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Amista Vineyards

Recipes from Your Friends at Amista

We hope you enjoy these recipes that pair beautifully with our Amista wines. They are favorites of the Amista team, our club members and local chefs.


Chef Shari's Curried Chicken Tartlets
Created for Amista by Chef Shari of Baci Café and Wine Bar, for Wine & Food Affair, 2013. Our Sparkling Syrah goes beautifully with curries and this turned out to be a sensational pairing.
Katharine's Bacon and Potato Bombs
Local Chef Katharine Browning made these tasty potato bites for our Sparkling Holidays Party in December and everyone loved them! They are especially tasty when paired with our Sparkling Blanc de Blanc.
Robert's Cranberry Brie Phyllo Cups
Whenever Robert creates these gorgeous little bites for our guests in the tasting room, they are always a hit. We serve them with our Sparkling Syrah for a festive treat.

Soups and Salads

Hallie's Seared Scallop & Grapefruit Salad
Thanks to Hallie, wine club member from Walnut Creek, California for this elegant yet simple first course that is sure to impress. Our Sparkling Blanc de Blanc makes this dish sing!
Vicky’s Butternut Squash Soup
This soup is is like velvet on the palate. I like to add a drizzle of creme fraiche and a few bits of candied ginger as a garnish and accent. Serve with a glass of Amista Chardonnay as begin your meal with a stunning combination.

Meatless Entrees

Best Ever Homemade Veggie Pizza
Invite a few friends and let everyone choose their favorite toppings for a fun Friday evening. A bottle of Amista Zinfandel will be perfect for sipping while creating and eating your pizzas.
Eggplant Parmesan
Gail makes a fabulous Eggplant lasagna in the summer with homegrown eggplant and fresh tomato sauce that pairs very well with the Amista Zinfandel.
Mike's Mushroom & Asparagus Risotto
Asparagus is hard to pair with wine but Amista Sparkling Syrah is so versatile, it makes this dish shine.
Portobellos with Blue Cheese and Creamy Polenta
This dish was created by Chef John Franchetti for Wine and Food Affair at Amista in 2014. The local Shaft's Bleu Cheese gives it character and is a winner with our Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon.
Risotto with Spring Vegetables
Celebrate the bounty of Springtime with fresh peas and asparagus in this silky risotto. It is a beautiful companion to our Sparkling Blanc de Blanc.
Vicky's White Bean Stew with Kale
This is the time of year for hearty, warming comfort dishes. One of my favorites is white bean stew. It’s simple to make and so satisfying on a chilly winter evening. Serve it with crusty French bread and wedges of fresh red pear. And don’t forget the wine. We tried it with our Amista Vineyards Grenache, and they complemented each other beautifully.

Fish Entrees

Dwight's Gamberi Fra Diavlo
Spicy Shrimp tossed with pasta makes a marvelous meal in minutes and tastes delicious with Amista Tres!
Judy’s Seared Scallops with Tarragon Butter
Thanks to our friends Judy and EJ for sharing this recipe. Judy says, "I had to send this recipe to you. We served it with your Chardonnay and it was heavenly!"
Mike's Shrimp in Lemon Butter Sauce with Linguine
You'll love this easy and elegant shrimp and linguine dish that pairs with Amista Chardonnay in both it's still and sparkling (Blanc de Blanc) forms.
Mike's Sole Piccata
This is a classic French dish but so easy and quick to prepare. Vicky loves the tangy lemon and capers in the sauce, which are the perfect accompaniment to our crisp Chardonnay.

Meat Entrees

Chef John’s Cassoulet Amista
Chef John Franchetti created a soup variation of the classic Cassoulet for Amista to serve at Wine and Food Affair in 2010. We featured it with our estate grown Syrah - a classic pairing and a big hit!
Fennel, Sausage and Rocket Pizza
Everyone loves pizza and sausage is always a favorite. Add a handful of rocket (arugula) when it comes our of the oven for a colorful one-dish meal. Then pour a glass of Amista Zinfandel and you're all set.
Lamb in Barbacoa
Amista loves our locals! Starting with a hidden gem located right in our town of Healdsburg - Guiso Latin Fusion. Carlos, the owner and chef paired his Lamb in Barbacoa with our Amista Syrah. It was a marriage!
Lamb Stew
This out of this world lamb stew was created by Beth from Nest-Wellness.com to pair with our Estate grown Syrah. The perfect pairing!
Mike's Amista Syrah Braised Short Ribs
This very tender bite sized beef rib in a rich and hearty French inspired beef and red wine sauce can be served alone or over sour cream mashed potatoes. We love this dish on a chilly winter evening with our estate grown Syrah.
Mustard-Roasted Pork Loin with Squash Polenta
Sparkling wines aren't just for celebrations and toasts. Try our Sparkling Grenache, a glittering rosé, with this encrusted pork loin and we think you'll agree.
Perfect Brine for your Thanksgiving Turkey
We think our Sparkling Syrah is a stunning accompaniment for Thanksgiving dinner and here is the perfect brine for your turkey feast. Your family and friends will love it!
Sausage, Broccoli and Rigatoni
Serve our Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon with this easy one-dish meal and turn an ordinary weeknight into a special occasion. The heartiness or the sausage matches the heartiness of the wine.
Short Rib Ragu with Amista Wine
Delicious Short Rib Ragu that pairs perfectly with our 2017 Gene's Block Zinfandel.
Strip Steak with Arugula Pesto
Add a burst of flavor and color to a steak with this arugula pesto. Pair it with our Rockpile Cabernet. Then gather around the table with friends for a casual dinner.

Sides and Other Dishes


Potato Strata with Roasted Red Peppers and Mushrooms
Give your Rib Eye steak a new companion with this delicious and colorful potato strata. Then pair it with our Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon for a hearty dinner.
Vicky's Sautéed Corn Salsa
We love this as a bed for grilled or sautéed fish. It's lovely with our Rosé de Tres.

Dorothy's Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes
The blueberry in the pancakes along with the fruitiness of the Sparkling Syrah, are sure to please everyone's palate!


French 75 by Sipsong Spirits and Amista Vineyards
Cheers to a delicious cocktail with Sipsong Spirits Gin and Amista Sparkling Blanc de Blanc.

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