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We frequently get inquires about recipes that use our Verjus. A number of the recipes below include verjus. We also have a number of recipes contributed by a customer.
Since September 2009, our recipes have been created by our "Executive Chef" Andrew MacMillen specifically to pair with Perennial Vintners wines.
August 8, 2016 Lemberger Bottling Menu
  • Vegetable Pastitsio
  • Baba Humtion & Pita
  • Greek Salad

We had very good weather this weekend, so we had a picnic in the vineyard. The food was Greek oriented, with a summery twist to match the fresh fruity red Lemberger we bottled.

July 23, 2016 Wine on the Rock Menu

This special event weekend featured all 7 Bainbridge Island wineries open together for two days of wine, music and food bites. We offered live jazz trios and 3 bites during our flight of 7 tastings.

February 21, 2016 Wine Club Menu
  • Alsatian Choucroute Garnie
  • Parsley Potatoes

The inspiration for this dish came from considering what cuisines would pair well with our 2014 Müller Thurgau. It is the 2nd most widely planted varietal in Germany, and pairs well with chicken, fish, poultry, and even spicy cuisines. But the weather was cold and demanded heartier fare, so we went just south across the French border for a traditional dish, with a poultry option for the pork products.

November 8, 2015 Wine Club Menu
  • Ajo Blanco (White Gazpacho)
  • Manchego, Caramelized Shallot & Paprika Spread

These Spanish offerings pair well with the complex yet subtle combination of flavors from each of the three varietal - Müller Thurgau, Madeleine Angevine & Seigerrebe - in our 2013 Isletage.

September 6, 2015 Bottling Menu
  • Turkey & Mushroom Puff Pastry Pockets
  • Roasted Roots & Shoots
  • Massaged Kale, Craisin, Pepitas & Chevre Salad
  • Chocolate Orange Ginger Tart

This bottling included a number our our estate white wines, and our every popular Lemberger. Our chef has served Lemberger with roast turkey, goose then duck for the last three Thanksgivings, so he made us a streamlined Thanksgiving meal. Since we were also bottling our Frambelle, he also added a decadent dessert course.

August 29, 2015 Bottling Menu
  • Kulebyaka (Russian Salmon Pie)
  • Karabakh Loby (String Beans With Sour Cream And Tomato Sauce)
  • Kasha Varnishkes (Buckwheat with Noodles and Mushrooms)

Since we were bottling our 2014 Melon de Bourgogne, our chef wanted to be local and pair it with salmon, but not in a Northwest way. So he picked another salmon culture and went with traditional Russian dishes!

July 12, 2015 Bottling Menu
  • Pollo a La Brasa (Peruvian Grilled Chicken)
  • Papas a la Huancaina (Peruvian Potato Salad)
  • Solterito (Vegetable Salad)

For our first 2015 bottling, our chef went a little wild and south of the equator with a Peruvian menu. But in keeping with summer, the basics were grilled chicken, potato salad, and fresh veggies with dressing. The wine pairing was the first release of our wonderfully aromatic and fruity Siegerrebe, bottled that day.

August 17, 2014 Bottling Menu
  • Pasta Primavera Provencale with Saffron Cream Sauce
  • French Lentil Salad
  • Braised Cucumbers

The final bottling party for our 2013 wines showcased fresh local farm produce in a vegetarian menu. Since we were bottling our lighter whites, we went with French inspired dishes, paired with our 2013 Isletage.

August 9-10, 2014 WABI Menu
  • Caprese on a Stick with Chive Oil
  • Roast New Potatoes

This was a Winery Alliance of Bainbridge Island (WABI) tasting weekend with the theme "Fresh from the Farm". We created two small bites featuring local farm fresh produce to pair with our wines. The Caprese was paired with our 2011 Madeleine Angevine, and the Roast Potatoes with our 2011 Syrah.

June 15, 2014 Bottling Menu
  • Spanish Style Grilled Chicken
  • Xamfaina - Catalan Ratatouille
  • Ensaladilla Verde - Green Potato Salad

Our chef went - figuratively - to Spain for recipes to match the bottling of our 2013 Rosé and Lemberger. The picnic lunch in the vineyard featured Spanish Style Grilled Chicken, a Catalan version of the classic French Ratatouille, and Ensaladilla Verde - Green Potato Salad. The crisp dry Rosé was a perfect match, and the fruity young Lemberger a very close second.

September 14, 2013 Bottling Menu
  • Sangria
  • Turkey Mole Poblano
  • Cactus & Zucchini with Chili Strips in Pumpkin Seed Sauce
  • Spanish Rice

We bottled our 2012 Isletage and Melon de Bourgogne, but our chef threw a curve ball with both the wine selection and pairing. He made Sangria with our 2011 Lemberger and matched it with a Mexican meal! The soft freshness of the wine and fruits fit the mildly spicy foods.

