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Russian River Wine Harvest, A Winemaker’s Note

by on August 18, 2020

Russian River Wine Harvest EnRoute

Our Russian River Valley wine harvest started early this week!

On the eve of our 2020 harvest, EnRoute Winemaker Michael Accurso penned this letter to all of our teams here at EnRoute and at the Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards. We wanted to share his compelling, uplifting words with all of our winery family and friends. (more…)

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Embark on a Russian River Wine Adventure this Father’s Day

by on June 3, 2020

Whether you’re raising a virtual glass or toasting IRL, celebrate the great men in your life with our most expressive Russian River wine gift. Named the Russian River Adventure, this limited-release EnRoute wine collection shines the spotlight on four inviting Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs. As its name implies, it’s one delicious wine experience.

“Every one of our Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs shows exceptional elegance and deep layers of flavor,” says Director of Winemaking Andrew Delos. “If you love Russian River Valley wine and Pinot Noir, you’ll be crazy about this four-bottle set. It’s the ultimate armchair adventure for Pinotphiles and lovers of expertly crafted wine in general.”

The three single-vineyard Pinots in this handsomely boxed wine set offer a rare snapshot of their individual vineyards and vintage. “We hand-pick our finest, most striking vineyards for the EnRoute Single-Vineyard Pinot collection,” says Delos. “Typically, only a handful of barrels from each vineyard makes the final cut. Because we make so little of each wine, we only release them directly from the winery.”

The fourth bottle in this distinguished quartet is EnRoute’s flagship Pinot Noir, Les Pommiers. Les Pommiers combines the pure, vibrant fruit of our finest Russian River vineyards with expert craftsmanship. Whereas our EnRoute Single-Vineyard Pinots are snapshots of an individual vineyard and vintage, Les Pommiers offers up the very best of the Russian River Valley as a whole.

Offering flavors that are at once sophisticated and effortlessly drinkable, every wine in the Russian River Adventure uniquely celebrates the Russian River Valley landscape and climate. As EnRoute’s winemaking team likes to say, “There’s a sense of grape and place in every bottle.”

To share the gift of wine this Father’s Day, check out the Russian River Adventure or explore our full selection of EnRoute wines and gifts here.

For one of our favorite warm-weather recipes (to pair with any of our EnRoute Pinot Noirs), head here.

To learn more about our passion for Pinot Noir, click here.

EnRoute Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Amber Ridge

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Wine with Lunch: An Enchanting Spring Rosé and Sandwich Pairing

by on May 1, 2020

EnRoute Rose Wine with LunchA glass of wine with lunch? Yes, please! The Northern California sunshine has Executive Chef Sarah Walz craving fresh wine and lunch menus packed with healthy flavor. Cue Chef Sarah’s most recent creation, a chicken salad tartine inspired by a salad niçoise.

“Except I replaced the tuna with chicken. Anndd threw it on homemade, toasted baguette. But I did keep the classic rosé wine pairing,” she laughs.

If you really want to model the niçoise, go ahead and add some poached potatoes, steamed green beans, and a hard-boiled egg to your plate.  Or, simply follow the recipe below and enjoy an easy, enchanting afternoon lunch, preferably on a sunny porch alongside a glass of EnRoute Rosé, Facile à Boire. This brand-new Russian River Valley wine’s bright acidity and floral cherry blossom aromas tie the chicken salad’s tangy, savory and garden-fresh flavors together.

“Our EnRoute Russian River Rosé is fresh and fragrant, which makes it the best lunch wine,” says Chef Sarah. “Every sip makes me smile.”

We think this new sandwich and wine pairing might bring a smile to your lips, too.

Warm Chicken Salad Tartine

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, still warm

¼ cup chopped Castelvetrano olives

2 teaspoons capers, rinsed and chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Fresh ground pepper

4 slices sourdough bread

Arugula, a handful or a heap, your call!

Maldon salt, or a large flake salt

Method

Place warm shredded chicken in a bowl. Add chopped olives and capers, drizzle in your olive oil and red wine vinegar, and finish with about six cranks, or half a teaspoon, of fresh ground pepper. Toss with tongs to combine. Check your seasoning and adjust to taste.  Set aside.

Heat a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Generously brush your bread with olive oil, toast for 30 seconds, then flip and repeat on the other side. Place your more toasted side up, pile generously with chicken salad, and sprinkle with your flaky Maldon salt to taste. Top with a mound of arugula, grab your fork and knife – or use your hands if you dare – and savor the crunch of savory rotisserie chicken, salty capers, tangy vinegar and fresh arugula. Pour a lunchtime glass of EnRoute Rosé for added brightness and perfume and enjoy how all the flavors come together!

EnRoute Russian River Wines

 

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Our New Russian River Rosé Will Be a Favorite Spring Wine

by on April 14, 2020

EnRoute Russian River Rose

 

We’ve released our first-ever Russian River Rosé, and this captivating new EnRoute wine is as delightful to drink as its name implies!

Called Facile à Boire (translation: easy to drink), our EnRoute rosé fills the palate with notes of wild strawberries and just-picked cherries. The perfume hints at cherry blossoms and wildflowers, and the wine possesses bright acidity that literally makes your mouth water. A distinct minerality lingers on the finish, reminding us that the best rosé wines can be both refreshing and sophisticated.

“I’m often asked what is rosé wine? ” says EnRoute Winemaker Michael Accurso. “While there are so many types – and shades! – of rosé, the simplest definition is that it’s a pink-hued wine made by allowing the skins of red wine grapes to have contact with the wine for only a short time.

