November 16, 2016

An Indian Spice Affaire this Thanksgiving

For me, Thanksgiving is like a culmination of two Indian movies: Aasif Mandavi's Today's Special - a family drama made even more colorful by a culinary pursuit, and Monsoon Wedding - a big, galloping wedding movie in which the party is a clear metaphor for the world. 



So, in the spirit of family, love, and debaucheries, how about an Indian Thanksgiving, from LXV Wine, to carry the mood and flavors of the night! Just have ghee, garam masala and a few basic whole spices in your pantry and we would have made an Indian Chef of you by Thanksgiving! And give the wine a lot of thought! As Rumi said,

"Either give me more wine or leave me alone."


A glass of a Brut (dry) Sparkling wine will strike a celebratory note, as family and friends arrive with a heightened anticipation of Thanksgiving.
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Few bottles of racy whites chilling in a bucket of cold water (not ice), with flowers floating in them, will entice your guests to refill their glasses to  complement the unparalleled array of samosas, kebabs and other appetizers.

The aromatics of an off-dry Riesling from Alsace or Germany, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a statelier Viognier, like LXV Summer Satine, will complement the bouquet in the air.

The refreshing acidity in these wines will cleanse your palate for the next bite, as you tantalize your taste buds, back and forth, with samosas, and kebabs. And if a conversation is your aperitif,  the wine will be your silent companion for the quiet reflections, in midst of the revelry! 

A simple way to make a open-faced samosa : use phyllo cups and bake them with the samosa stuffing! And two delicious kebab recipes that could be prepped in advance: Malai (cream-based) chicken kebab and Seekh Kebab!


As the mood starts levitating, and stories start spilling about childhood shenanigans and adult debaucheries, the heavenly notes of spice will waft into the air, as you set the table with the most extravagant accompaniments of cumin potatoes, very rich and royal navratan korma (9 jewels), or the very exotic Smoked Dhaba Dal (smoked from a live coal).



But what will steal the show will be the Tandoori Turkey! This beautiful bird, with a fiery hue of orange and red, and succelent juices dripping with every cut, curried drippings (just add a dash of garam masala to the drippings), and served with piping hot naan bread, will have everyone begging for more!

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This calls for some earthy wines that will build on the complexity of these dishes and the sentiment.

Young Rhone wines that typically employ little oak barrels when aging, sing with such dishes. The spice notes in Syrah from Hermitage or the Grenache in a  Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape will complement the myriad of masalas, with the fruit in the wine tempering the soaring spice. LXV Reserve Syrah generously offers blueberries and boysenberries, with hints of petrichor and dark spices, followed by layers of sandalwood, cedar, and dried tobacco. 

Always keep an additional glass of white wine next to your red. Sometimes a white can do more for a complex meal than a red can. And it is always a great palate cleanser!

And if you truly believe this is the feast for Gods, open that stowed away Sauternes with a biryani (this one is a personal favorite!).




I would not take away from the traditional pies. But delicately lace them with cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, or all aspice. And muse your guests with a sake tasting! Or stay true to tradition with a Late Harvest or Moscato d’Asti.

After everyone has bid adieu, and you are enveloped by the quiet of your home, treat yourself to a sip of Madeira. You deserve it...


You will never know the true value of a moment,
until it becomes a memory!



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October 19, 2016

A Diwali night, made memorable by wine


I always wondered how would Rumi romanticize a Diwali party? Probably with wine savored and spilled between glorious musings...

In the spirit of love and life, how about some luscious wine to carry the mood and flavors of the night!

A glass of a Brut Sparkling wine will already spark fireworks, as your guests arrive with a heightened anticipation of the Diwali night.

Few bottles of racy whites chilling in a bucket of cold water (not ice), with marigolds floating in them, will entice your guests to refill their glasses to  complement the unparalleled array of appetizers. 

The aromatics of an off-dry Riesling from Alsace or Germany, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or a statelier Viognier, will complement the bouquet in the air. The refreshing acidity in these wines will cleanse your palate for the next bite, as you tantalize your taste buds, back and forth, with samosas, kebabs, and chaat. And if a conversation is your aperitif,  the wine will be your silent companion for the quiet reflections, in midst of the revelry!



The puja, with its profound moments of chanting and offerings, will often create a nostalgia. A heaviness will set in the air, as everyone mulls on the meaning of this moment and of life.






What a great time to serve a classic Burgundy or Bordeaux. A conversation that will belong to a different region but will hit the similar chord of tradition and time.

As the mood starts levitating again, and stories start spilling about childhood shenanigans and adult debaucheries, the heavenly notes of spice will waft into the air, as you set the table with the most extravagant curries, gravies, and dals. Probably there is a recipe passed down by someone who you were thinking of all night. This tribute calls for some earthy wines that will build on the complexity of these dishes and the sentiment. 
Young Rhone wines that typically employ little oak barrels, when aging, sing with such dishes. The spice notes in Syrah from Hermitage or the Grenache in a  Chateauneuf du pape  will complement the myriad of masalas, with the fruit in the wine tempering the soaring spice.

And if you truly believe this is the feast for Gods, open that stowed away Sauternes with the biryani. You will be offering your guests a memorable moment!

The epitome of the night is the beautifully crafted desserts. Bowls of ras malai and phirni will be passed  around, as everyone settles down for a  melodious rendition of an old Bollywood melody, or someone strumming on their sitar. Muse your guests with a honeywine. 


As shubh diwali becomes shubh ratri, and you are enveloped by the quiet of your home, treat yourself to a ladoo and sip of Madeira.

You will never know the true value of a moment, until it becomes a memory!

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July 14, 2016

ROASTED BONE MARROW with Black Truffle Salt

Dear mitra (friend),

This summer, fold in romance into the sultry twilight BBQ, with a sensory wine, savory bone marrow sizzling on the grill that secretly laced with Umami, and a sultry summer playlist, created exclusively for you, rendering a fiery spark.
We're talking about smoldering, mesmerizing fire. It dances. It destroys. Who hasn't been entranced by its transformative tricks—it's ability to caramelize everyday crackling vegetables into sweetly charred morsels; to plump raw meat to juicy, pink perfection? Like a lover's spell, fire renders its subjects irresistible to all five senses.

SPICE & RECIPE - Roasted Bone Marrow with Black Truffle Salt

ROASTED BONE MARROW

LXV Spice Pairing
Black Truffle Salt, Savory All Spice, Ginger, Nutmeg
(Complimentary with the purchase of LXV Wine)

Ingredients
- 8 to 12 center-cut beef or veal marrow bones, preferably cut lengthwise 
- 4 tbsp Canola Oil 
- Salt & Pepper for seasoning 
- 1 packet LXV Spice Blend

Recipe
Turn BBQ on high and let heat to 500F.
Rub each bone down with canola oil & sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on BBQ for a short 45 seconds, then remove and place on roasting pan. (If the bones are cut crosswise, place them standing up; if the bones are cut lengthwise, place them cut side up. )
Preheat Oven to 500F. Sprinkle LXV Spice Blend on the marrows. Cook in oven on center rack for 15-25 mins. To test for done ness, insert a metal skewer into the center of the bone. There should be no resistance when the skewer is inserted and some of the marrow will have started to leak from the bones.
Serve the roasted bone marrow right away with a glass of LXV Lover's Spell

Other Pairing Suggestions
For the Wine
Foods that call for a wine with heartiness and structure, but not astringency - Braised meats (beef or venison), roasted meats, briskets, mushroom sauce.
For the Spice Blend
Sprinkle a little on any course: With bread and butter, on some fresh steamed vegetables, with popcorn, on mushroom ravioli. You could even sneak it into your creme brulee for a little sultry depth.

WINE - LXV Lover's Spell
Ah, Lover's Spell!
Inspired by Aindrajala, the KamaSutra art of Magic, LXV Wine's 2013 Lover's Spell is strong enough to stand alongside this rich, seductive entree. A dynamic ruby red union of Cabernet and Syrah cascades into the glass, flirting first with the eye.
Subtle hints of cedar, cigar box, and violet beckon the nose to chase this playful minx. Like a first kiss, the first sip tingles in the mouth as it warms in the belly. This bottle of elegant LXV Wine blooms into a wave of ripe figs, succulent Damson plums, and black cherry bliss.
Like moth to flame, you are now within the grasp of a smoldering spell. If you're lucky, it will rage on into the balmy night.

Decant LXV Lover's Spell for at least an hour, in a cool dark place. For a hot day, place the decanter in the refrigerator for 5 mins before serving.
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MUSIC - The LXV Summer Playlist
Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime and the Living's Easy
Pink Martini - Sympathique
Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood – Summer Wine
Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
Coralie Clement - C'est la Vie
Les Baxter - Jungle Flower
Van Morrison - Moon Dance
Tijuana Brass - A Taste of Honey
X- Blue Spark
Paris Combo - Aquarium




February 29, 2016

The 500th Sutra for LXV!



500 lives, 500 hearts, 500 minds. The context of these separate lives are completely unrelated, except they have each walked forever into our hearts and minds here at LXV. We are boutique, small, home grown and nourished. As such, club members are our life force, our blood, what nourishes and inspires us, what rewards us with a smile at the end of, and throughout, a long day. We have neither national nor international distribution chains, we are not carried under the florescent light of supermarkets. Our wines, and our loyalty, is stored and coveted in the cellars, wine racks, and wine refrigerators of our club members.





In 2010, we started with two hearts and minds. Neeta Mittal was the vision, and Kunal Mittal was the focused guidance. They acquired a premium wine property on the coveted Willow Creek Road in Paso Robles.  
"Paso Robles reminds me of India", says Neeta. "Maybe because of the relationship people have with the earth and with each other. There is an intimacy in the ecosystem in Paso. And that expresses itself in the grapes, in the winemaking, and ultimately in the wines."

This inspiration gave rise first to a single wine, a single reflection of what lied within. Our first tasting was on the ranch on Willow Creek with that single wine - Rising Tempo. We garnered the support of not just club members, but communities. And all they had to back, was a vision!





This momentous love spun into the opening our famous lounge in 2013 which elicited, at the opening in fact, the sixty-fifth, heart and mind who chose to pick up a pen and add their vitality to our club family. 



This year the family also saw our first ever club exclusive wine, Club Reserve Cabernet Franc, which remains Kunal's muse! This was the first time members truly collected the bounty of our thriving relationships with growers for the singular reason of releasing specialty wines from us, to only them: our LXV family.

Many others continued to join us, to use pen and ink to sign with us and add support of their heart’s and mind’s, receiving offerings of our wines conveniently delivered to their doorstep, twice a year, customizable upon request. 

With our LXV family, we have evolved. We do not send shipments on Fridays in order to preserve quality and reduce journey time from warehouse to doorstep. We ship only in the cooler months, November(right before Thanksgiving!) and April, to utilize natural temperature control. And, we always offer customizable shipments, to cater to the diverse tastes our LXV family. 


One thing that has remained consistent is our focus on the Willow Creek District, Paso Robles’s most premier and respected AVA, and the location of our 14 acre Ranch. The location of the ranch is where we and our club members go to feel grounded, to touch our roots. In late 2015, LXV finally attained a permit to build our dreams, to adapt to this next step by extending ourselves even more with the designs that push the conceptions of a tasting room to its limits. 

