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Villa Toscano’s Sangria Bianca
1 (750-ml.) bottle 2017 Rapsodia White, chilled
1 c. sliced strawberries
1 mango, cubed
1 peach, sliced
1/4 c. Grand Marnier
1 Tbsp sugar
1 orange, segmented
1 lime, sliced
1 c. seltzer
Optional: mint and/or lavender sprig
Substitute your favorite fruits or try Villa Toscano’s recipe! Wash all fruit and dry. In a medium bowl, combine strawberries, mango, peach, and Grand Marnier. Sprinkle sugar, toss and cover. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. In a large pitcher, add cold orange segments and lime slices. Add 2017 Rapsodia White wine and top with club soda. Stir slightly. Optional garnishes: mint or lavender sprig. Serve on the rocks and enjoy!
***Limited supply of the 2017 Rapsodia White wine. Call our office to purchase or stop in to our tasting room!
Short Ribs by Gordon Ramsey
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!
Villa Toscano Old Vines
Braised Short Ribs by Villa Toscano Chef Mike
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.
Pineapple Lime Sangria
Made with our 2020 Pinot Grigio, you will want to try this refreshing and delicious drink on a warm summer day!
- 3 limes, thinly sliced
- 2 lemons, thinly sliced
- 1/2 Fresh Pineapple, cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1/4 cup of Sugar
- 3/4 cups Pineapple Juice
- 34 oz. Lemon/Lime soda
- 750 ml bottle of Villa Toscano Pinot Grigio
- 1/2 cup white rum
- Mint Leaves to garnish
- In a large pitcher, add mint leaves, limes, lemon, and sugar. Press with a wooden spoon or muddler.
- Add Pineapple chunks
- Pour in the Pinot Grigio, Pineapple juice, soda, and rum; Stir together well.
- Cover and refrigerate 3-4 hours, or overnight, before serving.
- Once time to serve, pour into glasses, and garnish with mint and lime.
Bella Piazza Tasting Room is Opened!
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.
Red Wine Cocoa
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!
BE WINE! Valentine's Day Pizza & Wine Special
Impress your sweetie this Valentine's Day with our pizza and wine special. Your choice of the 2020 Pinot Grigio or 2016 Harmony Old Vine Zinfandel and a Margherita pizza for $25! Come on by and enjoy here, or take home!
We've gone Virtual!
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!