“How do you CULTIVATE an Extraordinary Experience?”

cul·ti·vate (klt-vt) To promote the growth of; To nurture or foster; To seek the acquaintance, or goodwill of; make friends with…

Wines that give…..

Give me a warm and sunny day. Cool grass,a picnic basket filled with bread,cheese and Cultivate Wines and an ordinary summer day suddenly becomes something to remember. Cold,gloomy winter days have finally made way for long sunny days and pleasant summer nights,perfect for taking a moment to share a glass of wine with my sweetie or catching up with friends.

Cultivate Wines gives us a fresh,crisp and fruit-forward un-oaked Chardonnay.

DREAM WALKING CHARDONNAY 2009 For those of you who are tired of heavily oaked and buttery Chardonnays, your dream has come true! Cultivate Wines gives us a virtually un-oaked Chardonnay -Dream Walking– with the freshness and crisp acidity of meyer lemon and hints of pineapple,banana and green apple. Cooler growing conditions in the Mendocino and Santa Rita Hills subregions of California and fermentation without the use of heavy oak allows the freshness and fruitiness of this Chardonnay blend to stand front and center. Raise your wine glass to your nose,close your eyes and and inhale the subtle aromas of lemon peel,floral jasmine and fragrant almonds.

Perfect Pairings: A picnic basket filled with fried chicken served with fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes drizzled with a fruity California olive oil; Nurture friendships and your soul with this pairing!

THE GAMBLER Malbec 2010 Argentina The bunch at Cultivate Wines gives us yet another winner! Malbec-the dominant grape of Argentina-blended with a touch of the fruity grape Bonarda, is a winning combination. THE GAMBLER is a delightful masculine-style wine with a muscular body of sturdy tannins and acidity with aromas of leather and earth. Yet this bold Argentinian wine is not afraid to show its feminine side. You will be delighted with the balance of juicy strawberries,blackberries and a hint of spice and vanilla.

PERFECT PAIRINGS: Fire up the grill for this one! How about charcoal-grilled steaks with a Strawberry Balsamic Glaze and a side of grilled Portobello mushrooms.

Cultivate Wines Lives Up to Their Name. With over 20 wines produced over the past 10 years of 95 points or higher,you know that you will be enjoying and sharing thoughtfully made quality wines. But these wines aren’t just for show. Cultivate Wines contributes a minimum 10% of sales to non-profits supporting education and providing basic human needs.Join them in their mission to GIVE BACK! With every bottle you purchase,YOU TOO are participating in “THE GIVE” by nurturing and fostering the improvement of lives.

Celebrate the Ordinary with something EXTRAORDINARY!

Here is the recipe that pairs perfectly with THE GAMBLER!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Argentinean-Style T-Bone Steaks and Salsa Criolla ~ Finished with Strawberry Balsamic Glaze
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Enjoy this perfect pairing of a hearty grilled Argentinean-style steak with THE GAMBLER. Marinated and grilled portobello mushrooms make a great side dish!
Recipe type: main course
Serves: 4
  • SALSA ingredients
  • 1 cup seeded,finely diced ripe tomato or sliced baby heirloom tomatoes
  • ½ cup or to taste with a variety of diced jalapeños and multicolored sweet mini-peppers
  • a small handful of fresh cilantro chopped
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4-T-bone steaks about 1 pound and 1 inch thick
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • pepper
  • 4 to 6 Portobello mushrooms cleaned
  • extra-virgin olive oil, to taste
  • soy sauce,to taste
  • worcestershire sauce,to taste
  • lemon pepper and garlic seasoning,to taste
  • Strawberry Balsamic Glaze BLAZE BRAND
  • or any other balsamic glaze
  1. Combine salsa ingredients in a bowl and hold at room temperature up to an hour.
  2. Rub steaks with olive oil and seasonings and let stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.
  3. Marinate mushrooms-Place mushrooms in a bag and add soy and worcestershire sauce,olive oil,seasonings.
  4. Gently rotate bag to coat the mushrooms. The longer they are marinated the better.
  5. Prepare grill to a medium high heat.
  6. Grill steaks and Portobello mushrooms to desired doneness.
  7. Serve warm with salsa,grilled mushrooms and Strawberry Balsamic Glaze
BLAZE Brand Strawberry Balsamic Glaze is available at many local grocery and specialty stores. This pairs particularly well with Cultivate's THE GAMBLER Malbec.


The Gambler Malbec $18.99
Dream Walking Chardonnay $25.99

WHERE TO FIND CULTIVATE WINES? To Purchase Cultivate Wines in the Nashville area (or your area) or enjoy while dining out at your favorite restaurant :  CLICK HERE!


They created a unique code  for a 10% discount on Cultivate wine purchases made through their website:shop.cultivatewines.com

Enter the code: WINEWITHLISA10

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42 thoughts on ““How do you CULTIVATE an Extraordinary Experience?”

