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Guest Tablescapers: The Knapps

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Tablescape Tips: Guest Tablescape Artists, The Knapps We love to dine outdoors and whenever we are able to (Mother Nature permitting 🙏🏻) we will! Since becoming empty nesters we spend a great deal of our free with friends and our wine family and I travel quite a bit. We do love our traditions but we […]

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Snow in the Vineyard District!

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What an unexpected early Christmas present we received. White Christmas in the vines is unique in Brazos County. The Vineyard District received 3-5 inches of snow on December 7th. The glistening white blanket added a serene quiet to the countryside.

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Wine pairing for Satsuma Orange Curd

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WINE PAIRINGS FOR PECAN BISCOTTI as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo Satsuma oranges are sweet treats to put in stockings and beautiful citrus fruits to use in holiday recipes. They have bright flavors to balance rich dishes and heavy ingredients, which creates a great juxtaposition at the table. Orange curd is sweet but simple, both in […]

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Satsuma Orange Curd Recipe

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  Print Satsuma orange curd as prepared by Chef Chris Shepley of The Vintage House Restaurant at Messina Hof Winery Ingredients 7 egg yolks 1 ½ cups sugar ¾ cup cold cubed butter 1 whole egg ¾ cup fresh squeezed satsuma juice Zest of two oranges ¼ cup MH orange Muscat Instructions Combine the egg/yolks, […]

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Bull Canes and Playground Bullies

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The Vineyard teaches us many things. For instance, there are bullies in the vines as well as in life. “Bull Canes” not only sap unproductive energy from the vine and the neighboring branches, but they aggressively overwhelm nearby vines shading their branches making them less productive. See how the vinetender manages the bull canes in […]

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Pairing Wine and Tea

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Vineyard Cuisine is the art of food preparation incorporating wine and fresh garden ingredients. It is about creating a dish that makes the wine “sing”. It is really the herbs, spices, and sauces that create that bridge of flavors that can make wine “Sing”. Teas not only create healthful beverages but act as quick flavoring […]

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Wine Pairings for Pecan Biscotti

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WINE PAIRINGS FOR PECAN BISCOTTI as recommended by Karen Bonarrigo – Holidays are filled with love, warmth, and houses filled with family, friends, and laughter.  Desserts during the holidays should reflect the same – comfort and delight. – Biscotti is a dessert that has loving history for my family, and is a treat that pairs […]

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Messina Hof Pecan Biscotti Recipe

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“Biscotti is such an Italian treat. It seems that every Italian household has a jar of biscotti ready for dunking in the espresso. One cousin double bakes the ones for dunking and leaves some softer after a single bake for the children’s treats. Each family has a favorite recipe. We always look forward to the […]

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