A set of recipes from our kitchen team, along with recommended wine pairings. Enjoy and let us know if you have any questions by reaching out on Instagram or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- 1. Carrot and Calendula Salad
- 2. Brussels Sprouts + Sparkling Wine
- 3. Shallot Jam
- 4. Wedding Soup + Carménère
- 5. Fish with citrus butter sauce + Silhouette du Coeur
- 6. Caramelized red onion butter + Cabernet Sauvigon or Fog Catcher
- 7. Fall Burrata and Pinot Noir
Grated carrot salad is a staple in classic French cuisine. Fresh carrots are grated, seasoned and dressed simply with olive oil, lemon and parsley. The dish is as ridiculously simple as it is refreshing, and gives you a great base for other flavors and add-ins.
My first time pulling out petals of a calendula flower took me back to the memory of grating carrots - their distinct smell and pigment that stained my hands for days. The inspiration for this dish came to me in our Chef’s Garden, smelling those calendula flowers in the midday sun. That slight warmth perked up the flower’s aromas and drew in bitter citrus and tarragon flavors from the rest of the garden from the air, onto my hands.
That discovery led to the following salad, which will come together rather quickly!
Recipe for the home cook as follows:
½ lb carrots
4 calendula flowers, petals gently pulled out and reserved
2 sprigs of tarragon
1-2 tbsp niner estate olive oil
½ lemon for juice
salt + black pepper
First, grate your carrots. If you’re using a box grater, be sure to use long strokes across the grater to get lengthy shreds. A mandoline, spiralizer or food processor will also work. Strip your tarragon leaves from the sprigs and roughly chop them. Combine carrots, calendula petals and tarragon and toss lightly with salt and pepper. Then, drizzle in oil and toss again (this will coat/protect the delicates a little longer). Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice and toss. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
A note from the Chef: This is a great last-minute salad - eaten fresh and cold it has a bright, pleasing aroma. I've included a few weekly meal suggestions below but the range is vast and you can adapt it to whatever you have on hand (I've even found it as a healthy foil for corn chips...)
Weekday Meal Ideas:
Serve on Avocado Toast
Top with poached eggs
Top with roasted fish or chicken
Brussels Sprouts with bacon and apple butter
In the restaurant, we deep-fry the brussels at 350F for about 2 minutes. At home, you could broil or roast at high heat after tossing in cooking oil and seasoning. 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes. From there, dress cooked and charred brussels as desired.
Currently, we toss ours with a bacon jam - bacon, mirepoix, mustard, honey, sherry vinegar and such stewed together into a spoonable condiment and serve over a savory apple puree. For the home chef, a similar flavor can be achieved by tossing the brussels with cooked bacon bits and the rendered bacon fat and topping with the following sauce reduction:
What to drink: Our 2016 Sparkling is made from Pinot Noir and Chardnonay and is bright and lively; Brussels Sprouts are fried and served with a stellar contrast of savory bacon jam and apple butter. Together they combine for an epic indulgence that you just can’t beat!
Apple Cider Sauce
Makes around 2 cups
3 cups apple cider
½ cup good, local honey
2 cups apple cider vinegar
Salt to taste (pinch+)
Combine all ingredients, bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to low and cook down until syrupy (about 20 minutes). Cool and refrigerate. Use any leftovers as a base to dress root veggies, shredded cabbage, roast pork, poached shrimp etc.
Savory Apple Puree
2 cups of cored, peeled and sliced baking apples (like granny smith, honeycrisp or jonathan)
Splash of apple cider vinegar
Splash of water
Pinch of salt
Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss the apples with the apple cider vinegar, water and pinch of salt (we don’t add sugar to the puree as the Apple Cider Sauce is on the sweeter side and we want to keep this a savory dish). Cover and bake until the apples are super tender and flavors have concentrated. You’re done when the moisture has baked off and the apples’ color has turned a deeper shade (about 45 minutes). Mash with a whisk for a chunkier style or use a blender to create a smooth texture.
To assemble your Brussels Sprouts: toss about a half cup of Apple Cider Sauce for every 2 cups of brussels sprouts and bacon. Spoon the Savory Apple Puree onto the bottom of your serving dish and top with the Brussels Sprouts, sauce and bacon mixture. Enjoy!
A note from the Chef: for the brussels sprouts, pare the stem off a bit to lose some of the fibrous bits. Depending on the size of your sprouts, halve or quarter them. Or if you’re on the fence, halve and slit through the core of each half (making that thick/tough part smaller to keep cooking even- keeping rest of sprout intact).
Another variation we’ve served in the past is to toss the brussels with chopped bacon, toasted hazelnuts and crumbled blue cheese. Drizzle with a mixture of banyuls vinegar reduced down with sugar and toss in your choice of fresh herbs, parsley, scallions, thyme etc.
Our famous shallot jam has been a staple on our cheeseboard at the tasting room and restaurant for years. It’s a labor and time intensive condiment: use low heat and take your time for each step.
Recipe for the home cook follows (Yields 1.5 cups):
1 TBSP oil
½ lb shallots (5-7 shallots depending on size)
½ TBSP salt
1 cup red wine
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
Thinly slice the shallots. Add oil to your pan and place over low heat. Sauté shallots with salt until they’re translucent (about 15 minutes).
