Recipes from Napa

Tasting With Truffles

By Florencia Palmaz | February 2022

Cabernet and Truffles – Tricky bedfellows that spark magic when paired well. 

As a vintner and a chef, it is my pleasure to share unexpected pairings featuring beautiful ingredients and the library of our wines. This winter I have been enchanted with fresh, black Périgord Truffles—and yes, I’ve fallen in love with the unconventional pairing of Truffles and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Traditional Sommelier training would never imagine pairing fresh back truffles with Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It is generally believed that the deep earthy aromas of truffles are best highlighted with wines that mirror such earthy (almost funky) undertones, like Barolo or a library vintage of Burgundy. Thankfully the mysteries of Napa are great. With all its varied microclimates and soil types you can find a vintage and a vineyard that pairs well with almost any season’s treasured ingredients.

Perfect Pairings for the Gaston Cabernet

By Palmaz Vineyards | December 2021

The Gaston Cabernet Sauvignon is not always available in the tasting room due to its small production and limited release. When it’s present, though, it always steals the show.

Demystifying the Tomahawk Steak with Lodge Cast Iron

 

By Brasas At The Table | Nov 2021

Weighing in around two to three pounds each, Tomahawks are one of the most rewarding cuts out there, but they’re also intimidating. In preparation for our High Steaks dinner event this December, we thought we’d do a deep dive into this particular cut. In demystifying the Tomahawk, we hope it becomes your new steakhouse favorite—one you can enjoy at your own table.

Why You Should Jump On The Bone Broth Trend

 

Written by Jessica Palmaz | October, 2021

As summer fades, we lean into the warmth of our kitchens and recipes that can take an edge off the chill. Soups, stews, and braises—we fall back on all kinds of comfort dishes here at Palmaz—but nothing is more comforting than the sound of a stock pot simmering.

Potato and Short-Rib Pavé with a Cabernet Reduction

Potato and Short-Rib Pavé with a Cabernet Reduction

PALMAZ VINEYARDS  | October 7, 2021

A decadent dish, indeed!  We love it served next to a bed of fresh arugula, shaved Parmesan and a glass of Palmaz Cabernet for the perfect fall lunch.  Make sure to have some extra Cabernet Reduction on hand for anyone who wants to spoon some additional sauce over the top.

Cheese Pairings With The 2018 Louise Riesling From The French Cheese Board

Cheese Pairings with The 2018 Louise Riesling | Charles Duque, The French Cheese Board

In true form, the 2018 Riesling “Louise” from Palmaz Winery was delivered in a “Flûte” shaped bottle reminiscent of Rieslings from Alsace, France. It also has a low alcohol content consistent with old world production. 

Chilled Spicy Melon Soup

Chilled Spicy Melon Soup with Prosciutto Straws

Recipe by Florencia Palmaz

We often use cantaloupe for this recipe, paired with our Amalia Chardonnay, but Amalia Palmaz has recently been making this dish with Honeydew. It is a delicious variation, with a delicate flavor that balances perfectly with the spice of the cayenne pepper and saltiness of the prosciutto! Use whichever melon you have on hand—either will make for a refreshing dish. The Honeydew variation pairs beautifully with our Louise Riesling.

A Tasting with Amalia

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A Tasting with Amalia

For Episode 27 of The Wine Stream we will have the opportunity to talk with our mother—Amalia Palmaz—about her eponymous wine, the Amalia Chardonnay! In honor of this special episode, we’ve asked Amalia to pick some of her favorite Palmaz recipes that pair beautifully with her chardonnay. She’s chosen three: Smoked Salmon on Wasabi Caviar Stars, Duck Confit with Frisée Salad Lyonnais, and Seafood in Roasted Vegetable Consommé with Quinoa Pilaf.

These recipes give you a chance to participate in a live, virtual tasting during the Wine Stream this month. Make all three and enjoy a multi-course meal, or just make one—but make sure to have a glass of Amalia Chardonnay in hand!

The Perfect Steak

 The Perfect Steak | By Florencia and Jessica Palmaz

In anticipation of our Brasas At The Table “Special Night In” event this weekend, Florencia and Jessica Palmaz cooked three different steaks using three different methods — all with the MEATER thermometer — so we could give you the rundown on the best way to cook your GVR Wagyu. As a result, everyone ate pretty well this week!

SWEET POTATO PAVÉ

SWEET POTATO PAVÉ | Recipe by Florencia Palmaz from At The Table and Around the Fire

A sweet potato casserole has its place in the pantheon of holiday feasts, but we think this recipe for Sweet Potato Pavé is a luxurious take on the old standard—and what is the end of the year if not a perfect time to usher in the new? It pairs wonderfully with tender, lean venison and its thin layers melt in the mouth. No marshmallows needed here!

FOR THE SWEET POTATO PAVÉ
1. The day before serving, line the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish lined with aluminum foil.

2. Peel and slice the sweet potatoes using a mandoline or Cuisinart on the 1/16-inch-thick blade.

3. With a pastry brush, liberally paint the bottom of the pan with melted butter.

4. Place the slices of sweet potato, overlapping slightly, in a single layer. Every 3 layers, brush with butter and sprinkle brown sugar and salt. Repeat until the pan is filled, ending on a layer of sweet potato and butter.

5. Cover with aluminum foil. Weigh down the top with foil-wrapped bricks or flat rocks.

6. Two hours before serving, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the sweet potatoes, covered and weighed down, for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife.

7. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave covered for 20 minutes to cool. If you attempt to unmold this while it’s still hot, it will fall apart.

8. When ready to plate, remove the weights and the foil. Cut into rectangular shapes. Sprinkle brown sugar on the tops and caramelize with the torch. Serve while still warm.
 
INGREDIANTS  
10 medium sweet potatoes
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar
Sea salt, for seasoning
 
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
Mandoline
Portable butane torch