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February 25, 2015 | Ravines ,

Warm Potato Soup with Truffled Herb Ricotta

Ravines' 2013 Chardonnay pairs wonderfully with this hearty, creamy soup from Chef Christopher Bates of the FLX Wienery.  This pairing was featured at a recent Keuka Lake Wine Trail event;  we share the recipe with you so you can make it at home on one of these cold winter days.

1 lb sweet onions
3 lbs russet potatoes
4 liters chicken stock
6 branches thyme
1 tbsp white pepper
6 cloves garlic

Salt
Chicken fat or butter
2 C heavy cream
4 oz butter
4 slices smoked bacon, pieced and crisped

Peel and slice onions.  Peel and dice potatoes.  Mince garlic.  Heat chicken fat over medium heat, add onions and cook till soft but not brown. Add garlic, potatoes, herbs, pepper and stock. Simmer 1 hour. Add cream. Purée with a hand blender adding butter while pureeing. Season with salt as needed.

1 C ricotta
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp truffle oil

Whisk together.  Pipe on top of soup in bowl.  Garnish with cooked bacon pieces.  Serve with Ravines 2013 Chardonnay (learn more here).

Time Posted: Feb 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM
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February 23, 2015 | Ravines ,

Winter in the vineyards

Over the past few weeks, the Finger Lakes have received several feet of snow and been subjected to blasts of arctic air.  While this makes for slippery roads and slow going for people, our vines are snug under their snowy blankets.

The snow insulates the roots from the icy winds and actually keeps them warm, which should prevent any damage to the rootstock that might kill the vines.

The photo above is of several rows in our White Springs vineyard in Geneva.  If you stop into our Seneca Lake tasting room, these vines are to your left as you come down the driveway off Pre-Emption Road.  The tasting room is open every day from 10:00am to 5:00pm;  come visit us and taste a selection of warming wines like our 2013 Cabernet Franc.

Time Posted: Feb 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM
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February 5, 2015 | Ravines ,

Ravinous Club News for March 2015

The Finger Lakes may have just received a foot of snow, but the activity doesn't stop at Ravines.

Both tasting rooms are open, so you can stop in to taste our newest releases and perhaps pair the wines with our Ravinous Plate of local cheese and artisan chocolate.  The 2014 vintage wines are in their tanks and barrels;  winemaker Morten Hallgren and Assistant Winemaker Darrin Scott are carefully checking their development every day.  The vineyard crew is tending the vines.  And Neil, our wine club manager, is preparing the Ravinous Club Pack for March.

In addition to the wines (Ravines' 2011 Argetsinger Vineyard Dry Riesling, 2013 Keuka Village Red, 2012 Pinot Noir, and 2013 Gewurztraminer), the package also includes the Ravinous Newsletter, which contains notes from Morten and Lisa and recipes which were specially selected to pair with the four wines.  One of the recipes is for duck breast which has been smoked over grapevines - and since many people likely won't have access to grapevines, the package also includes a bundle of vines from our White Springs vineyard.

Club members receive four packages a year, in March, May, September, and October.  Usually there will be two reds and two whites, and often there will be a wine that may not be available to non-club members (for example, one of our single-vineyard Chardonnays, or our exclusive Cerise blend of Pinot Noir and Lemberger).  Club members also enjoy a 20% discount on all wines, with the exception of our Appassionata and Late Harvest Vignoles dessert wines, and receive complimentary wine tastings for themselves and up to three guests at either of our tasting rooms.  Club members are also invited to some of the best events around, from our Spring Barrel Tastings to the Fall Harvest Festival and more.  (See the full event calendar here.)  And there's no membership fee!  If you're not already a member, why not take a few minutes and join your fellows who are Ravinous?

Click here for more information on how to join the Ravinous Club.

Time Posted: Feb 5, 2015 at 1:40 PM