If you know anything about Southern cooking, then you know there is a special time of the year when fried green tomatoes are a menu must-have. We were treated to this simple, yet iconic dish by none other than our own Georgia woman, Andrea Creato. This southern staple just sings the song of summertime with a perfect balance of tart green tomato & fried-salty savoriness. The crunch and the spice is soul-satisfyingly delectable! We paired this special taste of summer with our Rose ’19, the bright fruity notes complemented the unripe tomato while the crisp acidity and dewy minerality played well with the fried element. Our team agreed that the Brut Rose would also have been a phenomenal choice as well (think about that salty crunch with those bubbles- a match made in pairing heaven!). This dish is easy with simple ingredients most everyone keeps in the pantry, so snag a few of those green tomatoes from the garden, grab a skillet & get fryin’!
Kathy’s deviled eggs are simple, delicious and a fun one to play around with on the ingredients! In this version we really enjoyed the balance of the tangy Taste Artisanal Market Cider Mustard (made with our own William Penn Hard Cider by the way!) and the background savory notes of the Parmigiano Reggiano. With some help from our lovely ladies in the vineyard hen house, we were able to quickly whip these together and loved snacking on these party staples while sipping on our NEW Chardonnay Reserve ’19. Our Wine Club received a sneak peek earlier this month and we are excited to release this incredible vintage to the public this weekend! This wine has a zippy, saline acidity that complements the creamy yolk centers with notes of under-ripe pineapple, papaya, pink lady apple & honeycomb that simultaneously sing with the tangy mustard & brighten the underlying savory cheese. This dish proves that wine pairing doesn’t have to be hard or fancy in order to really work!
“I loved my mom’s deviled eggs as a kid and she was not a cook- nor am I! This simple recipe is for the non-cook who wants people to think she can cook!” -Kathy
Whenever we have a get together at Penns Woods our crew is always excited to share a slew of gourmet homemade dishes but we always know whatever Davide is bringing is sure to be out-of-this-world delicious. And on the fourth of July, boy did he deliver! Davide spent 6 hours slow cooking 45 lbs of fresh pork loin he procured from a farmer friend up near Allentown for our staff gathering after hours.
Classic Italian porchetta has a delectable, caramelized crust, is incredibly flavorful and juicy on the inside too. For pairing you can't go wrong with Pork & Pinot! We recommend pouring a glass of our Pinot Noir '17
,a well balanced vintage with notes of dried rose & cherry that complement the fresh herb notes & a bright acidity that cuts through the fat in the meat. This dish would also do well with our Pinot Noir Reserve '16, the non-reserve's complex & elegant cousin or if you are looking for something that will pair well and cool ya down after all that roasting, a glass of any of our refreshing Roses would be a great choice as well! Davide shares his recipe below. Fire up your grill, grab some wine and enjoy the summer season while the rotisserie spins her tasty magic.
Celebrate the Summer season with this Grilled Fruit Salad & Smoked Ancho Chile Honey drizzle!
Grilling fresh ripe summery fruits, like pineapple, peaches, strawberries & melon draws our their natural sweetness for an intensified fruity essence. We like to add in some diced fresh fruit to mix in some bright fruit flavors as well!
A squeeze of fresh lemon & drizzle of local Smoked Ancho Chile Honey from Taste Artisanal Market accentuates all the fruity flavors while also providing a warm-cool sensation to the palate. This honey has just the right amount of kick and is fantastic in this dish. Also try it drizzled over cheeses, roasted veggies, fried chicken or whisk it into a dressing or marinade! Check out the Local Goods section in our Shop for other small business goodies.
Pair with our aromatic & refreshing Viognier Reserve '18! This wine has a succulent nose bursting with grapefruit & peach blossoms with a tropical fruit-forward palate & refreshing acidity that complements every aspect of this dish. Our Traminette '19 or Moscato '19 would make excellent pairings as well with their respect honey-lemon-lycee notes and peachy-tropical tones. You can also customize this recipe by adding in your summer fruit favorites- try adding watermelon, nectarine, blueberries or papaya! This easy grilled fruit dish is not only eye-catching, but healthy, delicious & perfect for summer!
Preheat the grill to high heat. Dice all fruit & place on kabob sticks, leaving half your pineapple & strawberries un-grilled.
Grill hollowed out pineapple until grill marks appear. About 3-5 min.
