The earthiness and the medium body of a Cabernet Franc makes it a perfect pairing with a classic risotto with mushrooms. We recently enjoyed this 2010 from Heron Hill Winery on the west bank of Keuka Lake. The wine retails for $15 per bottle and you can purchase the ingredients for the dinner for less than $5 per serving. In our book, that is a perfect pairing!
The gourmet mushroom risotto recipe from AllRecipes.
6 cups chicken broth, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound portobello mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 pound white mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 shallots, diced
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
sea salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. In a saucepan, warm the broth over low heat.
2. Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the mushrooms, and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove mushrooms and their liquid, and set aside.
3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet, and stir in the shallots. Cook 1 minute. Add rice, stirring to coat with oil, about 2 minutes. When the rice has taken on a pale, golden color, pour in wine, stirring constantly until the wine is fully absorbed. Add 1/2 cup broth to the rice, and stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring continuously, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente, about 15 to 20 minutes.
4. Remove from heat, and stir in mushrooms with their liquid, butter, chives, and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Visiting Finger Lakes Wine Country in March? With any trip, there’s a lot to consider, especially around how to spend your time. Here’s a quick snap shot of March happenings to help you narrow down the list of possibilities – or perhaps add a few new ones.
March 8 | Cabin Fever (Wine & Beer Tasting) in Corning's Gaffer District
March 9 | 3rd Annual War Horse Brew Fest at Three Brothers Wineries & Estates
March 9,10,20,22,23,24,29 | Elmira Jackals Hockey at the First Arena
March 9-10 | Say Cheese! along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
March 12-13 | The Addams Family at the Clemens Center
March 13 | Winemaker Wednesdays along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
March 16-17 | Cabin Fever Days at Swedish Hill
March 17 | FREE FunDay Sunday at Rockwell Museum of Western Art
March 21 | 2300° at The Corning Museum of Glass
March 22-24 | Cruisin’ The Tropics Weekend along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
March 25 | Comedy Club 5 at the Clemens Center
March 30 | Preferred Pairings along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
March 30 | “Spice it UP!” Wine Pairing Dinner at Glenora Wine Cellars
Looking for a Farmer's Market near you? We have compiled a list of markets and locations that will be offering up the best produce for the upcoming fall season! Take a look!
Keuka Lake/Hammondsport/Bath Region
September 12th, 19th, 26th, and October 3rd
Branchport Farmers Market- Branchport Fire Pavilion 4:00-6:30PM
September 18th, 25th, and October 2nd
Hornell Farmers Market- Broadway Mall 9:00-6:00PM
September 14th, 21st, 28th, and October 5th
Seneca Lake/Watkins Glen Region
September 14th, and October 5th
Big Flats Farmers Market- Big Flats Municipal Campus 10:30-2:30PM
September 18th, and 25th
September 14th, 21st, 28th, and October 5th
Horseheads Farmers Market- Teal Park 10:00-2:00PM
September 15th, 22nd, and 29th
September 13th, 20th, and 27th
Come enjoy delectable food, great music and celebrate your German heritage at the 14th Annual German Festival at Lucas Vineyards this September!
Taking place Sunday, September 16th from 12:30-4:30pm, events will include live music by The Enzian Bavarian Band and Dancers as well as grape stomping, alphorn and polka contests.
Other events will include balloon art and costumes in addition to grape pies, a Best German Potato Salad Contest taking place at 2:30 and Lucas Vineyards award winning Rieslings and Gewurztraminer.
Geneva on the Lake will once again be holding the annual Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty in Finger Lakes Wine Country taking place August 6th.
Enjoy an evening of amazing Finger Lakes cuisine, created by some of the regions most renowned chefs, including Chef Richard Lerman of Chef Creations for the Home, Chef Tyler Lacroix of The Village Tavern Restaurant & Inn, Chef Lindsay Freeman of Crystal Lake Café, Chef Orlando Rodriguez of Veraisons Restaurant, Chef Carl Bray of Geneva on the Lake, and Chef Brud Holland of Red Newt Bistro.
Accompanying the delectable multi-course meal of crudités, appetizer, soup, salad, entrée, and dessert, the evening will also include some of the Finger Lakes best wine, live music, and a silent auction.
For tickets and the full meal listing, please visit http://www.flcb.org/events/. Reservations are required and the seating is limited. This is one evening not to be missed!