Beef & Bay Leaves
This year our beef club members will receive a jar of Adelaida Springs Ranch bay leaves in their club box. We have dozens of large, fragrant Bay Laurel trees growing alongside shady creeks and near the natural springs on our ranch. The leaves were picked, dried and packed by Lisa & Courtney. Here's a classic beef stew recipe (adapted from the New York Times) that puts the fragrant bay leaf to good use!
Grass-Fed Beef Stew
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 lb. grass-fed beef stew meat, cut into 1" pieces
3-5 teaspoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 cup red wine
3 1/2 cups beef broth
2 bay leaves
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
5 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds
2 large baking potaotes, peeled and cubed
1 cup frozen peas (optional)
1. Combine flour and pepper in bowl, add beef and toss to coat.
2. On medium setting, heat 3 teaspoons olive oil in dutch oven or large pot. Salt the beef and then add to the pot in batches; don't overcrowd.
3. Cook, turning until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch. Add more oil as needed.
4. Remove beef from the pot and add wine vinegar and red wine. Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium-high heat, scraping to loosen any browned bits.
5. Add beef, broth, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a slow simmer.
6. Cover and cook until beef is tender, about 1.5 hours. Check occasionally and add more broth as needed.
7. Add onions and carrots and cook 10 minutes. Add potatoes and cook about 20 minutes more until all veggies are tender. Add peas if using, and cook another 5 minutes.
8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4-5. Pair with a good bread and any Rangeland wine!
Your Favorite Wine: Window is Closing Soon
Our 2-fer-1 case special lasts only through July 31. It has been gratifying to see so many customers drink more Rangeland wine--a fine curative for difficult times. Several wines have sold out during the sale, so we are releasing our 2017 Mistletoe ($29 before discounts) during this sale. Mistletoe is a Cabernet/Syrah blend, always a customer favorite and the 2017 is rockin' right now with bright fruit, rich complexity and silky, lasting tannins. See our complete selection of currently available Rangeland wines here. Order 24 bottles for the price of 12. Your club discount applies. No mixed cases--you have to pick a favorite! You can, however, have more than one favorite. Order two cases of your favorite wine(s) by email here.
Our Vineyard View Cottage vacation rental is available for several dates in August and September. It's a really lovely, relaxing place to recharge your batteries and enjoy some quiet country living. The 3-bedroom house sleeps six--perfect for a family or 2-3 couples. To view the house and make a booking inquiry, go here.
Contents: Wine Case Special Update, Beef Available, Tasting Room Open, Burgers, Predator!
Your Favorite Wine x 2, Two Weeks to Go
Well, our 2 fer 1 case special has been a big hit. It's really fun selling wine by the case but it's hell luggin' all dem boxes. My son thinks I'm too old (61) to be doing this work. Although my back is a little sore, I say "Pshaw!" All good times have a limit, however, and this sale will last only until July 31, so place your order now via email. We are out of some popular wines like the 2015 Watershed, but the 2016 Watershed is tasting great and we have plenty of 2016 Cabernet, 2016 Petite Sirah and many other fine wines still on hand. See our complete selection here. How it works: 24 bottles for the price of 12. Your club discount applies. No mixed cases--you have to pick a favorite! You can have more than one favorite wine. Order two cases of your favorite wine by email here.
Beef Available Now!
We harvested enough beef to supply our Beef Club list and still have these boxes available:
- 25 lb Beef Club box, mixed cuts, $300 before club discount
- 20 lbs Ground Beef, $190 before discount
- 10 lbs Ground Beef, $110 before discount
With a little more dry-aging time on the rail (3 to 4 weeks), the beef is really tasting good this year. So dark and flavorful. Also nutrient rich and anti-inflammatory--as nature intends it. We feel very proud and privileged to grow and offer this outstanding meat. Order here. You can also sign up for our ongoing Beef Club here.
Tasting Room Open for Outdoors Wine + Food Service
Since we have been seating all our guests outdoors, the recent restrictions have had no effect. We are still pouring wine, Thursday to Monday, 11 to 5. And we are serving killer grass-fed hamburgers on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday, 11 to 4) prepared by the skilled and enthusiastic Prancing Chef. Make an appointment.
Digital Rancher Gets Natural Reminder
I do so much of this work (email, customer service, financials), that I wryly call myself the Digital Rancher. I was sitting at my computer, as usual, this morning when Dane, our ranch manager, walked in with a sad report. Ramses, our male sheep sire (ram), was killed by a mountain lion last night. The lethal wound was a crushing bite to the esophagus. Only a big cat can do this. Losing sheep to predators, especially cougars, is fairly common in the area. This one hit us hard because Ramses was valuable breeding stock, but also the constant companion of our retired quarterhorse Cactus. They were inseparable buddies. Ramses would often stand under Cactus' tail, apparenlty just enjoying the shade without fear of kick or output. Now that's trust. The attack occured just 200 yards or so from our house. Cactus apparently drove the lion away because the ram was not eaten. Must have been quite a scene with Cactus snorting and kicking his arthritic hind quarters to protect his buddy, but moments too late. Can't quite believe all that happened while we were sleeping with the french doors open in that direction. So long live the memory of Ramses and his bromance with Cactus, the protector.
This is a reminder to all of us who are civilized and digitally enabled. When we encroach on Nature, she pushes back with all her powers. I think we'll have to live with all these natural forces: predator, climate and virus.
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