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Kelsey Shoemaker
 
August 3, 2021 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Recipe: Watermelon Wine

 

Recipe: Watermelon Wine

In honor of National Watermelon Day, we are sharing with you a simple cocktail using only five ingredients for a nice watermelon wine!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups of cubed watermelon 
  • 1 bottle of Lost Oak Gewürztraminer wine (750 ml)
  • Juice of one lime (1/4 cup)
  • Mint sprigs for garnish
  • Ice

DIRECTIONS

  • Mix all ingredients except mint into blender
  • Garnish with mint and enjoy!

 

Time Posted: Aug 3, 2021 at 1:45 PM Permalink to Recipe: Watermelon Wine Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
July 23, 2021 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Recipe: Melon with Honey

source photo: Simply Scratch

Melon with Honey-Lime Dressing

Ingredients: 

  • ½ Cantaloupe Melon
  • ½ Honeydew Melon
  • ½ Personal size Watermelon 
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves - chopped

 

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey

 

Recipe:

 

Use melon ball cutter or just simply cut melon in 2 inch chunks.  Pour dressing over melons, stir and refrigerate.  This can be made ahead of time.  It keeps well for several days.


 

Comments:

    This “Fruit of the season” dessert/salad pairs beautifully with our Orange Muscat.  The secret is getting the melon really ripe.  I put them out on the counter and wait until I can smell them.  I smell them once a day until they are ready. If one gets ready before the other, put it in the refrigerator and wait.  Honeydew generally ripens more slowly than cantaloupe.  Water melon is the exception.  You can usually count on the center to be ripe.  Or, buy slices ready to serve. 

 

Time Posted: Jul 23, 2021 at 12:34 PM Permalink to Recipe: Melon with Honey Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
July 16, 2021 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Employee Spotlight: Ally Glass

Meet Ally, one of our incredible tasting room staff members and is incredibly valued in the Lost Oak family. 

When Ally isn't drinking wine, she's drinking Topo Chico after a friend introduced it to her a few years ago. When she isn't at work, she spends her free time with her boyfriend. The two recently visited Pal Duro Canyon and it's now their new goal to visit every state park in Texas! "I'll also be going back to the school in the fall. So my life will mostly consist of being here, at home, or on a trail somewhere!"

In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and her all time favorite show is Stranger Things--and has watched it through three times! . "I'm more of a movie person, so when I find something good, I'm totally hooked." One of her favorite foods is the waffle fries from Chick-Fil-A paired with spicy ketchup!

When it comes to her prior work experience that helps her do her job at Lost Oak Winery, she attributes to volunteer work for a library and for her church. Before Lost Oak, Ally didn't know much about wine or Lost Oak and has learned everything while being here! Ally has been a keyholder for a little over a year and a half. 

"The funniest thing that has happened to Ally was when the hijinks customers got into in their car during the pandemic made me think I was going to die of secondhand embarrassment. Praise the Lord that Zack was there to handle that because I was at a loss for words. We laugh about it now, but I was frozen at the time. Thanks for handling that like a champ, Zack!"

 

We are lucky to have Ally on our team and we appreciate everything she does at the winery! 

 

 

Time Posted: Jul 16, 2021 at 2:51 PM Permalink to Employee Spotlight: Ally Glass Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
June 21, 2021 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Summer Food Pairings

 

Orange Muscat & Sweet Duet- Fruit Salad and Fruit
No matter the day, fruit will be part of whatever summer day you're having! Orange Muscat will bring out the flavors in the fruit salad and the salad will bring out the fruitiness from the wine! Sweet Duet is perfect with fruit as it has peachy notes that are also perfect for sweet and fruity desserts.
 
Mourvèdre & Tempranillo
BBQ is a staple in the summer and in Texas, so having the perfect wine to pair with it is important! 
Both Mourvèdre and Tempranillo have tones of being smokey in nature. Mourvèdre has lighter notes that are perfect for outdoor foods.
 
Mourvèdre & Blanc Du Bois
If you're going to any summer event, there is a high chance you will have a cheesburger or a hot dog when there! Blanc Du Bois and Mourvèdre are both easy pleasers and can pair with most foods. These are wines that go with almost everything and can be versatile with summer meals!
 
