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Cookbook Review – Vineyard Cuisine

Updated on September 27, 2008

Do you love fine wine and excellent food? Would you like to learn the secrets of creating the perfect recipe and wine combinations for every day and special occasion meals? If so, Vineyard Cuisine by Merrill and Paul Bonarrigo might be the perfect addition to your cookbook collection. It's also a terrific gift idea for the wine enthusiasts and foodies on your special occasion gift and holiday shopping lists.

The Vineyard

As owners of the Messina Hof Winery and Resort, located in Texas, Merrill and Paul Bonarrigo certainly qualify as experts when it comes to vineyard cuisine. The Bonarrigos established the vineyard in 1977 as a small, experimental vineyard. The facility has grown to a popular and expansive resort destination home to a lovely bed and breakfast villa, breathtaking scenery, and the renowned Vintage House Restaurant.

Visitors to the Messina Hof Winery and Resort can enjoy tours and tastings, culinary classes, wine classes, specialty dinners, and other unique and enjoyable events. Whether you're able to visit the vineyard and resort or not, you can bring its unique flavor to your dinner table when you prepare the delicious recipes you'll find in Vineyard Cuisine.

The Book

More than just a collection of recipes, Vineyard Cuisine begins with the tale of how the authors met, fell in love, and came to become the founders of the Messina Hof Winery and Resort. You'll learn about the couple's old world roots - his in Italy, hers in Germany - and see how their individual family traditions came together to make the wine and cuisine of the Messina Hof Winery and Resort as unique and special as it is. You'll also learn about the early days of the vineyard and be able to read about the stories behind many of the unique recipes served in the restaurant and available to you in the book.


Among the more than 90 outstanding recipes in the book, you'll likely find many dishes that are destined to become favorites in your household, including:

  • Angel's Peach Cobbler
  • Blintz French Toast
  • Champagne Viniagrette Salad
  • Chocolate Pate
  • Grilled Texas Strip Steak with Paulo Red Onion Marmalade
  • Merrill's Cinnamon Rolls
  • Mini Potato Pancakes
  • Orange Date Cake
  • Paulo's Salad
  • White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding
  • Dozens of additional delightful recipes

Wine and Food Pairing

In addition to the numerous superb recipes, you'll also find a comprehensive guide that describes natural flavor affinities with wine. Using this guide, you'll be able to make wise decisions about which types of wine to serve with your meals, regardless of what you are preparing for your friends and family to enjoy.


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