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Gifft Wines
 
February 1, 2021 | Gifft Wines

Food & Wine Pairing: 2018 Red Blend with Filet Mignon, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Asparagus

Servings: 2

INGREDIENTS

Two 8-ounce filet mignon steaks
½ pound fingerling potatoes, rinsed and trimmed
1 small bunch asparagus
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
¼ cup chicken stock
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper 


INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 425° F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil, spread rinsed and trimmed fingerling potatoes in one layer; drizzle with olive oil then season with salt and pepper.  Roast for 30 - 45 minutes, until potatoes are golden brown.  While potatoes are roasting, trim tough ends off asparagus, rinse stalks, and set aside.  Season steaks on all sides with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until pan is very hot, then add two tablespoons olive oil.  Add steaks to pan and allow to cook undisturbed for 4 minutes (set timer). Turn and cook another 4 minutes for medium-rare (internal temperature of 135° F), 6 minutes for medium (140° F) or 9 minutes for medium-well (150° F). Remove steaks from pan and cover with foil.  While steaks are resting, add one tablespoon butter and ¼ cup chicken stock to steak pan, keeping flame on medium-high.  Add asparagus, season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook for 4 – 7 minutes, depending upon diameter of asparagus, until bright green and tender.  Serve potatoes, asparagus, and steak immediately.

Leslie Hallman
 
March 22, 2019 | Leslie Hallman

11 Fabulous Years—Thank You For The Memories!

Kathie Lee, weekdays won't be the same without you! 
Image Credit: f3nws.com

Funday Monday
Boozeday Tuesday
Winesday Wednesday
Thirstday Thursday
Tryday Friday 


We'll miss Kathie's sweet-natured spirit and contagious smile on the fourth hour of the "Today" show, although we know there's more to come from this modern-day renaissance woman. We can't wait to share all of the future Kathie Lee sightings with you, her GIFFT fans.


Enjoy this moment.
It's a GIFFT.
-KLG
Leslie Hallman
 
December 5, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Celebrating the Season: 10 Ways to Find Magic & Joy

Discover new ways to share in the magic of the season! From taking time for yourself to giving back to others, create a new tradition to enjoy each December for years to come.

1. Music
Enjoy festive music! Check out a community concert or musical, or simply curate a favorite holiday playlist to enjoy at home.   

2. Bake
Enjoy time in the kitchen whipping up traditional favorites your family and friends count on, or try a recipe that will become a new go-to sweet treat.

3. Decorate
Find joy in decorating your own home this season, as well as lending a hand to someone in need. You probably know someone who should take it easy and stay off ladders, or who would truly appreciate the decorating help.

4. GIFFT Wines
Order your favorite bottles of GIFFT for entertaining and gifting. We’re offering 1-cent shipping on 2+ bottles through December 11, 2018. 

5. Movies
Host a holiday movie marathon. Enjoy classic Christmas films such as It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story or A Charlie Brown Christmas. Check your local television listings for featured holiday films as well.

6. Lights
Walk or drive to see holiday lights at night! Pick an area with concentrated décor for ease of viewing and pack a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee to enjoy.

7. Donate 
While you’re out scoring holiday shopping deals, why not pick up items for those in need? Many community organizations sponsor families, deliver meals, collect clothes or toys, or host visits to veterans or assisted living facilities. 

8. Host
Connect with family and friends simply this season. Host a casual breakfast (invite them to come in pajamas if they like!) with coffee, juice, pancakes, eggs or pastries. Keep it simple and focus on your time together.

9. Nature
Head outside for fresh air no matter the weather! Have a white Christmas? Enjoy! No snow around? Many communities (even near our winery in California) have ice skating rinks to give you all the holiday feels.   

10. Refresh
Carve out some time for yourself to refresh and recharge! Sneak away for a walk outside, attend a favorite class at the gym, or take yourself shopping and to a movie.

Wishing you a joyful holiday season from all of us at GIFFT Wines! 

 

Leslie Hallman
 
October 31, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Family Recipe: Joanie's Sage & Sausage Thanksgiving Stuffing


Joanie, Kathie's mother, made a sensational stuffing! Make this family recipe a centerpiece of your Thanksgiving table this year! The crisp, refreshing finish of our Rosé pairs perfectly with this stuffing, plus a wide variety of your favorite Turkey Day dishes.


