Perfect Pairing: Pinot Gris and Roasted Chicken with Sherry and Garlic

2017 Pinot Gris – Glacier Ridge

The 2017 vintage of the Pinot Gris – Glacier Ridge follows in the footsteps of the 2016, remarkably rich and concentrated which allows us to handle this Pinot Gris akin to what would be expected of Grand Cru White Burgundy.

From our Co-Owner, Susan Waterbury comes a little story to pair with a delicious recipe!

This is the recipe I made Dave on our first at-home date. (Nine years later, Dave does most of the cooking at home which makes me very happy, but my hobby has always been cooking and reading about food and wine). I picked one of my favorites and a recipe that I knew well and had made many times. Dave loved it and brought up the recipe as a dish that would well match Red Newt’s Pinot Gris. Enjoy with a glass of Glacier Ridge 2017 Pinot Gris! Yum…


  • 2 T. olive oil (or to taste)
  • 3 chicken breasts (preferably pounded and tenderized)
  • 1 T. parsley or your favorite herbs! (either dried or fresh)
  • 2 -4 cloves of garlic, cut in pieces
  • 1/8 – 1⁄4 cup sherry (if zucchini on top, less liquid is needed)
  • 2 T. butter
  • salt and pepper
  • Optional – marjoram or other herb and zucchini slices on top


  1. Slather bottom of roasting pan with olive oil.
  2. Arrange pieces of chicken and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and parsley.
  3. Add garlic to pan, covering chicken, then pour in sherry.
  4. Dot chicken with butter. (If adding zucchini, cover the top of chicken with thinly sliced zucchini).
  5. Roast for 50 minutes in a 350 degree oven, basting and adding water (or sherry) as needed.

I like to serve this dish with a healthy portion of fluffy Basmati rice

Perfect Pairing: Pinot Gris and Seared seafood medley with rice pilaf and green beans

2014 Pinot Gris – Vin Gris

The Pinot Gris-Vin Gris is a wonderful addition to the Pinot Gris line-up at Red Newt. In 2014 we made two distinctly different Pinot Gris from the fruit gown at Curry Creek Vineyards. The single-vineyard bottling follows the traditional style of Red Newt winemaking for Pinot Gris, while the Pinot Gris – Vin Gris takes a unique path and does have a decent amount of barrel aging and went through malolactic fermentation. The result of this fermentation process is the lovely fruit of Curry Creek Vineyards with a more unctuous mouthfeel and a softer creaminess.

Most of you have met our long-time tasting room staffer and music coordinator Heather, and if you have met her even once you know how passionate she is for Finger Lakes wine and food. This recipe comes from her kitchen and is a great addition to the Red Newt Pinot Gris recipe portfolio!



  • 1# salmon
  • ½# sea scallops
  • ½# raw jumbo shrimp
  • 4T. butter


  • 2t. Lime juice
  • 2t. Ground black pepper
  • 2t. Cajun Seasoning
  • 2T. Extra Virgin Olive oil

Rice Pilaf:

  • 1c. Jasmine rice
  • 2T. butter
  • 1 ½ c. Veggie stock
  • 10 baby carrots chopped


  • ¼ c. Maple syrup
  • ¼ c. Whiskey
  • 2 t. Soy sauce

Prepping Seafood:

In a bowl combine ingredients for the marinade and mix well. Marinate the peeled raw shrimp and scallops in ½ the marinade and the salmon filet in the other half and set aside.

Rice Pilaf and Beans:

Melt the 2T. Butter in a saucepan on med-high heat. Add the chopped baby carrots and rice and stir frequently and cook until the rice is a golden brown. Add stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Set aside. Cook green beans, drain, and add a dash of butter, salt, and pepper to taste.

Cooking Seafood:

Melt 2T. butter in a pan over med-high heat. Once the pan is hot add the shrimp and scallops to the pan. Cook 2-3 minutes per side. Once cooked, remove from heat and set aside. Add remaining 2T. Butter to saucepan on med-high heat. Place salmon meat side down into the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes. Remove salmon from the pan and let it rest. 


