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   Tastemakers Series

"Wine Tasting Like a Pro" Part 1:



"Wine Tasting Like a Pro" Part 1:

Tastemakers Tips
How to Taste Wine Like a Pro

Bottle Opening Tips:
* When opening a screw cap bottle to a group of people, 'crack' the top before you actually present at the table
* When opening a regular bottle, please remember to cut the foil under the rim, and once the cork has been pulled, wipe the bottle off
Tasting Wine Tips:
Remember there are roughly 4 steps:
       a. assess the color:
White wines: if they have a green tinge on the rim, will indicate youth, if have a gold hue could indicate age or oaking
Red Wines: if it is a bright red or purple can indicate youth, if it is more orange to brick  could indicate age, the deeper the hue, generally the    thicker the grape skins
       b. Assess the nose
 White Wines: Fresh, bright and fruity flavors indicates youth, old world styles show minerality, new world more fruit flavors
Red Wines: Fresh, bright and fruity flavors indicate youth, old world again shows mineraly, new world more fruit, alcohol and oak
       c. Assess the palate and wine structure
White wines; here you confirm your nose findings on flavors, you also assess the acid, sugars and do they interplay with each other?
Red Wines: Again, confirm your nose findings, how do the acids, tannins, body, alcohol and presence or absence of sugar interplay?
       d. Draw conclusions
Is it made in an Old world or new world style?  Is it varietally correct? Is the finish long and lasting or short?  Is this a good quality wine?



Chef Sinsay Video Part 1


Chef Sinsay Video Part 2


Tastemakers Recipe

Crab and Corn

Creamed corn panna cotta

1 can creamed style corn
1 ½ cups cream
¼ cup sugar
salt to taste
7 sheets gelatin

In a bowl bloom gelatin in ice water until pliable and softened. Set aside
In a blender blend on high creamed corn and puree until smooth and combine with heavy cream, sugar, salt and gelatin. Cook on medium low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour into a ¼ sheet pan and torch to remove any air bubbles and set.

Orange Jalapeno Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons Orange Marmalade
1 ea pickled jalapeno
1 tablespoon jalapeno juice
Juice of ½ an orange
½ cup blended oil
salt to taste

With an immersion blender blend all ingredients on high except oil and slowly drizzle until well combined and emulsified

To assmble:

2 oz wild rocket arugula
2 oz jumbo lump crab meat
½ tsp chopped chives
(1) 2” strip of Creamed Corn Panna Cotta

Lightly Toss Jumbo lump crab meat and wild rocket arugula with orange jalapeno vinaigrette and finish with chives. Arrange over Panna Cotta and drizzle with vinaigrette.






Chef Guillas Video Part 1


 Chef Guillas Video Part 2


Tastemakers Recipe

Apricot Ginger Glazed Tasmanian Salmon
Corn Fennel Relish

Serves 4


    1 pound                     apricots
    2 tablespoons            brandy
    1 tablespoon              white wine vinegar
    3 tablespoons            brown sugar
    2 tablespoons            grated ginger
    2 tablespoons            chopped shallots
    to taste                      sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chop apricots, discarding pits. Add to sauce pan with remaining ingredients over medium heat. Bring to simmer. Cook 15 minutes or until thick and syrupy, stirring often. Transfer to blender. Puree until smooth. Strain through coarse sieve. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.


    1/2 cup                   shelled pistachios
    1/4 cup                   sliced almonds
    1 teaspoon             Madras curry
    1 tablespoon           Minced chives
    1 tablespoon           White sesame seeds, toasted
    2 tablespoons         Grapeseed oil
    4 6-ounce                Wild king salmon fillets, boneless
    to taste                    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375°F. Add pistachios, almonds, curry, chives and sesame seeds to food processor. Pulse to chop. Transfer to bowl. Set aside. Add oil to large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Lay in skillet, flesh side down. Sear 2 minutes. Flip over. Generously coat top of each salmon with apricot glaze. Sprinkle with pistachio mixture. Transfer to oven. Cook 3 minutes or until slightly underdone.


    2 tablespoons         avocado oil
    2 ears                     sweet corn, shaved
    1/2 cup                   thinly sliced fennel
    1/2 cup                   quartered gold gooseberries
    1                             green apple, peeled, diced
    1 teaspoon             honey
    1 tablespoon          chopped scallions
    1                             tangerine, juiced, zested
    1 teaspoon             finely chopped mint
    to taste                   sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Add oil to skillet over medium heat. Add corn and fennel. Cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Transfer to mixing bowl. Combine with remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. 


    2 teaspoons          avocado oil
    4                           gooseberries, with husk

Spoon relish onto center of large serving plate. Lean salmon atop. Drizzle with avocado oil. Garnish with gooseberry.


Bon Appetit….Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver
The Marine Room Restaurant, La Jolla


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