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Quiz - Name the Album Cover

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Rock and Roll Trivia

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Saint Patrick's Day Food & Wine Pairings

Irish Aged Cheddar Cheese Puffs

Pairing: Anarchist Wine Co. 2017 The Philosopher
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Serves: 6

Anarchist Wine Co. 2017 The Philosopher, a full-bodied red blend with 85% Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers the whole package with dark fruit, earthiness, and structure to complement the tangy rich goodness of the sumptuous cheese puffs.

Potato Leek Soup

Pairing: Foundry 2018 Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Serves: 6

Foundry 2018 Chardonnay, Courtney’s Vineyard, and potato leek soup meet at the end of the rainbow in one very lucky encounter. This Chardonnay accentuates the creamy warmth of the soup with soft fruit, vibrant acidity, and a lovely round mouthfeel.

Irish Beef Stew

Pairing: Foundry 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Cook Time: 3.5 Hours
Serves: 6

Foundry 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, completes this hearty Irish comfort food with an opulent full-bodied wine offering firm tannins, subtle spice, and a long finish.

Irish Apple Cake with Custard

Pairing: Anarchist Wine Co. 2019 Rosé Against the Machine
Cook Time: 2 Hours
Serves: 8

Anarchist Wine Co. 2019 Rose Against The Machine will do a little jig with this classic Irish dessert. This rosé offers juicy fruit notes with bright acidity and a clean, crisp finish, making it the perfect partner for yummy apple cake.


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Sparkling Wines Over Which to Woo Your Valentine

Whether your Valentine’s Day plans entail time spent with a special someone, or a relaxing evening alone at home, the occasion provides a time to reflect on all of the love in your life. Celebrate that love with a toast to those who are always there for you, and fill your flute with one of these wonderful sparkling wines. Enjoyed with another, or relished solo, these bubbles can’t help but beguile.

Anarchist Wine Co. Valentine's Day 2021

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Presidential History Quiz

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Empanadas with Sweet Potato, Shitake & Portobello Mushrooms

Credit: Valerie Von Burg, founder of Anarchist Wine Co. & Foundry Wines

Pair with 2018 Foundry Chardonnay, Courtney's Vineyard

Serves 10


1 pound sweet potato, steamed and sliced
2 shallots, minced
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
1/2 pound shitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps sliced
1/2 pound portobello mushrooms, stems removed and caps sliced thin
2 tablespoons basil, chopped
1 box puff pastry
4 oz. Gruyere, grated
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

Egg wash
1 egg
1/4 cup water


Pre-heat oven to 350°

Steam the potato until tender but not falling apart, let cool, then peel and slice thin and set aside. In a sauté pan add the olive oil and heat to medium, then add the mushrooms, garlic, shallots and basil. Sauté until tender, then add the sliced potato and toss a few times trying not to break the slices up. Season with salt and pepper to taste, let cool, and set aside.

Take the puff pastry and roll it to half its original thickness. Cut 5-inch circles or squares. Fill with the mixture and top with a little cheese, leaving space around the edges. Brush edges with egg wash, fold the pastry and seal the edges with a fork. Brush the surface of the empanadas with egg wash and place on an oiled baking sheet.

Bake at 350° until golden brown. Enjoy with a beautiful glass of Foundry 2018 Chardonnay, Courtney’s Vineyard!

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Lobster Pasta by Soo Young Kim, Bistro Viz

Credit: Soo Young Kim, owner/chef of Bistro Viz in San Anselmo, CA

Pair with 2018 Foundry Chardonnay, Courtney's Vineyard

Serves 6


6 Maine lobster tails
1 fennel bulb, shaved
2 t. crushed garlic
1T butter, more to finish
4 T thinly shaved shallot
1/4 c white wine, pref chardonnay
2 T. chopped chives
Cooked pasta, preferablly Rustichella garganelle or de Cecco Pappardelle


