Allure Meritage is a multiple Gold Medal winning seamless blend of the five Nobel Bordeaux grape varietals and with not one varietal dominating.
In the glass a lovely blackberry nose with alluring hints of plum and blackcurrant character. The palate offers a fresh although gently textured wine covering the ripe tannin that persist to the end very nicely with a depth, substance and richness.
Feel this wine unfolding, revealing layer upon layer of delicate flavor, then the surprise, when taken into the mouth together with a complex, multi flavored food like lasagna, the whole experience sings.
The Meritage Association was formed in 1988 by a small group of California vintners increasingly frustrated by U.S. BATF regulations stipulating wines contain at least 75% of a specific grape to be labeled as that varietal.
As interest grew in creating Bordeaux-style wines, which by their blended nature fail to qualify for varietal status, members sought to create a recognizable name for their high-quality blended wines.
Allure ~ to attract by charm, to fascinate through its soft and alluring flavors.
Meritage ~ us/ American Bordeaux - Pronounced like "heritage" an American term used to distinguish wines that are made in the Bordeaux style principally from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, with lesser proportions of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. A red Meritage must be made from at least two of these grapes, with no varietal comprising more than 90% of the blend.
Baba Ghanoush with Grilled Steak KebobsThis baba ganoush recipe, an amazing roasted eggplant dip, is so simple. Serve with grilled steak kebob, vegetables, pita bread or pita chips.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip CookiesThese cookies will melt in your mouth like butter, seriously, they're that good.
Butterflies with Prosciutto & SovranoA piece of Sovrano cheese and a few slices of Prosciutto make this a luxurious creamy pasta dish. A fresh baguette with garlic butter is all you need to round out the meal.
Butternut Squash TartGet the full taste of fall with these delicious Butternut Squash Tartlets. A perfect combination when enjoyed with a glass of our Allure Meritage - Enjoy!
Cheese, Sausage and Tomato PaniniPanini is an Italian dish of cooked foods like meat and cheese in between two slices of toasted bread loaves or rolls. Typically made with the ciabata or the rosetta varieties of breads, Panini are then toasted in a Panini Press or a fry pan. This version uses Point Reyes Toma Cheese, Aidell’s Organic Garlic and Basil Sausage and Tomato.
Chicken ParmigianaTender pieces of crumbed chicken are topped with homemade tomato sauce and grated cheese, and then oven baked until the cheese is golden and melted.
Chicken Ramen & Noodle SoupEasy homemade chicken ramen, with a flavorful broth, fresh chicken, veggies, lots of noodles. Inspired by traditional Japanese ramen, but on the table in under an hour.
Deconstructed Eggplant ParmesanThis deconstructed eggplant dish is so easy to make and looks amazingly elegant.
Family Friendly Fried RiceFlavorful, simply delicious and super quick to make. Get creative adding leftover vegetables or just add a handful of sautéed shrimp.
Italian Sausage Ragu with Corn SpoonbreadItalian Sausage Ragu is great but served with our Corn Spoonbread (the lovechild of Yorkshire pudding and soufflé) - Wow!
Lamb Rib Chops Rosemary & GarlicLamb chops are such an easy and delicious dish. Marinated in rosemary and garlic, seared in a cast iron pan on the stovetop and a romantic dinner is ready.
Minestrone Soup with Parmesan Cheese BreadEven if you’re not a vegetable lover you will love the warmth, the heartiness and the way this minestrone soup makes you feel comfortable at home. Chef Tommy has enlivened this soup with Herbie’s Parsley, Oregano and Thyme leaves to give it an accent of freshness.
Mustard & Pepper Crusted Pork RackPork rib roast is also referred to as center-cut pork loin and is the pork equivalent of a standing beef rib roast or a rack of lamb. This cut makes a great centerpiece for an elegant dinner. Before roasting or barbecuing the pork rib roast, it should be “Frenched.” Simply cut the meat away from the end of each rib, so that part of each bone is exposed. A butcher also can do this for you. If you cook it just right, you will have a pork so tender and juicy, your knife will cut through like butter.
Orzo, Sovrano & BasilThis risotto-style creamy pasta dish is perfect for an appetizer or makes an excellent side dish for roasted chicken or seafood.
