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Winner Declared in the Backbone Pinot Gris Recipe Pairing Contest

August 15 2013


Last fall we released a special Pinot Gris called Backbone, made from a blend of 5 top vineyards in the Willamette Valley. We posed a challenge to our members: create a recipe to pair with this wine. We received many incredible submissions – it was clear that our members are as passionate about food and wine pairing as we are. Picking a winner was no easy task, but in the end member Pam Spettel rose to the top. We were swayed by her story (Pam and her husband Scott were married at King Estate in 2010), her photos, her thorough instructions, and above all, her delicious creation.

Executive Chef Ben Nadolny prepared her recipe on video.  Click below to play, or watch on YouTube.


Curried Salmon Cakes with Mango Chutney
A recipe adapted by Tower Club Member Pam Spettel

Nearly three years ago, King Estate became a part of our family.  Our small wedding was held there, and we were truly made a King and Queen for the day. We still reflect on the thoughtful, specialized attention we received from Autumn Brown, Elizabeth Allcott, Catherine Davidson, Tobi Sovak, the chefs and each ancillary staff member who made our celebration one that is still talked about our friends and family as memorable. Our ten-ten-ten (October 10, 2010, at 10 a.m.) wedding couldn’t have been a more flawless, beautiful, day.

We still visit King Estate frequently, and enjoy the wines, the wonderful cuisine, and the attentive, professional staff. We have never once been disappointed, and are delighted to have such a high quality place to dine, celebrate, and relax in our area. That King Estate employs sustainable practices and environmental responsibility only makes it that much better.

Since King Estate provides a “backbone” of sorts to our family, it is with great joy that we submit this recipe for the Backbone pairing contest. We think that the curried salmon cakes and mango chutney synergistically highlight the wine’s tropical overtones and crispness. Hopefully you will as well.   – Pam

Mango Chutney
2 Cups peeled and diced fresh mango
Zest of one lemon (save the rest to juice)
2/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup peeled and minced fresh ginger-root
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2/3 cups rice vinegar
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a non-alumninum saucepan over medium heat. Turn the heat down and simmer until the liquid becomes thick and syrupy, approximately 30-40 minutes. The chutney keeps in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks, and yields 2 1/2 cups.

Curried Salmon Cakes
1 (1 1/4 lb) skinless salmon filet, cut into 1/2″ pieces
2 T minced Italian parsley, fresh
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, fresh
3 T mayonnaise
1 egg, beaten
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 T shallot, minced
1/2 cup apple, peeled and diced (granny smith or braeburn work well)
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp Madras curry power
salt to taste (1/2 to 1 tsp)
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Gently combine all ingredients, mixing until uniformly combined.

Place panko bread crumbs in a large plate or pie plate. Form about 1/3 cup salmon mixture into cakes. Carefully coat each cake in panko crumbs. Rest the cakes in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes.

Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat until simmering. Place salmon cakes in skilled and cook with moving until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip cakes and cook until second side is golden brown, another 2-3 minutes. Serve.

Yields about 8 full-size cakes, enough to serve 4 people. Serve with King Estate Backbone Pinot Gris!

The 2012 vintage of the Backbone Pinot Gris was recently released. Classic and Ultimate members will be getting this wine in their summer release.

King Estate Hosts Special Demo and Dinner at Sprout! Kitchen

August 07 2013


Sprout! is a community food hub which strives to increase local food consumption and bolster the local food economy. King Estate Winery’s love for local food and our emphasis on stewardship has made our alignment with this organization a natural fit. King Estate donated a special cooking demo and dinner to Sprout! last spring, as the prize in a fundraising raffle. The event came into fruition this July, and King Estate Executive Chef Benjamin Nadolny was excited about the opportunity to share his passion and expertise with a group of Sprout! supporters. Nadolny conducted his cooking demo and dinner (with wine pairings, of course) at the Sprout! kitchen in Springfield. Twelve lucky guests enjoyed a 5 course meal comprised of locally grown and raised food products. The menu included:

Pastoral Amuse Bouche: ewe’s milk cheese, duck breast prosciutto, red beet, quail egg
Wine pairing: 2008 Blanc de Gris

Whiskey and Cherry Cured Salmon: pickled apricot, summer chive, curried kettle corn, cherry pinot gris ice
Wine pairing: 2011 Signature Pinot Gris

Baby Garden Vegetables: homemade ricotta, rosé mascerated strawberries, sprouted mustard seed
Wine pairing: 2012 Acrobat Rose

Seared Ling Cod: lamb belly bacon, morel mushroom, braised turnips, blueberry and pinot noir gastrique, balsamic marinated cucumber Wine pairing: 2011 Signature Pinot Noir

Dry Aged Filet of Beef: grilled asparagus and parmesan panzanella, red wine demi glace
Wine pairing: 2010 NxNW Columbia Valley Syrah

Flourless Chocolate Cake: brandied cherries, sea salt and caramel
Wine pairing: 2010 NxNW Columbia Valley Syrah


Sprout! promotes economic development through the support of emerging entrepreneurs and increased consumption of locally produced food through Kitchen@Sprout! -an incubator kitchen for use by small food-based businesses and farmers for value-added production. Marketplace@Sprout! is an indoor/outdoor year-round farmers’ market for retailing of locally produced food and related items. Hatch@Sprout! is a business incubator focused on the needs of the food industry.  Services include classes, workshops, one on one coaching, mentor groups, affordable office space, access to capital and more. Events@Sprout! provides the entire Sprout! facility to the public for event rental.

Visitor Center Closing at 3:00 for Private Event

August 06 2013

The King Estate Visitor Center, which encompasses our estate restaurant and wine bar, will close at 3:00 PM on Friday, September 20th for a private Tower Club event.

Tower Club Summer 2013 Release Tasting

August 05 2013

Members and their guest are invited to enjoy us for this club exclusive event. RSVP Required.

The King Estate Visitor Center, which encompasses our estate restaurant and wine bar, will be open exclusively to Tower Club members and their guests from 5:00 – 9:00 PM during this event. Members can enjoy glass and bottle sales only with their member discount during this event (no flights or tastings after 4:30 PM.)

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