Taste Washington Wine Month is here, and to celebrate each week, we’ll be sending you some of our favorite recipes to enjoy at home. Don’t miss our suggested wine pairings at the bottom of the page!
First up, Cabernet and Casserole.
When it comes to casserole, we want one that is the perfect end to a day spent skiing, snowshoeing or playing in the snow. A one dish wonder that is sophisticated, yet comfortable and pairs beautifully with a Reininger Cabernet or Helix Cabernet. And so we offer up our modern take on Shepherd's Pie, featuring more veg and less meat. Because, is there a better way to eat a concoction of carrots, onions, mushrooms, rosemary, thyme, ground beef and red wine, blanketed by a layer of mashed potatoes?
The Walla Walla Valley is famous for its Sweet Onions, and did you know caramelized onions pair beautifully with red wine?
Just in time for today’s big game, we’re making up a batch of caramelized onion dip with frizzled leeks, plus light and easy chicken sloppy joe sliders. The addition of mushroom adds an umami flavor that goes great with our 2017 Helix Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Helix Pomatia.
For other dips, we highly recommend this skinny buffalo chicken dip recipe and cheese biscuits.
Since COVID-19 hit, and the statewide ordinance of closing mandatory businesses hundreds of people across the state (and the country for that matter) have been furloughed or completely let go of their positions. Every day, more and more people are needing assistance to pay their rent, to keep the electricity going and to put food on their tables.
As a business in downtown Spokane since 2017, and having familial roots for the last 5 generations in eastern Washington and Oregon, we wanted to give back to those in our community. To this end, we are donating 10% of the proceeds from sales of our Columbia Valley sourced 2016 Helix Cabernet Sauvignon during the months of April and May to Second Harvest.
featuring more veggies, less meat!
Is there a better way to eat a concoction of carrots, onions, mushrooms, rosemary, thyme, ground beef and red wine than when blanketed by a layer of mashed potatoes? Paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon, there’s not much that can beat it for sophisticated comfort-food. Try it with our 2016 Helix Cabernet from Phinny Hill Vineyards.
When REININGER was starting out, Chuck wanted the winery to be Bordeaux-centric.
“Those are the wines I was really first introduced to as far as red wines go. They have a bold character, and Bordeaux grapes grow very well here. I’m a provincial person; I’m proud of where I live and where we’re from, and these grapes really express themselves beautifully here. Not that these grapes are indigenous to Walla Walla, but the Bordeaux red grapes are the ones that have really landed a home here in the Valley. They really are the founding core of the Walla Walla Valley.”
For REININGER’S inaugural vintage, Chuck’s wine portfolio included a 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the years, Chuck has become known for his REININGER Cabernet Sauvignon and in 2016, Chuck was asked to sit on a Cabernet Sauvignon winemaker’s panel with five other world-class international winemakers, where our 2012 vintage was featured. Although almost 20 years has passed since our first vintage, Chuck’s winemaking style and elevage, or the progression of wine from fermentation to bottling, hasn’t changed.
Every June, the Walla Walla Wine Alliance coordinates Celebrate Walla Walla, a weekend exploration of one of the Valley’s most popular grape varieties. For 2016, the focus was on the King of Grapes—Cabernet Sauvignon.
Because of its vigor, Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in just about every wine region around the world; but for its popularity, the grape is comparatively one of the younger varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon is a hybrid between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc that ampelographers (botanists who specialize in the classification and identification of grapevines) believe naturally occurred sometime during the 17th Century.