1. In a small-medium saucepan that snugly holds three lobster tail,s, bring 1 c. water to a rapid boil.
place three tails and 1 cub fennel, sliced thinly, into pan.
2. Add enough water to just come to the top of the tails and bring to s slow boil and cook 5-7 minutes.
3. When the tail forms a 90 degree it's done.
4. Pull the first three tails out and place the next three tails in and repeat. Reserve fennel-lobster broth.
5. While tails cool, heat 1 T butter over medium heat and cook shallots until soft. Add garlic and cook one minute.
6. Add wine and boil until almost dry.
7. Use seafood scissors to extract meat from lobster tails and chop into pieces just over 1/2"
8. Add shells to the fennel-lobster broth and strain. You can do a second wash with plain water to extract more flavor.
9. Add shallot-wine mixture and reduce liquid to half the volume.
10. Add cooked pasta, lobster, chili flake to taste, a few grinds of black pepper and 3 T. butter to the sauce and stir.
11. Serve immediately, with chives.

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October 1, 2020 | The Wine Professor

Inquisitive Sips: Harvest Edition 2020

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September 15, 2020 | The Wine Professor

Current Releases from Anarchist Wine

By Daniel Mangin / Napa Valley, Places/Activities, Wine, Wine Reviews

Offbeat mashups and wise cellar choices make for appealing wines.

With a name like Anarchist Wine Co., there’s a lot to unpack. Is the anarchy just about varietal mashups, for instance, or also wild-and-crazy cellar techniques? With Anarchist, as well to consider are catchy names like Rosé Against the Machine and the labels, whose art is generated by algorithms based on data points related to a wine’s title. I sorted some of this out while sampling the three well-crafted  Anarchist wines described below.

Tasting Impressions

2019 Rosé Against the Machine (Clarksburg AVA). Rosé of Tempranillo (84%) isn’t unheard of, so perhaps it’s the 1% Pinot Noir (along with 15% Mourvèdre) that tips this light-on-its-feet blend into anarchy. Strawberry and not-quite-ripe watermelon notes predominate, with the acidity crisp but not puckering. A total sipper if you desire, it also plays well with food.

2016 Conspiracy Theory (North Coast AVA). The Petite Sirah (40%) and Syrah (25%) at this blend’s core assert themselves on the nose conventionally, but the other components—Malbec (14%), Sangiovese (11%), Zinfandel (10%)—interact in appealingly offbeat ways on the palate. The Sangiovese and Zinfandel’s red aspects, for instance, impishly challenge the Petite’s potency and the Syrah’s darker savory notes, but it’s all done with love. This wine with mixed-berry-pie richness loves extra-creamy cheese,  chicken aglio olio e peperoncino (shown), or a juicy pork chop with the fat left untrimmed.

2017 The Philosopher. Initial sips of this 99% Bordeaux blend (Cab Sauv 85%, Merlot 6%, Cab Franc 4%, Petit Verdot 4%, and Petite Sirah 1%) set me to wondering about the Cabernet Sauvignon’s sources. The strategy with the blending grapes seems to have been more to amplify the Cabernet’s characteristics than to fill in gaps. Wise choice.

Anarchist Wine Co. has a tasting room, shared w/sister winery The Wine Foundry) at the Vista Collina Resort’s The Village Napa Valley, about 4 miles south of downtown Napa.

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September 11, 2020 | The Wine Professor

These Wines Are The Perfect Pairing For Hearty Fall Meals

Whether it’s the sudden celebration of everything pumpkin spice, or the findings of dozens of official and unofficial surveys, a quick jaunt through the interwebs tells us one thing: Fall is everyone’s favorite season. There’s just something about the promise of holiday season festivities, or the changing colors outside, or getting to revive all those cozy cowl-neck sweaters you had shoved to the back of the closet back in June, that gets people excited.

For us, it’s the changeover from light, fresh fare and backyard grilling, to hearty, slow-cooked stews, braised dishes, and the rich, stick-to-your-ribs cooking that the colder months bring. Oh, and the wines that go with it.

Here are our top tips for selecting and sipping the best wines to go with cold weather cuisine. 

