Try This Delicious Brisket Recipe With A Cabernet Sauvignon At Your Next Dinner Party

Brisket Recipe Paired With A Cabernet Sauvignon

Check out this delicious brisket recipe that pairs perfectly with a cabernet sauvignon!

When it comes to your springtime dinner parties, you can’t go wrong with a juicy brisket. Be sure to dazzle your guests with this wine-braised brisket recipe. It’s the perfect centerpiece to your meal and it pairs well with a cabernet sauvignon or a merlot. Here’s what you’ll need to get started.


1 beef brisket

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

5 cloves garlic, peeled

1 onion

1 1/2 cups dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Start by preheating the oven to 300 degrees. Using a pan on the stove, marinate the meat. Cover the brisket in a healthy dose of salt and pepper and add it to the pan of olive oil. Cook the meat on both sides until browned on both sides and then set the meat aside. In a clean pan, cook the 2 tablespoons of oil, garlic, and onion for about two minutes. Add in the wine, chicken broth and simmer over medium heat.

Put the brisket in a baking dish and pour the broth mixture over the meat. Cover the dish and place it in the oven. Cook for about two hours.

Flip the meat over and continue to cook for 45 minutes or until tender. You’re welcome to add in a few vegetables to add to the dish. Potatoes, carrots, and turnips are all great options.

Once the brisket is done cooking, be sure to add in the lemon juice and if you’d like, a little more salt and pepper.

Cut and serve will a delicious full bodied red wine.

For helping finding the perfect cabernet sauvignon or a merlot to pair with your brisket, be sure to check out your local wineries in Ventura County, California. They offer the best tastings in the area. Contact Ventura County Winery Association today!

Great Beef Stew Recipe To Pair With A Cabernet Sauvignon

Beef Stew Recipe Ventura County CA

Pair a cabernet sauvignon with this delicious beef stew recipe!

Warm up on cold winter nights with this beef stew recipe. This hearty stew pairs perfectly with a nice full bodied cabernet sauvignon. Here’s what you need to get started.


2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 onion, chopped

1 1/2 cups beef broth

3 potatoes, diced

4 carrots, sliced

1 stalk celery, chopped

Get out the slow cooker! Start by cutting the vegetables and cubing the meat. Make sure the beef cubes around one inch pieces. Next, put the cubes in the slow cooker. In a small mixing bowl, prepare the spices. Combine the flour, salt and pepper, hold off on adding the other spices, you’ll need them later. Pour the mixture over the beef. Make sure that they’re well coated. Now add in the remaining spices. Add in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery. Cover the pot and let it cook for 10 hours or so on the low setting.

**If you’re in a rush, speed up the cooking time by setting the heat to high. Then cook for four to six hours.**

For helping finding the perfect cabernet sauvignon to pair with your meal, be sure to check out your local wineries in Ventura County, California. They offer the best tastings in the area. Contact Ventura County Winery Association today!

Becoming A Wine Connoisseur With These Wine Pairing Tips

Food and Wine Pairing TipsPairing Tips For Dinner With Your Wine Connoisseur Friends

If you have dinner scheduled this weekend with your wine connoisseur friends and are nervous about ordering the wrong dish due to “wine pairing rules,” do not fret! There are a few simple pairing tips that can help you enjoy your food and wine without looking like a novice.

Food and Wine Pairing Tips:

  • This may seem counterintuitive, but there are no rules that work for every single wine and every single situation. At the end of the day, as long as you are enjoying your paired dish nothing else should matter. Often, the typical characteristics of a particular wine are skewed, making it impossible to stick to all of the “wine pairing rules.”
  • One major thing to understand is that both the food and the wine must taste great on their own in order to pair well. Just because red meat is supposed to pair well with Cabernet Sauvignon does not mean that it most definitely will if one of the two are lacking.
  • Sometimes pairing means choosing a wine and food dish combination that actually contrast one another. For example, indulging on a dry Riesling that is heavily acidic can help take away some of the oiliness of a fried fish dish.
  • Most importantly, do not be afraid to ask your wine connoisseur friends or your waiter for a little advice. People that love wine love helping others enjoy their hobby as well, and will be more than happy to make some suggestions.

For more information about great opportunities for wine lovers to gather in Ventura County, contact the Ventura County Winery Association. We keep our finger on the pulse of all of the local wine-related happenings so we can keep you looped in on the fun! Contact the Ventura County Winery Association to schedule a wine tour to go wine tasting at one of our multiple featured Ventura County wineries.

Winery Highlight: Magnavino Cellars

Ventura County Wineries - Magnavino CellarsAt Magnavino Cellars, you can expect to celebrate life and love in a beautiful traditional setting. With the intent to solve the mystery of wine making, the Magnavino Cellars team will take you on a magical journey through the history of wine.

The team at Magnavino Cellars understands the importance of getting to know each grape by touch, sight, and smell. Each grape is chosen for its bountiful characteristics to make each bottle of wine absolutely perfect. Similar to the way in which the combination of ingredients found in a Tuscan dish tantalizes your taste buds, the combination of grapes in each bottle will do the same. Each hand crafted wine will leave your mouth begging for more.

By utilizing the most modernized winemaking technology available, Magnavino Wines is able to provide you with award-winning wines straight from the Magnavino Cellars. Magnavino Wines is able to distinguish themselves from all other artisanal blends and grapes by utilizing both stainless steel tanks and American and French oak barrels. Offering Lodi AVA, Grenache, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Merlot at the Magnavino Cellars, you are bound to find a new favorite wine!

The Magnavino Cellars invites you to sip and sample our hand crafted wines in the tasting room that resembles a Tuscan villa, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am until 6:00pm each week. The tasting room can be found at 961 N. Rice Avenue, Cellar 5, in the beautiful Oxnard, California.

The Magnavino Cellars invites you to lavish in the winery’s moto: in vino veritas – in wine these is truth.

Contact the Ventura County Winery Association today to schedule a wine tour with one of our multiple featured wineries. The Magnavino Cellars would be ecstatic to welcome you aboard!

The Upcoming Grape Harvest Season

The Upcoming Grape Harvest SeasonWhile wineries make it possible for you to visit their establishments year round, the best time to take a wine tour is during the harvest season. Each year, harvest season takes place for about two months’ time. During this time, the atmosphere becomes livelier as wine lovers all over the world come to California to enjoy our grapes. The enjoyable weather and ripe grapes make for the most unforgettable experience.

Wine Harvest Season Timeline

Northern Hemisphere: August – October

September: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, & Pinot Gris

Directly in between September & October is Chenin Blanc & Viognier; Merlot begins to flourish during this time but continues into October

October: Merlot & Syrah/Shiraz

Mid October & November: Cabernet Sauvignon

Southern Hemisphere: February through April

February: Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay

Mid February & March: Chenin Blanc & Viognier

March: Merlot & Syrah/Shiraz

April: Cabernet Sauvignon

We encourage you to enjoy all that our beautiful local community has to offer. Contact the Ventura County Winery Association today to schedule a wine tour with one of our multiple featured wineries.

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