String Bean and Red Potato Salad with Grilled Chicken Tenders and a 2020 Finger Lakes Unoaked Chardonnay by Lamoreaux Landing

Whoa! Talk about a perfect, light, and healthy summer meal with a truly enjoyable (and in my opinion) “fruit forward” 2020 Unoaked Finger Lakes Chardonnay from Lamoreaux Landing. This Chard is light and crisp, aromatic, and has beautiful citrussy characteristics of green apple on the nose palate and finish. Simply enjoyable, but not linear. ItContinue reading “String Bean and Red Potato Salad with Grilled Chicken Tenders and a 2020 Finger Lakes Unoaked Chardonnay by Lamoreaux Landing”

A 2017 Grand Reserve Saperavi by McGregor Vineyards with Local Hard Salami and Sharp Chedder

Very excited about this one!  Living in the Finger Lakes region is really something else! I love the wine up here! The region is best known for its white wine, specifically Riesling. However!…there are beautiful reds up here and as far as I’m concerned, this one is one of THEE best! My approach to huntingContinue reading “A 2017 Grand Reserve Saperavi by McGregor Vineyards with Local Hard Salami and Sharp Chedder”

Honey Dijon Glazed Salmon and Buttery Sweet Potatoes with a 2020 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling by Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards

Salmon! Yum! Yum! Such a beautiful nutrient-packed fish! I love cooking a salmon filet using a quick high-heat method of baking/broiling on cast iron. It creates such a crusty flavorful exterior while preserving a succulent melt-in-your-mouth flakey inside. And, as far as I’m concerned, savory fatty salmon goes hand and hand with sweet glazes! TheContinue reading “Honey Dijon Glazed Salmon and Buttery Sweet Potatoes with a 2020 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling by Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards”

A Delightful Three Course Meal with Finger Lakes wines by Heron Hill

Pasta Durum Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Broccoli with a 2020 Pinot Gris by Heron Hill A simple garlic and oil sauce tossed with blanched broccoli and spaghetti. This Pinot Gris is well rounded and soft on the palate with lush notes of stone fruit, citrus accents, and moderate acidity. A delightful pair with this light-heartedContinue reading “A Delightful Three Course Meal with Finger Lakes wines by Heron Hill”

A 2020 Finger Lakes Saperavi by Keuka Spring Paired with Hot Italian Sausage, Rapini & Melted Asiago On Top of Sliced Sourdough

I am very excited about this pairing! Why? Well, I’m on a Finger Lakes rustic red wine kick right now. As the weather gets warmer we will lighten things up a bit.  It is becoming apparent to me that just as the elegant Rieslings are the premium varietal in this region, It seems as thoughContinue reading “A 2020 Finger Lakes Saperavi by Keuka Spring Paired with Hot Italian Sausage, Rapini & Melted Asiago On Top of Sliced Sourdough”

“Tomatapie,” Sauteed Beans & Escarole, Paired with A Finger Lakes 2019 Baco Noir by Heron Hill

I just love “Tomatapie!” We can argue. . . Is it a South Jersey thing? Or, is it an Upstate New York thing? I say it’s absolutely both! Whatever the case may be, the key contrasting ingredients in “tomatapie” are what makes its fans go bonkers over it. I’m talking about creating a sweet “rawContinue reading ““Tomatapie,” Sauteed Beans & Escarole, Paired with A Finger Lakes 2019 Baco Noir by Heron Hill”

Roasted Chicken Quarter, Salt Potatoes, Baby Roasted Peppers, with a Finger Lakes 2017 Cabernet Franc by Villa Bellangelo

I just love the beauty of roasting a well seasoned aromatic chicken quarter and serving it up with some good sides and wonderful local wine! I also love local fare and simply cannot get enough of it! Being born and raised in Northern New Jersey, I cannot help but revert back to the local fareContinue reading “Roasted Chicken Quarter, Salt Potatoes, Baby Roasted Peppers, with a Finger Lakes 2017 Cabernet Franc by Villa Bellangelo”

Lemberger (AKA “Blaufränkisch”) with London Broil, Utica Greens and Baked Polenta

I’ve been chomping at the bit to post my first in-depth wine paring that works with my style of cooking. In this case, it was the wine that drove the idea for the meal. I love Finger Lakes Lembergers! (AKA Blaufränkisch). So I did a little research online to see what’s to be said aboutContinue reading “Lemberger (AKA “Blaufränkisch”) with London Broil, Utica Greens and Baked Polenta”