Spring Forward with Pi!

Pi Day 2022

For Fans of Pi and Pie!

Spring forward with Pi! We here at Red Newt Cellars love both Pi and Pie! March 11th through 14th we’ll be celebrating Pi and offering Flat Rate shipping on 6+ bottles of $3.14 through midnight 3.14 – that’s midnight Monday, March 14th! Use PROMO CODE: PiDAY

To help you celebrate this mathematically wonderful day, we have some recommendations for you!  

Start the day with some mini quiches, enjoy a quick pizza pie for lunch, chicken pot pie for dinner is always a winner, and end your day with some mini blueberry pies!

The 2019 “Circle” Riesling!  2019 is a fantastic vintage of “Circle” Riesling, and was just released this past winter. Bright fruit characteristics and bracing acidity to balance just a touch of sweetness.  All around a staff favorite and perfect for those mini quiches. 

Nothing pairs better with a pizza pie than a lighter bodied red and our 2018 Cabernet Franc fits the bill perfectly. Bright cherry and violet fruit on the nose underlain by mineral tension in the midpalate, in many ways this wine uses Cru Beaujolais as a touchstone. Refreshing to drink, what could be better with your favorite slice!

Now, chicken pot pie is straight up comfort food, and needs a wine to offer balance to all those comforting flavors. So, why not grab our 2017 Dry Riesling. 2017 was notably below average in temperature during the majority of the growing season.  Then, a warm and dry harvest with above average sun stretched well into November!  Long hang time for developing flavors in the berries was a given, but due to the cooler than average growing season this could be accomplished without sacrificing freshness.  This freshness provides the perfect balance to the creamy flavors of a homemade chicken pot pie! 

Blueberry mini pies are the perfect finish to a day dedicated to Pi! Our recipe put a bit of our Hellbender into the filling, and also perfectly complements the finished product. If you are not a port-style fan, then try some of our 2012 Merlot Glacier Ridge Vineyards. A rich, fruit forward and delicious wine to complete Pi Day!

We’ve even included a couple of quick and easy recipes to follow! Enjoy and Happy Pi Day from all of us to all of you in our circle of friends! 

Mini Quiches – A super easy yet delightful way to start the day.

A super easy yet delightful way to start the day.
Ingredients:
8 eggs
½ c. half & half or milk
Salt & Pepper to taste
Pie crust (optional)
Any additional toppings you may want: ham, peppers, sausage, red onion, cheese

Heat oven to 375°F. Grease a mini muffin pan. Roll out and cut your favorite pie crust with a biscuit cutter, place the circles into the mini muffin pan, or for a gluten free option you can leave the pie crust right out. In a mixing bowl add eggs, half & half, salt and pepper and beat until slightly fluffy. Add any additional toppings you desire, our favorite is bell peppers, onion, and a bit of cheddar cheese. Pour into the muffin pan and bake for approx. 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden on top. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

Mini Blueberry Pies
Filling (Makes 4)
1 ½ c. blueberries
¼ c. honey
⅛ c. Hellbender
4 T. sugar
1 t. Vanilla extract
2 t. Lemon zest
Juice of ½ lemon
3 T. cornstarch

For the filling: Combine the blueberries, sugar, honey and Hellbender in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar is melted and the berries have started to burst, a few minutes. Stir together the cornstarch and lemon juice in a small bowl until combined, then add to the blueberry mixture. Add the lemon zest and vanilla and continue to cook until glossy and thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the pastry: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Line the mini pie dishes with puff pastry. Fill with blueberry filling to ¼ below the top. Slice strips out of some of the puff pastry to create a basket weave top. Crimp your edges, brush with egg wash and bake for 20 minutes.
Pair with our Hellbender or our 2012 Merlot Glacier Ridge Vineyards.

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