Bubbly All Day

There is one wine that truly defies every season, every mood, and every dish, and it’s sparkling wine. Not only is it one of the most food-friendly wines out there, it also brings a celebratory note to any occasion, whether it’s an actual holiday, a pumpkin carving evening with the kids, or simply making it to the gym.

For Fall weather, instead of going for the clean and lighter style prosecco and cava that you were sipping all summer (at least we were), try a bubbly with a bit more weight and complexity. You will find this in the wines that are produced in the methode traditionelle or Champagne method, or that have spent a good amount of time on the “lees” (those fun little dead yeast cells that settle at the bottom of the bottle and give sparkling wine produced in this way its characteristic toasty, biscuity aromas). Fortunately,  you don’t need to break the bank on these wines (although you can, if you’re into that sort of thing). There are plenty of options out there with much friendlier price tags than Champagne.

Lini 910 Labrusca Lambrusco Rosso, Emilia-Romagna, IT, $16: Like dry, fruity red wine? Like bubbly? Well, if those two had a wine baby, this is what it would be. A deep ruby-colored sparkling red wine with gorgeous layers of berry fruit and spice, this is the perfect wine for just about any dish — especially hearty, cool weather cuisine. 

Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Cava Brut, Penedes, SP, $30: If light, simple, $10 Cava is the easy-going high school student, this Cava is the PhD candidate. It’s a sparkler with great complexity, boasting classic apple and floral notes, giving way to honey, brioche and a pleasant hint of smoke.

Ferrari Brut Rosé, Trentodoc, IT, $35: This bubbly is fresh, elegant, and layered, and absolutely delightful as a pre-dinner aperitif or an accompaniment to the main event. It’s got a soft, piglet-ear pink hue, notes of fresh strawberries, rhubarb, red flowers and almond, and the perfect palate-cleansing juiciness. 

Foundry Blanc de Blancs, Sonoma Coast, CA, $55: A little splurge on this California Méthode Champenoise method sparkler is well worth it. It’s got everything — fruit, flowers, classic toasty notes, and just a touch of nuttiness (like your Aunt Barb sitting next to you at Thanksgiving dinner). 

Rosé Can Stay (Hooray!)

Sure, we all think rosé is the quintessential summer sipper — and it is. But, there is immense diversity in the styles, hues, and flavors of rosé, making it incredibly versatile when it comes to food pairings. From pale pink and packed with aromas of watermelon Jolly Ranchers, to magenta-hued and bursting with berry flavors, there is a rosé for everyone and every dish. For Fall foods, skip the light and lean styles and go for something rich and spicy, like a rosé made from malbec, cabernet franc or syrah. 

Vena Cava Rosado, Valle de Guadalupe, MX, $18: For something totally different, grab a bottle of this savory rosé made from 100% grenache, with lots of floral notes backed by a pleasant white pepper spice and just a hint of residual sweetness. 

Anarchist Wine Co. Rosé Against the Machine, Clarksburg, CA, $24: This juicy “pink powerhouse” is made mostly from Tempranillo with a touch of mourvedre and pinot noir. It’s got dark berry fruits rounded out with notes of orange peel and a bright, fresh finish. 

Muscardini Cellars Rosé di Sangiovese, Santo Giordano Vineyards, Sonoma Valley, CA $24: This quaffable rosé is a pale salmon pink with gorgeous perlage, tons of floral aromatics, ripe berry and mandarin fruit, and the perfect lift of acidity. 

Doffo Winery Rosario, Temecula Valley, CA $46: This limited-production, pomegranate-colored rosé of malbec is packed with berry, kirsch and watermelon notes, and drinks almost like a soft, light red. Chill it down to play up the acidity, or serve it only slightly cool to amplify the touch of sweetness. 

