Recipe: Lemon Verbena Sausage with Hazelnut Romesco (Soter Vineyards)

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This was paired with Soter’s 2017 Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir at their 2019 Fall Wine Club Release party. 

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Lemon Verbena Sausage with Hazelnut Romesco

Chef Sara Hauman, Soter Vineyards

Ingredients

Lemon Verbena Sausage

  • 1 lb ground pork 60% lean preferred
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon verbena chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp dried ginger
  • zest of one lemon

Hazelnut Romesco

  • 3.5 oz dried espelette peppers de-seeded and rehydrated in warm water
  • 4 oz roasted hazelnuts
  • 8 oz roasted sweet peppers
  • 8 oz tomatoes peeled
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt

Instructions

Lemon Verbena Sausage

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl making sure to really work the sausage and form an emulsification between the fat and protein. Form into patties or use a sausage stuffer and hog casings to stuff the sausage. Make sure the sausage is cooked thoroughly to 160F.

Hazelnut Romesco

  1. Blend the rehydrated peppers with water until a thick paste forms. Roast the peeled tomatoes in the oven on high until they begin dried out and slightly charred. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process on high for a few minutes until the mixture is not completely smooth, but is thick. Season with salt as desired. This sauce is best when allowed to rest in the refrigerator overnight.


Recipe: Slow-Cooker Short Ribs (Sweet Cheeks)

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SWEET CHEEKS WINERY – “SLOW-COOKER SHORT RIBS”

This is the best meal you could possibly wish for after a long day of harvest. Best enjoyed once the weather starts to turn to 50- to 60-degree days, with maybe a little drizzle outside. We make this annually for the harvest crew—I can put everything together at once, and once my day gets going it’s hard to break away and think about cooking a big meal for the harvest crew. This one is amazing because of the slow-cooker aspect.

Pair this with Tempranillo. 

– Jessica Thomas, General Manager

 

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Slow-Cooker Short Ribs

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs beef short ribs
  • 2.5 cups onion diced
  • 2 tsp garlic diced
  • 1 cup Tempranillo or red wine of your choice
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle all sides of the short ribs with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat a pan over medium-high heat, sear all sides of the short ribs.

  3. Place the garlic in your pan for 20 seconds, toss the onions in the pan.

  4. Let the onions and garlic soften for 2-3 minutes.

  5. Place the onions and garlic on the short ribs.

  6. In a bowl, whisk the wine, ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Pour on top of the short ribs.

  7. Place the sprigs of thyme on top.

  8. Cook on low for 8-9 hours. When you get home, remove the stems of the thyme, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy. This goes really well with creamy garlic and Parmesan mashed potatoes and pan seared kale. You could also cook this in an Instapot.


Recipe: Moroccan Chickpeas with Chard (Boedecker Cellars)

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 Boedecker Cellars – “Moroccan Chickpeas with Chard”

It used to be that a hearty beef stew, spaghetti and meatballs and Halloween candy were all we ate at Harvest. But health awareness and dietary restrictions have changed our outlook and I started providing the crew hard boiled eggs (plus donuts) and healthy, flavorful dishes vegetarian that keep everyone’s energy up so we can work with smiles during the long days and nights of harvest.

Pair this with a crisp white: Boedecker Cellars Pinot blanc or Chardonnay.

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Moroccan Chickpeas with Chard

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Spanish onions chopped
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper seeded if desired, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger root
  • 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bulb fennel diced (save fronds for garnish)
  • 1 large bunch swiss chard stems sliced 1/2-inch thick, leaves torn into bite-size pieces
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 turnip peeled and diced
  • 1 lb dried chickpeas soaked overnight in water to cover or quick-soaked (see note)
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped preserved lemon to taste
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped (more for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Add onion and jalapeño and sauté until limp, 3 minutes. 

  2. Add garlic, ginger, salt, turmeric, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper and cayenne and sauté until they release their fragrance, about 2 minutes. 

  3. Add tomato paste and sauté for another minute, until darkened but not burned. (If tomato paste looks too dark too quickly, lower heat.) Add fennel, chard stems, carrot and turnip and continue to sauté until vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes.

