Tuesday, November 22, 2011

11/22 Napa Valley Vintners, Soyfood Council

11/22 What's Cookin' Today

Talking With Us About This Years Grape Harvest Is Terry Hall, Communications Director of Napa Valley Vintners

Although it may be stretching to compare our harvest with one of the greatest ever games in the history of baseball...but like the 2011 World Series, we had our ups and downs, and finally pulled it out. This was one of our most exciting harvests ever!" said Cain Vineyards' Winemaker and General Manager Chris Howell. And once again the excitement of the finale of the American baseball season seems to parallel that of the vintage at harvest from America's premier winegrowing region, the legendary Napa Valley.

Today the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) non-profit trade association of more than 420 wineries representing 98% of the appellation's wine production offers its annual report on harvest. "2011 was a challenging and as well as what I am calling 'an educational vintage,' the third in a row," said Oakville Ranch Winery General Manager Paula Kornell who was born and raised in the Napa Valley wine industry. "What we found this vintage were flavors that developed at lower brix, giving us an opportunity to make truly elegant wines at lower alcohol levels." "Harvest 2011--from tears to glory!" is how renowned vintner Tim Mondavi, owner of Continuum capsulized the year and winemakers appellation-wide are in agreement.

Executive Director Linda Funk From The Soyfoods Council Shares With Us Some Great Ideas on How To Incorporate Tofu In Our Holiday Meals

Add a touch of tofu to Thanksgiving this year with recipe ideas from The Soyfoods Council. Soyfoods aren’t just for the vegetarian guests, either. They add taste, rich texture and a healthful nutrition profile to traditional Thanksgiving recipes. Soyfoods are low in saturated fat, high in polyunsaturated fat and provide essential omega-3 fatty acids. Visit the website at www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com for creative recipes such as Rolled Turkey with Tofu Stuffing. Soyfoods can be your go-to ingredient for a variety of holiday side dishes.

For a simply satisfying baked stuffing casserole, add water-packed tofu to your choice of stuffing mix, along with a can of mushroom soup and milk or soymilk. First, drain and cube the tofu, then add it to a skillet with a small amount of vegetable oil and cook until it begins to crumble and becomes lightly browned. Then, add tofu to the stuffing mix along with the other ingredients in a casserole dish and bake it in the oven. You’ll also appreciate what soft silken tofu can do for your favorite stuffing or green bean casserole recipe. Tofu Mashed Potatoes feature the light texture you and your family love. Just add soymilk and pureed soft silken tofu along with the butter, butter substitute or olive oil called for in your recipe.

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