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Angela Chapman
 
June 4, 2019 | Angela Chapman

National Cheese Day

Wine and cheese go together like…. Well, wine and cheese.

The pairing is ubiquitous and an undeniable part of life amongst foodies all over the world. But, why is that? The simple answer is that cheese like wine can be subtle and nuanced or bold and in your face, and it’s just really fun to put the two together. 

Throughout history, wine producing countries have been pairing their wine with the local cheese and it’s no surprise that the two have grown to complement one another. Which brings us to wine and cheese pairing tip number one; pair wine and cheese from the same region together.

Think of it as old friends that have grown up together, they have had centuries to get to know each other and there for can complement each other well. Although, sometimes friends don’t always get along so well.

So, tip number two; you can’t go wrong with a bold red and an aged cheese. Aged cheeses have a lower water content and tend to have a bigger flavor which can often stand up to a big tannic red.

Don’t want a red? How about tip number three; stinky cheese with a sweet wine. I know, it sounds counter intuitive, but trust me the sweetness balances some of the stranger aromas and flavors of the cheese, you will find something in the wine and cheese that you didn’t taste before.

But if you really want the ultimate in the wine and cheese tasting experience, I offer the most important tip of all; try everything!

Buy the cheese and wine that you like and try them together and make your own decisions. Heck, if you want some Cheese Wiz on a Ritz cracker, I bet you can find the perfect wine for it (pro tip: it’s probable one you already know you like).

Pairings are subjective, you will only find what you like by trying lots of combinations, and, come on, did you really need an excuse to buy a lot of wine and cheese?

Cheers!


- Written by Angela Chapman, WSET III
Edited by fellow wino Mariam Copeland

Time Posted: Jun 4, 2019 at 6:00 AM
Mariam Copeland
 
May 29, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

National Coq Au Vin Day

May 29th is Coq Au Vin Day and we celebrate with this drunken chicken dish.

Coq au vin is a French dish of chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and optionally garlic.  We love this Julia Child's recipe, which, despite what you may think, is easy as can be. You can even make it in the slow cooker with equally spectacular results. 

We love it even more paired with Lost Oak Winery's award-winning Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.  Both wines are made at Lost Oak Winery, Burleson TX,  with grapes from Burning Daylight Vineyards - just across the highway in Rendon TX.  

Enjoy, and don't forget, as you make the dish, a cup of wine for you and a cup of wine for the chicken.

Cheers & Bon Appétit!

Coq au Vin

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup lardons (or very thickly sliced bacon), cut into 1/4- by 1 1/2-inch strips (optional)
2 or more tablespoons olive oil
3 1/2 to 4 1/2 pounds chicken, cut into parts (or all one kind of part), thoroughly dried
1/4 cup Cognac or Armagnac
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
20 pearl onions, peeled
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups red wine, preferably Burgundy, Côtes du Rhône, or pinot noir
About 2 cups homemade chicken stock, or beef stock, preferably brown chicken stock (see headnote above)
1 or 2 garlic cloves, mashed or minced
About 1 tablespoon store-bought or homemade tomato paste
3/4 pound fresh mushrooms, trimmed, rinsed, and quartered

