This time of year calls for delicious food and wine to share with family and friends. Paired with Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet, Chef Trevor’s flavorful recipe below is poised to take center stage at your holiday meal. Watch this enticing video for a behind-the-scenes look at this beautiful dish and pairing.
Roasted Leg of Lamb with Roasted Winter Vegetables, Baby Red Potatoes and Pickled Cranberry Salsa Verde
You can marinate this leg of lamb overnight or for a few hours before you roast it. Place all herbs, seasoning and olive oil in a bowl and mix gently while adding the lemon juice. Rub the marinade generously all over the lamb, then wrap it several times in plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator, then remove one hour prior to cooking to let the lamb temper. This will allow the lamb to cook evenly.
On a hot grill, sear all sides of the lamb leg, then bring the temperature down to low and cover the grill so the lamb can roast slowly. After 45 minutes on low, check the internal temperature with a thermometer. When it reaches about 160˚F remove the lamb from the heat and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. The lamb should be a nice, warm-pink medium inside, which I find is the most crowd-pleasing. Place the lamb on the cutting board and slice as thin as possible.
Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Turn each cauliflower or romanesco head over, and with a small paring knife, trim away any green leaves or stalk. Then remove the florets from the head and rotate as you go. You may only need a half head of each vegetable to feed six people, depending on the size of each head. Once all the vegetables are trimmed, place them in a bowl. Season with sherry vinegar, salt and pepper and extra virgin olive oil and toss gently. Pour the seasoned vegetables onto a sheet pan and place in the oven. After about 10 minutes, the vegetables will start to caramelize. Stir once and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.
Baby Red Potatoes
Keeping the cruciferous vegetables separate from the potatoes ensures that everything will cook properly. Keep the oven at 400˚F. Toss the quartered red potatoes with herbs, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic cloves. Line a baking sheet with SILPAT® (this is a silicone cooking mat). Stir every five minutes, until the potatoes are golden brown and tender. After the potatoes have cooked, remove the garlic cloves.
Pickled Cranberry Salsa Verde
This non-traditional salsa verde will add a seasonal and festive twist to your meal. Place water, sherry vinegar, sugar and salt in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Pour the hot liquid over the cranberries and refrigerate overnight. Place the herbs, shallots, lemon zest and extra virgin olive oil in a bowl and gently stir. Remove the cranberries from the pickling liquid and add them to the herb mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
Mix the winter vegetables and baby red potatoes together for a colorful presentation. Lay a few slices of lamb just off to the side of the vegetables and spoon the salsa verde over the lamb. Enjoy with a glass of 2009 Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet.
Enjoy this short video featuring Chef Trevor, a beautiful leg of lamb, colorful vegetables and State Ranch Cabernet. This visual feast will surely inspire you to make your own! For the complete recipe, click here.
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It’s an exciting time of year: we’ve just introduced our newest Nickel & Nickel Cabernet vintage and harvest is right around the corner! If you missed Cabernet Release Day in August, you may taste a selection of our 2009 Cabernets on a tour and tasting. In fact, this is a fantastic time to visit our winery right in the heart of the Napa Valley. There’s something about the energy of being in the valley during harvest that adds a special element to an already very special place. If you’re planning a fall visit, do give us a call well in advance to reserve your tasting appointment.
Right now we are pouring a beautiful selection of our 2009 Single-Vineyard Cabernets in our tasting room:
Plush cherry flavors are enhanced by floral characteristics, which add dimension. The distinctive “Rutherford Dust,” combined with spice and toast from the oak, deepens flavor and complexity. Smooth and rich, the wine expands on the middle palate, and soft tannins melt away into a long, harmonious finish.
Opulent cherry and blackberry flavors blend with the vanilla and spice from the French oak. The lush, dark, jammy fruit offers a silky entrance that expands and coats the palate, while the tannins are rich and supporting, leading to a lengthy finish.
Blueberry and boysenberry flavors harmonize with a background of spice and herb. This wine is elegant and balanced between the juicy fruit and the vanilla from the oak. A coating, velvety texture is expansive and refreshing as the soft, supple tannins carry the flavors into a long finish.
This wine offers an intriguing combination of fruit and spice. Cranberry and berry flavors intertwine with earth and cigar, and the toasty component from the oak complements the fruit and adds an intriguing layer. This vintage also has a rich structure, more typical of a hillside Cabernet. This intense expression will allow this wine to age beautifully.
These wines are subject to change to another delicious selection. For a full list of our 2009 Cabernets click here.
A delicious meal, football and family—a few of our bloggers share what they’re up to this
Aaron Fishleder, Viticulturist
I am going to spend this Thanksgiving enjoying time with my family, watching the Niners improve to 10-1, and thinking about how my crew and I survived another eventful harvest and growing season.
Daniel Townsend, Landscape Designer
A Thanksgiving fit for a king: sleeping in, lounging by the fire, a walk around Lake Hennessey and then straight to the kitchen. This year’s dinner will be a white risotto with braised rabbit from my property, wild foraged white chanterelles harvested yesterday, roasted local chestnuts, fresh marjoram, organic stewed prunes and a drizzle of reduced braising liquid upon plating. Oh and let’s not forget the shaved white truffles … The best to all and to all the very best!
Mary Grace, VP Marking and Communications
We spend Thanksgiving on our own, since our relatives are far flung. It’s my job to make sure everyone in the extended family has wine on hand when we connect over the phone or Skype for a coast-to-coast toast. This year, I’m looking forward to enjoying some Nickel & Nickel State Ranch Cabernet at the Thanksgiving meal.
Trevor Eliason, Executive Chef
In our family we have a tradition where we cook two turkeys every year. We always have one traditional oven roasted turkey and then we mix it up and try something different. In past years we have done deep fried, BBQ, slow cooked in duck fat, wood oven roasted and Peking. This year we are going to smoke the turkey over night with Cabernet chips. This not only gives us some nice variety at the table but also plenty of leftovers. My favorite part of Thanksgiving is making a giant sandwich that night.