July 6, 2013 Bottling Menu
  • Grilled Basil Chicken & Strawberry Salad
  • Bread & Htipiti (Greek Feta & Pepper Spread)
  • Orange Hazelnut Chocolate Balls

Since we were bottling our 2012 Frambelle and the vineyard weather was absolutely gorgeous, we decided to pair the new bottling with a small but decadent dessert. The main menu was a celebration of summer with local produce and grilled chicken. The salad, bread and spread paired well with almost all of our whites and even our Rose. The Orange Muscat continues to pair surprisingly well with foods.

September 25, 2012 Bottling Menu
  • Italian Sausage, Pepper & Onion Hoagies
  • Italian Potato Salad

With the continued fair fall weather, we put together a simple and flavorful picnic offering, paired with our 2011 Lemberger.

September 8, 2012 Bottling Menu
  • Jerk Chicken
  • Jamaican Rice & Peas
  • Coleslaw with Creamy Peanut Dressing

Due to outstanding picnic weather, we decided to grill up some spicy Caribbean chicken with a traditional and a creatively non-traditional side dish, and pair it with our 2010 Müller Thurgau. We also found our freshly bottled 2011 Voignier, 2011 Madeleine Angevine, and even our 2011 Pinot Noir rose faired well with the flavorful foods.

September 7, 2012 Bottling Menu
  • Albacore with Fennel
  • Roasted Garlic Polenta
  • Green Beans with Tomatoes

To celebrate our fresh & regional foods, we chose local albacore, farm-fresh green beans and tomatoes to build a meal for our 2009 Melon de Bourgogne. We also tasted our 2011 Madeleine Angevine and our 2010 Müller Thurgau with the meal and found the Melon pairing with the seafood came out on top.

May 25, 2012 Bottling Menu
  • Chicken Fra Diavolo
  • Grilled Asparagus & Garlic Scapes
  • Rosemary Roasted Baby Potatoes

To match our 2011 Pinot Noir rose, we upped the ante a bit with this spicy main dish. The piquant heat was offset with smoky fresh local asparagus with spring garlic scapes and simple rich flavorful potatoes.

January 22, 2012 Bottling Menu
  • Zarzuela de Mariscos - Seafood Stew
  • Patatas con Mojo Verde - Potatoes with Green Sauce
  • Col Rizada con Pasas y Pinones - Kale with Raisins & Pine Nuts

The mid-winter bottling party for our Frambelle raspberry dessert wine had more helpers than ever before! We served them this Spanish menu featured a warming stew of regional seafoods, potatoes with a bright sauce, and Mediterranean greens. The foods paired magnificently with our 2009 Melon de Bourgogne.

August 13, 2011 Bottling Menu
  • Koushari - Lentils, Rice & Macaroni
  • Ye'abesha Gomen - Collard Greens
  • Groundnut Stew - Peanut & Vegetables

For our 2010 Müller Thurgau bottling party, we chose to push the food pairing envelope with vegan African dishes matched with the very young wine that we had just bottled. This harvest produced a slightly less tart wine with a notably grassy nose that worked well with the eclectic cuisine.

Grilled Spot Shrimp & Baby Artichoke Salad
This recipe celebrates our regional spring larder with spot shrimp, baby artichokes, garlic scapes and spring greens. Artichokes' bitterness is notoriously difficult to pair with wines, so the early tender buds are blanched with Verjus water and shocked. The smoky grilled sweet prawns invokes the coming grilling season and balance the artichokes & pungent garlic whistles. Visually the bright red stands out against the rich greens. Pair with our 2009 Müller Thurgau.
Grilled Artichokes

This fingerlicious spring recipe was served at a private dinner party along with fresh in-shell Hood Canal Spot Shrimp and sun-dried tomato rosemary garlic bread, accompanied by our 2009 Melon de Bourgogne.

April 3, 2011 Menu
  • Chicken with Porcini & Madeira Cream Sauce
  • Broccoli with Roasted Red Pepper & Caramelized Shallots
  • Orange Rice

Since we completed bottling our 2010 Frambelle raspberry dessert wine the previous day, we modified our lunch plans to feature a vertical tasting of our 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 Müller Thurgau to accompany the menu.

April 2, 2011 Frambelle Bottling Menu
  • Bouillinade - Seafood Stew
  • Spanish Nettle Pesto
  • Romesco Sauce

When we bottled 120 cases of our 2010 Frambelle raspberry dessert wine, we served Bouillinade - a close cousin to Bouillabaisse - accompanied by a seasonal Spanish Nettle Pesto and Romesco Sauce with baguette slices, matched with our 2009 Melon de Bourgogne.