  4.  Add chickpeas and water to barely cover. Return heat to high if you lowered it and bring to a simmer. Partly cover pot, lower heat to medium low, and simmer for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until chickpeas are softened. Add more water if needed (this should be like a stew). 

  5. Add chard leaves, apricots and preserved lemon to pot and continue simmering until chard is tender, about 5 minutes longer. 

  6. Season with more salt if desired, and serve garnished with cilantro and reserved fennel fronds. 

    Note: To quick-soak chickpeas, bring them to a boil in water to cover by 1 inch. Turn off the heat and let soak for 1 hour. Drain.


Recipe: Chef Alex Daley’s Consommé (Soter Vineyards)

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Soter Vineyards – “chef alex daley’s Consommé”

This recipe never fails us as an elegant first course, or with a loaf of crusty bread for a harvest lunch. Made with a medley of roasted meat bones and clarified through a traditional technique, this broth is crystal clear and layered with flavor.

We pair this with our 2016 Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir. The earthy, umami flavors in the soup serve to highlight the pure, focused red fruits that dominate this wine.

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Chef Alex Daley's Consommé

Ingredients

  • 4 cups meat stock (we prefer a roasted bone stock for richer flavor)
  • 1 lb lean chicken ground
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 rib celery chopped
  • clove garlic
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, blend together all ingredients (except the stock) until a paste forms. 

  2. Add cold stock and meat mixture to a large stock pot. Set over medium heat and stir only for the first couple of minutes to incorporate the meat into the stock. Do not stir again. 

  3. As the stock heats, the meat and vegetables will rise to the top and form a ‘raft’ of solids. Slowly simmer the stock (DO NOT BOIL!) and, using a ladle, break a hole in the middle of the raft and carefully ladle the broth over the solids. 

  4. After 1 hour, strain the broth through a double layer of cheese cloth. Do not pour the stock, but rather ladle it through the cloth slowly so you don’t break up the solids. Season your broth with red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and enjoy!


24 HOURS OF HARVEST: A SNAPSHOT

#WVHARVEST2018 – October 12, 2018

Welcome to a glimpse of a day in the life of a vintner during their busiest stretch of the year. Read full article


24 Hours of Harvest

24 Hours of Harvest: A Snapshot

Presently, many Willamette Valley wineries are entering the apex of the 2018 crush. That translates roughly to a mind-numbing number of daily cellar tasks, from processing the last of the vintage’s fruit to barreling down young wines for the season. 

We lack the space for every detail, but we can offer a usefuland illustratedsnapshot of the process at large. Welcome to a glimpse of a day in the life of a vintner during their busiest stretch of the year.


Picking (6:32 a.m.)

Most winemakers will tell you that great wines are grown in the vineyard. Picking is backbreaking work that requires a trained eye, speed and stamina. Some crews are instructed to watch out for certain flaws in the field, like rot or dried out clusters.


Sorting & Destemming (8:01 a.m.)

Work a harvest or two and your dreams will be sabotaged by sorting line visuals. This sometimes monotonous task ensures the best and healthiest clusters end up in the cellar.  


Lab Work (9:50 a.m.)

There’s plenty of chemistry in the process of winemaking, and daily analysis of the must (young wines) paint a telling picture of the vintage. The basics often measured include pH, Brix, temperature and titratable acidity. 


Punching Down (11:15 a.m.)

As much a stellar workout as an enological task, punching down involves breaking up the cap of a fermenting wine. The satisfying act releases intoxicating aromas while aiding extraction and wetting the skins and stems. 


Tank Shoveling (noon)

Many outfits shovel out their own tanks when a wine is ready for the press. Ventilation is key, as the fermentation process creates a fair amount of carbon dioxide. This is a fantastic way to artfully stain your clothes.


Press Loads (12:40 p.m.)

Running the press can offer a rare window of downtimethe perfect opportunity to wolf down a bowl of soup and sandwich. Many modern presses run on automated cycles, using a large bladder to gently squeeze some of the most complex flavors out of the remaining solids. The resulting juice is vibrant and fulfilling to watch as it trickles into the press pan. 


Forklift Driving (1:55 p.m.)

