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Barrett Crandall
November 14, 2014 | Barrett Crandall

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

With Thanksgiving fast approaching we thought we would share two of our most requested recipes from the past year.  Both of these recipes would make a great side dish at any Thanksgiving table.  


Honey-Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon Lardons


10-15 Brussels sprouts, halved

Salt and pepper to taste

2 teaspoons honey

1 teaspoon Sriracha

12 ounces bacon, cut into ½ inch lardons


  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. In a large sauté pan set over medium heat, cook bacon, stirring often, until fat has rendered and bacon is crispy, this will take about 8-10 minutes.  Reserve rendered fat and let cool.  Place cooked bacon on paper towel lined tray to drain.  Set aside.
  3. Wash Brussels sprouts, trim ends and slice each lengthwise.
  4. In a large bowl, toss sprouts with salt, pepper and bacon fat until evenly coated.
  5. Spread evenly, flat side down, on baking pan.  Roast in oven for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until browned and crispy.
  6. Meanwhile, mix honey and Sriracha in that same bowl.  Dump finished sprouts into honey-Sriracha mixture and toss until evenly coated.  Add bacon lardons and continue to toss.
  7. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper if desired, and serve sprouts.

Recipe adapted from:  The Daily Meal  www.thedailymeal.com


Harvest Black Rice Salad


1 cup black rice (forbidden rice)

1 ¾ cups water

1 dried bay leaf

2 cloves garlic, minced

5 ounces crumbled Feta cheese

12 ounces bacon, cut into ½ inch lardons

6 large carrots (rainbow carrots if available), cleaned, peeled, cut into ½ inch rounds, then cut into fourths

1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped

2 ounces red wine vinegar

2 ounces olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Turn oven on to 400 degrees F.

  1. Put black rice, water, and dried bay leaf into rice cooker and cook, or cook black rice according to package directions.  When rice is done cooking remove bay leaf and discard, place cooked black rice into a large bowl and let cool off to room temperature.
  2. In a large sauté pan set over medium heat, cook bacon, stirring often, until fat has rendered and bacon is crispy, this will take about 8-10 minutes.  Reserve rendered fat and let cool.  Place cooked bacon on paper towel lined tray to drain.  Set aside.
  3. Place carrots into a large bowl, pour reserved bacon fat over carrots and mix making sure that all the carrots are covered in bacon fat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour carrots onto a sheet pan and bake in the 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  Carrots are done when they can be pierced with a fork.  Place carrots onto a plate or pan lined with paper towels to drain.  Let cool to room temperature.
  4. To finish salad, add feta cheese, bacon lardons, carrots, and parsley to the large bowl holding the black rice.  Gently mix together.  Add red wine vinegar and olive oil to salad and mix gently.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe by Barrett Crandall


Pair the Brussels sprouts with a Fess Parker Riesling and the black rice salad with the Sta. Hills Pinot Noir or Ashley's Pinot Noir.   

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Time Posted: Nov 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Barrett Crandall
March 11, 2013 | Barrett Crandall

Bacon and Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is a great dish to cook as a main course, but is also great to serve with pan seared duck breast, roast chicken, or pork tenderloin.  Pair this hearty risotto with Fess Parker Pinot Noir or Syrah.

Bacon and Mushroom Risotto

Recipe by Barrett Crandall


8 ounces bacon, cut into half inch pieces
12 ounces Arborio rice
1 medium white onion, small dice
1 clove garlic, minced
2 ounces chardonnay
1 quart chicken stock, warmed
6 ounces grated parmesan cheese
10 ounces portabello mushrooms, stems removed, cut into ¼ inch pieces
2 ounces unsalted butter
Salt and pepper to taste


1.  In large skillet cook bacon over medium heat, stirring often.  Cook until browned and just starting to get a little crispy.  With slotted spoon remove bacon and drain on paper towels.  Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of bacon fat from skillet.
2. Add garlic, onions, and mushrooms to skillet and sauté 4 to 5 minutes, until onions start to soften.
3. Add Arborio rice, stir until all the rice is coated in bacon fat.  Cook until pearled, about 1 minute.
4. Add chardonnay, stirring often, cook until the wine is absorbed into the rice.
5. When wine is absorbed into the rice, start adding the chicken stock.  Add 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly.  When stock is almost absorbed into the rice, add another cup.  Continue this process until stock is gone, should take between 20 to 25 minutes. 
6. When done adding stock, stir in the cooked bacon, cheese, and butter.
7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Time Posted: Mar 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Barrett Crandall
February 4, 2013 | Barrett Crandall

Vegetable Chili

For our wine club pick-up party last month members were served a hearty vegetable chili along with a side of cornbread.  We thought we would pass this recipe along to anyone who would like to make it at home. Chili is the perfect meal during these cold winter months.  This chili recipe is not only filling and delicious; this vegetarian version is also very healthy.  

Mushrooms are in this recipe in place of meat, giving the chili a meaty texture as well as an earthy component.  I also like to roast the pasilla and jalapeno chili peppers to give an extra depth of flavor and smokiness in the chili. Butternut and Acorn squash give this chili a nice touch of sweetness while helping to give it a richness and added body.  

If you have never roasted chili peppers before it is quite easy, you can do it right on your gas or electric stovetop.  Turn the stovetop burner up to medium heat.  Place the chili peppers on top of the burners and let them get a nice char on each side.  When all sides of the chili pepper are charred wrap them up in foil and let them sit for about 15 minutes.  Unwrap the foil and use a paper towel to wipe and peel the charred skin off the chili peppers.  All the heat from this chili comes from the jalapeno, I used all the seeds in this recipe, if you want your chili to be on the milder side just remove the seeds.  

Vegetable Chili 

Recipe by:  Barrett Crandall

Servings:  6-8


• 1 bottle Fess Parker Syrah, reduced down to 1 cup
• 2 medium yellow onions, minced
• 1 red, 1 green, 1 orange and 1 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into ½ inch pieces
• 6 ounces white button mushrooms, stemmed and quartered
• 6 ounces baby portabella mushrooms, stemmed and quartered
• 1 pasilla chili pepper, roasted, skins and seeds removed, and cut into ¼ inch pieces
• 1 jalapeno pepper, roasted, skins removed, finely diced with seeds
• 1 butternut squash, peeled with seeds removed, cut into ¼ inch to ½ inch pieces
• 1 acorn squash, peeled with seeds removed, cut into ¼ inch to ½ inch pieces
• 6 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tbsp chili powder
• 2 tbsp ground cumin
• 1 tbsp ground coriander
• 2 tbsp kosher salt
• 1 tbsp black pepper
• 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, strained and rinsed
• 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, strained and rinsed
• 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
• 1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree
• 3 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil


1. Heat oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat.  Add onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, butternut squash, acorn squash, pasilla pepper, jalapeno, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are softened, 8 -10 minutes.
2. Stir in the wine, continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.
3. Stir in the beans, diced tomatoes with their juice, and tomato puree,  and bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1  hour.
4. Uncover and taste.  If vegetables are quite tender continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes.  Adjust seasoning if needed.

Try this chili with our Santa Barbara County Syrah, Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah, or our delicious Big Easy Red Wine.  Any one of these wines would be a great pairing and would make for a great night.  Enjoy!


Time Posted: Feb 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM