Chapatis are a big part of Kenyan culture. People in Kenya love to have chapatis with tea and other tasty dishes. The best thing about chapatis is that they go well with any type of stew, and you can also enjoy them with vegetarian dishes. If you want to make your chapati meal even more delicious, try pairing it with Mellowood 2017 Marsanne or 2018 Zinfandel Rose. These tasty wines will bring out the best flavors in this light and delicious dish.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup warm water (approximately)
Additional vegetable oil for frying
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt. Mix well.
2. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the vegetable oil. Gradually pour in the warm water while stirring the mixture with a spoon or your hands. Continue adding water until the dough comes together and is soft but not sticky.
3. Transfer the dough onto a clean, floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. You may need to sprinkle some additional flour if the dough is too sticky.
4. Divide the dough into 8-10 equal-sized balls. Roll each ball between your hands to make them smooth and round.
5. Take one dough ball and flatten it slightly with your palm. Dust it with flour and roll it out into a thin, round disc about 6-8 inches in diameter. You can use a rolling pin for this.
6. Brush the surface of the rolled-out chapati with a thin layer of vegetable oil. Then, fold the chapati in half, and once again, brush the surface with oil. Finally, fold it into a triangle.
7. Repeat the rolling, oiling, and folding process with the remaining dough balls.
8. Heat a skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat. Place one folded chapati onto the hot skillet and cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side until it turns golden brown and puffs up slightly. You can press the chapati gently with a spatula to help it puff up.
9. Remove the cooked chapati from the skillet and place it on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Repeat the cooking process with the remaining chapatis.
10. Serve the Kenyan chapatis warm with your favorite curry, stew, or any other dish of your choice.
At every Mellowood event, you can always expect Mariam's Special Pilau; however, if you're feeling adventurous, here's a Beef Pilau Recipe for you to experiment with at home. For a perfect pairing, we recommend Mellowood's 2020 Estate Syrah and 2018 Estate Zinfandel wines.
500 grams beef, cut into cubes
2 cups basmati rice
2 onions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-inch piece of ginger, grated
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons pilau masala (or a mix of ground cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
4 cups beef or vegetable broth
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaves for garnish (optional)
Lemon wedges for serving
1. Rinse the basmati rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water and set aside.
2. In a large pot or deep pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
3. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the pot. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
4. Add the beef cubes to the pot and cook until they are browned on all sides.
5. Stir in the pilau masala (or the mix of ground spices), turmeric powder, and salt. Mix well to coat the beef and onions with the spices.
6. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they soften and release their juices.
7. Drain the soaked rice and add it to the pot, stirring gently to combine it with the beef and spices.
8. Pour in the beef or vegetable broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.
9. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and tender and the liquid is absorbed. Avoid stirring the rice during this time to prevent it from becoming mushy.
10. Once the rice is cooked, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit, covered, for an additional 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
11. Fluff the rice with a fork and transfer the pilau to a serving dish. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves, if desired.
Pilau Side Dish Recipe:
To complete your pilau meal, a side dish is a must. In Kenyan cuisine, it's customary to serve pilau with either kachumbari (a flavorful salsa) or a refreshing tomato-cucumber salad (yum!).
Kachumbari (salsa) recipe:
2 tomatoes, diced
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 cucumber, diced
1 small bunch of cilantro (coriander), finely chopped
Juice of 1-2 lemons (adjust according to taste)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, and chopped cilantro.
2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
3. Pour the dressing over the vegetable mixture and toss well to combine, ensuring all the vegetables are coated with the dressing.
4. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed, adding more lemon juice, salt, or pepper according to your preference.
5. Let the Kachumbari sit for about 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
6. Serve the Kachumbari as a refreshing salad alongside grilled meats, pilau, chapati, or any other East African dishes.
Enjoy the vibrant and flavorful Kachumbari salad!
Feel free to adjust the recipe to your liking and enjoy your homemade Kachumbari!
In an exciting visit that combined diplomacy and a love for great wine, Thomas Kwaka, Kenya’s ambassador, recently explored Mellowood Vineyard. This special event not only celebrated the fusion of culture, diplomacy, and the art of winemaking but also gave us a sneak peek into Kenya's important role on the global stage.
