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In this issue
Make way for Bread!
Next time you’re looking for the perfect bread to complement your meal, try Nugget’s Pugliese Bread, a hand-shaped torpedo loaf made with buttermilk and extra-virgin olive oil. Hearth baked to perfection, this delightful bread is also available with Kalamata olives. For another fresh-baked treat, try our signature Sourdough Demi-Batards and Baguettes.
Bogel's benchmark wine, the Phantom red blend, is one of the most anticipated releases each year. A classic field blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Mourvedre, the Phantom shows aromas of sweet black fruits and a rich palate of black raspberry, mocha and cassis notes. Let the wine breathe an extra hour to show off the many layers of fruit.
Wine Country Food
Wine country foods, in general, are diverse and can apply to just about any growing region in the world. Here in California, it is most often thought of as coming from Sonoma and the Napa Valley. Having been a winery chef for 8 years in Yolo County though, I was able to identify the beautiful foods that grow in our region and couple them with our delightful wines. Our featured recipes are named after two of our favorite growing regions in Western Yolo County.
– Rachael Levine, Executive Chef, Nugget Markets
Baked Capay Valley Tomatoes
Hungry Hollow Lamb London Broil
This hand-molded goat and sheep's milk cheese from Cyprus, Greece doesn't easily melt, so it’s great for grilling. Either skewer it or place directly on the griddle. Halloumi’s unique texture may surprise you — some say it reminds them of chicken.
These elegant Italian-style dispenser bottles from Amici come with controlled-flow, stainless steel bottle pourers. Use them for dispensing olive oil and vinegar, for drizzling your favorite salad dressings, or as soap dispensers.
In talking to winemakers and vineyard managers from Sonoma to the Sierra Foothills, we have learned that it has been another challenging harvest — so far. With the white varietals coming in now and the red varietals to follow soon, the yields are lower than normal in some areas, but normal to above normal in others. In general, the quality looks very good. Due to some severe frost in some areas in April, a couple of heat spikes early and relatively lower rainfall, the fruit set was lower in many areas. After set, we have had fairly consistent conditions that have allowed the different varietals to ripen on schedule in a normal cycle.
As with any vintage the quality and quantity varies from region to region and even vineyard to vineyard. Even with the challenges, it looks to be another good year for the California wine grape harvest! – Hank Beal, Director of Adult Beverage
Red wine — Take to heart
In Mediterranean countries such as France where folks eat diets that contain ample amounts of fat, it might seem improbable that the population has a lower overall risk for heart disease than does the population of the United States. Sometimes referred to as the "French Paradox," the heart health of the French can partly be credited to their red wine intake at meals.
According to research, red wine helps boost heart health in several ways:
Word to the wise: