21 May 2 Comments Cooking with Jeff and Cristina Recommended Wines , , , ,

Last Saturday, our two families went on a fantastic day trip to White Silo Farm & Winery in Sherman, CT.  It was a perfect day- the weather, the company, the wine… the scenery!  The drive up from Norwalk was equally very nice.

The “White Silo”

White Silo Farm is a family operated boutique winery specializing in small batch fruit and grape wine production. In addition to their wine they make gourmet farm products and grow a variety of berries, fruits and vegetables.

Once we got there, we all got out of our cars and were amazed at the beautiful scenery. It was quiet and tranquil.  It was a perfect clear day and the sun was shining in full force.  We walked into the barn and were amazed at how gorgeous the inside was.  The wood tables were all hand-crafted and provided that great “winery” feeling.  At the wine tasting counter were a few groups of people sipping a variety of wines and having a great time.  We decided to start our day off with the tasting.  We tried the following varieties:

*Rhubarb- a dry, crisp, light white wine.  This would go well with pasta, fish, veal & chicken.  We all agreed this was a favorite.

*Blackberry- Dry, full-bodied with a hint of blackberries.  Goes well with pork, duck, and meat.  Definitely a favorite!

*Black Currant- Full-bodied with a long finish.  This would go well with hearty meals- meats & duck. This wine was under the “dry” category, however, we felt it was a bit too sweet for our taste.

*Upland Pastures White- Cayuga grape.  Semi-dry, floral and citrus, long smooth finish.  Pairs well with white meats, fish, & oysters. This was hands down the #1 favorite of the group!  It was very good – we each bought some bottles of this to take home 🙂

*Cassis- (sweet wine) Nice sipping wine.  Black currant martinis, mix with champagne (kir).  This was very good, but again, a bit too sweet.  It had similarities to port wine.

*Raspberry-  (sweet wine) Strong fruit flavor.  Goes well with anything chocolate.  This was also a good choice!

Finally, we had the House Specialty Blackberry Sangria, which was a perfect finish to the tasting.  It’s made with 1 part Dry Rhubarb and 1 part Sweet Blackberry served over ice.  We made sure we bought the set of two to make it at home!  It was perfectly sweet & light – a great Sunday afternoon drink.

the gang during our wine tasting

Next, we moved onto lunch.  Lunch was definitely beyond our expectations!  Here was the menu:

-White Silo Mustard and Breadcrumb Crusted Sliced Chicken over Arugula Salad

-Wheat berry Salad, Cranberries, Celery, Carrots, Scallions, & Orange Vinaigrette.

-Manchego Cheese/Breadsticks

-Mixed Nuts

-Chocolate Caramel Turtle bar

The Wheat Berry Salad was incredible… so I HAD to get the recipe.  The lovely Chef Sharon Brzozowski provided us the recipe below.

Ingredients: 

-5 cups Wheatberries (cooked)

-6 slivered carrots

-6 diced celery sticks

-5 sliced scallions

-1 bunch of chives

-1 bunch of parsley

-2 jullianed lemos & lemon zest

-1 tbsp honey

-1/2 tbsp cinnamon

-1 pinch cayenne pepper

-1/3 cup rice wine vinegar

-1/2 cup orange juice

-2 cups dried cranberries

Directions:

Combine the ingredients & mix thoroughly.  You can adjust the seasonings to your taste.  YUM!

Finally, we moved onto our final tasting- Sparkling Red Raspberry Wine paired with 3 Guittard Chocolates.  They had my father and I at chocolate!  We tasted a 61% Cacao Semisweet Chocolate, a 31% Cacao White Chocolate, and a 38% Cacao Milk Chocolate.  Of course we all liked the Dark Chocolate the best!  The Sparkling Red Raspberry Wine was delectable!  Sweet and refreshing, it was truly a wonderful way to end the day.

Jeff and his parents- Kathy & Joe

All of us again 🙂

The wine cabinet … that we raided.

Chef Sharon Brzozowski pouring our sparking wine. We suggest you ask for her when at White Silo – she’s wonderful!

Perfect way to end the day 🙂

We absolutely recommend you take a trip up to Sherman to visit White Silo Farm & Winery.    The people are warm and friendly, making it an experience to remember!

Enjoy!

-Cristina & Jeff