A Blend of Wine, Excitement, and Diplomatic Delight
As Ambassador Kwaka stepped foot into Mellowood, you could feel the buzz of excitment and the joy on everyone's faces. Wine enthusiasts were excited to share their favorite wines, talking about flavors and giving recommendations. Those who love diplomacy found themselves engaged in conversations about global issues and the importance of understanding different cultures. It was a place where everyone felt included and could enjoy their shared passions.
Getting To Know The Winemaking Process
During his visit, Ambassador Kwaka had a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Mellowood wines are made. Karuga and Mariam shared their passion and expertise, giving him an insight into the traditional winemaking techniques used at the vineyard. As a special treat, they even gave him a bottle of their 2018 Mellowood Zinfandel, which won a Double-Gold!
Tasting the Fruits of the Vineyard
Of course, no visit to a vineyard is complete without a taste of the wine! Ambassador Kwaka had the pleasure of sampling a variety of Mellowood’s award-winning wines. From the crisp whites to the bold red, each sip told a story of the vineyard’s dedication to quality and taste. The ambassador was truly impressed by the flavors and complexities of the wines, which showcased the unique terroir of the region.
Mellowood receives a special gift
On behalf of the Kenyan government, Ambassador Kwaka presented Mellowood with a Kenyan flag as a symbol of congratulations. This thoughtful gesture served as a tribute to Mellowood's outstanding dedication and success as a shining role model for Kenyans abroad, showcasing the incredible results that can be achieved through determination and perseverance.
Special Shout-Out to Ushirika
We’d also like to thank Ushirika Kenya for making our event possible. The group went above and beyond by preparing delicious Kenyan dishes like pilau, chapatis, samosas, and other tasty treats just for us. Ushirika Kenya Inc is a non-profit organization that’s all about bringing the Kenyan community in Northern California together. Their mission is to build a strong and united community of Kenyan descendants and friends, where diversity and inclusivity are celebrated, and cross-cultural understanding is promoted.
Cheers to Ambassador Kwaka and Mellowood Vineyard for creating a truly memorable experience that showed us the power of cultural exchange, wine, and the importance of connections that can shape a better world.
Mellowood 2017 Sangria
1 bottle of 2017 Mellowood Marsanne (white wine)
2 apples, sliced
2 Asian pears, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced
2 passionfruit, pulp scooped out
1/4 cup tequila or rum (adjust to taste)
1/4 cup simple syrup (optional, adjust to taste)
1. In a large pitcher, combine the sliced apples, Asian pears, lemon, and orange.
2. Add the passionfruit pulp to the pitcher, along with the tequila or rum.
3. Pour the 2017 Mellowood Marsanne into the pitcher and stir gently to combine the ingredients.
4.Add simple syrup to sweeten the sangria. Start with a small amount and adjust to your taste preferences.
5. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let the sangria chill for at least 2 hours, allowing the flavors to meld together.
6. Just before serving, add a generous amount of ice cubes to the pitcher and stir gently.
7. Pour the passionfruit sangria into glasses, making sure to include some of the fruit slices in each serving.
8. Garnish with additional passionfruit slices or a sprig of mint, if desired.
9. Serve chilled and enjoy!
Feel free to make any additional modifications to suit your personal taste preferences. Cheers!
Frequently Asked Questions:
1.Can I use a different type of wine instead of Mellowood 2017 Marsanne?
Yes, while Mellowood 2017 Marsanne adds a unique flavor profile, you can substitute it with another white wine of your choice, such as a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.
2. What other fruit combinations are best for sangria?
Sangria is versatile, and you can experiment with various fruit combinations based on your preferences. Popular choices include berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries), peaches, pineapples, grapes, and citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges). Feel free to mix and match fruits to create your perfect blend.
3. How long should fruit sit in sangria before serving?
It's generally recommended to let the fruit sit in the sangria for at least 2 to 4 hours before serving. This allows the fruit to infuse its flavors into the liquid and results in a more vibrant and flavorful sangria. However, if you prefer a more subtle fruit taste, you can serve it immediately.
4. Should you soak fruit in sangria?
Yes, soaking the fruit in sangria is a common practice. Soaking allows the fruit to absorb some of the flavors from the wine, enhancing their taste and making them juicier. It also adds a decorative touch to the sangria. However, it's not mandatory, and you can choose to serve the sangria with freshly cut fruit if you prefer a crisper texture.
5. What can I use instead of rum or brandy in white sangria?
If you prefer to skip rum or brandy in your white sangria, there are alternative options. You can use vodka or a flavored liqueur like peach schnapps or elderflower liqueur. Alternatively, you can omit the spirits altogether and focus on the wine and fruit flavors for a lighter and alcohol-free version.
