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Guacamole x Ortega

 

Life would be so dull without avocados, and tortilla chips! This is a super simple recipe for summertime snacking. Use ripe avocados and a vegetable masher for the best consistency. Make lots and keep leftovers in the fridge in a tall Tupperware container (or a glass jar) with a layer of olive oil on top to prevent oxidation.

Have you tried our 2018 Ortega yet? If not, stop by the tasting room soon! This guacamole is a perfect accompaniment to a chilled bottle of Ortega. Just add a couple pals and a big bowl of Abuelo’s corn tortilla chips. You can find Abuelo’s chips in our tasting room, as well as at the Courtenay Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.


INGREDIENTS Makes about a pint

4-5 large ripe avocados

1 medium tomato

1/4 of a small red onion

juice of 2 limes

1/2 tsp dried granulated garlic

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tsps ground coriander

2 large handfuls of cilantro

salt and pepper to taste

METHOD

  1. Peel and pit the avocados and place the flesh in a large bowl. Give them a rough mash.
  2. Finely chop the tomato (leave the skin on!) and the onion.
  3. Add the tomato, onion, lime juice, granulated garlic and spices to the avocados; mash to mix.
  4. Finely chop the cilantro (leaves and stalks), and add that to the guacamole. Give the mix one final mash (it should still be a little lumpy). Season to taste.
  5. Serve heaped up in a big bowl for dipping.

 

By in wine education Comments Off on Wine Tannins

Wine Tannins

Tannins are organic polyphenolic compounds that occur naturally in things like leaves, wood, nuts and certain fruits. Part of a plant’s defence mechanism, tannins are bitter tasting and astringent – in the natural world, they make things less tasty, and therefore less desirable, to both humans and animals. This allows the plant in question to establish itself and proliferate before someone (or something) gobbles it up.

If a wine is described as having a tannic structure, it will have had some contact with grape skins, seeds and stems during wine-making. Likely too, that it will have spent time aging in wood, for oak is rich in tannin. When it comes to tannins in wine – red wine – it’s a case of balance. Wines that are overly or aggressively tannic will dry your mouth out in a single sip; like you’ve just sucked the sleeve of a velvet smoking jacket. Tannins, you see, have this wonderful ability to dry out proteins – that dry, almost furry feeling in your mouth comes as a direct result of tannins going to work on amino acids in your saliva. Conversely, red wines with lower tannin levels can lack complexity. Since a major part of wine’s intrigue is what happens on your palate when you taste it, a little bit of astringency, a little bit of bitterness and certainly a little bit of ‘furriness’ is no bad thing, especially when you’re pairing red wine with food. It’s easy to counteract (or limit the effect of) tannins on your palate by pairing wines with protein rich foods. Fats also facilitate balancing tannins on the palate. Tannins are essential for a wine that’s intended for the cellar. Wines with no tannins, low tannins, or a ‘soft’ tannin profile will typically not age well at all.

Tannins in white wine are, usually, negligible. With a few notable exceptions (whites that have had extended maceration, and whites aged in wood), white wines are made in a way that limits the transfer of polyphenols from grape skins, seeds and stems to the actual juice.

And so, for a little experiment… cut open a new black tea bag and sprinkle the contents on your tongue. Chew on the dried leaves for a while before spitting it out. Note that furry sensation; that intense dryness and astringency; that bitterness and brownish residue on your tongue and teeth? Tannins!

By in Uncategorized, tasting room events, things to do in courtenay, winery news Comments Off on Mark your calendars

Mark your calendars

Pssst! The tasting room will open a little earlier than usual for the 2019 season – we’ll be back behind the bar from Friday April 19th, all through the summer and into fall on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (noon until 5pm). We are looking forward to seeing you! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and check back here for news and updates…

 

By in things to do in courtenay, winery news, whole food, plant-based Comments Off on Plant-based pairing dinner @ Locals Courtenay

Plant-based pairing dinner @ Locals Courtenay

 

Beaufort is delighted to be collaborating with Locals Restaurant in Courtenay for Dine Around Comox Valley in 2019. Join us for a 5-course plant-based pairing dinner on Thursday 28th February at 6pm. Places are limited and will be sure to go fast. Contact Locals for more information or to reserve a ticket; 250-338-6493.

Tickets are $60 per person (meal only); or $95 per person for a fully paired meal. Ticket prices are plus tax and gratuity.