Take the pan you cooked the seafood in and add ½ c. water to raise flavor from the pan and add remaining sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce until slightly thick. 

Lay the rice pilaf down on a plate, add some green beans to the side, add your seafood and drizzle all with the sauce and a little fresh lime juice. Enjoy!

Perfect Pairing: Pinot Gris and Côtes de Porc Hongroise (Pork Chops with Paprika in Cream Sauce)

2016 Pinot Gris – Glacier Ridge

The first vintage of single vineyard designated Pinot Gris from Glacier Ridge to hit the shelves, this wine is already a hit! In opposition to the aromatic and crystalline Rieslings, with the Glacier Ridge Pinot Gris we delve into the texture and depth of white wine.

Musing from our Winemaker from his kitchen…

Is there an ingredient that has gone through more guises in the past few decades than Pork Chops?  While always being a special treat for a meal, they have gone from being main course royalty to tragically misunderstood and back again.  

Perhaps they were initially victims of their own success; the chops themselves used to be bone-on, thick, and a rarity, but by the late 1990s their popularity had driven them to be thin, lean, and boneless.  Rather than cooking them simply with a nuanced sauce to highlight their flavor, the sauces in pork chop recipes came to cover up how dry the cut often was.  Food safety guidelines were to cook all pork to 160F, at which point they also happen to turn into cardboard.  Meagz tells the story of an acquaintance who, as a younger child, enthusiastically would eat pork chops and unironically laud them for being, “dry and dusty, just the way I like it!”  

Thankfully, with the re-emergence and appreciation of our local farming community, real pork chops can be readily found once again.  They are not inexpensive, but nor should they be.  A recipe like the below is meant to be a treat, and to simply adorn the best quality pork chop you can find.  It is also one of my favorite ‘genre’s’ of recipe: it is an American version of a French recipe, that is itself a fantasy of what the French think a Hungarian pork chop preparation would be.  It’s akin to culinary telephone, but the results are delicious.

And to pair with it?  A wine from a grape who’s trajectory parallels the pork chop!  Pinot Gris has gone through as many evolutions as any grape in the past few decades; from being the rich, perfumed white wine of Alsace to becoming a code-word for cheap, cheerful, and thin as Pinot Grigio.  Much like modern day farmers, our handling of Pinot Gris at Red Newt is meant to reclaim what this grape can be.  Curry Creek Vineyard delivers an unctuous style of Pinot Gris year in and year out, and it is our honor to celebrate that beauty in this bottling.  

So enjoy this Finger Lakes wine from an Italian grape by way of Alsace, with the American-French-Hungarian recipe below: the combination brings a whole new meaning to fusion!



  • 4 bone-in, thick-cut, pork chops
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon paprika 
  • 2 teaspoons peanut, vegetable or corn oil 
  • ¾ cup finely chopped onion 
  • ½ cup dry white wine 
  • ½ cup heavy cream 
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 


  1. Sprinkle the pork chops on both sides with salt, pepper and paprika.  If preparing ahead, the seasoned pork chops can be left covered in the refrigerator for several hours, or even overnight, for better flavor.  
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the pork chops. Without moving or checking on them often, cook until nicely browned on one side, about 8-10 minutes.  Turn and sauté until nearly cooked through, anywhere from 5-10 minutes longer depending on the size of the pork chop.  If you can check with a thermometer, 145F is the target finish temperature for the pork chops for food safety and for juiciness.  
  3. Sprinkle the onion between the pork chops and cook briefly. Transfer the pork chops to a platter; keep warm.
  4. Add the wine to the skillet and cook, stirring, until the liquid is almost fully reduced. Add the cream and cook over medium-high heat for 2 or 3 minutes at the most. Remove from the heat and stir in the mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the pork chops with the sauce on top.

