2011 Vintage: Just a Sampling

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At Brys Estate, family owners and members create easy recipes based on simple ingredients and the seasonality of Old Mission Peninsula to pair with wines crafted by award-winning vintner Coenraad Stassen.

Learn about Brys Estate at brysestate.com, and find more recipes at michiganwines.com.


Herbed Cheese on ToastHerbed Cheese Spread with Cucumber & Dill

Ingredients

1 8-ounce package softened cream cheese
1 0.6-ounce package Good Seasons Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Mix (or any dry Italian dressing mix)
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 English cucumber, peeled & sliced thin
Dried dill, for garnish
Petite toast or crackers

Directions

Mix cream cheese, Italian dry mix and mayonnaise with a whisk or electric mixer. Spread on small toast or crackers. Top with a cucumber slice and garnish with a sprinkle of dried dill.

Pairing: Brys Estate 2011 Pinot Grigio. About the wine: This Pinot Grigio is made in the classic Italian style. It is stainless steel fermented producing a clean and fresh wine, with well-balanced fruit flavors of lemon, orange peel and tangerine. Pair this dry white wine with seafood or chicken dishes with lemon zest.


Curried CashewsCurried Cashews

Ingredients

Roasted salted cashews
Curry powder (about 1 teaspoon per 10 ounces of nuts)

Directions

In a small bowl, sprinkle cashews with curry powder to taste.

Pairing: Brys Estate 2011 Gewurtztraminer. About the wine: German-style, this semi-sweet wine has a hint of spiciness and flavors of lychee, rose petals and orange blossoms. A perfect wine with spicier foods and Asian cusine.


White Cheddar with Walnuts and HoneyWhite Cheddar with Walnuts & Honey

Ingredients

Sharp white cheddar cheese
Toasted walnuts, finely chopped
Honey

Directions

Cut the white cheddar cheese into ½-inch cubes. Insert toothpicks, sprinkle with walnuts. and drizzle with honey.

Pairing: Brys Estate 2011 Riesling. About the wine: This well-balanced Riesling shows beautiful pear, peach and apricot aromatics. The mid-palate shows an array of stone fruits and is soft and viscous with slight citrus tones on the finish.

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