NEW WOOD FIRED PIZZA OVEN, WE ARE FIRED UP!
Your choice Margarita, Pepperoni, BBQ, Cauliflower Fig Walnut Gorgonzola. The vineyards never smelled
so delicious. Next time you feel like a pizza and a bottle of wine stop by, the
patio is gorgeous and we really enjoy sharing our style with you.
Why Barrel Wines....
The oxygen that comes through the oak barrel helps the wine mature and tannins develop the structure of the wine over time. Barrel are a metaphorical spice rack when making wine. New barrels have intense aromas, and can impart cedar, vanilla and plenty of spice notes when a wine is aged in them.
New barrels will impart the strongest aromas and flavors to a wine and each time a barrel is used, that influence dissipates a bit. After about three or four uses, the barrels are consisderd " netutral". Nutural barrels are still useful to winemakers, wine can be aged in them before bottling, but neutral barrels won't add a new barrel's influennce of flavors and aromas.
Barrels are also used for texture and mouthfeel, since they allow small amout of oxygen to interact with the wine. Winemakers using neutral barrels get richer, creamier textures from wines. A new barrel cost upwards of $1000 so getting extra use is important an desirable.
NEXT TIME YOU VISIT TAKE HOME OUR BARBERA!
Did you know that Barbera is an Italian wine grape variety that as of the year 2000 was the third most planted red grape variety planted in Italy. California is one of the central regions in the world that has planted more than 7000 acres. Babera is known for its acid structure and smooth tannins, therefore making it a great food wine.
Barbera boasts brighter flavors of tart cherry, raspberry, and spice balckberry and vanilla, great layers of texture and will age nicely. Taste our Barbera take it home and pair it with; rich dark meats, mushrooms, herbaceous cheeses like blue, braised lamb dishes, Italian sausage and lentils, pastas with tomatoes and meat sauces, meatloaf, rabbit with olives or braised duck....many delicious dishes to choose from when drinking a Barbera. Cheers!
Shadow Ranch Barbera is a 2022 Gold Medal winnner at the San Francisco Chronical Wine Competition. $33
Shadow Ranch Pairings for
2019 Tempranillo & 2019 Zinfandel.
Beef Bouguignon- A beef stew braised in red wind, often Burgundy and beef stock, typically flavored with carrots, onions garlic and a bouquet garni and garnished with pearl onions mushrooms and bacon. A perfect pairing with our 2019 Tempranillo boasts dark cherry red in color. Aromas of plum, balckberry and jam with varied spicy notes of vanilla cacao, the excellent balance of fruit alcohol , acidit and tannins. Smooth complex and long finish.
We hope you will enjoy this recipe at home with our Shadow Ranch 2019 Tempranillo.
1 tablespoon good olive oil
8 ounces dry cured center cut applewood smoked bacon, diced
2 1/2 pounds chuck beef cut into 1-inch cubes
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound carrots, sliced diagonally into 1-inch chunks
2 yellow onions, sliced
2 teaspoons chopped garlic (2 cloves)
1/2 cup Cognac
1 (750 ml.) bottle good dry red wine such as Cote du Rhone or Pinot Noir
1 can (2 cups) beef broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pound frozen whole onions
1 pound fresh mushrooms stems discarded, caps thickly sliced
Country bread or Sour Dough, toasted or grilled and rubbed with garlic clove
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, optional
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is lightly browned. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a large plate.
Dry the beef cubes with paper towels and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper. In batches in single layers, sear the beef in the hot oil for 3 to 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove the seared cubes to the plate with the bacon and continue searing until all the beef is browned. Set aside.
Toss the carrots, and onions, 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper in the fat in the pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the Cognac, stand back, and ignite with a match to burn off the alcohol. Put the meat and bacon back into the pot with the juices. Add the bottle of wine plus enough beef broth to almost cover the meat. Add the tomato paste and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and place it in the oven for about 1 1/4 hours or until the meat and vegetables are very tender when pierced with a fork.
Combine 2 tablespoons of butter and the flour with a fork and stir into the stew. Add the frozen onions. Saute the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of butter for 10 minutes until lightly browned and then add to the stew. Bring the stew to a boil on top of the stove, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste.
To serve, toast the bread in the toaster or oven. Rub each slice on 1 side with a cut clove of garlic. For each serving, spoon the stew over a slice of bread and sprinkle with parsley.
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Smoked Pimiento Cheese- Will pair really well with our 2019 Zinfandel. This delisious recipe is easy and delicious. Our 2019 Zinfandel that has aromas of blackberries and raspberries. Lush berry flavors with a supple, medium full body finish. Finishes with spice and pepper and a hint of tannin, boasts dark cherry red in color.
Whip out this smoky starter at your next party and expect rave reviews! This pimiento cheese is packed with flavor and pairs perfectly with your favorite cracker and out 2019 Zinfandel. It can also be dressed up by spreading it onto toasted French baguette slices and topping off with bacon and sliced cherry tomatoes!
Smoked Pimiento Cheese Recipe:
Yield: approximately 5 cups
4 jalapeño peppers, halved and seeded
2 red bell peppers, halved and seeded
1 (8-ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (8-ounce) block smoked Cheddar cheese, shredded
1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1⁄2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1⁄4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon ground red pepper
Preheat oven to 400°.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Place jalapeño and bell peppers on prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven.
Place peppers in a large glass bowl; cover with plastic wrap, and let cool for 20 minutes.
Remove plastic wrap. Wearing gloves, remove skin from peppers. Discard skin.
In the work bowl of a food processor, combine all ingredients; pulse until smooth.
Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Serve with crackers, if desired, or on toasted French baguette slices and top with bacon.
Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and join us for an off-the-beaten-path experience at Shadow Ranch. In the heart of Fair Play wine country, we’re a family-owned winery about an hour away from Sacramento in El Dorado County. Navigate our rustic Gold Rush era-style buildings, take in the picturesque surroundings atop the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and savor every sip of wine from our Shadow Ranch and Sheriff Collections.
Come On By!
We’re excited to introduce new tasting options to the Shadow Ranch tasting room. From your everyday selections to a seated experience, there’s something for everyone. Open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m, you can visit us in the heart of Somerset, California. Simply navigate our four unique wine tasting options and wrangle in the best option for you!
Looking for a more laid-back wine tasting? Join us at our tasting bar and sip on a selection of wines from our high elevation sites. These wines are designed to capture the essence and unique terroir of the Sierra Nevada foothills and represent the best that El Dorado has to offer!
High Elevation Estate Tasting
If you’re looking for a more elevated experience, look no further! Enjoy a private wine tasting on the outdoor patio paired with delicious charcuterie and breathtaking vineyard and mountain views. Taste your way through a selection of wines from the Shadow Ranch Collection, and get a sneak peek into limited-release wines (based on availability).
Large Group Tasting
Planning an event for a larger herd? Round up your friends and family and head over to Shadow Ranch for a large group wine tasting. Groups of 7 or more can enjoy a private seated tasting.
Reserved Winemaker Tour & Barrel Tasting
For the most personalized experience, lasso in your reservation for the Reserved Winemaker Tour and Barrel Tasting. Stroll through our Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard and wine cellar and delight in an exclusive barrel tasting and walking tour with our winemaker and owner, Sam Patterson. As you tour the grounds, he will guide you through his grape growing and winemaking process. After your tour, enjoy a seated wine tasting in our private tasting room.
Select Your Wine Tasting Adventure
While reservations are not required, they help us build a more personalized wine tasting experience for you! So, whether you choose the Shadow Select tasting at the bar, the outdoor High Elevation Estate wine tasting, round up the crew for a Large Group experience, or try a personalized Winemaker Tour and Barrel Tasting, we will do our best to make sure you enjoy every sip of the best wines that El Dorado has to offer. Reserve your spot today and we'll see you around the ranch!
When it comes to the vineyards, spring is a beautiful time of year. Poppies and tulips are blooming between the rows, the vines are waking up, and the buds are bursting to break. Just as spring is the season of new growth, it is also the season to get to work. Spring into Sam’s world and see what he’s up to in the vineyards!
Pruning & Suckering
Precise pruning is one of the most fundamental vineyard tasks and is essential for the upcoming harvest as it helps to regulate growth, productivity, and the quality of the fruit. But pruning goes beyond the current harvest—excessive productivity may seem like a great thing, but it can cut down on the lifespan of the grapevine and quality of the fruit. Pruning is a balancing act between grape production and ensuring that the new growth will replace older, lignified wood.