Grill the cut fruit in batches, 1 minute per side. As you take the fruit off the grill toss it on a large bowl. Then sprinkle your fresh strawberries & pineapple on top.
In a small bowl, add the fresh lemon juice and gently incorporate the fruit until mixed.
Scoop fruit mixture into hollowed out pineapple.
Drizzle the Smoked Ancho Chile Honey over the top & serve.
Meet Jim & Lisa Cipolloni! Jim & Lisa have been visiting Penns Woods Winery since 2013! It all started when Lisa did some research on romantic events to attend for Valentine's Day around the area. Luckily, Lisa stumbled upon our Wine & Chocolate pairing and immediately emailed Jim "We have a winery really close to us. This looks like fun ; )". Jim said, since that pairing, they were hooked on Penns Woods wine...and that is where our friendship with the Cipollonis began!
The Cipollonis found their love for wine back in 2011/2012; influenced a bit by some of their family members. Neither one of them was sure what kind of wines they preferred, so they started as many of us do...visiting different local wineries and experiencing various tastings! Now, whenever they travel, they always look for local places to try. Their second favorite winery is Two Sisters in Niagara on the Lake in Ontario, Canada. This was one they stumbled upon a few years back with some friends, and have since revisited just last year with family. But, their adventures are just beginning...Napa & Sonoma are still on the horizon.
Jim & Lisa have always enjoyed wine & food pairings, which is why their favorite event at Penns Woods is the Harvest Dinner! On occasion, they also appreciate the pairing events at the Gables. Jim & Lisa are very active members not only at Penns Woods winery, but attending local events in the community!
If you ever see the Cipollonis at the winery, you will most likely spot Jim sipping on our Cabernet Franc while Lisa is indulging in our Traminette! They are both so eager to sit outside at the vineyard, relaxing, and enjoying the various wines with their family and friends...and we sure are too! We look forward to having our incredible members and customers back at the winery as soon as we are able. We feel incredibly honored to have had Jim & Lisa find come into our Tasting Room 7 years ago, and we can't wait for another 7 years of memories with them. Cheers to this amazing couple!!
This week we've paired our Sauvignon Blanc '19 with this dippable Mexican Street Corn Dish! This dip has all the flavors of summer- perfect to kick off the season this weekend for Memorial Day! This creamy, melty cheese dish is perfectly balanced by the bright acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc with the sweet corn mingling perfectly with the wine's tropical flavors. The pops of fresh lime juice and hints of spice from the jalapeño complement the citrusy notes in the wine and underlying green notes. This dip is an incredibly satisfying dish that is sure to be the star of all your backyard BBQs this season!
1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
2 ⅓ cups Fresh Corn Kernels
1 Jalapeño, seeded & finely chopped
1 block of Cream Cheese
¼ cup Mexican Crema or Sour Cream
1 cup shredded Monteray Jack
1 cup crumbled Queso Fresco
2 tbsp fresh Lime Juice
Garlic Salt, Cayenne or Chili Powder, fresh cracked Black Pepper.
Chopped Cilantro for garnish
Tortilla Chips for dipping
Back in 2010, Andrea moved to this area from Georgia and started working at Penns Woods Winery. After a year of settling in, she knew she was ready for a furry companion. She did her research and found an organization in Wilmington, DE. She chose Harper just after seeing one picture and her mind and heart were set. It was not until she got Harper that she found out Harper was also from Georgia!! It was clear, it was a match made in heaven. Harper has worked at PWW since 2012 and is a loyal staff member and mighty asset to the Penns Woods team. Harper's official title is "Pest Manager" as she assists in the vineyard by overseeing all operations and pest management. When Harper first visited the Tasting Room, she was timid and shy. It only took her a few years to come into herself. The vineyard gave her the opportunity to come out of her shell and she has made a beautiful mark on the business ever since. Many other vineyards have vineyard dogs that have been a vital part to their operation, but we wholeheartedly feel we are the luckiest of them all. Harper is just as hard-working, passionate, and caring as the rest of the Penns Woods team, and we owe a lot of our success to this amazing girl. The vineyard would not be the same without her! Check out more about our favorite staff member below!
"Harper is always aware of everything that's going on at the vineyard and is constantly on the lookout for intruders (groundhogs, deers, etc.) She makes everyone working in the vineyard feel at home, always passing by them throughout the day to get a little attention.
