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Last week, we invited Chef Eric Upper to share his tips on great grilling wines and Cabernet-friendly recipes for summer entertaining. Chef Upper was the co-host for our July Hosted at Home Virtual Wine Tasting Experience, and if youâ€™ve not yet heard of our new monthly subscription service, Hosted at Home, you can find out more here. Â Chef Upper was a virtual wine tasting pro, and he developed some fantastic Cabernet grilling recipes to pair with the two Napa Valley wines in Hosted at Homeâ€™s July wine shipment: Nickel & Nickel Air Show Vineyard Cabernet and Nickel & Nickel Hayne Vineyard Cabernet.
We are excited to share the recipes â€“ and the inspiration behind them â€“ with you now!
When we told Chef Upper we were spotlighting two phenomenal single-vineyard Cabernets this month, he was quick to suggest that a mouthwatering filet mignon and a flavor-packed vegetarian fusilli dish might showcase how versatile Napa Valley Cabernet pairings can be!
Chef Upperâ€™s Fusilli Estate was inspired by his weekly forays at the San Francisco farmersâ€™ market and his personal relationships with many of the area farms.Â â€œEstate means summer in Italian, and this dish is very much about vegetables that are at the height of season right now,â€ Upper says.
As for the filet mignon, â€œI included both searing and grilling directions for these filet mignons, along with a classic hollandaise. A tender lean cut of beef paired with a luscious sauce â€¦ itâ€™s just such a great combination.”
Get the Fusilli Estate Recipe | Make Filet Mignon with Hollandaise
About the Wine Pairings:Â Winemaker Joe Hardenâ€™s not shy about calling Nickel & Nickel Hayne Vineyard Cabernet one of his favorite Napa Valley wines of the 2017 vintage, praising it for having â€œdelicious layers of dark, bright fruit while possessing the structure and concentration we expect from St. Helena Cabernet.â€Â Â Harden describes Nickel & Nickelâ€™s Air Show Vineyard Cabernet as having â€œan explosion of really pretty, fresh fruit flavors and super fine-grained tannins that make it an approachable and versatile wine to pair with food.â€
Both Napa Valley Cabernets paired deliciously with Chef Upperâ€™s recipes and definitely earned top spots on his list of great grilling wines for summer.
Want more mouthwatering grilling and barbecue wines? Check out our full single-vineyard Cabernet lineup here. Then explore our recipe archives for steak and Cabernet menus, burger and wine inspiration, soups, salads and more!