“Our red grapes happen to be some of the best Pinot Noir we can get our hands on, with hand-selected Russian River Valley Pinot from as far north as our Amber Ridge Vineyard and as far south as the cool Green Valley sub-appellation coming together to make a 100% free run rosé of Pinot Noir. In the winery, we specifically craft our rosé so that the final wine possesses a rounder mouthfeel yet allows us to preserve that burst of mineral-acidity that makes it so refreshing. It’s a dynamite spring and summer wine, but honestly, EnRoute Facile à Boire is a Russian River rosé I’d uncork in all seasons.”

Filled with mouthwatering flavors and a zip of minerality, we’re pairing this delightful new Russian River wine with board games, books, tangy chicken salads, grilled fish and back porch sunsets. Ready to uncork your own bottle of EnRoute Facile à Boire? It’s available exclusively from the winery. You can get yours here.

EnRoute Russian River Wines

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Pinot and Pasta: One of our Most Versatile Winter Recipes

by on January 10, 2020

Enroute Pinot and Pasta

“This potato gnocchi has everything I want in a winter recipe. The gnocchi are pillow-y yet filling. The parmesan cream offers subtle richness, without being over the top. The wild mushroom ragout adds the most delicious earthy flavors to the dish. But the most beautiful thing about this recipe? Its wonderful versatility.

You can skip the cream sauce or omit the ragout and it still tastes dreamy, even more so when paired with a glass of bright, berry inflected EnRoute Pinot Noir “Les Pommiers.”

Need to skip the truffles or swap the homemade gnocchi for your favorite store-bought dumplings? That’s fine. It will still bring out with the generous fruit flavors and soft sage-earth accents of our Russian River Valley Pinot.” – Chef Sarah Walz

 

One final chef’s note: Preparing and freezing the gnocchi ahead of time is encouraged for two reasons: it will significantly help you with your prep timing, and sautéed gnocchi adds a delightful “toothiness” to the texture of the potato pasta.

Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragout and Parmesan Cream

Serves 4

Gnocchi Ingredients

2 cups rock salt, for baking

1,000 grams Russet potatoes (roughly 4 medium-to-large potatoes)

1 egg

1 egg yolk

250 grams of flour (2cups)

1-2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground white pepper

 

2 tablespoons olive oil

Optional: 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and one tablespoon chopped chives

 

Mushroom Ragout Ingredients

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup onions, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound mixed mushrooms (hedgehogs, porcini, chanterelles), chopped to bite-sized pieces

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Fresh thyme sprigs

 

Parmesan Cream Sauce Ingredients

1 cup Chardonnay

1 shallot, sliced thin

2 thyme sprigs

1 quart heavy cream

1 1/2 cups grated parmesan

Optional: dash of nutmeg, for seasoning

 

Method

For the gnocchi:

First, wrap a full-sized sheet pan in plastic wrap and spay with non-stick cooking spray.

Bake potatoes on a bed of rock salt until soft. Remove and discard skins, then use a ricer to rice potato into a medium-sized bowl. Season with salt and fresh ground white pepper (an additional eighth of a teaspoon nutmeg and one tablespoon chopped chives optional), then add two tablespoons olive oil and the egg and egg yolk. As you add ingredients and begin to form your dough, be careful not to overwork it.

Sprinkle flour onto potato mixture, using your hands or a wooden spoon to mix until a sticky dough forms in the bowl. Then sprinkle a generous dusting of flour onto a clean work surface, place your potato gnocchi dough down and form a circular, flat ball. Cut one quarter of the dough and form it into a long snake. Slice one 1-inch piece and drop it into a small pot of boiling water. If the gnocchi falls apart, work two more tablespoons of flour into the dough.

Test two to three additional pieces until the dough stays together. Then, let your dough rest for 20 minutes, covered. Your dough should be below room temperature, and rather cool. Form gnocchi and place on sheet pan. When you’ve formed all your gnocchi, cook in salted boiling water. When the gnocchi rise to the top, remove with a slotted spoon. If you are serving right away, place cooked gnocchi in a shallow dish and toss with olive oil to keep them from sticking.

If you are preparing them in advance, remove the gnocchi and place in a large ice water bath to prevent them from continuing to cook. Spread them out on your sheet pan and place in freezer. When you are ready to serve, heat a large sauté pan on high heat, add two tablespoons vegetable oil and then add enough frozen gnocchi to cover – but not exceed – the bottom of the pan. (yes, it’s easier to sear the gnocchi’s from frozen). Each should have space to wiggle. Sauté until golden on all sides, season with salt and pepper and remove to serving dish.

 

 

For the mushroom ragout:

Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. When the oil is almost smoking, add onions and garlic, lower temperature to medium-low and cook until the onions have wilted, roughly three minutes. Add mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until the mushrooms are tender and all the liquid has evaporated.

 

 

For the parmesan cream sauce:

In a saucepan add Chardonnay, sliced shallot, and thyme sprigs and turn heat to high. Reduce until wine is al sec or has a syrup-like constancy. Watch it closely as it can quickly go from a syrup to a burnt mess if you’re not attentive. Add heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Cook for two minutes on medium-high heat.  When the cream has reduced by a quarter, strain the shallots and thyme sprigs and pour cream into a blender.  Blend on low and slowly add grated cheese until combined. Season with salt and white pepper (a dash of nutmeg is optional).

 

To serve:

Easily served family-style or in individual bowls, top your gnocchi with warm parmesan cream, followed by the mushroom ragout. If you’re feeling decadent, shave white truffles over each dish, pour a glass of EnRoute Pinot Noir “Les Pommiers,” and curl up by the fireplace with good company. Salut!

 

 

 

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