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Enjoy Indian-Spiced Grilled Lamb Paired with THE FEAST by Cultivate Wines:Trendy Gourmet Finger Food Pairing!

Get ready to fire up your grill for this irresistible pairing!

Gorgeous racks of lamb are seasoned with a glorious melange of Indian-inspired spices called VADOUVAN. The lamb is grilled to medium-rare and served with a salsa of artichokes,briny capers,savory olives,sun-dried tomatoes,lemon zest and topped with crushed Marcona Almonds and grilled lemon slices. The lamb is succulent and full of flavor and really pairs up well with Cultivate Wine’s California Merlot and Cabernet Saugvinon blend ~THE FEAST.
Vadouvan Melange(blend) is a delightful blend Indian Spices usually of curry, coriander , cumin, fenugreek, cardamon, cayenne and black peppers along with garlic and shallots.
Vadouvan Blend is the new trendy “it” ingredient made popular by TOP CHEF series. The ingredients of the blend varies depending on who is making it. Sometimes Vadouvan is referred to as French Curry. Search for recipes or it can be purchased at Williams-Sonoma.

Last Saturday,I created this lamb dish for a dinner on the deck with our friends. Along with the other dishes,it was a hit. And,paired with THE FEAST…well, it was just amazing!

THE FEAST by Cultivate Wines is an elegant blend of California Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the sub regions Napa, Carneros, Alexander Valley and the North Coast fashioned after the Merlot predominant blends of the Right Bank Bordeaux regions of France.
This red wine blend is immediately attractive with its alluring bouquet of roses,raspberry and spice with a hint of blueberry and black cherry on the nose as well as the palate. The velvety tannins and touch of oak lingers in your mouth. This Bordeaux-style wine is a classic pairing with lamb. The complexity of the robust spice-blend pairs up well with layers of this compelling wine.

The grilled lamb is succulent;crusty from the charred seasonings on the outside yet juicy and delicious with every bite. And,the Mediterranean-style salsa ingredients just pulls all the flavors together. This is definitely gourmet finger food!

Vadouvan-Crusted Racks of Lamb with Mediterranean Style Salsa of Artichokes, Olives, Lemon Zest, Capers, Cilantro and Mint
Recipe type: entree
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Serves: 6 to 8
This succulent Indian-spiced crusted and grilled lamb served with the lively salsa is another winning wine pairing with THE FEAST by Cultivate Wines.
  • Lamb:
  • 3 racks of lamb
  • olive oil
  • chopped garlic
  • Vadouvan Seasoning
  • Ground Cumin (I LOVE CUMIN! and the combination of these spices produces an incredible crust on the lamb YUM!)
  • lemon pepper-to taste
  • Your favorite Garlic and Herb Seasoning blend-to taste
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Salsa:
  • 1 cup frozen artichokes-thawed
  • ¾ cup of a blend of olives such as Moroccan Olives(pitted and sliced)***
  • The bright green olive Castelvetrano and other green olives from your favorite olive bar. Use your favorites! Choose an array of colors for eye appeal!
  • Be sure to reserve a few of the varieties for garnish
  • 3 or 4 garlic cloves
  • ¼ of purple onion
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of dried Thyme Leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried Oregano
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes-a tablespoon or two *I use the marinated and seasoned and drain very well
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • a dash of cumin
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh Cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup loosely packed fresh Mint leaves
  • ½ cup of Marcona Almonds---crushed in a closed bag
  • Lemon Slices tossed in a little olive oil,salt and pepper for grilling
  • Extra Olives whole and sliced for garnish
  1. LAMB:
  2. Rub and slather the lamb racks with olive oil and crushed garlic.
  3. Liberally season the lamb with the Vadouvan Seasoning and the other seasonings.
  4. Be sure to generously season the tops of the racks with ground pepper.
  5. I prepared these several hours ahead.
  6. Prepare the grill for medium to medium-high.
  7. Grill to medium-rare.
  8. Watch for flare ups due to the olive oil and fat.
  9. Grill the lemon slices along with the lamb until grill marks are visible. Remove and set aside to serve with the lamb.
  10. SALSA:
  11. Coarsely process the artichokes,olives,onions,garlic,capers,cilantro,lemon juice and zest and seasonings.
  12. You might want to add the garlic and onions first,pulse a few times then
  13. pulse the artichoke hearts once or twice THEN add the other ingredients.
  14. Remember,the ingredients should be COARSE not a paste.
  15. Pour the olive oil in and pulse once or twice to incorporate.
  16. Season to taste with salt,pepper and your other favorite seasonings.
  17. Prepare salsa before you grill the lamb and let the flavors combine.
  18. Once the lamb are cooked,cool for 10 minutes.
  19. Cut lamb into individual "chops"
  20. Spoon salsa over lamb.
  21. Garnish with the crushed Marcona Almonds.
  22. Scatter serving platter with reserved olives and grilled lemon slices.
  23. Pair with THE FEAST!

This magnificent blend of Vadouvan was purchased at Williams-Sonoma. You may also search the internet for recipes. It is extremely versatile and is especially delicious with lamb dishes;try it with your favorite lamb meatball recipe!

THE FEAST by Cultivate Wines is about $28. Click here to check for availability in your area OR order online directly from the nice folks at Cultivate Wines.

Cultivate GIVES 10% of their profits for education and charities for the betterment of basic human needs.
Every time you purchase a bottle,you TOO participate in the give!




04 2012

“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
Recipe type: main course
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Serves: 4
Enjoy this perfect pairing of a hearty grilled Argentinean-style steak with THE GAMBLER. Marinated and grilled portobello mushrooms make a great side dish!
  • 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

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