Welcome to the LF's blog, here is where we will be highlighting events and news from around the winery.
La Fleur's Winery Storytime- The family behind the vine
As a grandmother of quadruplets, Dana La Fleur finds the most joyful part of owning a winery is sharing it with her family. To say the La Fleur’s Winery is a family affair would be an understatement. Dana jokes often saying, “Heck! The quads can tell you more about a vineyard then most adults.” Being in the vineyard, tending to it, and caring for it always makes her smile -- forever engrossed in the beauty of nature. The thing that makes her the happiest, however, is the deep connection the vineyard brings between her and her husband Dave. This love, joy, and happiness can be found in every bottle of La Fleur’s Wine.
Frozen Watermelon-LF’s That’s Nice Pinot Gris Granita
Who doesn’t love a cold refreshing treat? This is our take on the classic Italian dessert.
4 cups of watermelon cubes
2 lemons, juiced
2 tbsp sugar
1 bottle of very cold LF’s "That’s Nice" Pinot Gris
Put the watermelon cubes into a ziplock bag and then into the freezer until frozen, at least 2 hours.
Put the watermelon, the lemon juice, the sugar and the very cold LF’s “That’s Nice" Pinot Gris into a blender and whiz it around until it is smooth. Pour the mixture back into the ziplock bag and back into the freezer. Leave it there until it is good and frozen squishing it around every now and then. Serve it in your favorite glass.
Did you know the origin of Pinot Gris means "gray pine cone"?
Pinot Gris grape is very closely related to the Pinot Noir grape. These grapes have a grayish-blue skin, it is suggested from the hue of the skin the name was developed. As the meaning of gris is “gray” in French. The word pinot is derived from the French word “pine cone”. This is considered to be given due to the shape of the grape clusters growing on the vine in a “pine-cone” shape. Who knew a “gray pine cone” could be so delicious?
Nicoise Salad with Lemon-Olive Vinaigrette
This classic salad pairs beautifully with La Fleur’s Pinot Gris, perfect for a hot San Diego Summer Day!
1 head romaine lettuce, cut into bite-size pieces
4 eggs, hard-boiled
Two 5-ounce cans (good quality) light tuna in oil, drained
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 pound asparagus, blanched
2 large red potatoes, cubed and boiled
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon vinegar (recommended: white wine vinegar)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup briny olives, chopped (recommended: Nicoise)
Freshly ground black pepper
1 bottle La Fleur’s Pinot Gris That's Nice, On Ice?
Lemon-Olive Vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, lemon juice, and vinegar. Drizzle in the olive oil and whisk to create an emulsion. Add the thyme, olives, and salt and pepper to taste. Let sit at least 10 minutes to marry the flavors.
Salad: On a large platter, place the romaine lettuce and top decoratively with the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drizzle with Lemon-Olive Vinaigrette and serve with chilled La Fleur’s Pinot Gris.
Did you know that Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio come from the same grape, but are different wines?
Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the exact same grape varietal. Pinot Gris originated in France. This style of wine has a fuller body with a richer, spicer and more viscous texture. While Pinot Grigio originates in Italy.
These wines have a lighter body with a crisp freshness and more floral aromas.
What is in a name? That which we call Pinot Gris, could taste so sweet. -Cheers D & D
BBQ Chicken & Vegetable Skewers
Our "That’s Nice" Pinot Gris is this month's Backyard BBQ Pairing.
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small, bite-sized pieces
2 each green zucchini squash, cut in half and sliced
1 large red bell pepper, cut into pieces
1 large orange bell pepper, cut into pieces
1 small red onion, cut into pieces
1 bottle Italian Dressing
1 bottle of chilled La Fleur’s “That’s Nice" Pinot Gris
Place the veggies in a large Ziploc bag and drizzle about 3/4 of the dressing over the veggies. Seal and place in the refrigerator.
Place the chicken breast pieces into a large Ziploc bag and add the remaining dressing. Seal and place in the refrigerator. About 30 minutes before serving, remove both bags and skewer the chicken and vegetables onto the skewers.
If using bamboo skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before skewering the food.
When ready to cook, preheat the grill to about 425 degrees F. Lightly grease the grill grates, then add the skewers. Cook for 4-5 minutes on one side, flip, and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from grill and serve immediately with chilled La Fleur’s "That’s Nice" Pinot Gris.
This is one of our all-time favorites. A simple, but refined dish for any chef’s skill set.
2½ lbs. mussels, cleaned
2 cups LF’s "That’s Nice" Pinot Gris
3 teaspoons minced garlic
¼ cup butter
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup chiffonade fresh basil
1 diced Roma tomato
1 lemon wedged
Melt butter in a pan.
Once the butter melts and starts to get hot, add the garlic and tomatoes. Continue to cook on low to medium heat until the garlic turns light brown. Do not cook on high heat because the butter can burn.
Pour-in the LF’s "That’s Nice" Pinot Gris. Let boil. Continue to cook and let the liquid evaporate until it reduces by half.
Add the mussels. Stir. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.
Add salt and chiffonade basil. Stir. Cook for 2 more minutes.
Transfer to a serving plate. Serve with lemon wedges.
Share and enjoy, Cheers!
Did you Pinot Gris was first planted in the United States in 1966?
Known as the “Papa Pinot”, David Lett of Eyrie Vineyards made waves in the wine industry in the late 1960’s by bringing the Pinot Gris grape to American soil. After traveling to Europe and falling in love with the Pinot grapes he was inspired to cultivate it in the US. Not only did the grape flourish in the Willamette Valley of Central Oregon, but also in Southern and Central California as well. -Cheers D & D!
We live in an age in which sourcing wine has never been easier. Looking for a wine from Crete? The wine shop in your town will likely carry it, and if not, you can easily find a wine retailer online. It’s in the hands of the consumer to shop for the best deal or for the most elusive, rare bottle, which can often be shipped to your doorstep.
Savvy shoppers will stay on top of ever-changing wine shipping laws based on interstate policies. Some states cannot have wine shipped to them, while others have more relaxed laws.
Before you can start investing in a full collection, you’ll need to discover your palate by embracing opportunities to taste and determine what you like. When dining out with friends or at a party, be open minded! A rich Cabernet Sauvignon might woo you initially, but you may also take a liking to exoticRieslings depending on your mood. There is no better way to discover wine than by tasting everything. We have plenty of tools that will help: Best Buy Cheat Sheet, Making the Purchase and Bargain-Friendly Bordeaux will all help guide you on your path to wine bliss.
At first glance, a wine label can be confusing to those just getting started. Luckily, New World wine producers have made it easier on wine beginners by listing the grape(s) directly on the label. Old World regions have typically relied on the wine consumer to be familiar enough with the region to know, for example, that Red Burgundy is Pinot Noir.
Old World Wines might read like this:
Château Moulin de Grenet 2009 Lussac Saint-Émilion
New World wines might read like this:
Cakebread 2006 Merlot, Napa Valley
The French wine lists “Saint-Émilion,” assuming the consumer realizes that wines from Saint-Émilionare mostly Merlot. The wine from Napa, California, on the other hand, lists both the region and the grape variety. As you study more about wine, you’ll become more and more accustomed to all the wine varietals and the Old World regions that produce them.
Old World wine producers are slowly realizing that in order to compete on the global market, they need to make it easy on the consumer. But as much as times may change, a deep understanding of how to read a wine label will always be a useful skill.