As the days warm up and the shoots begin to grow rapidly, it’s important to revisit the vines for suckering. Like all living things, grapes need plenty of light and oxygen. Suckering removes the shoots that do not produce fruit and helps determine the shape of the vine, preparing it for summer maintenance. The goal is to avoid overly packed foliage and to cut down on canopy management in the coming months.
Planting & Replanting
After the snow melts in the early spring, the soil temperatures in the vineyards finally begin to warm up. This is the time to plant new vines, allowing them to acclimate and get their roots settled before the growing season. Prior to planting, these vines are typically dormant, just beginning to wake up in the sun and begin bud break after they are planted. In addition to expanding vineyard acreage, new vines may be used to replace older vines that aren’t producing or have died. More fruit production = more wine for you to uncork!
Along with all the excitement in the vineyard, there are exciting things happening in the winery, too! Our 2nd Quarter Wine Club release is available for pickup now and we have two exciting wines to share with you. First, our 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, a wine that is quintessentially spring. White peach and grapefruit notes jump out of the glass while the fresh, juicy, and vibrant qualities make it the perfect pairing for our gorgonzola and walnut stuffed endive appetizer. Secondly, you’ll be enjoying the 2016 Grenache with ripe cherry, strawberry, raspberry, and subtle hints of white pepper. The soft tannin and lush acid make it a match for some chorizo, Manchego, and Spanish olive skewers!
Want to try these pairings yourself? Join us for our 2nd Quarter Food Pairing on May 26th from noon - 4! If you’re not a club member now, don’t miss out on our 3rd Quarter release—check out our 5 O’clock Shadow club options here. Cheers to the spring season!
A quaint county in the Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County brings together some of the best aspects of California: gorgeous landscapes, endless outdoor activities, a rich history, and of course, fantastic wine. Nestled between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County has grown from a historic mining town to a widely undiscovered rustic destination bursting with adventure.
Beyond gold mining and wine tasting, you may not know that El Dorado County is one of the greatest places to explore in California. No matter your preferred mode of outdoor transportation, there’s something for everyone in the foothills. With over 100 miles of horse trails, you can journey through Gold Country on horseback or opt for taking in the sights via a mountain bike ride or rafting expedition. Experience the wonders of spring with a hike through the wildflowers and waterfalls from the recent snow melt. Slow things down with a leisurely afternoon in historic downtown Placerville or take a trip to the local breweries and cideries. Like we said—there is no shortage of activities!
El Dorado County has a long history of agriculture due to its fertile and rural landscape. Throughout the area, you can find countless farms growing cherries, apples, wine grapes, and more. And with these farms comes, you guessed it, farmers markets! From spring through fall, you can visit our local markets and grab your fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and eggs from four different locations.
If you’re less of a DIY kind of chef, worry not. There are plenty of foodie spots from diners to fine dining in the greater El Dorado County. Check out some local favorites from!
What better place to play than in Fair Play itself? Tucked away in the foothills, Fair Play is a small designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) and is home to over 20 family-owned boutique wineries that focus on the land. Known for its robust, high-elevation wine, Fair Play is widely recognized for growing and producing Zinfandel but is planted with varietals ranging from Barbera to Chardonnay to Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and so much more.
Built in 1888, Shadow Ranch Vineyard is located in the heart of the Fair Play AVA and is built on the original rustic buildings with a Gold Rush era feel. Owner and winemaker Sam Patterson focuses on small batch, single-vineyard wines that highlight the high-elevation sites he farms throughout El Dorado County. Currently, approximately 350 acres within the Fair Play region are planted to grapevines, and this award-winning wine scene is gaining popularity and acclaim.
El Dorado Passport
To celebrate this diverse winegrowing region and the wineries within it, El Dorado Wines is hosting two back-to-back Passport Weekends. The wineries of El Dorado will bring out limited bottlings, obscure varietals, live music, food, and unique tasting experiences to share with Passport holders, and is one of the best ways to experience the qualities of the area. Join us at Shadow Ranch for mouthwatering barbecue paired with some of our favorite wines, including the fan favorite “Sheriff” Red Wine Blend. Or, elevate your tasting experience to a VIP offering and enjoy an exclusive taste at our vintage library bar. Two limited edition Shadow Ranch wines will be poured and available to take home!