Seared Duck Breast with Cherry Gastrique


Pairs with Pinot Noir

As an entrée this serves 4


1 tablespoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

2 tablespoons minced shallots

½ cup best quality cherry jam

1-2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar

Four 8oz duck breasts, halved

Salt/pepper to taste



  1. Heat the EVOO in a saucepan. Add shallots and sauté` until translucent.
  2. Add jam and vinegar […]

Cream Cheese & Parmesan Asparagus


Pairs with Pinot Blanc

As an entrée this serves 5

1 puff pastry sheet
Flour for dusting
10 pieces asparagus, ends trimmed
5 oz. cream cheese
1 egg, beaten
Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Roll out the puff pastry sheet and dust with flour.
3. Generously spread a layer of cream cheese over pastry 4. […]

Almond Cheddar Appetizer


Pairs with Gewürztraminer
Serves 16

1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 medium onion, chopped
¾ cup slivered almonds, chopped
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 loaf of French bread

1. Pre- heat oven to 400 degrees
2. In a large bowl combine first 6 ingredients and mix well
3. Spread cheese […]