By in recipes, whole food, plant-based Comments Off on Red (or white, or rosé!) Wine Jelly

Red (or white, or rosé!) Wine Jelly

Not strictly a pairing recipe, but a recipe that calls for wine none-the-less. I know it’s hard to believe, but sometimes the best of us find ourselves with a collection of half finished bottles on the kitchen counter or window ledge. Rather than discarding the contents (even if past its prime for drinking), use those ‘kitchen counter’ wines in an easy peasy wine jelly. We used Ça Beautage in ours for its deep red colour and earthy aromas, but white and rosé will work too. Dry wines are best suited to this recipe. The jelly is great in both savoury and sweet applications, though it really is best in a grown-up PB&J sandwich. Don’t be tempted to reduce the sugar – fruit pectin requires a certain amount in order to set to a jelly.


INGREDIENTS makes about 3 x 350ml jars

2 cups cups of wine

.25 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice, strained of pulp and pips

1 pouch of liquid pectin

3.5 cups sugar

METHOD

1. First wash your jars and lids with hot soapy water. Rinse well and sterilize. We popped our clean, dry jars in a 275oF oven for 20 minutes.

2. Place the wine, lemon juice and sugar into a large saucepan and place over a medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Bring the mix to a gentle simmer then remove from the heat. Immediately stir in the pectin and mix well.

3. Using a sterilized funnel and glass measuring jug, carefully decant the hot liquid into the jars and seal immediately. Allow to cool entirely. The wine jelly will keep in a cool, dark place for many months. Refrigerate once opened.

By in tasting room events, offers, winery news Comments Off on Winemaker’s case 2018

Winemaker’s case 2018

Every year, we hand select 12 of our best sellers, award winners and new releases for inclusion in YOUR winemakers’s case. We hope you’ll enjoy sharing, and maybe even cellaring, some of Beaufort’s finest this festive season. There are a limited number of cases available, so call ahead to reserve yours on 250-338-1357, or email katie@beaufortwines.ca

The winemaker’s case is offered at the very special price of $231.60 +tax – a saving of 20% on tasting room prices* and shipping is available to select Canadian provinces. Here’s what you’ll get:


1 X 2015 Big Nose Red
1 X 2015 Beauhemian *OTHERWISE SOLD OUT*
2 X 2016 Epic *OTHERWISE SOLD OUT*
1 X 2016 Ortega *OTHERWISE SOLD OUT*
1 X 2016 Cab Franc *NEW RELEASE*
1 X 2016 Ça Beautage
1 X 2016 Franc Merlot
1 X 2017 Vintner’s Reserve Ortega *OTHERWISE SOLD OUT*
1 X 2017 Rosé *OTHERWISE SOLD OUT*
1 X 2017 Ortega *OTHERWISE SOLD OUT*
1 X 2017 Petite Milo


* Sorry, no trade outs, and no other discounts apply on bottles in the winemaker’s case.

By in pairing suggestion, recipes, whole food, plant-based Comments Off on Double Choc Cookies x mulled wine

Double Choc Cookies x mulled wine

These squidgy double chocolate cookies with toasted macadamias are just the ticket on a grey and chilly day, and even better paired with a glass of mulled wine. We love to infuse our Franc Merlot with Hornby Island Tea’s mulling spices – grab a sachet from the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. 2016 Franc Merlot is available at select liquor stores on Vancouver Island, and in the tasting room in December (15th & 16th AND 22nd & 23rd).


INGREDIENTS Makes about 8 large cookies

1 tablespoon milled flax

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup sunflower oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup Demerara sugar

1 cup white flour

1/3 cup cocoa

1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

1/4 cup dark choc chips

1/4 cup macadamia nuts

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place the nuts in a single layer on a small baking tray and toast for 10-15 minutes until aromatic and just starting to colour. Set aside to cool.
  3. Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa powder into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the water, oil, vanilla, sugar and flax. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together with a large spoon.
  4. Roughly chop the macadamia nuts and add them to the cookie mix along with the chocolate chips. Mix well.
  5. Use slightly wet hands to form the cookie dough into balls (we make 8 pretty large cookies with a single batch). Place the balls on 2 cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and place in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Rotate the trays once during the bake time. When the cookies are done they will have a slightly cracked surface, but will still look a little squidgy in the centre.
  6. Leave the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on their trays before removing them to a wire rack. The cookies will keep for a week in an airtight container.
By in tasting room events, things to do in courtenay, winery news Comments Off on Tasting room dates confirmed for the festive season

Tasting room dates confirmed for the festive season

Our tasting room will be open on four dates in December 2018. Join us from noon until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th, as well as Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd. Pick up your winemaker’s case, or just a few bottles for the festive season. And be sure to try TWO new releases: 2016 Cab Franc and 2017 Sparkling Ortega – a traditional method sparkler made with Ortega, and just a splash of Siegerrebe.

