Whole Spice has a delicious Fattoush Salad Recipe for you to try! Get some fresh Zahtar spice blend and sumac during your next visit to the spice shop. In case you missed July’s end of the month sale, Whole Spice will be offering another 20% sale for Oxbow newsletter readers August 29-31!

Mediterranean Fattoush Salad with Homemade Pita Chips
(Serves 4-6)

The instructions for this recipe begin with the pita chips, which Ronit blends with Zahtar spice blend for authentic eastern Mediterranean flavor.

2 pita breads
2 Tbs. water
3/4 tsp. salt, divided
2 1/2 Tbs. Whole Spice Zahtar spice blend, divided
1/2 tsp. ground sumac
6 Tbs. olive oil, divided
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
2 Persian cucumbers
2 Roma tomatoes
1/2 small red onion
10 Kalamata olives, pitted
3 Tbs. crumbled feta cheese

For the pita chips with Zahtar blend:
Preheat oven to 350. Slice the pita into bite-sized squares and place them in a small salad bowl. 
Drizzle with water and 3 Tbs. olive oil; season with 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 Tbs. Zahtar blend. With your hand, gently mix to make sure all pita bites are coated with spices. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.

For the salad:
Chop all the vegetables and place them in a salad bowl with the olives. Mix together 3 Tbs. olive oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, sumac, lemon juice and 1 1/2 Tbs. Zahtar Blend, and toss with the vegetables. Just before serving, top with pita chips and feta. Enjoy!

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Napa Reserve is luxuriously smooth, round, with full character and an opulent flavor. This elegant neutral brandy has reminiscent characteristics of sweet grass, lemon, grapefruit, unripe peach, and a long subtle finish with notes of white pepper.

Napa Reserve is distilled from a single vintage, single estate, Napa Valley Appellation Sauvignon Blanc — making it one of the most unique spirits in the world.

This connoisseur’s Neutral Brandy is a great alternative to plain old vodka! It brings forth grace, elegance, character and an incredibly silky-smooth finish with absolutely zero additives or flavorings. Just the pure essence of Napa Valley!

For a unique experience in the heart of Napa, swing by their tasting room at the Oxbow!

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has found a real gem: It is rare to find older American Pinots that are in great condition and showing significant bottle development. It is not that many Pinots can’t age well, but rather that most of don’t wait to find out! Amity is a small producer in Oregon founded by Myron Redford. Like his contemporaries, the late David Lett at Eyrie and Dick Ponzi at Ponzi Vineyards, Myron was one of the pioneers of modern Oregon wine production. A strict believer in “hands-off” winemaking, many wine professionals have felt his wines have been a bit uneven. When they have been good, however, they have sometimes been very good, and on occasion even exceptional.

Myron retired recently and sold his winery to the folks at Union Wine Company (Underwood cans!), who Myron believed would be great stewards of his and the winery’s legacy. In a dark corner of the winery cellar they found about 30 cases of this gem resting peacefully. Oxbow Cheese & Wine was able to grab a couple cases by virtue of having recently featured the Amity Pinot Blanc in their Wine Club. The flavor profile is very different than young Pinot. Instead of youthful cherry and red berry fruit, there is savory dried berry and plum, sage, tobacco, a touch of dusty earth — in other words a red that is maturing — but the wine still has firm acidity and solid tannins. It could probably go another 5 years if someone wanted to wait. If you ever wondered what Oregon Pinot could taste like with some bottle age, this is your chance, and at $39/bottle it is a steal.

Nothing says summer like a nice, cold cocktail! Grab a bottle of the Old Hollywood cocktail from Napa Valley Distillery to stay cool during the warm weather. Napa Valley distillery has a collection of pre-mixed and barrel-aged cocktails that are perfect for your next party, or just as a cocktail after a long, hot day.

For a twist on a classic Tiki cocktail, try the Old Hollywood cocktail made with Napa Valley Distillery’s Old Hollywood Ginn. Simply pour over crushed ice, or for some added fun, garnish with a lime, pineapple, and make sure you don’t forget the umbrella!

Blended using their Old Hollywood Ginn, California sweet vermouth and Small Hand Foods pineapple gum syrup. This cocktail is reminiscent of an era long gone, and is sure to take you back to late-night suppers at the Brown Derby. Napa Distillery makes its oak-infused cocktails using their own premium, award-winning craft spirits and all-natural ingredients. This libation is an original house creation from Arthur Hartunian, proprietor of Napa Valley Distillery.

Here’s a refreshing recipe from Whole Spice for Tzatziki, a cool cucumber dip, to bring to your next picnic.

Tzatziki
(Serves 4)

Ingredients:
3 Persian cucumbers, grated
1 scallion, chopped fine
3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
2 small cloves of garlic, minced
4 Tbs. fresh dill, chopped fine
2 cups Greek yogurt
3/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbs. olive oil

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together well and serve with pita chips (below).

Pita Chips
(Serves 4)

Ingredients:
2 pita breads
2 Tbs. water
3 Tbs. olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Slice the pita into bite-sized squares and place them in a small bowl. Mix water and olive oil and drizzle over the pita squares. Season with salt and pepper. With your hand, gently mix to make sure all pita bites are coated. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.

Whole Spice will be offering a 20% discount the last three days of the month, July 29-31!

Summertime is in full effect now, and  is celebrating the season’s first heirloom tomatoes with two new items on its food menu. The classic and always delicious Caprese salad is made with fresh mozzarella “Fiore di Latte” from the Belfiore Cheese Co. in Berkeley, CA, a drizzle of fig balsamic and EVOO, a dash of salt and pepper and, of course, some freshly chopped basil. The second new addition to the menu is the Caprese sandwich. Essentially the Caprese salad on a ciabatta roll, with the addition of some fabulous sliced prosciutto di Parma. For all you non-carnivores out there, you may certainly order it vegetarian style without the prosciutto. Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has also just rolled out, in addition to it existing Wine Club program, a seasonal Rosé wine club. Every month, alongside the regular wine club releases, two new and superb rosé wines will be available for those who enroll. This is a perfect limited club offered seasonally from May through October for you to enjoy. As with the other club types, the selections for the Rosé wine club will feature wines of diverse tastes, varietals, and origins and will be in the dry, crisp style. To get more info, please ask a staff member at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant.

Escape the summer heat and cool off at Five Dot Ranch and Cookhouse. Their beer and wine selection pairs well with their menu; for example, try the Haechi Cellars Dream Star Sauvignon Blanc with the Beef Gyro Salad. This salad is filled with fresh produce like crisp romaine, cucumbers and tomatoes and is dressed in light housemate tzatziki dressing, complementing the bright and lively Sauvignon Blanc. Or try the Napa Smith Cool Brew Hop Ale with a Crispy Beef “Carnitas” Sandwich. This dry, clean, refreshing pale ale pairs nicely with the cilantro-lime coleslaw, salsa verde and pickled red onions that adorn the beef “carnitas.” In addition to these summer recommendations, Five Dot has other wines to choose from including several reds and beers on tap from Anchor Steam and Napa Smith.