6. Can I skip brandy in sangria?
Yes, you can skip the brandy in sangria if you prefer. While brandy adds depth and richness to the drink, it's not an essential ingredient. The combination of wine, fruits, and other spirits (like rum or vodka) can still create a delicious and refreshing sangria. Adjust the recipe based on your personal preferences and enjoy the flavors that suit you best.
1. 2018 Estate Zinfandel- Double Gold Winner
Aroma Bliss, Ripe Berries, and Subtle Spice
One of the first things that sets our Zinfandel apart is its captivating aroma. As you bring the glass to your nose, you'll be greeted by a bouquet of ripe berries, including luscious blackberries and juicy raspberries. The aroma is further complemented by subtle hints of spice, such as black pepper and a touch of oak, adding complexity to the wine's aromatic profile.
Upon taking your first sip, the 2018 Zinfandel unveils a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate. The prominent fruit notes of blackberry and raspberry continue to shine, offering a burst of vibrant sweetness. These flavors are skillfully balanced with a touch of acidity, ensuring a harmonious taste experience. As the wine lingers on your tongue, you'll also notice a delightful interplay of warm spices, such as cloves and cinnamon, adding layers of depth and intrigue.
2. 2020 Estate Syrah- Double Gold Winner
Dark Fruits, Cocoa, and Velvet
The 2020 Syrah reveals a symphony of flavors that dance across the tongue. The wine showcases an impressive depth of dark fruit, with luscious blackberry and juicy plum taking center stage. These flavors are complemented by hints of blackcurrant, blueberry, and a touch of cocoa, adding layers of complexity and a touch of indulgence to the wine's profile. A well-balanced acidity lends freshness to the palate, while gentle tannins provide structure and a velvety texture, contributing to a truly pleasurable drinking experience.
3. Other Varietals: Discovering Hidden Gems
Rose, Pinot Noir, Marsanne, and More
We pride ourselves on offering a diverse selection of varietals to cater to every palate. From our Rosé, Pinot Noir, Mourvèdre, to our crisp Marsanne, we invite you to embark on a journey of discovery. Each wine represents our commitment to crafting exceptional expressions of various grape varieties. Whether you're a red wine enthusiast or prefer the refreshing tones of white, our lineup promises to captivate and excite your taste buds.
4. Wine Tasting Experience
A Journey of Sip and Swirl
As you step into the welcoming ambiance of Mellowood Vineyard, prepare to be captivated by a wine tasting experience like no other. With each pour, our knowledgeable and passionate staff will guide you through a journey of sensory exploration. From the first swirl to the final sip, you'll be immersed in the aromas and flavors that define Mellowood's wines. Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or new to the world of wine, our tasting room provides the perfect setting to deepen your appreciation and broaden your palate.
5. Live Music
Groove with the Beat at Mellowood
At Mellowood Vineyard, we believe that great wine and great music go hand in hand. That's why we're thrilled to bring you regular live music performances that will have you tapping your feet and swaying to the rhythm. Our stage comes alive with captivating performances from talented local musicians. Whether you prefer soothing acoustic melodies or energetic bands, our diverse lineup ensures there's something for everyone. Sit back, relax, and let the music set the perfect backdrop for your wine tasting experience.
6. Foodie’s Paradise: Kenyan Cuisine
Pilau and Nyama Choma: A Flavorful Symphony with Our Estate Wines
Embark on a culinary adventure as Mellowood Vineyard unveils the perfect pairing for your savory delights of pilau and nyama choma. Imagine a plate of fragrant, spice-infused rice accompanied by tender, grilled meat bursting with flavor. This dynamic duo dances harmoniously with the exceptional wines of Mellowood, creating a symphony of taste on your palate. The bold and robust flavors of our Zinfandels complement the complex notes of pilau, while the smoky and savory nyama choma finds its perfect match in the rich and distinctive character of our Syrahs. Indulge in the unforgettable combination of pilau, nyama choma, and Mellowood's wines, and let your taste buds revel in the sensational experience that awaits.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are reservations necessary to visit Mellowood Vineyard?
No, reservations are not required. Walk-ins are always welcome, and you can visit us at any time during our operating hours.