Perfect Pairing: Pinot Gris and Pork Sausage Meatballs in an Apple Cider Cream Sauce

2015 Pinot Gris – Curry Creek

The winter preceding the 2015 growing season was unbelievably brutal featuring the cold month ever recorded in the Finger Lakes. As a result of that harsh winter the yields from the vineyard were much lower than we would anticipate from a relatively nice growing year. The fruit that did arrive to the cellar did so in wonderful shape and we are quite pleased with how this 2015 Pinot Gris from Curry Creek Vineyards has aged thus far.

We have delved into the cookbook archives to bring you this recipe from the mind of our co-founder and late Chef, Debra Whiting.

A perfect example of fall cooking in the finger lakes. This is a recipe we hold near and dear to our hearts and our taste buds thank us! We often served these meatballs with wild rice and roasted brussels sprouts, and it will pair wonderfully with the 2015 Pinot Gris – Curry Creek. We hope you will

Enjoy this as much as we do!



  • 1 lb Pork sausage
  • 1 c bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c minced yellow onion
  • 1/2 T minced garlic
  • 1 T chopped fresh sage
  • 1 T chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 c peeled chopped apples (preferably honey crisp)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
  2. Scoop mixture into 1 inch balls and place onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  3. Bake at 375* for 20 minutes
  4. Add meatballs to a large bowl or deep serving dish

Apple Cider Cream Sauce


  • 2 apples diced and peeled
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/8 c minced shallot
  • 1 c chicken stock
  • 1/4 c dry white wine
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1 c apple cider
  • 1/4 c heavy cream


  1. Combine apples, stock, garlic, shallots, cider, and wine in a saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Reduce heat and simmer until apples are very soft
  4. Puree ( I like to use an immersion blender)
  5. Reduce by 1/3
  6. Add heavy cream and mix well
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste
  8. Pour over meatballs and enjoy!

Perfect Pairing: Gewurztraminer with Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

The 2012 Red Newt Gewurztraminer – Sawmill Creek Vineyards offers flavors of caramelized pineapple, mango, and apple pie.  The finish is rich and persistent. This Thai inspired peanut dressing is rich, tart and poignant… a perfect match to this wine!

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Cold Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Ingredients for Dressing:
1/2 cup sesame oil
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbs ground ginger
1 Tbs garlic, minced
1/4 cup honey
2 oz chipotles in adobo, finely chopped, with seeds and sauce
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup peanut butter, creamy
salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Salad:
Udon noodles (or your favorite pasta or rice noodle)
Finely sliced and/or chopped red bell pepper, snap peas, carrots… whatever is delicious and in the garden
Chopped green onion for garnish

Whisk all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until well blended. Taste and adjust.
Allow dressing to set overnight before using. Flavors will intensify. Store in the refrigerator.

Assemble the Noodle Salad:
Choose your favorite noodle (udon, fettucini, rice noodles) and cook al dente according to instructions.
Drain, rinse with cold water and toss with a drizzle of olive oil (to prevent sticking together)
Chop up bell peppers and green onions.
Coat with spicy peanut dressing, add vegetables and garnish with chopped green onions.

Gewurz vs Gewurz – Sawmill vs Curry Creek

It’s September and it is time to celebrate Glorious Gewurztraminer!!

Read all about our passion for Glorious Gewurztraminer!!
The Red Newt Gewurztraminer comes from two distinctive vineyard sites, both within a few miles of the winery.

In 2010, both vineyards were harvested at roughly the same time, so we had side by side winemaking through the whole process! Follow along with founding winemaker, David Whiting, and grab onto a piece of the excitement!!

Perfect Pairing: Gewurz Curry Creek Vineyard with Coconut Ginger Chicken

The 2012 Gewurztraminer – Curry Creek Vineyard offers a firm, rich palate with textures of slate and peach pit, and fruit notes of ripe, brandied peaches. This delicious one pot chicken dish is comforting and delicious.  Tender, juicy chicken with ginger infused coconut rice make a stunning complement to this forwardly stern Gewurztaminer.

