Chimney Rock Rocks!

Over the weekend, Peter and I decide to take advantage of being house bound by sub-zero temperatures to clear out the freezer and finally consume some of the leftovers that have piled up.

I don’t know about you, but we have a terrible habit of not labeling containers as we stash them in the freezer so it’s always a mystery when we pull something out weeks later.

Last night we thought our dinner was going to be beef stew until we defrosted the “beef stew” and realized it was actually pomegranate onion sauce.

And you know what they say…when your freezer hands you pomegranate onion sauce you need to grab a couple of steaks to go under it.

And, when dinner consists of steaks with a pomegranate onion sauce, you absolutely must open a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon to go with it.

That’s just what we did.

2006 Chimney Rock Tomahawk Cabernet

2006 Chimney Rock Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

It is hard to overstate how much I love Chimney Rock wines. They produce some of my very, very favorite Cabernets.

Chimney Rock’s wines exemplify the very best qualities of Napa Valley Cabs: rich, bright red fruit notes, a touch of spice and a long, glorious finish. Their rock star winemaker, Elizabeth Vianna, has been crafting these gems for over 14 years.

This particular wine, a single-vineyard Cabernet from Chimney Rock’s Tomahawk Vineyard in the Stag’s Leap District, paired perfectly with our steak dinner. It was awarded 92 points by Wine Enthusiast.

I’d also award a pretty high score to the meal. Not bad for leftovers!

steak with pomegranate onions

Peter and I have been members of Chimney Rock’s wine club for years.

In addition to the fabulous wines, every club shipment includes a recipe. In fact, the pomegranate onion sauce (a reduction including 2 cups of pomegranate juice, 1 cup of pomegranate jam and a pound of thinly sliced onions) came from a Chimney Rock recipe.

Chimney Rock’s customer service, like their wine, is second to none. If you make a visit to Napa, be sure to schedule a tasting – you won’t be disappointed!

Hmmm… I wonder what tonight’s mystery leftover will be. Who cares as long as there is good wine to go with it!

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  1. I’ve actually hiked to the top of a mountain named “Chimney Top” so I thought for a moment that “Chimney Rock” may have been the name of your hike! Your dinner looks fabulous and as always, you’ve given me a new wine to look for. (Much more fun than hiking).
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  2. Love the pairing and a good cab in the winter 🙂
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  3. Is it wrong to be craving a full on meal AND a glass of red wine at 10:30 in the morning!!
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  4. When life hands you lemons…..or when your freezer hands you pomegranate onion sauce….that’s a leftover dream.

  5. My husband would be excited to have that meal and wine for dniner!
    I know what you mean about failing to label freezer containers. I do *try* to slap on each container a piece of blue painter’s tape with the food name & date before placing in the freezer.
    Have a great week! Stay warm.

  6. hmmmmm….wondering if I can find that wine down here in deep south?? I LOVE cabernet with ANY meal!! or cheese/crackers. or dessert. Do you see my pattern here??!!!! I seem to recall seeing that winery on my last trip to napa. Sure hope I can find it here!

    • I’m with you, Janey! Cabernet – and especially Napa Cabernet – is my absolute favorite. Definitely stop by Chimney Rock on your next trip to Napa. And I think they are pretty widely distributed so fingers crossed that you can find some of their selection of stunning Cabs in a store near you! Cheers!
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