Osso BuccoOsso Buco is a Milanese specialty of cross-cut veal shanks braised with vegetables, wine and broth. This tomato-based version may be served with polenta or mashed potatoes.
Panko Parmesan ChickenThe easy preparation makes home-made light and crispy chicken a breeze. Panko is Japanese for bread crumbs. Panko is more delicate and absorbs less oil than traditional bread crumbs while the Parmesan cheese adds an level of flavor not normally attainable with traditional fried chicken
Quinoa /kin-wa/ Sweet Potato ChiliThis Quinoa Sweet Potato Chili is loaded with flavor and vitamins and works perfectly with our Allure Meritage. Everyone will ask for a second bowl. It’s easy to prepare, takes just over a half hour to get on the table, and the best part - there’s only one pot to clean!
Risotto MilaneseAn Italian classic, traditionally served with Osso Buco
Roasted Asparagus with Paski SirAs a general rule, there is no vegetable that doesn't benefit from a little roasting. This is one of the most ridiculously simple vegetable dishes in existence. Roasting is a favorite method for cooking many vegetables, not the least of which is the glorious, green asparagus. Ok, maybe not much of a "recipe" but this is a great cheese and this is a great showcase for it, especially when fresh asparagus is in season.
Sausage Lasagna with Whipped Ricotta and Parmesan Cream SauceLasagna has layers of thin pasta, with meat, cheese, and sauce squeezed in between then oven-baked to form a delicious dish to enjoy with a bottle of Allure Meritage.
Shepheard's PieClassic Shepherd's Pie (lamb) or Cottage Pie (beef) with vegetables in a rich gravy, topped with cheesy mashed potatoes and baked.
Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with Herbs de ProvenceBrisket can be cooked many ways and all of them suggest a slow, moist cooking method involving a marinade. Brisket is a cut of meat from the lower chest of beef, a section that includes the superficial and deep pectorals involving a significant amount of connective tissue, so the resulting meat must be cooked correctly to tenderize the connective tissue.
Smoked Steelhead Trout Crostini with Sweet Beet Horseradish Mustard GlazeThis dish has a great balance of smokiness, acidity, tanginess, and overall savoriness that is truly addicting.
Tcho Chocolate Torte (flourless)This Chocolate Torte uses no flour, allowing the chocolate to take center stage in a decadent way. The beauty of this dessert is in its simplicity, so serve it by itself or with a few berries and some freshly whipped cream.
Tenderloin, Pecan Crust, Tomato, Juniper Berry, Red Wine ReductionBeef tenderloin is a large cut of meat out of the short loin section, often called fillet. It is the center of tenderness.
Toasted Mallow Fluff Lemon BarsSometimes, a light dessert is something that we all need. These bite size and unique lemon bars make the perfect ending to any meal!
Tuscan-Style Chicken & Parmesan Cream SauceThis Tuscan-Style Chicken has the most amazing creamy Parmesan Cream Sauce and that distinct touch of appetite-pleasing Tarragon.
Sweet Beet & Horseradish MustardA perfect marriage of beets and horseradish combined with whole grain mustard create a distinctive condiment, perfect for roast beef, steak, grilled salmon or crab cakes.
Alta BadiaAlta Badia cheese
Aries - Shooting Star CreameryAries is an aged sheep's milk cheese created in the style of a traditional Alpine cheese.
Parmigiano Reggiano Vacche BiancheParmigiano Reggiano Vacche Bianche is a high quality Italian cheese from the Apennines of Modena, made exclusively from the special cow milk of a local breed called Modenese.
Vella Dry JackA perect companion to our *Allure* Meritage this Dry Jack combines the crumbliness of Parmigiano-Reggiano and the butteriness of well-aged cheddar into a single, golden chunk. This is a cheese to come back to again and again, and each time is a revelation
Apple Pie SpiceOoh - so good! Apple Pie Spice perfectly combines sweetness from caramelized apples contrasted delightfully with a perfect blend of exotic spices.
Family Friendly Stir-Fry SeasoningA tasty blend for all the family.
Pumpkin Pie SpiceUse in pumpkin pie or other desserts.
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