The Swiss Army knife of crush, the forklift does it all. It loads and unloads just about every piece of equipment, stacks and unstacks barrels and can even open a bottle. 


Barreling (3:30 p.m.)

It can produce one of the best fragrances of harvestputting a wine to barrel. The clever design of the L-shaped barreling wand allows clean transport while a headlamp or flashlight is used to gauge filling levels. A little wine will undoubtedly be spilled but that usually leads to beautifully stained barrels. 


Barrel Repair (3:35 p.m.)

Some leak. Wax and special kits work great for repairs, but so too do good old-fashioned toothpicks. 


Repeat (5:15 p.m.)

The clock may read quitting time but more fruit is arriving on the pad and another tank is ready to be pressed. Depending on the time of day, an upper or downeror bothis advised. 


Story and illustrations by Mark A. Stock | markastock.com
Mark Stock is a writer from Portland, Oregon who spent a healthy stretch in the Dundee Hills making, selling and drinking wine. He’s written for Willamette Week, Oregon Wine Press, Travel Oregon, Sip Northwest, SevenFifty and more. Fly-fishing, Icelandic soccer and The Simpsons are among his favorite distractions.


The Night Shift

#WVHARVEST2018 – october 2, 2018

Harvesting by night offers an array of attractive qualities, from chilly clusters to getting an early jump on the day’s winemaking duties. >Read full article


The Night Shift

Night Harvest in the Willamette Valley

The Night Shift with Antica Terra and Johan Vineyards

Willamette Valley Night Harvest

For some, it’s beyond their control. Logistical mixups or over-demand can lead to awkward fruit picking times, sometimes well after the sun has set. The tractor high beams light up, the crew throws on an extra layer and while the masses are sleeping, the beginning of another vintage is trimmed from the vine.

For others, it’s quite intentional. Harvesting by night offers an array of attractive qualities, from chilly clusters to getting an early jump on the day’s winemaking duties. 

Antica Terra

Maggie Harrison of Antica Terra says about a third of her label’s fruit is harvested by night. She appreciates the logistical gift of showing up to the winery early in the morning with fresh fruit waiting on the crush pad. She cites the integrity of the clusters, which maintain their shape and firm build amid cooler evening temperatures. Additionally, Harrison also considers the health of her picking crews, who are likely to be more energized during a nighttime pick, especially with harvests creeping earlier and warmer every year.

Johan Vineyards

Dan Hinge of Johan Vineyards in Rickreall was working in California wine country in the mid 2000s when night picks became a hot topic. He says it has taken about a decade for Oregon to accept the idea, although it’s still only done by a handful of labels. “I’m not necessarily a proponent, but I see the pros and cons,” he adds. “I would exclusively do it if I could clone myself and be in two places at once.”

While Johan pays a bit more to harvest in the dark, the fruit comes in at an ideal temperature. “If whole berries are important to you, the fruit has got to come in cold,” Hinge says. The vintner adds that most de-stemmers struggle with fruit that comes in warm. Warmer fruit can be soft and slurry-like, causing the machinery to not always differentiate between grape and stem. 

Hinge is well aware of the rigorous demands of picking and has gone with a hybrid approach to split the difference between night and day. Johan tends to start around 5 a.m., while it’s still dark. Being the first pick of the day for the crew, the team is energized. Meanwhile, Hinge shows up to work with fruit already on the pad. 

“I was just talking about this with the crew and asked an intern if they could tell the difference between the stuff that came in warm and the stuff that didn’t,” says Hinge. “She said she couldn’t until I sent her over to the fermentssome were mush and some were marvels,” he says. 

The Future of Night Picking

Others see the worth in the practice, from Evening Land in the Dundee Hills to Antiquum Farm outside of Eugene. With growing seasons inching longer, warmer and more intense, we may see more and more labels opting for the cooling power of nighttime picks. 


by Mark A. Stock | markastock.com
Mark Stock is a writer from Portland, Oregon who spent a healthy stretch in the Dundee Hills making, selling and drinking wine. He writes for Willamette Week, Oregon Wine Press, Travel Oregon, Sip Northwest, SevenFifty and more. Fly-fishing, Icelandic soccer and The Simpsons are among his favorite distractions.

Photo credit: Andrea Johnson Photography