Four Great California Wine Country Recipes for Mother's Day New Down to Earth Wine Book Offers Seasonal Inspiration

SAN FRANCISCO, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Treat Mom to a Mother's Day (May 11th) lunch of recipes inspired by California wine country's fresh, seasonal ingredients.  These sustainably-minded dishes are four of a delicious dozen in Wine Institute's new book, Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California, that are sure to put a smile on Mom's face.  Don't feel like cooking? Check out all the fun wine country events that are perfect for celebrating Mom on Mother's Day and beyond!

Start things off "green" with these pretty Open-Faced Avocado Sandwiches with Arugula Pesto and Crisp Cucumber.  The avocado's mellow, nutty flavor contrasts delightfully with the peppery snap of arugula and cool cucumber on this rustic, open-faced sandwich.  Serve with dry California Rosé or Sauvignon Blanc.

A light seafood dish is perfect for a spring lunch.  California's farmed mussels are available most of the year and are approved as a sustainable choice by Seafood Watch.  Saffron adds a note of intrigue to California Mussels in Basil-Saffron White Wine Broth and Roasted Garlic with Sage and Rosemary.  This flavorful, aromatic classic pairs beautifully with California Chardonnay or Pinot Gris.

If farmed mussels aren't available in your area, another great main course is Watercress Salad with Sautéed Rainbow Trout, Manchego and Toasted Almonds.  The watercress' spicy flair and the piquant flavor of Manchego cheese give the mildness of fresh trout a delicious lift.  Pair it with California Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris.

End the meal on a sweet high note with this indulgent Silky Vanilla, Chocolate and Caramel Custard Trio.  This creamy, luxurious dessert is a graceful match with California late-harvest Riesling.

Visit www.discovercaliforniawines.com for more exciting California recipes, fun wine country events and information about Wine Institute's new book, Down to Earth, which also makes a great gift for wine-loving Moms.  It is available for purchase at Amazon.com and discovercaliforniawines.com/downtoearth.

About Wine Institute 
Wine Institute is the association of 1,000 California wineries and wine-related businesses dedicated to enhancing the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine.  California is the fourth largest wine producer in the world, making 90 percent of all U.S. wine and three out of every five bottles enjoyed in the U.S.  Each year, 21 million tourists visit wine regions throughout the state to explore and enjoy the wines, cuisine and cultural offerings associated with California's signature industry.  Go to: www.discovercaliforniawines.com for more California wine information. 

SOURCE Wine Institute



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