Add some refreshment to the hot summer days with Wine Spritzers. For the most common spritzers use 3 oz of any wine you enjoy, over 4 oz of ice, then add 3 oz of a soda (citrus flavors work well) and garnish or add your favorite fruits (cherries, pineapples, lemons, limes).
Sangrias are another favorite for the season. Strawberry-lime sangria is a blend of rosé, lemon-lime soda, fresh strawberries and mint, while citrus sangria is a great combination of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime.
If you are feeling fancy you can mix up a bishop cocktail, made with red wine, rum, simple syrup, and lime juice, or a glamour girl martini, which combines rosé, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice.
Recipe for Simple Syrup:
Simple Syrups can include all sorts of flavors from lavender wildflowers from a spring yard to rhubarb to cranberries. But the base of any simple syrup starts with two ingredients – water and sugar.
A base recipe will keep in the refrigerator for a month in a tightly sealed glass jar.
Boil ½ cup water
Slowly add ½ cup granulated sugar
Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool. Store in glass tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator.
What Makes a Port Wine?
With a competition to name our next wine, it has not been a secret that we are about to debut our newest wine, a Port-Like flavor blended with the peaches we love in Middle Tennessee. So, without further ado, we would like to introduce you to Pulaski Pure Peach, our newest wine and our Port-Style limited edition. But what makes a Port Wine? Here you go:.
Formal Port Wines all have one main feature. They come from Portugal. And, obviously, our Big Creek Winery is not importing from Portugal. But we do share features of Port Wines.
Beyond the common starting place, they share the feature of being a rich, sweet wine that, because of the sweetness, is usually enjoyed as an “after dinner” or dessert wine. There are two main categories of Ports with the first being a berry or fruit base with some chocolate and the second being a tawny port that leans to caramel and nuts.
The colors of Port Wines reveal their ingredients:
White Ports (made usually with grapes), best served cold at 40° F.
Rosé Ports (made often with Strawberry, Raspberry, Cranberry and Caramel) best served over ice.
Tawny Ports (made with Caramel, Raspberry, Hazelnut, Cinnamon, Clove, Fig) best served at 50° F or cool.
Ruby Ports (made with Blackberry, Raspberry, Cinnamon, Chocolate) best served slightly cool at 60° F.
Port Wines also have special wine glasses. They are smaller than other glasses, holding about 3 oz servings. Both the sweetness of the wine and the fact that it is generally a higher alcohol percentage means that smaller portions are in order.
Chefs love Port Wines. They make terrific toppings for all sorts of dishes, frequently substituted for a balsamic glaze topping. Port Wines reduce easily and can be a recipe substitute for brown sugar or maple syrup.
Port Wines are a kitchen staple and a wine cellar option. They are designed to age well over very long periods of time. Those bottles with long corks can age for 100 years, although we hope you will enjoy your bottle and come back for more. Once opened, a Port Wine sealed with a vacuum style wine cork will keep for 2 weeks.
Look for announcements as we debut the Big Creek Winery newest wine!
The traditional winter treat for warming up those freezing cold days is Mulled Wine. The tradition of defending against winter chills with Mulled Wine seems to date back to the Roman Empire when soldiers would heat wine to keep themselves warm. As the Empire spread, so did the idea of Mulled Wine.
Today, we think of Mulled Wines as a holiday beverage, but it is a wonderful way to enjoy wine and to spread the luscious scent of spices as you prepare it. The trick to keeping alcohol from burning off is to do this on a low heat and to allow it to gently heat over 30 minutes and to let it stand in a covered pot to cool a little before serving. The longer the wine stands, the more robust the infusion of the spices will be.
Our favorite Mulled Wine is:
- 1 bottle of your favorite red wine
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks
- 2 inch piece of ginger sliced\
- 1 tbs of whole cloves
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
- 2 oranges cut in half
Stir all ingredients into a large pot (5 cups). Squeeze the orange juice into the pot and then add the orange rinds. Gently warm the wine mixture for about 30 minutes. Make sure that you don’t let the wine come to a full boil. The longer it heats, the more the spices will infuse the wine. Let the wine cool a little bit
Strain the cloves, ginger and cinnamon as you pour glasses. Serve warm with a slice of orange as a garnish.
The perfect pairing with Milky Way Blue Blueberry-Blackberry Wine
By Denise Grisham, author of Man that Stuff is Good
My Aunt Kay was telling me about how my cousins loved it when Grandma Albert fixed them baked zucchini. Why hadn’t I thought of that before? This is the perfect way to use this quickly overgrown vegetable. Basically you will mix up an “Italian sausage meatloaf” and add whatever goodies to the mix to make it even better! Grandma poured tomato sauce over the zucchini but I opted to use two jars of canned crushed Roma tomatoes from the pantry.
Lay the zucchini on the counter to figure out which way to cut it in half so that it will lay flat. With a heavy duty serving spoon, scoop out all the seeds so that all you have left is the firm flesh.
Lay the zucchini on a baking sheet. (Salt and pepper to taste) I try to make this a little on the healthy side and leave out the additional salt, but Andy thinks the zucchini is too bland if you don’t add additional seasonings.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl mix well:
- 5 mild Italian sausages (casing removed)
- 1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 cup onions, chopped
- 1 cup colored peppers, chopped
- 1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
Stuff into the zucchini “boats”
Cover with your choice of sauce or two cans of crushed tomatoes. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered for one hour.
Top each zucchini with 2 slices of mozzarella cheese. Return to oven and bake until cheese is nicely browned and melted, about 20 minutes.
If the zucchini is not tender enough, cover with aluminum foil so the cheese doesn’t burn. The flesh of baked zucchini a lot firmer. Spoon extra tomato sauce over the top and serve with garlic bread.
By Denise G. Grisham, author of “Man That Stuff is Good“
- 6 leg quarters
- Juice of two lemons
- 1 tbsp. dry oregano
- 1 tsp. minced onion
- 1 tsp. Lawry’s garlic salt with parsley flakes
- 5 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Arrange leg quarters skin side up in an aluminum lined casserole dish. Pour lemon juice and drizzle olive oil over chicken. Top with spices. Place in 350 degree oven, uncovered, for one and a half to two hours, or until skin is a nice golden brown. Check that it is done by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest meat portion for a reading of 165 degrees. For more on this dish, visit HERE.
Thanks to Denise Gaudette Grisham for supplying this original recipe. She is the author of “Man That Stuff is Good,” a robust and popular cooking and food website. Denise says that this dish is best paired with a slightly sweet wine that can provide a “nice balance to the lemon juice.” She and her husband, Andy, serve steamed broccoli and carrots with the dish. We suggest the Campbellsville Bear, but please visit the winery for a tasting so you can choose your favorite.