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    Prep time 45 mins Cook time 2 hours 30 mins Total time 3 hours 15 mins Author: Cheryl Beverage Barnes  Recipe type: Braised Ribs, Entrees Serves: 6 to 8 All credit to Cheryl and Adam at PicturePerfectMeals.com  Ingredients 8 beef short ribs extra-virgin olive oil kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 cups diced onion 2 cups diced celery 2 cups diced carrots 2 cups diced mushrooms 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon tomato paste one 750-ml bottle Cabernet Sauvignon (or other dry red wine) 1 sprig fresh rosemary 3 bay leaves 4 cups beef stock 1 tablespoon corn starch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water   Instructions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pat the beef dry and trim away any excess fat. Place the short ribs on a large rimmed baking sheet; drizzle each rib with a little olive oil and season both sides...

April 29, 2014 written by Vitus Wine 0 comments

 Napa Valley is one of the world’s most renowned wine making areas in the world, covering 30 miles in length and 5 miles in breadth at its widest. Its open space has been preserved since 1968 in order to establish it as an Agricultural Preserve, and as a result, over a 140 fine wineries have flourished in its vicinity over the years from as early as 1861. The fine wines from Napa Valley have won prestigious awards at various tasting events around the world and are considered to be among the world’s finest brands. With close to 5 million annual visitors and the pleasant California climate, which is ideal for wine making, it is only natural that the grapes used to make our Merlot and Cabernet should be grown in this beautiful region, in Oak Knoll and Oakville respectively.   Oakville Appellation Located around Oakville town, California, the Oakville AVA...

April 19, 2014 written by Vitus Wine 0 comments

John Gilpin, Winemaker for Vitus and Quercus Wines, has a strong passion for winemaking and boy did it show in this year's San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition! His passion and love for winemaking was clearly displayed based off of the results from the 2013 SFCWC. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines. The SFCWC aims to award wines that are truly exceptional. The 2013 judging panel consisted of 60 renowned judges from across the country, all bringing to the table their different palates, preferences, and experiences. Vitus and Quercus Wines competed amongst hundreds of wines entered into each category all varying in varietal, appellation, and price. We are pleased to announce that each winery took home medals for both the Cabernet and Merlot! Vitus received Gold on the 2009 Reserve Merlot and Silver on the 2009 Cabernet. Quercus received a Double Gold on the...

March 09, 2013 written by Vitus Wine 0 comments