  • Cultivate Wines just hit the Nashville Market! They are delicious and are very food-friendly! You will love pairing up these wines with your favorite foods! I have tried 4 of them and each are great! And they are Wines That “GIVE!” Be sure to read my blog and go to their website to see what they are all about! AND,lets toast with a glass of Cultivate soon!

  • Nice job Lisa! I truly enjoy the ideas that float through my head reading your articles! Looking forward to doing an “Iron Chef” session with you sometime in the future!

  • Your knowledge of wine is amazing; your passion SO OBVIOUS! – it sounds like a wonderful love affair! Thanks for making it so interesting and easy to understand! The recipe looks amazing!

  • Lisa, your post is fabulous! You describe in detail the delicacy of the wines you recommend on your post. I can even taste the wine just by reading it! Layla’s photography adds a unique quality to your subject. She is truly a talented artist with the camera. Bravo!

  • You are amazing!!! Everything you do is fabulous!! I love reading and keeping up with your recipes , wines, and ideas. You make everything just come to life!!

  • Oh Lisa! What a delicious looking dinner with an amazing wine. Cultivate Wines are available at several Nashville locations, I see. I am so excited they are nearby. What a lovely region those wines come from. I want to fix dinner again tonight and pair your dinner and wine suggestions. Dinner at 11:00 sounds very European and appealing, don’t you think?

  • Not sure if these are in MD yet but if they are I am going to try them! Thanks for the recipe I’ll get my Chef to whip that up for me…

    Love the pictures with the fruits that are dominant flavors in the wine.

    You rock on Lisa…
    Laurie Forster
    The Wine Coach

  • Lisa, this blog is great. You are a fantastic writer and you are so knowledgeable about food and wine. You are the best entertainer! I cant wait until your next party. And, I plan on trying the wine this weekend (if not before!)

  • Your paella is the world’s best!!! Thanks for all your suggestions…looking forward to our family picnic with your pairings!

  • Really love the post…. made my mouth watering and really wanting a glass of that unoaked chard!

  • Great post Lisa! Fantastic recipe and I almost want a glass of that unoaked Chard now!

  • Lisa, this is a great post! I can’t wait to try THE GAMBLER! Pairing it with a steak and salsa finished with strawberry balsamic glaze sounds like heaven to me. Thanks!!!

  • Lisa, Thanks so much for letting me know about these wines, suggested recipe pairings. Sounds absolutely delicious!! One question…can I find these wines in Austin? Can’t wait until May when you take your “show” the road to Austin. Hope we can make the “Cooking with Lisa” night at my place a reality!

  • Suzy! Thank you so much! COOKING WITH LISA & FRIENDS will be “on the road” to Austin in a few weeks! I am looking forward to pairing up with my fabulous Austin friends for Food and Wine! SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM of my post and CLICK to see WHERE you can purchase Cultivate Wines in YOUR areas. If Cultivate Wines are not in Texas yet, we can order them to be there for a Wine Pairing Dinner!
    I miss you guys SO MUCH! Looking forward to continuing The “COOKING WITH LISA” Show with my fabulous friends in ATX!

  • Great website,wonderful pictures and excellent suggestions for wine pairings.
    Cannot wait to try them all.

  • Thank you Cindy! I appreciate your comments. Check back next week for ANOTHER delicious and PERFECT PAIRING with Cultivate Wines!
    You can find out where to purchase Cultivate Wines by scrolling to the bottom of my post and CLICK on the link. This will lead you to where you can purchase the wines in the Nashville Area OR you can order them online using the code and the information provided at the bottom of the post. You will 10% off if you buy them online.

  • Looks beautiful in both wine and food suggestions! Can you get the Cultivate Wines in the Austin, TX area? Thanks for sharing all your fabulous knowledge!!

  • THANK YOU LISA! Scroll to the bottom of the post and CLICK to find out where the wines are available. You can also purchase them online and save 10% by using my special code.

  • Looks Mouthwatering! I cant wait to try it! Thank you for sharing, my friend! Will let you know the results! 🙂

  • Hey Lisa! Wow!! What a wonderful job you have done on this post! Everything looks amazing and I am anxious to try my hand at some of these delicious-looking meals. You have a definite talent in the food and wine arena! You go girl!!!

  • Hi Marguerite! Thank you! I think you WILL be able to find Cultivate Wines in your area! Scroll to the bottom of this post and CLICK on the link. This will link you to Cultivate’s site where you can enter your zip code. CHEERS!

  • Thank you very much! Let me know when we I can share this awesome wines with you two! You will not be disappointed! I can’t wait for you to try the Chardonnay!

  • Terrific information about Cultivate Wines! We’re always looking for a new unoaked Chardonnay and like their cause. We’re off to buy a bottle today. Cheers! Barbara & Beverly

  • You will be pleased with your purchase AND feel good about helping with the “Give!” I’m right on target with the flavor profile an pairing. You will love sipping the Chardonnay with fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes. Be sure to use California olive oil!

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