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Spend a day making a batch of beautiful butternut squash ravioli. Enjoy a glass of wine while you cook and pair the dish with a Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir when you serve the ravioli for dinner.
Every year I host a food making party of some sort. Usually we are making Tamales or Cannoli shells, but this year I had a craving for some delicious Butternut Squash Ravioli. Since Ravioli is pretty labor intensive and best done with friends and wine, it was a no brainer to have my besties over for a day of cooking!
To me, the best days are had over a good meal and a good class of wine. That’s why when I was planing my little labor party, I wanted to make sure to have the best wine. After all, I was inviting friends over to work! Now, I love a good red, and this Russian River Valley Pinot Noir by Sonoma-Cutrer is my top choice. This vintage Pinot is round, silky, and elegant with a long finish of flavors of black cherry, tobacco and sweet barrel spice that shine throughout. This Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile red wines and pairs beautifully with lamb, beef, mushrooms, and root vegetables
Sonoma-Cutrer also makes wonderful Chardonnay. Our personal favorite, and one that I buy for my grandmother every holiday is the Les Pierres Chardonnay. The wine has a tightly focused mouthfeel with Sonoma-Cutrer’s signature bright and lively citrus-laced acidity delivering a long, juicy lingering barrel spice finish. It pairs wonderfully with salmon, lamb, curry, vegetables, and terrine dishes. It also paired perfectly with these Butternut Squash Ravioli.
What makes Sonoma-Cutrer wine outshine other brands is their unique approach to making the wines. First, harvests take place at night or in the early morning hours, when the cool temperatures take over the heat of the sun. The grapes are hand picked before entering a modern cooling tunnel, an innovative tunnel that keeps grapes at their ideal temperature throughout the whole process. The wines are stored in French barrels that are built only select trees, making each barrel is the work of a master-craftsman. If you are ever in the Sonoma, CA area, take a trip to their secret Pinot Noir Winery- The Pinot Barn.
Because we knew that we had enough wine to last us the day, we set out to make enough ravioli to stock the freezer and prepare for the holidays. We made a pumpkin version and a butternut squash version. The photos above were actually of the pumpkin ravioli. My hands were covered in too much flour when it came time to photograph the butternut squash version!
While both were delicious, our favorite was this Butternut Squash Ravioli. Paired with roasted butternut squash in the actual pasta and in the filling, along with ricotta, browned butter, sage, and pancetta, it was a motherwateringly delicious meal! One that we will all be making many more times over the next months to use up our stock!
So if you are looking for a fun and productive day with friends, order a bottle or two of Sonoma-Cutrer and get cooking! If you are looking for a great gift, Sonoma-Cutrer offers a wonderful wine club that delivers right to your door! Enjoy!Print
Jackie has been blogging for the past 5 year. She loves to eat (obviously), travel, and garden. She has a very creative mind...there will always be 5 recipes that she is working on in the fridge, 57 tabs open on her computer, and notes written on napkins all over the house! It may drive her husband a bit crazy, but it works!