The ranch is the future sight of the exclusive LXV Club Only Bed and Breakfast, open aired tasting room, and estate vineyard. Who says a room needs walls ? Eventually, our club members will have their own private tasting room at the ranch. They will be showered, in the LXV style, with our company and exotic pairings with the special terroir of Willow Creek embracing us.



As we welcome the 500th member into our family, please pick up the pen (or click) and let us give you our gratitude, in quality wines sourced from the premier Willow Creek District, and the strength of an LXV family. 


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If you join LXV Club by Fri, Mar 4th, we will offer you 2 Wines that are now off the list: 
2013 Club Reserve Sangiovese & 2013 Crimson Jewel (Sangiovese-Petite Sirah)

LXV CLUB MEMBERS
As a token of our appreciation for your unwavering support that got us to the 500th milestone, we have put together a very special "LXV-D" offer, with 10% additional discount to your normal Club discount.

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February 11, 2015

LXV Lounge asks: What’s your February Fantasy?


Welcome to your Valentine’s Headquarters, all month long!

Why stop at one single day of pleasure? Go ahead. Immerse yourself in sumptuous temptation that lingers on and on.  Awaken the fire that burns within with an illustrious month-long lineup of exquisite delicacies, arousing wine exclusives, and sensual soirees.

Taste our newest temptations Valentine’s Day Feb. 14
The heat is most certainly this Valentine’s Day thanks to LXV’s two new releases—one flirty, the other sinfully devious. Club members are invited to try both alongside decadent pairings at our downtown Paso lounge this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Yes—fulfil your most flavorful fantasies this February with LXV.


A whirlwind of sangiovese, syrah, grenache, merlot and viognier, our 2014 Heart Note Rose—inspired by the Kama Sutra art of perfuming—is blushing with love-at-first-sight loveliness and alluring fresh acidity.

A little naughty and always exciting, our 2013 Crimson Jewel is a powerful blend of sangiovese and petite sirah that smolders with captivating depth and pulsing, fruit-driven vitality.

Pair it all with a sizzling LXV soiree
What could be more delicious for you and your lover than sampling our two fabulous new wine releases alongside superb culinary creations provided by master chefs and local celebs Brigit Binns and Maggie Cameron? Club members: mark your calendars for this Saturday, Feb. 14th (1-5 p.m.; $30; club only) and tell the baby sitter not to wait up. An exclusive Kama Sutra Evening at the Lounge after party (7-9 p.m.; free for club members) will commence for those looking to prolong the flirty fun even further.


Embrace romance with LXV’s February events

Naughty nibbles: Attend our THO Pre Valentine Tasting Feb. 11
Like an experienced lover, Thomas Hill Organics Executive Chef Chris Manning knows what he’s doing. Experience his masterful skill for yourself at LXV’s Wed, Feb. 11th Pre Valentine Tasting unfolding at the dimly-lit, swanky THO Lounge in downtown Paso Robles (5:30-8:30 p.m.;$28/pp). Mingle, nibble, and explore two stunning renditions of quail paired with our new 2014 Heart Note Rose and 2013 Crimson Jewel.
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Spice It up with a “Fifty Shades of Grey” Screening Feb. 12
Are you curious? Perhaps just a little bit? Then don’t miss LXV’s sexy screening of the hotly-anticipated global phenomenon at the Parks Cinemas in downtown Paso Robles this Feb. 12th (7-10 p.m.; $15/pp; Afterparty at LXV Lounge). Pair the whole experience with frisky spices (and a dash of hunky Mr. Grey) for an all-out exploratory romp.


