February 2014

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Love is in the air this month!  We have several wines that are just perfect for Valentine's Day, so be sure to pick up your favorite!

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Martin Ulisse Malvasia

Reminiscent of sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio, the Malvasia is medium bodied off dry white with great balance and a touch of acidity.  The initial taste is resplendent of white flowers and rounds out with citrus and grapefruit with a fresh and crisp finish.  This wine is easy to drink while retaining a surprising complexity and complements all kinds of seafood.

Featured Recipe Pairing -

Pizza with the Kids



Almost all kids love to eat pizza, but it's even better when they get to help you make them.  Making pizza is fun, quick, and easy.  Everyone gets to choose their own toppings, it is great way to get kids involved in the kitchen, and it takes some of the load off of our busy schedule.  This recipe uses store bought pizza crust, a jar of marinara sauce from the pasta aisle, and your imagination for ingredients.


My daughter likes olive oil, fresh tomatoes and basil, with just a hint of cheese.  My son is sauce, pepperoni, and cheese.  My wife likes sauce, Italian sausage, pepperoni, and just a hint of cheese.  I personally like everything but the kitchen sink.  Sauce, Italian sausage, pepperoni, bell peppers, mushrooms,  red onions, jalapenos, and cheese.  Lots of cheese.  The beauty of this is a customized pizza with little cost or effort, and a delicious dinner with everyone involved.  I set out a small buffet with bowls of ingredients and then let everyone build their own.  It is also great for parties, for kids or adults. 


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Martin Ulisse Merlot


This medium bodied merlot is smooth and velvety and has enough acidity and tannins for a great balance.  Hints of cocoa, plum and ripe berries with a touch of eucalyptus on the nose, these flavors are also found on the palate along with dried herbs and a touch of minerality.  Although a young wine, allowing it to breathe for a brief time will maximize the aromas and flavors.  Pairs beautifully with red meats, game and mature cheese.



Featured Recipe Pairing -

Cannoli Filling

"Leave the gun, take the cannoli."  Immortalized in the Godfather, this venerable dessert from Sicily hit the big screen and mainstream.  Originally a part of the Carnevale season, the equivalent of Mardis Gras in Sicily, these fried fill pastries are now a year round treat in many Italian restaurants.
The shells are not hard to make, they are essentially pie dough rolled around a cannoli tube and deep fried.  Legend has it they were originally rolled around a piece of sugar cane, hence the term cannoli.  They are then filled with a sweetened creamy filling which can contain ingredients ranging from chocolate chips to pistachios.  Many will debate the value of mascarpone versus ricotta for a filling, or a combination of both.  Here is an easy to prepare version of cannoli filling using mascarpone.  Cannoli shells can be found in most grocery stores.  If you can't find cannoli shells, you can fill phyllo cups with the filling and have an "open faced" cannoli.  One key is to fill the cannoli at the last minute, otherwise they will get soggy and lose their crunch. 
Video Spotlight

Host Sarah Tindall and Chef Doan Shockley are joined by our wonderful guests Sherry Rumley, Founder of the Rise School, and Jack Rumley to find out how easy it is to make pizza with the kids.

For more information about the Rise School, please visit www.risecorpuschristi.org.
Cooking & Wine Spotlight - Martin Ulisse Malvasia with Pizza for Kids
Cooking & Wine Spotlight - Martin Ulisse Malvasia with Pizza for Kids

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Chrissy Martin
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Did You Know?

The vintage year isn't necessarily the year wine is bottled, because some wines may not be bottled the same year the grapes are picked. Typically, a vintage wine is a product of a single year's harvest. A non-vintage wine is a blend of wines from two or more years.
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Thank you to the JLCC for using our wines at the 9th Annual Fairy Tale Ball! Click image to visit their website.
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Thanks to the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra for using MU wines for their Pop Rocks Presents The Music of the Eagles event January 9 at the American Bank Center. Click the image to visit their website.
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Thanks to The Rise School of Corpus Christi for serving MU wines at their 3rd annual Rockin' for Rise gala January 23 at the lovely home of Lyn and Jeff Wigington. Click the image to visit their website.

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