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By in pairing suggestion, recipes, whole food, plant-based Comments Off on Ribollita x Big Nose Red

Ribollita x Big Nose Red

While cooler days always take a little getting used to, we embrace the opportunity to switch things up in the kitchen. Hearty flavourful dishes are a welcome comfort on chilly autumn evenings. Ribollita epitomizes Tuscan thrift. It’s a truly simple soup that’s stick-to-your-ribs good and naturally plant-based. Its flavours intensify over time, so make your ribollita a day or two in advance for the tastiest result. In Italian, the literal translation is ‘re-boiled’ so Ribollita ain’t ever gonna be a fancy soup. It is however, delicious, nutritious, simple and inexpensive.

We recommend pairing a bowl of hearty ribollita with a glass of 2015 Big Nose Red; a similarly robust blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy!


INGREDIENTS Makes enough soup to feed 6 very hungry people

2 medium onions, roughly chopped

2 carrots, roughly chopped

4 cloves of garlic, sliced

3 ribs of celery, roughly chopped

3-4 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon tomato concentrate

400g can of chopped tomatoes

250ml vegetable stock

250g can of cannellini (white kidney beans)

2 bay leaves

2-3 all spice berries

4-6 thick slices of stale sourdough bread, torn into chunks (toast the slices if the bread is fresh)

2-3 handfuls of kale leaves, roughly torn

salt and pepper

METHOD

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed pan. Add the onion, carrot, garlic, and celery and fry over a medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the tomato concentrate and continue to fry for a minute of two. Next, add the tomatoes, vegetable stock, bay leaves and all spice berries. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat until the soup is simmering gently. Simmer for approximately 30 minutes, uncovered.
  2. Add the can of cannellini beans, the kale and the sourdough chunks. Season and stir well. Continue to simmer for another 10 minutes until you have a thick and aromatic soup. When the soup is ready you can either serve it straight away, or chill it for reheating later. Ribollita freezes well and is a great freezer stand-by for cold winter nights.
  3. Serve steaming hot, garnished with chopped parsley, olive oil and some thinly sliced red onion.

 

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Mapo Tofu X G’Wurtz

 

Mapo Tofu is a punchy but comforting dish from the Sichuan province in China. This recipe is 100% plant based and will go down a treat with a bottle of G’Wurtz. Our 2016 vintage was made in a dry style, but with all of the gingery jasmine and allspice typical of the noble Gewurztraminer variety. It really is an excellent choice to temper a bowl of spicy and pungent Mapo Tofo. This dish takes no time to cook, so as with most Chinese dishes, it really helps to have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go.

 

 


INGREDIENTS Serves 4

1 tsp Sichuan pepper corns

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon sesame oil

5-6 dried shiitake mushroom, rehydrated and finely chopped

1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, finely grated

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 spring onions, finely sliced

1 tablespoon fermented black beans

1 tablespoon gojuchang, or sambal oelek will work too

500g pack of soft tofu, cut into bite-sized chunks

300ml vegetable stock

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tsp sugar

2 tablespoons rice wine

2 tsp corn starch

METHOD

  1. Place a dry wok over a high heat until the wok is very hot. Remove the wok from the heat and add the Sichuan peppercorns. Agitate the pan for 30 seconds until the peppercorns are toasty and aromatic. Set the peppercorns aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in the wok over a medium/high heat and add the chopped shiitake. Fry for 5-6 minutes. Set the shiitake aside.
  3. Heat the remaining canola oil and the sesame oil in the wok over a medium heat. Add the ginger, garlic and green onions and fry for a minute or two until the mix is bubbly and aromatic. Add the fermented black beans and the gojuchang and mix well, frying for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Add the tofu to the wok, along with the vegetable stock, soy sauce, sugar and rice wine. Mix gently and turn up the heat so that the sauce starts to bubble. When the sauce is bubbling, turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, uncovered.
  5. Mix the cornstarch with 150ml of cold water and pour over the tofu. Mix gently and continue to cook until the sauce thickens (about 2 minutes). 
  6. Crush the Sichuan peppercorns and add them to wok , along with the reserved shiitake. Mix well.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with more spring onion, and served alongside some jasmine rice.

 

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