Wine cheese toasts with Pinot Grigio slushees

October 1, 2009 4:57:53 PM PDT
Spice up your next get together with these easy and tasty recipes.

RECIPES:

Wine Cheese Toasts
Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese, or a mix of other firm cheeses such as Gouda and Fontina
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely minced fresh garlic
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 day-old French baguette, cut in 1/4 - 1/3 inch slices
Process:
Coarsely grate 2 cups Gruyère or other cheese. In a small mixing bowl, stir the cheese together with the white wine, garlic, cayenne and jalapeno pepper to make a loose, almost soupy consistency. Spread the mixture generously on day-old slices of French bread, lay them out on a baking sheet, and broil for 2-4 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Pinot Grigio Slushee
Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • ½ bottle Pinot Grigio
  • 6 ounces frozen concentrated Limeade
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Ice
Process:
Pour Limeade in blender, add wine, and sugar. Fill blender half full with ice. Blend until smooth. Add strawberries if desired. Enjoy!

EVENT INFORMATION:

Seek Out The Hidden Treasure Of Lodi Wines
Lodi Vintners Announce Inaugural Treasure Island WineFest
Sunday, October 11, 2009 from
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission will be $55 in advance or $65 at the door.

The event will feature handcrafted wine exclusively from the Lodi region, where sustainability is a primary focus. Lodi leads California in sustainable viticulture practices with its third party certification program known as the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing. The goal of the program is to reduce the environmental impact of winegrape production through the use of sustainable practices. Lodi's wine region produces approximately 20% of California's total winegrape production-more than Napa and Sonoma combined! There are over 60 grape varieties in production ranging from the traditional Cabernet and Chardonnay to exciting new varietals such as Vermentino and Tempranillo. The region has experienced exponential growth since the early 1990's, with over 75 wineries now bringing international attention to the local industry.

A portion of the proceeds from Treasure Island WineFest will benefit San Francisco Food Bank. They will distribute 33 million pounds of food this year to low-income families, individuals and more than 500 local non-profit agencies. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SF Food Bank and we also are a 501 c3 non-profit organization.

More information: http://www.lodiwine.com | http://tiwinefest.com

About Anna Karelis Goehring:
Anna was born and raised in the heart of Lodi wine country. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from California State University Sacramento.

Anna has worked for the Lodi Winegrape Commission since 2005. She began working as the Event Manager and for the last four years has worked as the Marketing and Media Relations Manager. Her responsibilities entail the coordination, development and execution of various marketing and public relations strategies. She also serves as the lead promotional manager for four major wine events representing the Lodi wine region. Anna has been instrumental in bringing media attention to Lodi wine country through radio, television and print. She is a regular on many of the morning magazine shows and can be often heard on various radio stations raising the awareness of Lodi wines.


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