Dolce Rouge & Red Moscato 
S'mores are the perfect dessert to end a good summer day with, and so is wine! The chocolate and sweet notes from S'mores will pair great with our sweeter reds, Dolce Rouge and Red Moscato. Dolce Rouge will pair well with the sweetness of the S'mores. Red Moscato is a lighter version and not as heavy as Dolce Rouge.
Time Posted: Jun 21, 2021 at 6:14 PM Permalink to Summer Food Pairings Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
June 18, 2021 | Kelsey Shoemaker

COVID 6.0

Based on recent CDC guidelines, masks are no longer required to enter the tasting room. Please choose what you are most comfortable with. Masks are no longer required for our staff, however some staff members may still continue to wear them. Enhanced sanitation procedures in the tasting room and public facilities will still be maintained.

Time Posted: Jun 18, 2021 at 2:09 PM Permalink to COVID 6.0 Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
June 11, 2021 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Employee Spotlight: Ryan Kunz

Meet Ryan who has been an incredible addition to the Lost Oak family! Ryan has always been hardworking and extremely valuable to the tasting room.


When Ryan isn't drinking wine, he has various brands of beer and seltzers. He enjoys them mainly because they are the best to drink outdoors where he likes to spend a lot of his time. He also has said he's no stranger to straight whisky or a mixed drink with vodka. When he's not at the winery, he is usually resting at home or doing some work around the house, but when he has the chance, he enjoys being at the lake or traveling. The last shows Ryan binge watched were The Last Kingdom, Shameless, and Ozark. 

When it comes to previous experience, he didn't have very much experience in the hospitality industry when he first started at Lost Oak, but did have a brief moment in college when he worked at a liquor store and it was one of his favorite jobs ever. "If I can contribute any prior experience that has helped me now it definitely has to be from there." Ryan has been with the Lost Oak team for about three years. 

One of the funniest thing to happen while working was having accidentally walked in on drunk customers in the restroom that have forgotten to lock the door. "That's been really unfortunate for the both of us."

We are lucky to have Ryan on our team and we appreciate everything he does at the winery! 

Time Posted: Jun 11, 2021 at 12:27 PM Permalink to Employee Spotlight: Ryan Kunz Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
May 25, 2021 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Employee Spotlight: Virginia McCrocklin

Meet Virginia, one of our beloved and amazing tasting room staff! Virginia has been hardworking and highly valuable in our Lost Oak family.


When Virgina isn't drinking wine, she enjoys a glass of red wine each evening to help wind down and relax On occasion, she enjoys a Whisky (Weller ) and water (of course, there is always room for the occasional Margaritas). When she's not at the winery, she volunteers as a Youth Leader in my church of St. Ann's. Virginia and her husband really enjoy RV camping and have been to a few Wine Festivals in New Mexico, Arizona, and Fredericksburg. Virginia has used Netflix as a go-to entertainment, especially during the pandemic and has found herself binge-watching Longmire and the Ozarks, and a Hallmark movie from time to time.

 

When it comes to previous experience, Virginia has had her educational background help her to be a better Wine Tasting Specialist. She says that she is a quick study when it comes to educating customers about wine and has always enjoyed helping and guiding people to make good choices. Her prior experience with people has helped her to make connections with others and just enjoy the conversation. "Most people come to the winery to enjoy a good glass of wine and a conversation where someone listens to them. The listening helps me learn more about them, so that they may enjoy the experience." Virginia has worked at the Lost Oak winery for almost 11 years and has learned a lot from our sommeliers that have been associated with Lost Oak Winery. "Gene and Judy, as well as Jim, have really been great to learn and work from them. There is more to wine than just drinking it. So much science!!"

One of the funniest things to happen at the winery for Virginia was when one of her former students grown up and of age to drink came up to the bar. She wasn't certain of the age so she carded him and he addressed her as Mrs. McCrocklin. Virginia recognized his name and he was so excited to be able to come behind the bar and give her a hug. "It was exciting for me to see him but a little awkward to serve him."

We are lucky to have Virginia on our team and we appreciate everything she does at the winery! 

Time Posted: May 25, 2021 at 10:05 AM Permalink to Employee Spotlight: Virginia McCrocklin Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
April 29, 2021 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Spring Fruit Salad

 

 

 

 

Spring Fruit Salad

 

Sauce ingredients: 

  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Fruit ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 3 Kiwis, peeled & sliced
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 2 oranges, peeled & sectioned
  • 1 cup grapes, green or red
  • 2 cups blueberries 

 

Make the Sauce:

Combine all above ingredients except vanilla and bring to boil over med-high heat.  Reduce to med-low heat and cook until slightly thickened (about 5 minutes). Add vanilla.  Set to cool.