Get ‘in the mood’ each weekend with Tantric Bites Fri-Sun
Every weekend this February, nosh on our lavish Tantric Bites at LXV Lounge. Every Friday-Sunday, you’ll sample four wines paired with caviar, foie gras, and chocolate ($35pp/$27 club) in a plush, elegant setting created to transcend the ordinary and ignite the senses.
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Don’t be shy. For all the dirty details, head to http://www.lxvwine.com/images/newsletter/Valentine2015.html





January 6, 2015

Tantric Bites for Restaurant Month at LXV Wine Lounge



A brisk stroll through fallen oak leaves as you brace a cozy cashmere sweater, a crackling fire warming your feet as you indulge in the pages of a well-worn novel and a lover’s soft caress, a bite into the supple creaminess of aged brie with a sip of a delicate, yet assertive, Pinot Noir — aren't everyday pleasures heightened when experienced together? 

To heighten your experience of January Restaurant Month, we encourage you to sip, nibble, and perhaps even gasp in ecstasy. 

"Wine is living. It has infinite flavors and aromas; When paired with a bite that helps discover layers of its depth and complexity, the wine unveils itself slowly, heightening your senses with every whiff and sip" says Neeta Mittal, founder of LXV Wine and emphatic believer that there is nothing more sensory than wine. "Well, almost nothing" she adds coyly. "You smell more, you taste more, and your feel more—much like a lover's touch!"

Experience this sensory journey at our plush downtown Paso Robles LXV Lounge. We’ll be serving up titillating Tantric Bites every weekend this month for maximum flavor arousal. Curated by our resident Sommelier, Samantha Payette, you will savor: 

o   Infatuation: LXV Dark Romance with Pepper Shooters: Cherry Peppers stuffed with aged provolone and prosciutto.
o   Intimacy: LXV Rising Tempo with pan forte.
o   Surrender: Crimson Jewel with cranberry spiced goat cheese rolled in smoked duck breast.
o   Ecstasy: LXV Secret Craving with black truffle pate on petit toast with cornichon.

Reserve your spot at: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=15159436282

No time to drop by? Engage in a little pleasurable palate play in the comfort of your own kitchen. Pick up a few cheeses of varying flavors (sharp cheddar, pungent munster, creamy goat) and pop open a bottle of red and white wine—any varietal will do.

Now, for the fun part: Blindfold your partner and let the feasting begin. When your partner lets out a little sigh of joy, you’ll know you’ve hit a high note. We might even try this at the Lounge! 

After all, Restaurant Month at LXV Lounge is about more than following any strict “code” of pairing. It’s about unlocking the powerful and playful nature of life’s most delicious experiences.

So, this cold season, allow warm spices, earthy foods, luxuriating wine, and intoxicating company envelope you in a warm desire. 




About Hayley Thomas: Hayley Thomas is a San Luis Obispo freelance writer who loves exploring the stories and faces behind the best local food and wine. Follow her offbeat culinary adventures at HayleyThomas.com

November 21, 2014

Easy Tandoori Turkey recipe for Thanksgiving

Tandoor” is clay oven fired by wood charcoal that people believe exists in every household in India (another misconception, although not as interesting as snake charmers!) But we will use a regular oven and create the same magic!

“Tandoori Spice” is a mix of spices that are applied to the traditional Tandoori Chicken.
“Tandoori Turkey” is my desire to make everything spicy and interesting (We brought spices to wine tasting… so how could we leave turkey behind!)
So here goes… An Indian recipe for your Thanksgiving table!
Locate a LOCAL YOUNG Turkey – about 15 to 18 lbs. I get mine from Nature’s Touch in Atascadero! A good-nurtured, previously unfrozen bird, makes a huge difference.

SPICE ITMaking the Tandoori Spice
Two ways to do it:
a) MAKE IT YOURSELF: This is a tandoori spice rub that you can use on Turkey, Chicken, Paneer or Cauliflower. So make some and store away…
½ cup mild red chillies
¼ cup whole coriander seeds
1 tbsp whole cumin seeds
½ tbsp whole black pepper
½ tbsp whole cloves
1 tsp whole fenugreek seeds (optional)
3, 2 inch sticks of cinnamon
1 tsp dried ground ginger
1 tsp dried ground garlic
½ tsp grated nutmeg
½ tsp ground turmeric
Spice Rub
Roast all the whole spices in a hot, heavy pan until each of the spices smell heavenly. . (DO NOT ROAST NUTMEG!)
Cool the spices down, mix the ground spices and blend - you can use a coffee blender. This recipe makes around 1 cup of tandoori masala
b) We will have a tandoori mix available for you. More on that below..