DIRECTIONS

1. To make the coq au vin in your slow cooker, see the Slow Cooker Variation below.

To make the coq au vin on your stovetop, pour enough oil in a large pot to reach a depth of 1/8 inch if you’re not using lardons or bacon. If you are using lardons or bacon, toss them in a heavy-bottomed casserole or pot along with 2 tablespoons oil over medium or medium-high until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer the lardons or bacon to a plate, leaving the drippings in the pot.
2. Heat the drippings or oil remaining in the pot over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, being careful not to crowd the pieces. (You may need to work in batches). Cook the chicken, turning frequently, until nicely browned on all sides. (If working in batches, return all the chicken to the pot.) Carefully pour the Cognac or Armagnac into the pot and wait until it becomes bubbling hot. If desired—and if you’re brave—ignite the sauce with a match. Let it flame for a minute, gently tilting the pot by its handle and swirling the sauce to burn off the alcohol. To extinguish the flames, simply cover the pan with its lid.
3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the bay leaf and thyme to the pan and then nestle the onions around the chicken. Cover the pot and let the chicken simmer gently, turning the pieces once, for about 10 minutes.
4. Uncover the pot, sprinkle the flour over everything, and turn the chicken and onions so the flour is absorbed by the sauce. Cover and cook, turning once or twice, for 3 to 4 minutes more.
5. Remove the pot from the heat and gradually stir and swirl in the wine and enough stock to almost cover the chicken. Add the lardons or bacon, garlic, and tomato paste to the pot, cover, and gently simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. Test the chicken for doneness (there should be no trace of pink and the juices should run clear when the meat is pierced with a knife). Grab some tongs and transfer the chicken pieces to the plate when they’re done. Continue to cook the rest of the chicken a few minutes longer. If the onions are not quite tender, continue cooking them in the sauce, then return the chicken to the pot, add the mushrooms, and simmer 4 to 5 minutes. The sauce should be just thick enough to lightly coat the chicken and vegetables. (If the sauce seems too thin, bring it to a boil and cook until the sauce is reduced to the desired consistency. If the sauce is too thick, thin it with spoonfuls of stock.) Taste the sauce and correct the seasoning accordingly. Serve the coq au vin immediately or let it cool, cover, and refrigerate overnight. To reheat, skim any fat that has congealed on the surface of the stew and place the pot of coq au vin over medium-low heat.

SLOW COOKER VARIATION

Yes, you can make Julia Child’s coq au vin recipe in a slow cooker. Just understand that the complexity of this French classic relies in large part on the caramelization that comes from searing or sautéing various ingredients in a hot skillet prior to jumbling them all together to simmer. Making coq au vin in a slow cooker still turns out a lovely and worthwhile stew, albeit one with just slightly less depth of flavor. There are almost as many ways to adapt this recipe for the slow cooker as there are cooks and slow cookers. We opted for the following approach, which worked swell. If using the lardons (or bacon), follow step 1 of the instructions above. Place the lardons (or bacon) and their drippings in the slow cooker and add the remaining ingredients except for the oil and the flour, using only 1 cup stock (not 2 cups as instructed above). Cook on medium heat for 5 1/2 to 6 hours, until the chicken is tender. Transfer the chicken to a platter or a serving dish. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stir in the flour, and cook until it forms a paste and just begins to turn brown at the edges. Stirring constantly, very slowly strain the liquid from the slow cooker into the saucepan and simmer until it has reduced to a consistency that’s thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. Transfer the onions to the platter or dish with the chickens and discard the bay leaf. Pour the reduced sauce over the chicken and onions. 

[Editor’s Note: Bear in mind, no two slow cookers are exactly alike, just as no two cooks are exactly alike. This slow-cooker approach worked really, really well for us, although if you have a different slow cooker with certain quirks with which you’re intimately familiar, you may want to tweak the cooking technique accordingly. And, natch, we’d love if you’d share it with us in a comment below.] Curious to hear more about working magic with your slow cooker? Peruse our entire selection of slow cooker recipes.

Time Posted: May 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM
Mariam Copeland
 
April 23, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Your Wine Personality

 Select your wine and spin the wheel to find your wine personality.

Comment below with your wine personality! 🍷😊🥂

#TXWine #GoTexan

Cheers!

Time Posted: Apr 23, 2019 at 9:12 AM
Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Lost Oak Wins Gold

The 38th San Francisco International Wine Competition was held November 17 through November 19, 2018, during which 59 judges tasted over 4,500 wines. With entries from countries all around the world, the 2018 SFIWC was truly a global competition.

Here are the awards to Lost Oak Winery wine bestowed by the San Francisco International Wine Competition distinguished Competition judges.

Cabernet Franc 2016 GOLD
Montepulciano 2016 SILVER
Mourvèdre Rosé 2017 SILVER
Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 BRONZE
Viognier 2017 BRONZE
Blanc du Bois 2017 BRONZE

We are honored to be awarded such high accolades form this competition.

Cheers to Texas Wine!

Time Posted: Mar 4, 2019 at 9:04 AM
Angela Chapman
 
March 4, 2019 | Angela Chapman

Orange Wine?

** No Oranges Were Harmed in the Making of This Wine
 

 


Orange Muscat: orange flavored Moscato? Nope.

 

 

 


Fun name for a Moscato? Nope.

 

 

 


Orange colored Moscato, right? Nope again.