Frambelle Rosemary Roast Duck

This flavorful and rich recipe features our 2009 Frambelle raspberry dessert wine in a savory way. Accompany it with all the traditional holiday side dishes.

September 11-12, 2010 Bottling Menu
  • German Braised Chicken
  • Swiss Potatoes Gratin
  • Tyrollean Savoy Cabbage
  • Aaloo Cholay - Garbanzo Beans & Potatoes
  • Saag Paneer - Spinach & Cheese
  • Onion & Tomato Curry

We created 2 very disparate menus for the bottling of our 2009 vintages and paired both with our 2008 Müller Thurgau. The first menu for Saturday honored the German roots of the varietal with a German, Tyrollean and Swiss combination. On Sunday we chose to push the wine's spicy pairing envelope with Indian cuisine.

April 3, 2010 Frambelle Bottling Menu
  • Truffled Macaroni & Cheese with Caramelized Onions
  • Grilled Asparagus & Spring Onions

For the spring bottling of our 2009 Frambelle raspberry dessert wine, we served this decadent main course with a light but flavorful course of vegetables and paired it with our 2008 Müller Thurgau.

Asparagus & Morel Linguine with White Wine Mornay Sauce

A little bit spring, a little bit locavore, this recipe was created for the Puget Sound Fresh program. It features our newly released 2008 Melon de Bourgogne. This recipe was also featured in the March-April 2012 issue of the Mycophile newsletter.

Grilled Frambelle Lamb Chops

A wonderful Valentine's day recipe, featuring our newly released 2009 Frambelle raspberry dessert wine. Add Potatoes Au Gratin and oven roasted asparagus, followed by more Frambelle, hazelnut truffles, and candlelight...

October 10, 2009 Harvest Menu
  • Pong Pong Chicken
  • Udon Shiitake Salad
  • Broccoli Stem Salad

This was our main harvest this year. After a warm fall, both the Müller Thurgau and the Melon de Bourgogne were ready at the same time, making for a long & productive weekend. The menu was a bit of a test, pairing our wines with light but more exotic & spicy foods. The 2007 Madeleine Angevine faired wonderfully, and the 2007 Müller Thurgau was a very close second.

September 13, 2009 Harvest Menu
  • French Roast Chicken
  • Niçoise Potato Salad
  • Ratatouille

We finished bottling our 2008 Müller Thurgau and started harvest plus crushing on our small lots of trial varietals plus our 2009 Verjus. The menu was paired with our Perennial Vintners 2007 Méthode Champenoise Orange Muscat (non-bonded).

September 6, 2009 Bottling Menu
  • Caramelized Onion & Gruyere Quiche
  • Wine, Sage & Mustard Grilled Chicken
  • Greek Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Verjus & Herb Marinated Beets

We paired this menu with a vertical tasting of two Perennial Vintners Melon de Bourgogne and a French Muscadet for comparison. Many ingredients also came from our farm.

» The recipes from here up were created by our "Executive Chef" Andrew MacMillen specifically to pair with Perennial Vintners wines.
Asparagus Arugula Frittata
(Served with Müller Thurgau)
Another warm summer evening meal when you want something light and refreshing.
Black Bean and Corn Salad
(Served with Müller Thurgau)
We've found this Black Bean and Corn Salad to be a wonderful nibbler dish with Perennial Vintner Muller Thurgau. Excellent outdoors-on-the-patio on a warm summer evening.
Straightforward Salmon
(Made with Verjus and served with Müller Thurgau)
With this dish we wish to emphasize the simple, clean flavors of a high-quality salmon. The best wine pairings with such a rich fish are higher acidity, lower alcohol cool climate wines like our Muller Thurgau.
Frambelle & Limoncello cocktail
(Made with Frambelle raspberry dessert wine and any Italian Limoncello dessert wine)
Deep Chocolate Mousse (Consume with Ichigo dessert wine)
From Beth:
Mike and I met while we were students at The Evergreen State College, where people were passionate about eating organic, healthy, local foods long before it became a national trend. Class potlucks were always interesting--14 loaves of zucchini bread and something unidentifiable with alfalfa sprouts in it. I started to rebel and brought chocolate mousse to every potluck I was invited to. It was amazing to see how fast the mousse would disappear in a room full of health-conscious students! Here's one of my favorite (and very easy) recipes for chocolate mousse, which is a perfect companion to our Ichigo. (Note: it does contain raw eggs and egg yolks.)
Oven steamed salmon with caramelized Onion-Raspberry sauce
(Made with Frambelle raspberry dessert wine and Verjus)
Ichigo and Rhubarb Risotto with Sugared Strawberries
(User contributed)

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