Wedding Wednesday – The Elegant Affair of Augusta & Brandon Featured on The Knot

For today’s Wedding Wednesday we are beyond excited to share the wedding celebration of our very own Augusta and Brandon.

This elegant affair is the ideal combination of lovely details, sweet blooms from Beehive Events and oh-so amazing planning by Lynn Easton herself.

Enjoy a sneak peak below, and click over to The Knot for the complete feature.

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“With a stunning custom gown, organic color palette and the help of Augusta’s boss, celeb wedding planner Lynn Easton, Augusta and Brandon’s romantic summer nuptials hit just the right note of relaxed elegance.” – The Knot

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Easton Events, Eric Kelley Photography, Beehive Events, Favorite Cakes

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Wine-Tasting 101: Train Yourself to Be a Master Sommelier

When sommelier’s evaluate a bottle of wine, they focus on six key factors:
Body, Tannins, Acidity, Sweetness, Flavor, Oak.

Over the next several Tuesday’s, train yourself to be a more insightful taster as we highlight each of the six key factors and share simple tasting exercises adapted from Food & Wine Magazine.

WINE-TASTING: BODY

IMG_0620Defining Body: Weight in the wine world refers to texture or thickness – a physical sensation of viscosity on the palate that is also know as “body.” Full-bodied wines feel heavier than light-bodied wines because they contain more alcohol.

Sugar, oak and the overall concentration of flavors in a wine can also contribute to body.

Considering Wine Body & Food Pairings: Consider the body of both the wine and the food. The wine and the dish should be equal partners, with neither overwhelming the other.

There’s a fair amount of instinct to this. In other words, go with your gut when considering food and wine pairings.

Pippin Hill’s Petit Verdot complements rich cuts of red meat as they are equally vigorous, but if you paired a flank stead with a crisp glass of our Sauvignon Blanc, it would have conflicting complexities. In contrast, a light Viognier pairs elegantly with a subtly flavored smoked trout because they are equal in delicacies.

Familiarize yourself with the low-, medium-, and high-texture wines, along with key points on how each is perceived and examples of corresponding wines.

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Wine-Tasting Workout: Body
Equipment
4 glasses
1/4 cup each of skim milk, 2% milk, whole milk and heavy cream

Taste the milk in ascending order of richness, beginning with skim and ending with heavy cream, considering the texture of each and the sensation in your mouth. The skim milk should dissipate very quickly; the cream will coat your tongue.

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Recipe: Chef Scatena’s Savory, Straightforward Cornbread

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1 baking pan
2 cup yellow cornmeal
2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon baking powder
1/1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoon salt
2 cup whole milk
4 large eggs
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup honey

Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the whole milk, eggs, butter, and honey. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed. Evenly divide the cornbread mixture into the pan. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden.

To be enjoyed with a bowl of chili on a blustery winter day.

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Looking for more guidance? Join us Wednesday, January 28th for our Slow Cooked Southern Fare cooking class! Sous Chef, Allie Redshaw will lead you in a hands-on, interactive food and wine experience.  Check out the complete menu here.

Space is limited. Email meg@pippinhillfarm.com to reserve your spot today!

Photo Credit: Food Network

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Pippin Hill Cooking Class : Slow Cooked Southern Fare

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Pippin Hill Cooking School
Slow Cooked Southern Fare
Wednesday, January 28th at 6:00 PM

On the Menu:

Braised Hudson Valley Duck Leg

Benne Seed Gremolata

Winter Squash Farrotto

Corn Bread

Our all-inclusive package is $75 per person, with a special rate of $65 per person for our valued wine club members. The price includes two glasses of wine. Wine bottles also available for purchase. Classes begin at 6 PM and typically last 2.5 hours.

Can’t make the 28th?
Check out our complete schedule of cooking classes here.

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CHEF SCATENA’S STRAIGHTFORWARD, SAVORY CORNBREAD:

1 baking pan
2 cup yellow cornmeal
2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon baking powder
1/1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoon salt
2 cup whole milk
4 large eggs
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup honey

Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the whole milk, eggs, butter, and honey. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed. Evenly divide the cornbread mixture into the pan. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden.

First photo: Bon Appetit, Second Photo: Food Network

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