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Recipes

Recipes

The sparkling life encompasses the whole table, not just the glass, and we believe the right food paired with the right wine makes both better. Explore some of our culinary experts’ favorite wine-loving recipes that will make your occasion sing.

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Passion Fruit Cheesecake

Passion fruit is blessed with zippy acidity and sensuous herbal and citrus flavors, which give this cheesecake a unique character. You’ll find passion fruit juice concentrate in most specialty-food shops. The sour-cream topping adds a welcome lightness that’s lacking in more conventional cheesecakes. At the restaurant, we make it in individual molds, but for the home kitchen we have given it a more conventional pie form.

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Broiled Cherrystone Clams on the Half Shell

Cherrystones (sometimes called “littlenecks”) are hard shell clams from the East Coast. For this recipe, you can also substitute Manila Clams from the West Coast. A trusted source is the Hog Island Oyster Company, of Tomales Bay, on the Northern California Coast. Broiled Clams on the Half Shell make a great finger food for a winter cocktail party, or an elegant appetizer course for a New Year’s Eve dinner.

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Mini Crab Cake Appetizers

Here is a true American classic that just begs to be paired with a top-quality California sparkling wine. Whether you choose blue crab from the Chesapeake Bay or Dungeness crab from the Pacific Northwest, these miniature cakes will melt in your mouth. For the sake of convenience, you can do the prep work a day in advance and pop the baking pans in the oven while your guests are enjoying their first glass of wine.

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Saffron Lobster Pappardelle

Here is a rich and luxurious recipe that is perfect for your time-starved holiday schedule. It is made with pappardelle, the widest and most flamboyant of the traditional egg noodle pastas. (The name comes from the Italian word pappare, which means “to gobble up.”) The secret ingredient is saffron, which, while a bit expensive, gives seafood an indescribably wonderful flavor. Serve this dish family style on a large decorative platter as a culinary centerpiece for your New Year’s Dinner.

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Tuna Tartare

With fresh, high-quality tuna now available year-round in most parts of the country, it's easier than ever to make this elegant pink delicacy at home.

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Summer Picnic Sandwiches

The perfect picnic meal is a delicious sandwich, bursting with fresh seasonal ingredients and big enough for two hands to hold. Here are two of our favorites, created by Chef Perry Hoffman from our étoile Restaurant and paired with two food-friendly wines.

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Beet Panna Cotta with Orange and Cucumber

Created by the chefs at étoile Restaurant, this naturally pink appetizer has become one of the signature dishes at our annual Pink Party, a fundraising event held at the Domaine Chandon winery to benefit Breast Cancer Research.

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Easy Crêpes For Mother's Day

If Mom is expecting flowers for Mother's Day, or maybe just a card, she'll be delighted when you serve her a bubbly brunch with crêpes made from scratch.

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Red Jambalaya

Creole Jambalaya is authentic New Orleans cuisine, with origins in the French Quarter. Like the Crescent City itself, it's a melting pot of Spanish, French and Native American influences. Jambalaya is a terrific party dish.

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Hot and Spicy Nuts

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a little nutty, a little spicy. The language you hear on Bourbon Street can be a little salty too, which makes this a perfect recipe for kicking off your Mardi Gras party.

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