 

 

 


Orange Muscat is a grape unto itself.  A wonderful, slightly orange scented, grape with a lot to offer wine aficionados and novices alike.

 

 

 

 


The origins of this grape are mysterious. Some say Italy, others say France. But nether of these countries widely produce it anymore. Today, it is more commonly found in the U.S. and Australia. It is most commonly made in a sweet or desert wine style, it can be quite surprising when made dry. It is also very popular in blends because it can add interesting aromas (orange anyone?) to the finished wine. Sweet wine drinkers love it for the variety of flavors it offers wile even dry wine drinkers can appreciate it for its smooth and easy-going profile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There is, however, ongoing debate of the pedigree of the Orange Muscat grape. Some say it is not related to other Muscat grapes at all. Newly emerging DNA testing is suggesting that it is in fact a crossing between Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains and Chasselas.

 

 


Whatever the case, Orange Muscat is perfect for a variety of foods, occasions, and moods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Cheers! 
 

 

Time Posted: Mar 4, 2019 at 9:04 AM
Angela Chapman
 
March 4, 2019 | Angela Chapman

Here We Come A-Wassailing

Eggnog; do you love it or hate it?
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Hot totty; tea and whisky not your thing?
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Irish cream and coffee; are you waking up or going to sleep?
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The list of warm adult beverages goes on and on. But how is your knowledge of warm wine beverages? Let’s give those other winter drinks a rest and explore the world of warm wine.
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Probably the most common warm wine drink is Mulled wine, or as it is known in Germany, Gluhwein. The basics of it are red wine heated up with various spices and sweetened with honey or sugar. Sometimes, fruit juice and or brandy are also added. It is thought to be Greek or Roman in origin and has been around in some form or another since the 2nd century. The mixture of heated wine and spices was thought to ward off sickness. Doctor, I feel a cold coming on.
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This cold may be getting worse, I think I need some GlÖgg. This is one of the more potent versions of warm spiced wine made with Claret (dry red wine), port, and brandy… oh, and spices and sugar too.
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Ok, I think that did it, I’m getting better, so I don’t need anything quite that strong. Time for some Wassail!
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In its base form, Wassail is just warm spiced fruit juice, normally a combination of cranberry, apple, and orange juices. This is perfect for a winter gathering that has kids and adults because the alcohol (most often red wine and/or brandy) can be added to the mixture later or not at all.
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There are hundreds of different ways to make all of these warm wine drinks, and many families have their own recipes for their drink of choice. 
Here are a few tips for making your own:
 
Don’t boil or simmer the drink mixture, cook on low for an hour or two. A crock pot works best.
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Most common spices to use are: clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried orange peel, and star anise. But many recipes also call for allspice, cardamom, vanilla pods, ginger, or even bay leaves. Experiment with spices you like.
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You can use sweet wine or dry wine, however if you use a dry wine you may want to sweeten it. Brown sugar, Piloncillo, or honey works best.
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Whole apple slices, orange slices, or cranberries can be added to the mixture for more flavor or they can be used as a garnish. 
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Wine Nerd’s Wassail:
 
1 bottle (64oz) cranberry juice
 
2 large oranges (juiced)
 
1 large honey crisp apple (sliced but not peeled)
 
1 8 oz cone of Piloncillo
 
1 tb spoon whole cloves
 
½ ts spoon fresh grated nutmeg
 
5 cinnamon sticks (plus extra for garnish)
 
2-4 slices of fresh ginger (about an inch in diameter and 1/8 inch thick)
 
1-2 star anise
 
1 bottle of Lost Oak Winery Dolce Rouge
 
1 bottle of Lost Oak Winery Montepulciano
 
 
Insert whole cloves into the flesh part of apple slices and set aside.
 
Mix cranberry juice and orange juice together in large crock pot and turn on low.
 
Add clove apple slices, Piloncillo, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and star anise to crock pot.
 
Cook on low for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally (the longer it cooks the more spice flavor you'll get). Do not simmer or boil.
 
If you want the nonalcoholic version, you can stop here and serve with a cinnamon stick garnish. You can also serve the nonalcoholic version and add wine (or brandy) to taste.
 
For the full Wassail experience; add Dolce Rouge and Montepulciano to the crockpot and cook for an additional 30 mins.
 