Add wine, then your sugars and stir to combine. This is where the time comes in: you’ll need to reduce it until it begins to thicken. Over low heat, this can take up to an hour so be patient.
Once reduced, chill overnight. We serve ours alongside cheese and charcuterie, but you can use endlessly in your kitchen (burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches and the like would all benefit from a dollop).
You can use the jam immediately, but the flavors and texture will continue to improve with an overnight chill in the fridge. It will keep up to a month in a sealed container in the fridge.
A note from the Chef For additional flavors, fold in parsley, tarragon or citrus zest after it has cooled. Spices would also be welcome: the French are partial to cloves and bay laurel together; Italians like nutmeg with bay laurel. Fennel, cumin, star anise, ginger, touch of chili would also work. In cultures where spices are a part of cuisine, you almost never see spices used alone - partner them with others to build your flavor palate!
Wedding Soup (minestra maritata)
This old world traditional soup has different roots than the canned version we all know. Originally, this pork and foraged wild greens collaboration was made after pig slaughters. The “marriage” referred in the title isn’t about matrimony - it’s about the union of pork and greens and water to create something greater than its parts.
What to drink: Our 2017 Reserve Carmenere (available now, $65) adds an additional layer to the union of pork and green flavors. Revered for its natural herbaceous flavor, the wine has enough palate weight and acidity to pair well with this soup.
Recipe for the home cook follows:
1 lb. assorted pork (bones, sausages, cubed shoulder, shank, etc)
2-3 sliced onions
Handful of garlic cloves, peeled and gently smashed
¼ cup of olive oil
1 lb. roughly chopped hearty greens (chard, kale, nettles, borage, cabbage, etc)
4 cups water (or half quality chicken stock/half water)
1 TBSP. of dried/fresh chili (optional)
Season pork with salt in advance (from 1hr to overnight).
In a large pan, heat olive oil and brown off pork on all sides. Remove from pan, draining off excessive fat. Reduce heat and add onions and garlic. Season with salt as you go, adding chili if desired. Cover and sweat over low heat until tender and translucent, stirring periodically. Once cooked through (about 10 mins) add the greens, season and stir. Cook for a few minutes to wilt the greens down. Add pork and water/broth.
Bring to a simmer and place in 325F oven. Depending upon your cuts, pork could be ready in 1.5 – 2 hours. Check every 30 minutes, stirring and tasting and seasoning (pork will be cooked through and safe to taste after first 30 minutes). If you’d like some “fresh” greens, save some and add into pan for last 10-20 minutes of cooking.
Serve with fresh cracked pepper, drizzle of good olive oil and crusty bread.
A note from the Chef: Ideally, you’d make a week’s worth of soup - so, take your time, give it care and attention throughout the process and you’ll be rewarded with an afternoon of cooking alchemy and a week’s worth of nourishment.
Here, much like in the restaurant, we like to begin on the stove and then finish in the oven. We feel like we have better control over the heat, reduction of moisture and concentration of flavors. If you don’t have an oven pan of size, a stock pot on the stove works.
Enjoy as a soup/stew
With poached eggs for breakfast
Over polenta or rice
Tossed with pasta
Fish with citrus butter sauce
We ran a dish for brunch a few months back: halibut cheeks, sauce maltaise and broccoli. When we tasted this year’s Silhouette du Coeur, our minds naturally went back to that. Sauce maltaise is in the hollandaise family tree; you take that base and work in blood orange zest and juice. Classically, it’s paired with asparagus but works well with other green vegetables and seafood. We’re going to take those flavors and adapt them to braising fish fillets.
What to drink: Our 2017 Silhouette du Coeur (availble now, $30) has a rare combination of roundness on the palate and high acidity on the finish.It’s a delight to serve a glass alongside dishes with a rich seafood base and it’s (very very slight) sweetness plays nicely with the blood orange and ginger flavors in the sauce.
Recipe for the home cook follows:
1 lb. mild fresh white fish fillets, shrimp or scallops
1x sliced shallot (or 1/4x sliced onion)
1x garlic clove, lightly smashed
1x tiny piece of ginger, lightly smashed
1x blood orange split into: a few strips of zest, half juiced and half cut into segments
2T olive oil
1 cup white wine
1/4 cup quality light chicken/vegetable stock or clam juice
1 head broccoli, including stem peeled and cut into wedges
A couple drops of fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350F. Seafood benefits from being seasoned 20 minutes to an hour in advance to help release some of the glutamates (meatiness/umami). Salting in advance will also firm up the flesh a bit.
In an ovenproof pan, heat olive oil. Carefully place seasoned seafood in pan and lightly color both sides (about 30 seconds per side). Add garlic, ginger, wine, zest and water/stock. Bring to a simmer and then transfer pan to oven. Finish in oven until fish is cooked through to desired doneness. (1” thick fish will be cooked through in about 10 minutes - use this as your guide).
While your fish is finishing, fill a pot (that has a lid) with water to cover the bottom. Season water with salt and steam broccoli to desired doneness. When finished, remove broccoli from pot and reserve.