Recipe:

  •     Layer fruit in a large bowl.  Pour sauce over fruit. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.  This allows juice to soak into the fruit and enhance the flavors. 
  • Enjoy!

Comments:

    All of these fruits are readily available now and this combination makes a beautiful and delicious dish.  The sauce is the secret and it preserves the fruit for days.  Enjoy with Lost Oak Winery Blanc Dubois Sweet.

 

 

 

 

 

Time Posted: Apr 29, 2021 at 9:16 AM Permalink to Spring Fruit Salad Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
April 12, 2021 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Employee Spotlight: Nina Green

Meet Nina, one of our amazing event center staff! Nina is often responsible for the setup in our event center making her a valuable member of our event team. 

When Nina isn't drinking wine, she is drinking coffee with splenda and a splash of cream. When she's not at the winery,During the week I'm at my other job, doing paralegal work for a local attorney. I also try to spend 1-2 hours a day at my favorite gym, Huguley Fitness Center!  On Sundays you'll find me at Pathway Church where I've been a member for over 12 years.  "I also love to spend time with family and friends dining at local restaurants." Nina doesn’t watch too much TV but recently she caught up on the Queen’s Gambit and Behind Her Eyes on Netflix during the February blizzard. Nina’s favorite breakfast meal is an egg white omelet with coffee. For lunch and dinner, she prefers salad and fish. She will never turn down dessert!

When it comes to her prior work experience that helps her do her job at Lost Oak Winery ,she has been working retail since her high school days, and every job thereafter has included some form of customer service.  As a paralegal, Nina answers phones and emails and responds to client's questions and concerns.  She also serves at Pathway Church at the Welcome Center and recently started to serve on the Funeral Team. She graduated from college in the early to mid 90"s and has been working as a paralegal ever since. 

The funniest thing that has happened to Nina was when the golf cart took a nose dive for the pond because a co-worker forgot to set the brake; or when one of the two stalls in the bathroom backed up an hour before the wedding ceremony was to begin and the plunger wasn't doing the job; or running from feral animals when taking the trash out late at night; or when the kids rolled the barrel into the pond; or when the car drove onto the gravel walkway where no car has driven before.She says that when you're in the moment it doesn't always seem funny, but as you reflect back there have been so many funny good times!   

 

We are lucky to have Nina on our team and we appreciate everything she does at the winery! 

 

 

Time Posted: Apr 12, 2021 at 1:02 PM Permalink to Employee Spotlight: Nina Green Permalink
Kelsey Shoemaker
 
April 11, 2021 | Kelsey Shoemaker

Prosciutto, Date & Goat Cheese

 

Prosciutto, Date & Goat Cheese Appetizer 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 slices of Prosciutto (cut into quarters)
  • 1/2 small log (4 oz.) of fresh goat cheese
  • 1 TBSP of milk
  • 1/2 tsp dried Thyme leaves or 2 TBSP of fresh Thyme leaves 
  • 2 large pitted Medjool dates (Quartered) 

Directions:

  • Mix goat cheese, milk, and thyme in a small bowl.  Add salt and pepper
  • Place the one quartered date on one end of quartered Proscuitto
  • Top date with goat cheese mixture
  • Roll prosciutto around both 
  • Secure with toothpick
  • Enjoy!

 

Proscuitto, Pineapple & Fresh Mozzarella Cheese

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of Proscuitto, quartered
  • 1 package of fresh mozzarella
  • pineapple (fresh or canned)
  • Balsamic Glaze

Directions: 

  • Pre-heat oven to 400F degrees
  • Quarter each slice of Prosciutto
  • Place a small slice of mozzarella on one end of sliced prosciutto 
  • Place cube of pineapple on cheese
  • Roll prosciutto around both and secure with a toothpick
  • Bake on the top rack of oven for 10 minutes
  • Drizzle with a small amount of Balsamic Glaze (Nona Pia's)

 

comments: You can use melon, strawberry, pear, apple, peach, or any fruit in season with a small "torn" piece of prosciutto on top as a quick and easy appetizer. Top with fresh mint or basil for an extra flavor and pair with our Red Moscato!

 

 

Time Posted: Apr 11, 2021 at 12:30 PM Permalink to Prosciutto, Date & Goat Cheese Permalink