Monday, August 15, 2011

Wine Review: Ceja Vineyards 2007 Vino de Casa

This wine has a dark garnet color. The nose is filled with cherries, dark plums and spice. The wine is a blend of Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate mirrors the nose with a hint of cocoa, and a bit of lead or minerality, which gives this wine structure. There is a nice acidity that makes this wine great to pair with food. The finish has a nice length showcasing all of the flavors you experience on the palate. I paired this wine with a creation of mine called, "Lorrie's Wonton Tacos." It is an appetizer that is great for a group of family and friends, because they can assist the cook by assembling the wonton tacos, and the cook just has to fry, and of course sip this wine. Note: This wine was a sample provided by Ceja Vineyards SRP $20.00

Note: I don't have how may appetizers this makes because I just fried them, until I got "full". This was my lunch!

Lorrie's Wonton Tacos


1 package of wonton wrappers
1 lb. of lean ground chuck
1 packet of Taco Seasoning mix (I used Old El Paso)
I 8oz  package of  nacho & taco grated cheese (cheddar, monterey jack blended with spices. Kroger's Brand)
I egg plus I tablespoon of water whisked together
Canola oil to fry ( about 1 and 1/2 inches high in a cast iron skillet)
Sour cream
Taco sauce


Cook ground meat by following the directions on the back of the taco seasoning package. Lay out wonton wrappers, put a little less than 1/2 tablespoon of cheese and ground meat mixture in the middle of each wrapper. Note: make sure not to over fill, you will not be able to close and seal them correctly. Brush the  wrappers lightly around the edges withthe egg mixture and seal tightly. Heat oil until when you flick a few drops of water and there is a pop; do not over heat oil!  Fry until they are a light golden brown color. Drain on a platter with paper towels. I served them on an appetizer plate with a dollop of sour cream and some taco sauce. These appetizers really brought out the fruit and hints of spice in this wine.

Here is the wine tasting video that shows the bottle image and much more! Try this recipe and let me know what you think!

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