Dutch Oven Chicken with Coconut Rice


1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut in two
1/4 cup canola or peanut oil
2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 cups basmati rice
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped into ½” pieces
1/2 cup roasted cashews, coarsely chopped
fresh cilantro or thai basil, chopped

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Coat chicken with ~ 2Tbsp oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. In two batches, brown chicken on all sides (about 5 minutes per batch). Set aside on a plate.
  4. Add the remaining 1 Tbsp oil, ginger and the garlic to the empty pot, and stir about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add rice and stir until evenly coated in the oil. Add broth, coconut milk, bell pepper, cashews, scallions and the remaining 1 tsp salt and 4 tsp pepper. Stir, and mix up the tasty browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Arrange chicken on top, add resting juices the plate and bring to a boil over high heat.
  5. Cover and bake until all of the liquid is absorbed, rice is tender and chicken is cooked through, 25 minutes.
  6. Plate chicken on top of rice and sprinkle with fresh cilantro or thai basil.
  7. Pour your self a glass of Gewurz and enjoy!!

Pressing Gewurztraminer is Juicy Business

It’s September and it is time to celebrate Glorious Gewurztraminer!!

Read all about our passion for Glorious Gewurztraminer!!
The Red Newt Gewurztraminer comes from two distinctive vineyard sites, both within a few miles of the winery.

In order to extract flavor and character from the Gewurztraminer fruit, the grapes are crushed then allowed to soak at a cold temperature… sometimes for several days. The result is intensely flavored – and extremely juicy – fruit at press time!

Gewurztraminer Snacks at Curry Creek Vineyard

It’s September and it is time to celebrate Glorious Gewurztraminer!!

Read all about our passion for Glorious Gewurztraminer!!
The Red Newt Gewurztraminer comes from two distinctive vineyard sites, both within a few miles of the winery.

Ripeness and flavor development in the vineyard is the key to making great Gewurztraminer!  We start to sample fruit weeks before we expect to harvest: We take samples into the lab to evaluate fruit chemistry and, even more importantly, we taste the grapes in the vineyard.  Join us for a 2010 throwback NooTTooB video of Red Newt founding winemaker for an early September grape tasting at Curry Creek Vineyard.  Even this early in September, the Gewurz at Curry Creek Vineyards is showing great flavors and maturity. Yeah!

Perfect Pairing: Gewurztraminer with Roasted Beet Salad

The 2013 Red Newt Gewurztraminer – Curry Creek Vineyards offers flavors of ripe gooseberry, raspberry and bitters.  The finish is long and ethereal. The sweetness and earthiness of this salad combine just beautifully with this wine!

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Roasted Beet Salad with Spicy Arugula, Chevre, Apple Cider Vinaigrette and a  Balsamic Drizzle

8 oz spicy arugula greens (or kale if you’d like a salad that is a bit more substantial)
4 oz chevre (lively run)
12 oz roasted beets (start with 16 oz raw beets)
2 oz Olive Oil
8 oz Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Drizzle of Blueberry Balsamic
Salt and Pepper to taste

Make the Apple Cider Vinaigrette:
Ingredients for vinaigrette:

Apple Cider Vinegar 2 oz
Apple Cider 4 oz
Dry White Wine 1 oz
Olive Oil EVO 8 oz
Garlic, peeled & minced 1/4 oz
Fresh Thyme. minced 1 tsp
Salt and Pepper to taste

Method for vinaigrette:

Add vinegar, wine and cider together in large bowl. Drizzle in olive oil while whisking until well blended. Add remaining ingredients to bowl and whisk together. Adjust seasoning and add a little bit of sugar if necessary. Vinaigrette should not be too tart.

Roast the Beets:

Preheat oven to 375*. Peel and chop beets into ~ ¾ inch cubes. Toss beet cubes in a bowl with ~2 oz olive oil, salt and pepper. Layer sheet pan with chopped beets. Roast covered for 30 – 40 minutes until soft. Let cool.

Assemble the Salad:

Gently toss roasted beets in a large bowl with ~ ¼ cup of vinaigrette to coat evenly. Add greens, and gently mix until coated. Add more dressing if desired. Plate the greens and beets, crumble ~1 oz chevre on each plate and drizzle with the blueberry balsamic.