We’re Baaaaaack

And we’re back just in time for a big snow storm tomorrow.  Was it just yesterday that we were enjoying 65+ temperatures and balmy winds?  Yes, yes it was just yesterday!  Ah well.  Here’s a quick shot of Clyde and Julie practicing their new hobby that they picked up down in FL – gator raslin’!

Just kidding – this alligator statue was behind a restaurant that my in-laws took us to called Stumpknockers.  It made for a fun way to wait for an available table.  I fared a bit worse with the gator:

So now that I’ve shared a bit of our trip – on to business!  The winery is open for normal tasting room hours again, so if you’d like to venture out, we’d love to see you.

Julie will be at Mr. G’s Liquor Store in California MO on Saturday from 1-4pm.  If you are in that area, be sure to stop by, taste some wine, and say hi to Julie.   Although, you might want to call ahead if the weather is bad, just to make sure it’s still going on: 573-796-3808.  I’ll also put up a notice here on the blog on Saturday morning if anything changes.

Stay warm & drive safe everyone!

January Newsletter & Vacation Closing

Our January Newsletter went out yesterday morning.  If you didn’t receive your copy or haven’t signed up for it yet, click here for the web version.

We are headed south for a week, so the salesroom is closed today (January 21), but open for the weekend (Jan 22-24); then closed again January 25-28. I hope this doesn’t inconvenience you too much.  Amanda & Jodi will be filling in for us in the salesroom while we are gone over the weekend, and I know you’ll have a great time talking to them.

I guess I can’t really say that we are escaping the cold weather …we hit 65 degrees today!  Hope you are enjoying a little winter respite where ever you are too.  Cheers!

Steelhead Trout

Have you tried Steelhead Trout before?  It’s delicious.  It looks a lot like salmon in coloration but the flavor is lighter.  The filets are slightly less meaty than salmon too, but they are well worth a try!  Julie brought some home the other day and I tried out an idea that we’ve kicked around our kitchen earlier this season.

Since it’s been waaaay too cold to grill outdoors, I’ve been trying a bunch of new oven-based recipes for cooking fish.  This recipe was inspired by two other recipes.  I’m sorry I didn’t measure anything, so be prepared to give your sauce a little try before smearing it on your fish.

Trout with Sriracha

Steelhead Trout fillet(s)

approximately 2/3  cup Whittenburg

approx. 1 cup plain yogurt

approximately 2 teaspoons sriracha (an oriental hot sauce)

approximately 1 tablespoon montreal steak seasoning (or just salt & pepper)

optional cilantro


Spray a 13X9 inch casserole dish with cooking oil.  Place fish, skin side down, into the dish.  Pour the whittenburg over the top of the fish and let it marinate at room temperature while you prepare the topping.

In a small bowl stir the yogurt with the sriracha & the montreal steak seasoning.  Be sure to add the seasonings a little at a time and test it to make sure you like it.  The sriracha is pretty hot, so go in little increments if you are a spice whimp like I am!  The final topping that I came up with was tangy with a bit of heat, but not too much.  Once the topping is to your taste, smear it over the top of the fish.  (I think sprinkling cilantro over this would be excellent at this point too, but I haven’t tried that little twist yet.)

Now put your uncovered fish in a 375 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.  Fast and delicious – my favorite things when it comes to cooking!

The neat thing with this recipe is that I believe it will work well for many different types of fish, so please feel free to try it out on whatever you have, then leave a comment on what you did & your review!  Cheers!