Joanie's Sage & Sausage Thanksgiving Stuffing 

Yield: Makes enough to stuff a 20 pound turkey

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 8 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 lbs pork sausage, casing removed
  • 2 packages (16 oz each) herb seasoned stuffing
  • 1-2 tbsp ground sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the butter over medium-high heat. Add the celery and onion for 10-15 minutes, or until vegetables are softened.
  2. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until cooked through. Drain the fat from the meat and discard.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the vegetable mixture, cooked sausage, and bread croutons. Add a little water to moisten the stuffing slightly. Season with sage, salt and pepper.
  4. Stuff turkey cavity and cook as directed.
  5. Bake any leftover stuffing in a buttered baking dish.
Leslie Hallman
 
October 31, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Kathie Lee's Thanksgiving Traditions

Learning how to make Grandma Joanie's sensational stuffing, Thankgiving 1997


"I adore Thanksgiving. Since the very first celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621, it has continued to be about one thing: GRATITUDE. I don’t cook much in our home throughout the year but I do try to make up for it on Thanksgiving. We start several days before the feast and I love the whole process. If I’m not covered in flour and cinnamon and sage and gravy by the time we sit down to give thanks, I have slacked off and I am not worthy of praise!

I’m so grateful for the joy of family and friends and food and fellowship. Is there anything sweeter?"

- Kathie Lee Gifford 

We say grace beforehand and then we go around the table individually and say what we are grateful for.


 

Leslie Hallman
 
October 24, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Spooky Halloween Poppers



As clever as they are delicious, these Hot Halloween Mummies served with GIFFT Red Blend are perfect to snack on at a costume party or while waiting at home for trick or treaters!

Ingredients
8 jalapeño peppers
4 oz. cream cheese, softened at room temperature
½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
½ cup smoked cheddar cheese, grated
6 slices bacon, cooked & chopped
½ cup green onion, finely chopped
1 sheet croissant dough
1 package candy eye treat toppers

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the jalapeños in half lengthwise and scoop out the interior, including all seeds. Place cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon and green onions in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Fill each jalapeño half with a scoop of the cheese mixture. Unroll the sheet of croissant dough and slice the dough in thin strips. Wrap one or two of the strips around each pepper, leaving a small opening for the eye treat toppers. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and cheese is bubbling. Place two eyes on each pepper and serve immediately with a glass of GIFFT Red Blend. 

Happy Halloween!

Leslie Hallman
 
September 21, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

GIFFT Bountiful + Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken

Ingredients
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey

Instructions
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Lightly brush grill with extra-virgin olive oil. Stir together paprika, chili powder, cumin, thyme, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Toss chicken thighs with spice mixture. Grill the chicken until it is just cooked through, 5 minutes per side. Whisk together vinegar and honey, and brush mixture over grilled chicken prior to serving.

Leslie Hallman
 
September 7, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

GIFFT Red Blend + Grilled Honey-Garlic Spareribs

Ingredients
2 racks baby back ribs
Rub
½ cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoon white pepper
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
Sauce
½  cup honey
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger
¼ cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions
Preheat grill to medium heat. Mix rub ingredients in small bowl. Rub to coat evenly on ribs. Begin grilling ribs over indirect heat. Close lid and cook for 45 minutes. Flip ribs and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Combine sauce ingredients in bowl, whisking until smooth. Slather sauce over ribs before moving to direct heat for 5 minutes. Flip ribs to add sauce to the other side, cook an additional 5 minutes. Allow to stand for five minutes before slicing and serving. 

Leslie Hallman
 
September 3, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

GIFFT Chardonnay + Goat Cheese & Citrus Peach Crostini

Ingredients
3 small oranges, peeled and diced
2 peaches peeled, pitted and diced
2 tablespoons red bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons red onion, diced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped
4 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons whole milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 baguette, sliced for serving

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine oranges, peaches, red pepper, red onion, lime juice and chives. In a small bowl, whisk together goat cheese and milk. Arrange bread slices in a single layer and bake for 10 minutes. Spread goat cheese on each bread slice before returning to oven and baking an additional 5 minutes. Top with salsa, garnish with chives and serve immediately.

Leslie Hallman
 
August 23, 2018 | Leslie Hallman

Harvest 2018: From Grapes To Glass

Harvest is officially underway for our 2018 wine grapes! The start of the season is happening later this year than in years past due to the mild temperatures throughout July and August along California's Central Coast.  Although the last few seasons have been hot in Monterey County bringing on an early harvest, this year's moderate and cooler weather is allowing us to ease into what should prove to be a great harvest season.

Monterey County is known for its microclimates, or distinctive climates in small-scale areas. Where our grapes are grown in the Salinas Valley, we’ve seen consistently cool mornings with a nice, foggy marine layer influenced by the Monterey Bay. By midday the temperatures rise, but continued wind throughout the valley keeps the vineyards cool into the afternoon.

The grapes will be harvested when they have reached optimum ripeness and when it's not too hot, which means many late nights and early mornings in our vineyards. The bulk of harvest will happen in September and this year it will likely last through the end of October. Right on time!

Friendship, Love, Laughter... It's a GIFFT!