In my opinion, and from most people that know Harper, she has changed so much over the years since her start working in the vineyard and tasting room. She started out shy and timid, but has blossomed into such a loving, loyal companion and gained her nickname "Terminator" from Gino.
The vineyard has truly become Harper's home. She and I have shared many great moments there through rain, snow, heat, severe winds and extremely cold temperatures. Through it all, she always stays by my side and never gives up! " -Davide
Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake
Last week our GM Andrea Creato whipped up a few loaves of these sweet thangs & was kind enough to share with our management team. This recipe is perfect for spring! Its sweet but not heavy with fresh lemon in the cake and the glaze that gives bright pops of flavor while you enjoy sweet, juicy blueberries in each bite!
I know what you're thinking- sour cream? In a cake? But sour cream is actually a wonderful baking ingredient that gives cake a very moist body without losing that fluffy cake quality we love and the slight tang of the sour cream in this recipe sings perfectly with the lemon! (Tip: We've also had success with adding in mayo to chocolate cake as well!).
This is an easy dessert that not only looks beautiful but tastes wonderful! We paired it with our new Brut Rose, the peachy, cherry & apple skin notes mingled well with the fresh fruit in the cake while the bubbles augment the citrusy notes in this dessert. This would also pair well with our semi-sweet Moscato Rose '19 with the juicy watermelon notes singing the same spring tune as the citrus in the cake while the hint of effervescence and refreshing finish lift up the sweeter notes on both sides!
Bundt Pan Directions: Double the cake batter recipe for a bundt pan and cook an additional 15-30 minutes as needed, until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
This recipe was developed by Jennifer Grissom for more recipes check out her website: www.savorwithjennifer.com
The Ramans have been enthusiastic supporters of Penns Woods since first visiting us in 2014 and we are so lucky to have them as members in our Grand Cru Wine Club. They are always up for conversation with our staff and bring bright smiles with them upon each visit. They love our Cabernet Sauvignon and particularly enjoy listening to live music on a sunny day and receiving the special recipes we pair with each wine in their quarterly Wine Club allotment. Learn more about Ashok Raman and his family through our Q&A with him!
Q & A With Ashok Raman:
Q: Do you have a favorite varietal? Do you have a favorite vintage of that varietal at Penns Woods?
A: My favorite varietal is the Cabernet Sauvignon. Hands down, it would have to be the 2009 Penns Woods Cabernet Sauvignon. It is perhaps one of the best wines I have ever had.
Q: What is the perfect scene for you to enjoy wine?
A: Summer in the vineyard with live music and family. We've tried to bring that feeling home, too. We built a "wine shrine" in our basement right next to our music room to enjoy the ambiance and the love we have for opening a good bottle of wine.
Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies?
A: Home automation and riding my Moto-Guzzi.
Q: What types of wine do you typically go for and what are you drinking right now?
A: Any full-bodied red. I am currently enjoying some good Barolos.
Q: What is your favorite event at Penns Woods?
A: My favorite event at Penns Woods is Father's Day. It is the only day my kids listen to me ;). Seriously, the weather is usually nice and warm and there is always great music and wonderful vibes at the vineyard.
Q: What are you looking forward to most when our business is back in full effect?
A: With summer coming, I am hoping I can spend weekends at Penns Woods with live music and family.
Q: How did you get into wine?
A: A friend gifted me a 1997 bottle of Kendall Jackson Merlot and I loved it.
Q: Do you enjoy traveling and visiting other wineries?
A: Of course! Some of the best wineries other than Penns Woods are in Temecula Valley in Southern California.
Q: How did you find out about Penns Woods?
A: I stumbled upon a bottle of your wine at White Dog Café in Paoli and really enjoyed it. My first visit to the vineyard was during the holiday season, and it was magical. It's funny, actually. During our first trip in 2014, we saw a lovely couple get engaged and we knew, right off the bat, that this place was something special. Now we celebrate every small victory with a bottle of your wine and a family trip to the vineyard.
Ashok and his beautiful family have been a part of Penns Woods family for many years. Ashok has a tremendous love of wine and has been one of Penns Woods biggest supporters. We look forward to seeing the entire Raman family at Penns Woods again very soon! -Andrea Creato
Go behind the scenes with the Penns Woods Winery team in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.