Tuesday, March 24, 2009

You've got to try this with Finali

We were recently invited to present our wines at the Boulder Country Club for the "Western American Wine and Cuisine Pairing" dinner which showcased California, Washington and Oregon wines plus Colorado wine from BookCliff Vineyards. The executive chef of the Boulder Country Club was so gracious to let me share with you this recipe from that dinner. The Plum-Potato Dumplings made for a perfect pairing with our port style dessert wine, Finali.

Plums Potatoes Dumplings
5 large russet potatoes boiled with skin on until done
1.5 cup of flour
2 large eggs
salt and nutmeg

After cooking the potatoes peel and mash after slightly cool down. Next make a volcano adding mashed potato, flour, eggs, salt and nutmeg put together without over working and set a side.

Plum Stuffing
10 ripe plums cut into quarters
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup of sherry wine
half cup of honey

Start your sauce pan with all the ingredients and let cook for 15 to 20 minutes until soft but not too soft.

Sweet Bread Crumbing
1.5 cup of bread crumbs
1.5 stick of butter
1 tea spoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of sugar

On a sauté pan melt your butter, bread crumbs and cinnamon until gold and brown and add the sugar. With the potatoes dough take a little piece and form a 2.5 inch disc. Put in the center a quarter of plum and make a ball. Put a large pot of water onto stove and bring to boil and reduce to a light simmer. When finished rolling the balls set 8-10 balls into simmering water keep balls separated in pot. Cook for 2 minutes until balls rise to top of the water and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from water onto a towel then roll into crumb mixture completely covering the outside. Serve with a glass of Finali dessert wine from BookCliff Vineyards.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Grand Opening a Grand Success

This past Saturday we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new winery and tasting room facilities located on Lee Hill Rd, just off of Hwy36 in north Boulder. Just like our unofficial soft opening event on Valentines Day, we were packed. It wonderful to see so many old and new faces and share our 100% Coloroado Grown and Produced BookCliff Wines with all of you. We are proud to have served over 300 people over the course of 5 hours.

We did also raffle off 4, three packs of our wines and I'll be posting the names of the winners here in the near future.

Our friends 2 doors down at UpSlope Brewery were also pleased to meet and host so many of you. They now have their 3rd variety available, a brew especially with St Patricks Day in mind. Don't forget to stop by Upslope when you're visiting us on Fridays and Saturdays. Currently UpSlope Brewery is closed on Sundays. Be sure to visit their website at http://www.upslopebrewing.com/ .

Don't forget that our tasting room is open from 1pm to 6 pm Fridays thru Sundays. Our facilities here in Boulder, the BookCliff Vineyards Winery and Tasting Room are also available for YOUR special events. Contact us for more details.

Again many thanks to those of you who made it to our Grand Opening, and all of you, new or returning, our open invitation to come and visit us.


Mark (your Friendly Neighboorhood BookCliff Sommelier)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Grand Opening Event!

A big thanks to everyone who came to our little V-day party! Now, this Saturday, come celebrate our Grand Opening. We and our neighbors at Upslope Brewery are throwing a joint Grand Opening bash. It is free to attend and we will be serving free beer and wine tastes as well as free food and live music,we have booked a double feature with Joao Junqueira and his authentic Brazilian jazz and Phil Robinson who delights with familiar folk music. You can also register to win one of the raffle drawings for some great prizes. So free beer, free wine, free food, free live music. Need I say more? So come on over and celebrate our new location with us. Can't wait to see you!

What: Free Wine, Beer and Music at the Grand Opening
When: Saturday March 7th, 2009, 1:00pm - 6:00pm, Music from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: BookCliff Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room
1501 Lee Hill Road #17, Boulder CO 80304, phone: (303) 449 9463