2. Can I bring my own food to enjoy?
Absolutely! Mellowood permits outside food, and we have a beautiful picnic area where you can relax and enjoy a delightful meal with your family. Feel free to bring your favorite snacks or pack a picnic basket to complement your wine tasting experience.
3. Can I host private events or celebrations?
Yes, we welcome private events and celebrations at our vineyard. Whether it's a birthday party, anniversary, corporate gathering, or any other special occasion, we can work with you to create a memorable event. Please contact our events team for more information and to discuss your specific requirements.
4. Are children allowed?
Absolutely! We allow children at Mellowood Vineyard. However, we kindly request that parents or guardians closely supervise their children to maintain a serene and respectful environment for everyone.
5. Can I bring my pet?
Absolutely! We allow pets at Mellowood Vineyard. We understand that pets are an important part of your family, and we're delighted to have them join you during your visit. We kindly request that all pets be friendly toward other dogs and people, and that they are up to date on their vaccinations. We want to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. So, grab a leash and bring your furry friend along to explore our vineyard together!
6. Is Mellowood Vineyard wheelchair accessible?
Yes, we strive to provide an inclusive and accessible environment for all our guests. Mellowood Vineyard is wheelchair accessible, including our tasting room, outdoor areas, and restroom facilities. If you have any specific accessibility needs or requests, please feel free to contact us in advance, and we'll be more than happy to assist you.
Mellowood Vineyard's 2018 Rosé
Mellowood Vineyard, nestled in the picturesque Sierra Foothills, has gained a reputation for producing exceptional wines that truly embody the essence of the region. With its vibrant flavors, enticing aromas, and a commitment to sustainable winemaking, our rosé is a true representation of our vineyard’s dedication to crafting remarkable wines.
I. Unlocking Rosé's Brilliance through Gentle Maceration
We handpick the grape varieties, ensuring only the best quality makes its way into the rosé wine. After harvest, the grapes undergo a gentle crushing process, allowing for optimal extraction of flavors and aromas. The juice then undergoes a brief maceration period, imparting the beautiful color and subtle complexities that make this rosé so special.
A. The Perfect Rosé Blend of Handpicked Grapes and Flavors
With the first sip, our rosé reveals a bright and lively flavor profile, bursting with juicy red berries, including strawberries and raspberries. These fruit-forward flavors are balanced by a refreshing acidity that adds a zing to each sip. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, inviting you to savor every moment and appreciate the wine's exquisite craftsmanship.
II. The Warmth of Sun-Drenched Days
One of the defining characteristics of the Sierra Foothills is its abundance of sun-drenched days. The vineyards bask in the warm rays, allowing the grapes to ripen fully and develop their distinct flavors. The ample sunshine promotes the accumulation of sugars in the grapes, contributing to the luscious fruitiness found in our wines. Each sip reveals the sun-kissed essence of the region, filling your palate with the flavors of ripe berries and tropical fruits.
A. The Cool Caress of Nighttime
While the days in the Sierra Foothills are warm, the nights bring a welcome coolness. As the sun sets, a gentle breeze descends upon the vineyards, allowing the grapes to rest and rejuvenate. This diurnal temperature variation is crucial in preserving the natural acidity of the grapes. The cool nights retain the wine's freshness, ensuring a lively and vibrant character. When you sip our Rosé, you can taste the balance between the ripe fruit and the refreshing acidity—a testament to the region's unique climatic influence.
III. Mellowood's Commitment to Sustainable Winemaking
Mellowood Vineyard's dedication to sustainable winemaking is ingrained in every aspect of our operations. With a firm belief in nurturing the land and preserving the delicate ecosystem that supports our vineyard, we are committed to organic and biodynamic practices.
A. Organic Vineyard Cultivation for Exceptional Wines
By adopting organic practices, our vineyard minimizes the use of chemicals, herbicides, and pesticides, ensuring that our vineyard remains in harmony with nature. This approach not only protects the environment, but also promotes the health of the vines and the overall quality of the grapes. The result is wines that are vibrant, pure, and reflective of the unique terroir in which they are cultivated.
B. Nurturing Nature for Future Generations
Our commitment to sustainable agriculture goes beyond the vineyard itself. We implement energy-efficient practices in our winemaking processes, reduce water usage, and prioritize waste reduction and recycling. By considering our long-term impact of our actions, we ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the fruits of the land in the same pristine condition.