When ready, remove fish fillets from the oven and reserve. Place pan on stovetop at medium heat. Check for seasoning of your broth, perhaps adding pinch of salt at this point. Add butter and orange juice and reduce until saucy consistency (about 1-2 min). Add in orange segments and fish fillets, tossing to coat. Check seasoning. Plate and serve with the steamed broccoli.
A note from the Chef: This recipe is a basic pan sauce structure. Protein of your choice + aromatics + deglazing the pan with liquid (wine, water or stock). This type of cooking produces a meat/fish and sauce relatively quickly and can be endlessly adapted. You can use stock/juice to add more depth, finish the sauce with some butter/cream/olive oil or add last minute flavorings (mustard, herbs, capers, citrus are a few that come to mind). It also works great with chicken thighs, pork cutlets, minute steaks….. choose your own adventure.
To achieve more of a “hollandaise” consistency and flavor, separate 1x egg yolk and reserve. Once fish comes out of oven and is reserved from pan, place yolk in coffee mug or other small vessel. Spoon in a couple ounces of hot sauce and beat with a whisk/fork to acclimatize the yolk without cooking it. Once homogenous, pour back into rest of sauce, stir to mix and finish like above - keeping heat at a simmer and stirring continuously. Here, we’re using the yolk to thicken the sauce versus reduction (above).
Caramelized red onion butter
You’re only as good as your condiments. This recipe involves making a compound butter. Flavoring butter in advance gives us a chance to perfume its fat and allows for a quick and easy to use condiment. A chance to add maximal flavor with minimal effort.
What to drink: A bottle of any of our Cabernet Sauvignons (like our new 2017 Cab $45) or Fog Catcher would be a great match for this butter when served on top of a Grilled New York Strip Steak. In fact we use a similar preparation on our steak frites which we’re currently serving with 2016 Fog Catcher ($100) We’re using the same philosophy here - the wine is the sauce. Cook well, season simply and adequately, and let the food and wine play off of each other as you enjoy.
Recipe for the home cook follows:
1 lb. quality butter
2T olive oil
1 lb. sliced red onions
3x garlic clove, minced
1T mustard (whole grain or dijon… just not yellow hot dog mustard)
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1 T chopped parsley (optional)
Temper butter at room temperature until soft, 30-60 minutes. In a large surfaced pan or skillet, pour in oil and onions and season with salt. Turn heat to medium low: starting “cold” allows more time to slowly cook onions and then caramelize their sugars. Seasoning early with salt pulls out a little moisture and slows the caramelization. In the restaurant, we would cover the pan too to slow things down even more- using condensation as an ally.
Stir onions periodically, adding a touch more oil if needed (if onions start to stick and pan sizzles get a little louder). Once onions are soft and start to color (10-15min) add in the garlic. Add a pinch more salt (“food in the pan, salt in the pan” cooking school mantra for season as you go) and turn down the heat if needed. Continue to cook for 10-15 minutes longer until onions completely melt and are well caramelized. We want to take the time to really coax out as much of that bitter sweet oniony goodness as we can. Once you’re happy with your onions, set aside to cool to room temperature.
In a mixing bowl (by hand or machine) combine the soft butter, onions and garlic, mustard, and seasonings. Mix well until homogenous.
Lay out a sheet of parchment or foil. Spoon out butter mixture onto wrapper and proceed to roll into a log. Seal up and store in refrigerator. For longer storage, slice the chilled log of butter and place in freezer bag and freeze- pulling out a pieces as needed.
A note from the Chef: For the most part, we’re all working with the same ingredients…. carrots, onions, beef, pasta, etc. How you choose to dress up those raw ingredients is where your personality and skill as a cook comes through - and shows what separates you from your neighbor.
Weekday meal ideas:
Grilled New York strip topped with the butter
Toss with roasted carrots or winter squash (we do this, adding little more mustard and tarragon, as a side dish)
Topping for baked potato or boiled potatoes
Toss with noodles and top with breadcrumbs and serve with pot roast
Could use to finish pan sauce for chicken, pork or fish
Earthy beets, creamy burrata and bright toppings make this burrata a beautiful partner to our 2018 Estate Pinot Noir. It would make a fantastic starter or side. Serves 2-4 people.
Recipe for the home cook as follows:
2 lb Chiogga or red beets
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp Niner estate olive oil
1 garlic clove, Minced
1 handful fresh basil, separated into stems and leaves
1/4 cup of fresh pomegranate seeds picked without pith
1 tsp pink peppercorns
1 1/2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
optional: blackberries or raspberries for garnish.
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mince the basil stems and add them along with the garlic, salt, sugar, red wine vinegar and olive oil. Toss your beets in the mixture and spread them in a baking dish. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the dish, cover and roast at 350 degrees until tender (around 40 minutes). While still hot, peel and season again with salt, a pinch of sugar and more red wine vinegar.
To assemble the dish, place your burrata on your serving plate of choice. Slice the beets and scatter on top, along with the rest of the garnishes. Drizzle the pomegranate molasses and olive oil on top, and garnish with fresh berries if you have them.
steak frites with butter