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Discover a new El Dorado County winery, just in time for summer wine-tasting.
At 2,329-feet elevation, about 20 miles southeast of Placerville, and nestled in the most southern part of El Dorado County, is an area that is still a well-kept secret: Fair Play.
During the Gold Rush, Fair Play was a prosperous mining town—hotels, several businesses and a post office. Today, Fair Play is attracting young farmers who are growing fruits and vegetables, flowers, Christmas trees, and—of course—grapes. In fact, Fair Play is rich in winemaking. Robust, full-bodied wines are being produced at affordable prices for the wine enthusiast.
One of the newest arrivals is Mediterranean Vineyards, the brainchild of a group of friends who knew the quality of the distinctive soil and knew that the region mirrors the climates of Spain, the Rhone region in France, Italy and Portugal. Their vision to farm and produce sustainable, quality wine has just recently become a reality: The winery’s grand opening was June...
This dish is rich, and serves 8 to 10 as a side dish. Pair with Mediterranean Vineyards 2016 Syrah.
Heat oven to 300F.
Mix panko with garlic, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for only 5 to 10 minutes, until panko begins to brown and is crunchy. Monitor closely to make sure it does not burn.
Cook the macaroni according to the package directions in salted water, leaning toward the al dente side. Run cold water over it if necessary, to avoid overcooking after you drain the pasta, and set aside.
Heat butter in a medium-large sauce pot on the stove and sauté one chopped garlic clove until it just begins to brown. Add milk to pan and heat to a low simmer. Add all four cheeses and mix until cheese is completely melted. Season with pepper and salt to taste.
Mix pasta into cheese mixture to coat pasta and serve immediately, topped with panko crumbs and paired with a glass of Syrah.
It’s that easy!
Note: If you aren’t serving this dish immediately then keep the pasta and cheese sauce separate until you are ready to serve. Add more milk as necessary to keep it creamy.
While we've been hard at work finishing our Tasting Room, Mica has been hard at work tending to our estate vineyard and keeping us updated on the season. We expect to start harvest in early September, not long after our Tasting Room officially opens. When you visit us in early September you may get to taste ripe wine grapes with us.
We've been worried about the persistent smoke in the air from the fires throughout California, and what effect it could have on this year's grape harvest, so we asked Mica.