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Happy #Cabernet Day! (and Espresso Rubbed Steak Recipe)

It’s Cabernet Day, and what better excuse to promote the latest wine from the (CK) Mondavi family… namely Marc Mondavi and his Divining Rod wines.

I was sent two bottles to try and I thought I would share with you my thoughts, along with a fab recipe to pair with the cabernet!! 🙂

The first was a bottle of 2010 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. In the shipment, I was also sent a set of divining rods. I haven’t tried them yet, but I have to say they look pretty cool.

The second bottle was  2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Both retail for about $17. Since I liked the Cabernet a lot more for the price, I thought I would choose today to showcase it here on cavegrrl. 🙂

It went very well with the grilled steak, zucchini & heirloom salad, and parsnip chips we made for dinner that evening.

Here’s the recipe for the coffee rub we had on the steak… BTW, the steak was grass-fed, French-cut, one-inch thick, bone-in ribeye from Taylor’s Market. It weighed in at  about 28 ounces including the bone. It was sourced from Wintun Ranch.

Coffee Rub:
1/3 cup espresso (we used coffee from CoffeeWorks)
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Ground Coriander
2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 Tbs Chili Powder
2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp sea salt

Blend all spices together in a small bowl and coat the steaks first with olive oil, then coat them in the coffee/spice blend. Grill them to desired doneness.

You can find The Divining Rod wines on Facebook here and on twitter here. You can find out more about Marc Mondavi here:


Summer White Wines at 40% Off this Weekend at Casque in Loomis

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Currently one of my favorite things to do is pack a picnic (Paleo, naturally) and head up to Casque Wines for live music. That’s just what we did last weekend. We grilled up a grass-fed ribeye sent to me by Rocky Mountain Organic Meats (chilled it) and put it on top of a salad. I also made salsa and guacamole to go on the side as a sort of dipping sauce. Lime, cilantro, strawberries, then melon for dessert–and a glass of Casque’s newly released Vin Gris rose. Good times!

Stop by the winery this weekend to pick-up a mixed case of 2008 and 2009 summer white wines at 40% off the case.  Wine Club Members get a whopping 50% off.  This deal is available for a limited time so don’t miss out.  All of the wines for sale are award winners!

Quinn Hedges is in the house TONIGHT from 6-9! Feel free to bring your own food or appetizers or  pick-up some tasty yet affordable food from the Gourmet Garage next door and listen to some great live music. I have heard Quinn play before at The Chef’s Table, so I can tell you he’s great!

Casque is Open:  Thursday – Saturday 12noon – 9pm, Sunday 12noon – 5pm at 3273 Swetzer Road in Loomis.  Just 5 minutes from the Horseshoe Bar Exit at I-80.  www.casquewines.com or 916-660-9671.

You can find Casque on Facebook here. You can find Rocky Mountain Organic Meats on Facebook here and follow them on twitter here.