Remove the apple slices and then remove and discard the cloves. Use soaked apple slices as a garnish as well. If it is not sweet enough, extra brown sugar or honey can be added to taste.
 
Enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
Time Posted: Mar 4, 2019 at 9:03 AM
Angela Chapman
 
March 4, 2019 | Angela Chapman

How to Look Like You Know How to Pair Wine & Food for the Holidays

 

How to Look Like You Know How to Pair Wine & Food for the Holidays:

 

 


Step 1: Google the phrase "best Thanksgiving wine pairings."

Step 2: Click on ALL the links and read them thoroughly.

Step 3: Get really confused by all the types of wine, conflicting opinions, and complicated side dishes that you weren't planning on making anyway.

Step 4: Resist the urge to just go to the store and buy the fist box of wine you can find.

Step 5: Go to lost Oak Winery and pick up a few bottles of your favorite wine.

As the resident wine nerd, I get asked about wine pairings all the time. Making sure that you are giving yourself and your guest the very best food and wine experience can be daunting and even anxiety inducing. My advice to everyone looking for that elusive perfect pairing is; drink what you like and get a bottle of wine you know your friends will like. There are some stead fast rules when it comes to pairing: Unoaked whites with citrusy foods, rich meats with tannic reds, sweet wines with spicy food, and your wine  for dessert needs to be sweeter than the dessert. However, my number one rule is this: If you don't like the wine, there is nothing I can pair it with to make you like it. Same goes with food, if you don't like it, there isn't a wine made that will make it better. But, there is a bright side. If there is a wine that you are on the fence about, following the rules mentioned earlier can make it a flavor explosion. My number two rule is to always try new wines with new foods. You will never come across the perfect pairing if you don't try it.



Cheers!  ~ Angela, WSET III
 

Time Posted: Mar 4, 2019 at 9:02 AM
Angela Chapman
 
March 4, 2019 | Angela Chapman

Happy Harvest

The Texas wine grape harvest is almost upon us.
 
 
In fact, it may be happening a little earlier than normal. 
 
With the mild winter and the early arrival of spring, the Texas grapes got a jump on their growth. Normally grape harvest in Texas starts mid to late July and can go into early September. Around the rest of the American growing regions the harvest does not start until Late August and can go ‘till early October. 
 
 
So how do we harvest all those grapes? 
 
 
With the help of people like you! 
 
 
That’s right, we use a volunteer power to get those grapes off the vines and experience is not necessary. 
 
 
We provide the training and the equipment. 
 
 
It is one of the most rewarding experiences a wine lover can be involved in; you’ll be sitting in the relative quiet of the morning, pruning shears in hand, filling a bucket with grapes, and knowing that you are directly contributing to the making of wonderful wine. 
 
 
In a year or two, as you sip your wine, you can brag to all your friends that YOU made this wine happen!  
 
 
If you are interested in becoming a harvest volunteer all you need to do is ask a staff member at the tasting room to put you on the harvest volunteer list or sign up online.  We will email you when it's time!  And by the way, we pay in food and wine.  Yum!  
Hopefully, I’ll see you in the vines this summer!
 
 
Cheers! 
 
 
Written by - Angela Chapman, WSET III
Edited and clever photo commentary by fellow wino Mariam Copeland
 
 
Time Posted: Mar 4, 2019 at 9:01 AM
Angela Chapman
 
March 4, 2019 | Angela Chapman

Diamonds in My Wine

Have you ever had a bottle of white wine, perfectly chilled, only to find a diamond in it?!?!
 
 
Not... sadly not that kind of diamond....
 
 
We are talking about the diamonds that look to be sediment in the bottom of your bottle or glass. 
 
 
These particles could be tartaric crystals, what we in the industry affectionately refer to as Wine Diamonds. People tend to notice the particles more towards the end of the bottle and they will only appear after the wine has been chilled. The formation of tartaric crystals in wine is common and has nothing to do with the quality of the wine. However, we do take extra steps to try and prevent their formation because a lot of people might see these particles and assume that the wine has gone bad. This is not the case. 
 
