Sofrito As A Flavoring Base For Cooking

Sofrito As A Flavoring Base For Cooking

Sofrito in Spanish, Soffrito in Italian –  Flavoring Base Chef Tom Stafford Favors for his Spanish and Italian Dishes The Vine Cliff Tasting Room in St. Helena stocks in its Chef’s Corner home-made pickles, jams and now Sofrito Sauce, used as a flavoring base for cooking. Sofrito is...

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Verjus Poached Pears

Verjus Poached Pears

A Recipe with Verjus and Poached Pears I love Poached Pears served on top of a salad with a nice topping of blue cheese. I prefer poaching with verjus because of the heightened acid. I also love these on top of ice cream for dessert. I reduce the poaching liquid to a syrup consistency and

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Verjus Is the Juice Coming Soon to Our Menus

Verjus Is the Juice Coming Soon to Our Menus

Harvest is Here! Well.... Verjus harvest is anyway. When our winemaker John Wilson walked our Chardonnay Vineyard in Carneros recently, he noticed that some small clusters needed to be dropped. Viticulturists do this in order to concentrate the vines' energy to the clusters that will be the ones...

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Grilled Lobster with Coconut Compound Butter for Your BBQ

Grilled Lobster with Coconut Compound Butter for Your BBQ

Barbecues are an American pastime, especially in the summer. Chef Tom Stafford shares his barbecue recipes with us for the tradtional summer holiday weekends. America is Beautiful, which is what 4th of July celebrates. Parades and music are all part of Independence Day as is the BBQ with family...

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Chef Tom’s Pursuit of Culinary Inspiration

Chef Tom’s Pursuit of Culinary Inspiration

Did Chef Tom Stafford find culinary inspiration in Peru and Chile? Earlier this spring, Vine Cliff’s savvy and intrepid Estate Chef, Tom Stafford, ate and drank his way through the Peruvian and Chilean culinary landscape. His goal: to identify and capture something unprecedented and share in his...

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For This Father’s Day, Try Chef Tom’s Vine Cliff BBQ sauce

For This Father’s Day, Try Chef Tom’s Vine Cliff BBQ sauce

Vine Cliff BBQ Sauce Vinegar-based barbecue sauces come in a variety of styles. Our Estate Chef touches on many of the expected flavors but puts his signature touch on a classic. Vine Cliff Estate’s BBQ sauce has the backbone of tang and spice making this a perfect sauce for anything coming out...

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Vine Cliff’s Mushroom Bolognese Recipe

Vine Cliff’s Mushroom Bolognese Recipe

Mushrooms are such a special ingredient. We use it in many recipes prepared at the Vine Cliff kitchen managed by Chef Tom Stafford. Chef Tom loves them because ‘they bring so much complexity to dishes because of their earthiness, woodiness, and their unique umami flavors. Vegetarians love...

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