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What's the beef?
Perfect wine for this recipe: Erika's Reserve Zinfandel
3 CUPS -Medium chopped onions
2 CUPS- Medium chopped celery
2 CUPS-Medium chopped carrots
4 – Roma tomatoes cut in half
6-cloves of garlic
1-Bottle of Villa Toscano Barbera
1-bunch of rosemary two stalks
2 quarts of Beef Stock
Salt and Pepper to taste
Oil for cooking
In a large pan on high heat add ½ cup of oil .
Sear all pieces of Beef on all sides then remove from pan and put into a baking dish.
In same pan add onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes and garlic.
Sautee until onions are translucent, add tomatoes and bottle of Villa Toscano Barbera and
Reduce by ½.
Add all content of pan to baking dish with beef stock and tomatoes.
Cover and Bake 350 degrees F for 3 hours and let rest.
Strain all juice from baking pan and reduce by ½
Salt and Pepper to taste and Enjoy!
This dish is delicious on top of Polenta or on top of mashed potatoes.
Make a reservation for a sit down wine tasting on the Terrace.
Saturdays 11- 4pm
Club Member Pasta Luncheon is moving back to Bella
Sundays, starting March 14th
11am - 3:30 pm
We are looking forward to seeing you.
Meet Oliver "Ollie" Winston. This adorable one year old French Bull dog was named after the late Winston Churchill. Do you see the resemblance? He is playful, outgoing, mischievous and adores people. Villa Toscano was his very first outing as a pup and he still enjoys visiting; especially on wine club pasta days!
Red wine cocoa is rich, chocolatey and gloriously boozy. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day treat for adults!
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup Villa or Bella dry red wine
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup half and half
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Combine chocolate chips, milk, half and half, sugar (if using), in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Heat, constantly, until chocolate chips are melted and the mixture is hot.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Pour into mugs, add cinnamon stick and enjoy!
Bring wine country home with a Virtual Tasting from Villa Toscano & Bella Piazza
This remote tasting experience provides you with our wines by bringing the wine country to your home. Meetings are by appointment, and your tasting kit will include five wines. We will ship each wine tasting kit to arrive within a short time before your scheduled date. Appointments offered every Friday and Saturday at 3pm (PST). CLICK HERE to learn more!
Recipe prepared by our talented Executive Chef, Michael Powers. A delicious and satisfying soup on a cold night.
By Chef Michael Powers
1 lb. chopped beef
2 c. diced onion
1 c. diced celery
1 c. diced carrot
1 c. sliced Crimini mushrooms
1 T. minced garlic
1 t. chili flake
1 bottle Villa Toscano or Bella Piazza red wine
8 c. beef broth
1 c. diced tomatoes
1 bunch chopped parsley
1 chopped sprig Rosemary
4 c. cooked Rotini pasta
Salt & pepper to taste
In a large stock pot on high heat sear beef then add vegetables and garlic. Sauté until translucent, add wine and reduce by half. Add stock and pasta. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes. Garnish with fresh rosemary. Serve with a glass of Stellina and enjoy!