Recipes from Napa

Around the Fire: The Sunday Asado

Around the Fire: The Sunday Asado

By Florencia Palmaz | EXCERPT From At the Table & ARound the Fire | Jun 22, 2019

At home a Sunday is defined first by what’s being grilled, and second by what wine is being served. When we are all back in South America visiting friends and family, a Sunday afternoon can easily reach 25 people with first cousins, spouses and children alone. The afternoon begins with kids running amok outside, while a group of adults play cards or Buracco (a Latin American version of rummy cube) in front of the parrilla, keeping the Asador company. Another gaggle gathers like a conclave on the patio, having a drink, gossiping. Slowly the crowd begins to get hungry. A few bites of meat are passed to the crowd as teasers. Eventually everyone gathers at a long table, and the show begins. Wave after wave of delicious meats and salads arrive. The wine flows and the conversation rolls on with the sounds of deep belly laughter and a joyous roar from the table. Hearty applause is given to the Asador, and slowly the evening winds down.

This scene is the quintessential Argentine Sunday afternoon, from casual family affair to large celebratory parties. The formula has been created by generations before us perfecting the menu and the social norms to set a stage on which a barbecue is not just a meal — it’s an Asado.

The Palmaz Chimichurri

The Palmaz Chimichurri | Florencia Palmaz | Apr 20, 2019

Whenever someone asks me where I’m from, I, for just a split second, think to my myself, oh boy here we go — then in one breath I blurt out, “I’m an Argie – Californian, with a dash of South Texas”. Those roots explain why I live on a vineyard, work on a ranch, and covet a good Asado.

Recipes from Napa: Carbonada Stew

Winter is here and we have settled into a cozy cycle of drizzle, and fog in Napa. I cherish quiet winter evenings with the fireplace going and the family is tucked indoors for the evening. On these nights I like to prepare comfort foods: stews, chilis, and roasts. One stew that is a favorite in our house is the Argentine Classic Carbonada. Traditionally in the winter, it is served inside a pumpkin and is the perfect dish to use any left over fall pumpkins.

First Shipments of the Ranch Subscription are On the Way!

First Shipment of the Ranch Subscription ARE going out today!

All of us at the Brasas Food and Wine Society are very excited to see the Fed Ex truck arrive and take away our first shipments of our 100% grass-fed wagyu beef raised on the ranch. The first 131 customers will be receiving their shipments in the next few days. 

Recipes for National Wine and Cheese Day

Recipes for National Wine and CHEESE Day

By Florencia Palmaz | Pairing:  Palmaz Cabernet | At the Table and Around the Fire

What better way to pair Palmaz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon than with four of our delectable cheese filled bites.

SMOKED DUCK AND FIG ROULADE

Palmaz Muscat and Chévre Cheesecake Cremes with Strawberry

Chèvre Cheesecake Cremes with Strawberries

By Florencia Palmaz | Pairing:  Florencia Muscat | At the Table and Around the Fire

This is a great base cream to top with any seasonal fresh fruit. In the summer, vanilla- scented strawberries are a favorite, and in the fall we will switch to candied citrus rounds. The cream lasts up to 4 days in the fridge and is perfect for a sweet treat when friends unexpectedly drop by.

Rosemary Shortbread and Meyer Lemon Cookies

Rosemary Shortbread and Meyer Lemon Cookies

By Florencia Palmaz | Pairing:  Florencia Muscat | At the Table and Around the Fire

Rosemary grows in the planters around the winery. We are literally surrounded by the aroma of rosemary all year long. In mid-February, the rosemary blooms little purple flowers and the Meyer lemons ripen when there is little color in the garden. I couldn’t resist the temptation to bring these two lovely flavors together.

MAKES 40 TO 50

Mandarin Sorbet with Candied Meyer  Lemons and Pistachio Chocolate Bark

Mandarin Sorbet with Candied Meyer Lemons and Pistachio Chocolate Bark

By Florencia Palmaz | Pairing:  Florencia Muscat | At the Table and Around the Fire

Few things grow in our garden during the winter months except lemons and mandarins. They are such welcome, fresh flavors during cooler weather, and this dessert perfectly cap- tures that freshness. To help this sorbet pair with the wine, I like to include a little of the Muscat I’ll serve that evening into the recipe. Do not, however, try to add a late-harvest ice wine to the sorbet or it will be difficult to freeze.

Recipes from Napa: Shrimp Quenelle in Tomato Beurre Blanc

Shrimp Quenelle in Tomato Beurre Blanc

Serves 12-16

Recipes from Napa: Pea and Poblano Bisque

Recipes from Napa: Pea and Poblano Bisque

Lunch on the patio begins with a small bisque. After having toured the cave, guests are generally a little cold. Arriving to the table with a warm bisque waiting is a comforting welcome. We vary the bisque depending on the season and like to feature vegetables from our garden. Also, starting a meal with a bisque is an easy first course; they’re made in advance and are simple to serve.

PEA AND POBLANO BISQUE