Allure Meritage

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.

Butterflies with Prosciutto & Sovrano

Butterflies with Prosciutto & Sovrano

A 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 Tart

Butternut Squash Tart

Get 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 Panini

Cheese, Sausage and Tomato Panini

Panini 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 Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana

Tender pieces of crumbed chicken are topped with homemade tomato sauce and grated cheese, and then oven baked until the cheese is golden and melted.

Minestrone Soup with Parmesan Cheese Bread

Minestrone Soup with Parmesan Cheese Bread

Even 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 Rack

Mustard & Pepper Crusted Pork Rack

Pork 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 & Basil

Orzo, Sovrano & Basil

This risotto-style creamy pasta dish is perfect for an appetizer or makes an excellent side dish for roasted chicken or seafood.

Osso Bucco

Osso Bucco

Osso 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 Chicken

Panko Parmesan Chicken

The 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 Chili

Quinoa /kin-wa/ Sweet Potato Chili

This 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!

Roasted Asparagus with Paski Sir

Roasted Asparagus with Paski Sir

As 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.

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with Herbs de Provence

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with Herbs de Provence

Brisket 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.

Tcho Chocolate Torte (flourless)

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.

Toasted Mallow Fluff Lemon Bars

Toasted Mallow Fluff Lemon Bars

Sometimes, a light dessert is something that we all need. These bite size and unique lemon bars make the perfect ending to any meal!

Sweet Beet & Horseradish Mustard

Sweet Beet & Horseradish Mustard

A 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.

Parmigiano Reggiano Vacche Bianche

Parmigiano Reggiano Vacche Bianche

Parmigiano 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 Jack

Vella Dry Jack

A 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 Spice

Apple Pie Spice

Ooh - so good! Apple Pie Spice perfectly combines sweetness from caramelized apples contrasted delightfully with a perfect blend of exotic spices.