Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine

Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This terrine makes a beautiful brunch dish for a special gathering.  If you can’t find watercress, you can substitute baby or micro arugula. Serve with our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients
8 golden beets, unpeeled
6 ounces fresh goat cheese
2 ounces cream cheese
1 Tbsp fennel, finely diced
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp tarragon, lightly chopped
¼ cup Round Pond Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 bunch watercress or baby/micro arugula
Salt and pepper to taste

Roast beets in 350°F oven for 45-60 minutes or until fork-tender.  Remove and allow to cool, then peel and slice evenly.

Puree goat and cream cheeses until very smooth.

In a small bowl, combine fennel, lemon juice, and half the tarragon. Set aside.

In a plastic-lined mold (small baking dish or small to medium-sized loaf pan), layer beets then cheese mixture, and season, then repeat (similar to a lasagna).  Repeat until mold is full, with beet layer on top.  Fold excess plastic over the top and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to set.

Once set, pull terrine out of mold, but do not unwrap from plastic.  Slice while still wrapped to preserve the shape.  Then whisk Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil into the fennel-lemon mixture to emulsify.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss watercress and additional tarragon with vinaigrette and serve alongside terrine slice.  Enjoy!

Yields 6 servings

Grilled Carrot Hummus

Grilled Carrot Hummus 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

The smoky sweetness of the grilled carrots combined with the silky-smooth citrus flavor of our Blood Orange Olive Oil makes this anything but the same-old hummus.  Created by Chef Jamie Prouten to pair beautifully with our Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Ingredients
5 ea carrots, grilled
½ cup canned garbanzo beans
3 tbsp garbanzo bean liquid
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vadouvan spice
1 ½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tbsp Round Pond Blood Orange Oil 
2 tbsp Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Toss the peeled carrots in a small amount of olive oil, lightly season with salt and pepper, and grill on medium heat until soft.

When carrots are cool, put them into a food processor along with the garbanzo beans, lemon juice, vadouvan spice, and salt and pepper. Puree mixture, and then slowly add both oils incorporated and continue to puree the mixture until smooth. Serve with flash-fried pita chips or crudité.  Enjoy!

Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beet Salad 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

The addition of grapefruit that provides a balance of earthiness with a splash of acidity in this beautifully colorful Roasted Beet Salad. The acidity of the citrus is a perfect complement to our Proprietary White Wine.

Ingredients:
4 each red beets
3 each yellow beets
4 Tbsp olive oil
4 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
4 Tbsp + 2 tsp sherry vinegar
2 1/2 cups water
2 each grapefruit, segmented
4 oz Laura Chenel goat cheese
4 tsp Round Pond Blood Orange Olive Oil
2 each baby chinoga beets, shaved with peeler
1/4 cup red quinoa
1/4 cup grapeseed oil

Separate the red and yellow beets into roasting pans by color.  Divide the olive oil, 2 tsp salt, pepper, 4 Tbsp sherry vinegar and 1/2 cup water amongst the 2 pans.  Cover with foil and bake at 350* for about 1 1/2 hours or until the beets are fork tender.

In a saucepan, combine the quinoa, 2 cups water, and 1 tsp salt over medium heat.  Cook quinoa until soft and the water has cooked away.  Spread cooked quinoa onto a baking sheet to cool.  Heat a 1/2″ of oil in a pan on medium heat, then add the cooked quinoa.  Cook for about 3 minutes or until crunchy.  Remove the quinoa from the pan with a fine mesh strainer and place on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.

Place 1 red beet in a blender with 2 tsp of sherry vinegar and puree.  Slowly add the grapeseed oil and season with salt.

Place a pool of beet puree on a plate and top with the remaining cut beets, shaved beets, goat cheese, grapefruit segments, and crispy quinoa.  Drizzle Blood Orange oil over the top of the salad.  Enjoy!

Serves 4

parm mushroom gnocchi

Parmesan Gnocchi With Mushrooms

Parmesan Gnocchi With Mushrooms 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This Parmesan Gnocchi with Mushrooms is easier to make than you think and makes such an impressive entrée when paired with our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients:
12 oz water
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter
9 oz all-purpose flour
6 eggs
7 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
8-10 oz hen of the woods mushrooms
4 Tbsp shallots, minced
1 bunch lemon thyme, leaves only
8 oz salsify, peeled and diced
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp parsley leaves
2 oz arugula, chiffonade
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
2 Tbsp Round Pond Estate Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Simmer water and 1 stick butter until butter is melted. Add flour and cook, stirring until dough pulls off walls of the pot. Add dough to mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix batter on low speed, and add eggs one at a time. Add cheese to melt.

Fill a pot with boiling water. Put dough in a pastry bag fitted with 1/2-inch diameter tip and pipe the dough into boiling water while cutting at 1-inch intervals to form dumplings. Remove dumplings when they float to the top and dry on clean parchment paper. Gnocchi are now ready to cook or freeze.

Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat and prepare to sauté all mushrooms in 4 batches. For each batch, add 1/2 tablespoon butter to the pan, then sauté mushrooms with 1 tablespoon shallots, 1 teaspoon lemon thyme, salt, and pepper. As batches are finished, keep warm on clean parchment paper.

Add 1 tablespoon butter to a clean pan. Add salsify and sauté until just tender (5-7 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste, and reserve with mushrooms.

Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high. Heat 1 tablespoon butter until foamy and lightly browned. Toss in a single layer of gnocchi and let them brown for 1-2 minutes.

Do not shake the pan while gnocchi are browning, but do shake the pan to turn gnocchi once they are brown.  Add mushrooms, salsify, remaining herbs, and Parmesan. Toss, plate and serve warm, drizzled with olive oil.  Enjoy!

Apple-Bread-Pudding

Apple Bread Pudding

Apple Bread Pudding 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

There might not be a wrong way to do a bread pudding, but Chef Jamie’s Apple Bread Pudding is definitely the right way!   Whether you use brioche, challah, or sweet bread, the result is a custard-like apple-ly pudding that pairs wonderfully with either our Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc or our Angelica port-style dessert wine.

 

Ingredients
2 loaves brioche, challah, or Hawaiian sweet bread
4 each granny smith apples (peeled & diced)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
3 ½ cups milk
3 ½ cups heavy cream
1 ¼ cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
16 egg yolks

Cut bread into medium sized chunks and place on a baking tray.  Toast bread until golden brown at 375 degrees.  Whilst bread is toasting, toss the diced apples in one teaspoon of vanilla extract, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Set aside.

For the custard, combine egg yolks, sugar, and remaining vanilla in a stainless-steel mixing bowl, whisking until yolks turn a pale color.  Next, scald the milk and cream.  Add to the yolk mixture a ladle at a time, whisking all the while.  Continue until all the milk and cream mixture is added.

Assemble bread pudding by placing half of the toasted bread into a baking dish and topping with half of the apples, pouring half of the custard over the top.  Repeat the process using the remaining halves.  Cover baking dish with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.  When done, bread pudding should be golden brown and have a slight “jiggle” in the center.  Let cool slightly and serve.  It is wonderful with whipped or ice cream.  Enjoy!

Steamed Mussels With Vadouvan Spice

Steamed Mussels With Vadouvan Spice 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This fantastic Steamed Mussels with Vadouvan Spice dish is full of teasing flavors to excite your palate.  Smoky spice is enhanced with the bite of jalapeno and tempered with a light white wine, shallot, and garlic broth.  Pair with our delightful Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc for an easy and elegant supper to remember.

Ingredients
8 slices sourdough bread
3 pounds fresh mussels
¼ cup Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
2 each shallot, thinly sliced
6 each garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 each jalapeno, thinly-sliced rings
1 ½ cup white wine 1 cup heavy cream
3 Tbsp Vadouvan spice
2 each lime, quartered
8 sprigs cilantro
2 Tbsp Round Pond Infused Chili Oil 
salt & pepper

Drizzle the sourdough bread slices with Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil and season them with salt and pepper.  Place on a grill and lightly char them until they are crispy on the outside but soft on the inside.  Slice diagonally in half. Set aside until the mussels are ready.

Next, start the mussels by adding about a tablespoon of oil to a large, flat-bottom pan. Add the sliced garlic, shallots, and jalapenos.  Cook on medium heat for about 2 minutes, then add the mussels.  Turn the heat to high and toss the mussels around in the pan.  Once the pan is hot, add white wine and cover pan until the mussels steam themselves open.  Once open, add the cream and Vadouvan spice.  Let mussels cook in the cream and Vadouvan for about 3 minutes, then season the broth to your liking with salt and pepper.

Scoop mussels into 4 large bowls, adding equal amounts shellfish and broth to each bowl.  Garnish each bowl with a couple lime wedges, cilantro sprigs, Infused Chili Oil and the grilled bread.  Enjoy!

Serves 4

Grilled Lamb Skewers

Grilled Marinated Lamb Skewers

Grilled Marinated Lamb Skewers 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

These grilled marinated lamb skewers are easy to make and pack delicious flavor.  Lamb is a classic accompaniment to our Proprietary Super Tuscan wine, due to its gamy richness and this marinade’s garlic & thyme accents heighten the paring.  Add a liberal dusting of salt and fresh cracked black pepper before you grill and even the biggest lamb skeptics will become believers.

Ingredients 
3 cloves garlic, peeled but left whole
2 Tbsp shallots, minced
2 Tbsp thyme, chopped
1–2 cups Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 bay leaf
1 ½ lbs leg of lamb, excess fat removed
3 shallots or small yellow onion, sliced horizontally
12 skewers soaked in water overnight or metal skewers
Salt and pepper to taste


Place peeled garlic cloves, shallots, thyme, and bay leaf into a small pot, then cover completely with Italian Olive Oil.  Bring to a light simmer over medium heat; reduce heat to very low and poach for 35 to 45 minutes to create a confit of garlic.  When done, garlic should have the texture of a boiled potato.  Allow to cool in oil and remove bay leaf.  Allow oil to cool completely, then puree in food processor until it becomes a smooth paste.

While garlic is poaching, trim and cube lamb into 1″ cubes, then skewer three or four pieces per stick, alternating with the sliced shallot.  Coat each lamb skewer with marinade, and rest overnight to infuse the flavors.  Add a liberal dusting of salt & fresh cracked black pepper to lamb before it hits the grill.  Grill lamb over an open flame on high for approximately 2-4 minutes per side or until desired doneness has been achieved.  Enjoy!

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