 
So, what is happening in your wine? Tartaric acid occurs naturally in many fruits including grapes. In most cases the tartaric acid stays in its liquid from in the wine and can add citrus-y notes to it. However, we tend to chill white wine, and when the wine is chilled to temperatures around  40°F  the tartaric acid compounds will naturally combine with potassium to form a crystal. Like I said previously, we do what we can to prevent this from happening. Our one big defense against wine diamonds is to have the wine undergo cold stabilization before we bottle. We lower the temperature of the wine to force the crystals to form and then filter them off. However, this doesn't always prevent the crystals form forming. 
If they do form, rest assured that drinking them will not hurt you, but if you don't want them, pouring the wine slowly will keep the crystals in the bottle and out of your glass.  
 
 
Cheers!
- Written by Angela Chapman, WSET III
 
Edited by fellow wino Mariam Copeland
 
04/10/18
 
 
 
Time Posted: Mar 4, 2019 at 8:51 AM
Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Baby Emerson is One Year Old

Guess what??!?!  Emerson is ONE YEAR OLD!  

 

 

 
We could not be so thrilled.  
 
 
We would like to start this post by saying THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased Sweet Emerson wine from our Tasting Room.  You have no idea the impact you have made in the life of this family.  As you know, Emerson was born with a congenital heart defect.  She is the niece of Jim Evans, our Winemaker and dear friend.  Read about the start of Emerson wine here.
 
 

Here is a sweet post by her mother Aly.  It truly has taken a village to raise this sweet little girl.  And yes, we still have more Emerson wine for sale in the Tasting Room! 

A long but VERY important thank you. Our little Emerson turns one year old today. She is so spunky, stubborn, and independent. I want to say thank you to all of the people who helped us get to today.
- Dr. Misamore in Mansfield for seeing something in that tiny baby sonogram and getting us to the right specialist to have a diagnosis at 27 weeks (something that can go missed until it is to late)
-Dr. Farley and everyone at the Advanced Maternal and Newborn Institute at Medical City Dallas for walking me through the rest of my pregnancy with a heart baby and delivering her safely
- Dr. Day for all of my prenatal sonograms figuring out down to the millimeter our sweet girls anatomy.
- Dr. Schwenderman and his NICU team for reacting when Emerson coded and removing the fluid around her heart to save her life.
- Father Brian for praying with us when we thought we were losing her and for showing up every time things were overwhelmingly hard as if sent from God directly.
- Every single CHSU nurse in the incredible unit at Medical City Children's Hospital that took care of her in a way i never could and making sure I never questioned her care along the way.
Pediatric Heart Specialists for creating the plan to get us here today. Countless medications, procedures, and planning. Everyone including Dr. Alan Sing, Holly (and her tolerance of my countless questions in the midst of her being a superwoman in her own life), and Ashley (caring for my daughter while carrying two of her own!)
- Dr. Renard for repairing her malrotated intestine and placing her G-tube - the tool that would sustain her to this point and past.
- Dr. Eric Mendeloff for holding my daughters heart in his hand and giving her a chance at life - the gratitude I have for that is so great it is intensely overwhelming.
- Dr. Delia Wright in Grandbury for taking on our case and being an amazing pediatrician
- Our incredible gastrointerologist Dr. Lillienne Chan walking us through how to feed Emerson.
- Our Nutritionist Maria-Paula Carillo with Life Cycle Nutrition for working so closely with Dr. Chan to come up with creative ways to make sure her nutritional needs are being met.
- Dr. Ha for helping us get her helmet to correct her Plagiocephaly.
- Katie and everyone at ECI for woking with her on physical therapy and speech therapy
Lost Oak Winery and 4.0 cellars owners, staff, and patrons for creating Emerson wine- proceeds of which made it possible to get emerson every medication she needs and all the transportation to the countless appointments. This was crucial and incredibly kind.
- Everyone who has donated to our GOFUNDME page - these funds helped more than you could know.
- The staff at Grace Preschool, LLC for understanding along the way and teaching my sweet Harper and showing her God's grace in a time of great confusion for her.
Yuridiana Santos for being the BEST home nurse and mom or baby could ask for and an incredible mom to her own children.
- Constant Family support
- Everyones prayers and thoughts - I firmly believe they are the foundation for the success of all of those listed above.
I'm sure I have forgotten people, so many have made all of this possible. Thank you will never be enough for giving us our little girl.
 
03/07/18
Time Posted: Mar 4, 2019 at 8:50 AM