MARINATE ITLetting the bird get yummier overnight!
In a nonreactive bowl mix 6 tablespoons of the Tandoori Spice to 2 cups of whole milk yogurt and 3 tbsp each of fresh ginger and garlic and kosher salt according to your taste.

Whisk it all together, keep ¾ cup away (very important), and then marinate the bird inside out. Leave it overnight in a refrigerator.
Tandoori Marinade
Cooked Turkey 
COOK ITAs you did every year!
Remove the bird from the refrigerator, one hour before it goes into the oven.

Put a few onion halves, lemon halves and ginger slices inside the cavity of the bird.

In the oven, lay out a few unglazed ceramic tiles or pizza stones at the bottom shelf. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan, and cook for 3 to 3.5 hours, continually basting with Indian ghee (or butter) for the first hour and then with the au jus that collects at the bottom of the pan.

When you have checked the bird is cooked (180° F in thigh and 165° F in breast), remove the bird from the oven, apply the rest of the Tandoori mix we had saved on the outside and let it stand, till we get our “Tandoor” ready!
“TANDOOR IT”Creating tandoor Magic in your kitchen!
This is where we convert the oven into a tandoor- well, sort of!
Crank the heat of the oven up to the highest temperature of the oven – mine goes up to 500C – for about 30 mins. The tiles in the oven retain and radiate heat, like a traditional tandoor. Put the bird back in the oven and cook just enough to create that beautiful crimson charred coating on the outside (about 15 mins).


“FLAUNT IT”Play with the cuts and colors and flavors
Remove the bird from oven and let sit for 10 mins. Collect Au jus in a separate bowl. Rub lemon juice on the entire bird. Remove the onions, ginger and lemons from the cavity and carve the meat along with the crimson charred skin.
Serve with Naan and garnish of chopped onions, tomatoes and lemon juice and sprigs of Mint and Cilantro. And, of course, the Au Jus.


WINE PAIRING! the “Umami” of it all!


The whole idea about paring wine is to pair with the seasonings and the sauces, not the protein (a common mistake). Regardless of whether you make this recipe or not, please use this principle to pair the wines for your Thanksgiving table.
As for the Tandoori – what better than a LXV Rising Tempo to complement the spiciness and savoriness! And the smokiness and tobacco notes of Tempranillo complement the “tandoor” style!

To purchase LXV 2012 Rising Tempo and the tandoori spice (made fresh for you), click here - OVERNIGHT SHIPPING guaranteed!

And if you have any questions about the pairings for your Thanksgiving table – Tandoori or not – please feel free to email me at neeta@lxvwine.com
Rising Tempo 
NEXT MORNING!the best part of Thanksgiving !
When the last car leaves, remove the left over turkey and try these recipes:
  • As tacos with wheat tortillas, a layer of egg (like an omelet), turkey pieces, and a garnish of mint chutney.
  • Put some mozzarella on the left over naans, add the turkey, some fresh bell peppers, and stick it in the oven for a flatbread
  • Turkey panini?
  • Heat oil, fry some cumin, cooked basmati rice and turkey
  • You can always drop off left overs for me at the Lounge :)
JOIN US  – Sunday Tandoori luncheon at LXV Barn !
Sun, Dec 7th, Noon to 3PM

There will 30 mins of LXV Wine tasting, while we will discuss "tandoor" styles, followed by a family style luncheon. You can buy wine by the glass or by the bottle for the table. 
Buy tickets at: http://bit.ly/1v3h1tI 
Or contact us at info@lxvwine.com | 805-296-1902