Whites That Hold Up

There are many faces of white wine, but when it comes to pairing with hearty meals, we like a white that can pack a punch. Like, if the white wine literally had a face, it might be sporting a lumberjack beard or a big set of false eyelashes and some crimson lipstick. Not all white wine is made for salads and fish, okay? Some can stand up to red meat, exotic flavors, and rich, stick-to-your-ribs fare. Grab a bottle of something barrel fermented, oak aged, slightly viscous, or aromatic, and you have yourself a perfect partner for any number of cold weather dishes. 

Oliver Winery Creekbend III, Indiana Uplands, IN, $22: Wine from… Indiana? Who knew! Impress your friends and family by bringing a bottle of this fun, food-friendly wine to your next fall dinner. They will be wowed by the exotic aromatics like lemongrass, ginger, and jasmine, as well as the chance to sip — probably for the first time — a wine made from offbeat grape varieties Vignoles, Vidal, and Chardonel. 

Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay, Sonoma County, CA, $24: This wine delivers extraordinary quality for the price. It’s got everything — layers of ripe fruit, lemon meringue, savory spice and caramel, a luxurious mouthfeel, and a clean, crisp finish that lingers on and on…and on… 

Cannonball ELEVEN Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA, $25: If you are used to only drinking zippy, grassy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, this wine will open your eyes to the myriad styles of Savvy B. It’s got loads of tropical fruits like mango, guava and pineapple, lifted by racy acidity, and just a kiss of toasty French Oak.

Vitkin Collector’s Edition Grenache Blanc, Galilee, IS, $39: Not only is this wine hearty and delicious, it’s also kosher for Passover. It opens up with pear and ripe stone fruit giving way to toasted almond and a touch of vanilla thanks to five months in French oak. 

Amped Up Reds

There’s red wine and then there’s RED WINE. While we all love to sip red year-round, there are certain reds that instantly make us want to light a fire, thrown on a vintage jazz album, and curl up with a big bowl of something hot and delicious. These are the reds we want to pair with those hearty braised dishes, stewed meats, game, hard cheeses, and 1000-calorie-per-serving casseroles. Choose a wine with some tannin — those things in wine that come from the skins, seeds, and stems of the grape, and give you that mouth-drying, grippy sensation on the palate; or, seek out wines with notes of dried or stewed fruits, savory elements like green olive and pepper, spices like cardamom and clove, or smoky, earthy aromas to balance out the rich and complex flavors of these heavier dishes. 

Chateau Malescasse Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois, $22: If you don’t take our word for it, take the word of just about every wine critic, who all agree – this wine is a seriously amazing bang for your buck. A blend of 53% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9% Petit Verdot, it’s got grippy tannins surrounded by ripe berry notes, dark chocolate, tobacco, and leather, and it’s screaming to be paired with a hearty beef or lamb stew. 

Trapiche Medalla Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, AR, $25: This wine goes down as easy as that second slice of pecan pie you couldn’t say no to. It’s got great structure with soft, ripe tannins, notes of cooked plums, blackcurrant, and black licorice, and a warm, gently spicy finish.

Gary Farrell Pinot Noir, Hallberg Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA, $55: This is a richer style California Pinot Noir, but don’t let its lush, silky texture fool you. It’s also incredibly elegant, offering enticing fall fruit notes like cranberry and spiced plum giving way to sweet tobacco and earth.  

Viader “Black Label,” Napa Valley, CA, $150: Go ahead. Treat yourself. You deserve it. And we promise this wine will not disappoint. A heady blend of estate-grown Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, it’s got concentrated blue and black fruit, sweet and savory spices like nutmeg, black pepper, and anise, and a masculine saddle leather note that ultimately leads to a velvety finish…when you finally get there, that is — those flavors go on for days.


Read the original article at Gourmet Inisider

- Devin Parr

Devin Parr is a San Diego-based freelance writer and consultant specializing in wine, travel, wellness, and lifestyle. In addition to covering the global wine industry, she is the resident expert in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, serving as the region’s ambassador on behalf of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association. She holds a certification in wine expertise from the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy, and is currently pursuing her WSET Diploma. In 2017, she was named one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers. Follow her adventures at @thesocalwinegal and www.devinparr.com.

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