IV. Pairing Mellowood's 2018 Rosé with Cuisine
Our rosé is not only a wine to be savored on its own, but it also lends itself beautifully to a wide range of culinary pairings. Its vibrant flavors and refreshing acidity make it a versatile companion for various dishes, enhancing the dining experience and creating harmonious flavor combinations.
1. Seafood Sensations
Consider pairing it with fresh oysters on the half-shell, where the brininess of the shellfish is complemented by the wine's zesty acidity. The rosé's red berry notes can also elevate the flavors of seared scallops, bringing a touch of sweetness to the rich, buttery texture of the seafood. For those who prefer a light seafood salad or grilled prawns, the wine's refreshing character provides a delightful contrast and brings out the natural flavors of the dish.
2. Savoring Summery Salads
When it comes to vibrant and refreshing salads, Mellowood's 2018 Rosé is a match made in culinary heaven. Its bright acidity and fruit-forward profile harmonize effortlessly with a variety of summery ingredients. Try pairing it with a mixed greens salad topped with ripe strawberries, tangy goat cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette. The wine's strawberry notes will echo the sweetness of the fruit while cutting through the richness of the cheese. Another delectable option is a watermelon and feta salad, where the rosé's crisp acidity beautifully balances the sweetness of the melon and the saltiness of the cheese, creating a refreshing and harmonious combination.
3. Light Fare and Picnic Pleasures
Pack a basket with artisanal cheeses like creamy brie or tangy goat cheese, accompanied by crusty baguette slices. The wine's refreshing acidity and red berry flavors will create a delightful interplay with the cheese, highlighting their unique characteristics. Additionally, this rosé pairs wonderfully with charcuterie, such as prosciutto or cured salmon, where the saltiness of the meats is beautifully balanced by the wine's lively acidity.
Surprisingly, our rosé can also be a delightful companion to certain desserts. Its subtle sweetness and fruity notes can create a harmonious contrast with lighter, fruit-based desserts like strawberry shortcake or mixed berry pavlova. The wine's acidity cuts through the sweetness of the dessert, cleansing the palate and allowing the flavors to shine. Alternatively, try pairing this rosé with a creamy lemon tart or a fruity sorbet for a refreshing and indulgent finale to a memorable meal.
V. Visiting Mellowood Vineyard
For wine enthusiasts seeking an immersive experience, a visit to Mellowood Vineyard is an absolute must. Step into the heart of our picturesque vineyard nestled in the breathtaking Sierra Foothills and embark on a journey that will delight all your senses.
A. Unforgettable Wine Tasting Experience at Mellowood
As part of your visit, we invite you to indulge in a memorable tasting session that showcases the diverse range of wines we offer, including our exquisite 2018 Rosé. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of our cozy tasting room, where our knowledgeable staff will guide you through a carefully curated selection of wines, providing insights into the characteristics, flavors, and winemaking techniques that make each one special.
B. Discover Serenity at Mellowood Vineyard
Beyond the wine, our vineyard offers a serene and idyllic setting that invites you to unwind and connect with nature. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, bask in the warm California sun, and revel in the stunning vistas that surround you. Whether you're a wine connoisseur or simply seeking a tranquil escape, a visit to Mellowood Vineyard promises an unforgettable experience.
C. Experience the Charm and Warmth of Mellowood
At Mellowood, we take immense pride in sharing our passion for winemaking and the natural beauty of our vineyard with our visitors. Our dedicated team is committed to providing you with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, ensuring that your time spent with us is filled with joy, discovery, and a genuine connection to the world of wine.
VI. FAQ Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is the flavor profile of Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé?
Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé boasts a delightful flavor profile with notes of ripe strawberries, red cherries, and hints of watermelon. It exhibits a refreshing acidity, balanced by a subtle touch of sweetness, making it a perfect summer sipper.
2. Is Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé suitable for pairing with food?
Absolutely! Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes. Its bright acidity and fruit-forward nature make it a great match for light salads, grilled seafood, charcuterie, and even spicy cuisines. Experiment with different pairings to discover your personal favorites.
3. Is Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé suitable for vegetarians or vegans?
Yes, Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. The winery follows sustainable winemaking practices, which include avoiding the use of animal-derived fining agents, making our wines suitable for those following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
4. Can I purchase Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé online?
Yes, you can purchase Mellowood's 2018 Zinfandel Rosé conveniently online through our website. Simply visit our online store, select the desired quantity, and proceed with the secure checkout process. Your wine will be shipped directly to your doorstep, allowing you to enjoy the taste of Mellowood Vineyard from the comfort of your own home.