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© Photo courtesy of Jordan Winery

As the days grow longer, embracing the midwinter season becomes a magical experience, especially when it involves a romantic dinner for two at home. This Valentine’s Day, create a gourmet experience in the comfort of your own home, where each course and sip of wine is a celebration of life. 

For this culinary exploration, explore the decadent creations from Jordan Vineyard & Winery’s Executive Chef Jesse Mallgren, or try the easier-to-manage Home Chef menu, to bring out the flavors of an exceptional menu pairing.  

As you plan your romantic dinner for two at home, the excitement lies in the anticipation of these culinary delights. Each course is carefully crafted to pair exquisitely with Jordan Winery’s exceptional wines, ensuring that your Valentine’s Day is not just a meal, but a memorable experience filled with exquisite flavors. 

Below are two options for you to navigate: the Master Chef and the Home Chef. Both will make a testament to the harmony of food and wine.

The Master Chef Menu – A Gourmet Taste of Jordan Wines

Appetizer Pairing

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© Photo courtesy of Jordan Winery, Brentwood Corn & Caviar from Executive Chef Jesse Mallgren

Jordan Chardonnay x Brentwood Corn & Caviar

Begin your romantic dinner with a luxurious appetizer that sets the tone for the evening. Chef Mallgren’s Brentwood Corn and Caviar is an inventive creation that beautifully complements the fruit and acidity of Jordan Chardonnay. 

This dish is not your average corn on the cob; it’s an elevated experience that turns a simple vegetable into a lavish starter. The creamy texture and delicate flavors of the caviar blend seamlessly with the crispness of the Chardonnay, creating a harmonious balance on the palate. 

This pairing is an excellent way to impress your significant other and start your Valentine’s Day dinner with a touch of sophistication.

To read the full recipe, click here.

Entree Pairing

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© Photo courtesy of Jordan Winery, Butternut Squash Soup from Executive Chef Jesse Mallgren

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon x Butternut Squash Soup

For the main course, indulge in a warm, comforting dish that captures the essence of the season. The 2011 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, with its Bordeaux-like qualities, is the perfect match for Chef Mallgren’s hearty butternut squash soup. 

The earthy flavors of the roasted squash, enhanced with black walnuts, pumpkin seed oil, sherry vinegar, and a quenelle of pork rillettes, create a complex yet comforting bowl that pairs exquisitely with the rich and elegant notes of the Cabernet Sauvignon.

This combination not only pleases the palate but also brings a sense of warmth and intimacy to your romantic dinner for two at home. 

Read the full recipe here

The Home Chef Menu – Simple Elegance with Jordan Wines

Having explored the exquisite culinary creations of Jordan Winery’s Executive Chef Jesse Mallgren, where each dish is a testament to gourmet finesse and perfectly paired with Jordan’s elegant wines, you might have found those sophisticated recipes inspiring yet a touch ambitious for the home kitchen. 

Fear not, for we have just the alternative for you. As we present the Home Chef menu, we pivot from the high-end gourmet to the delightfully doable, without sacrificing an ounce of romantic flair or flavor.

Let’s dive into this approachable yet impressive culinary adventure, where simplicity meets elegance, ensuring your Valentine’s Day is filled with love, flavor, and a touch of Jordan Winery’s charm.

Appetizer Pairing

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Jordan Chardonnay x Creamy Garlic Shrimp

For your romantic starter, bask in the delight of a simple yet sophisticated dish. The crisp and refreshing Jordan Chardonnay is an ideal accompaniment to the Creamy Garlic Shrimp. 

This appetizer, easy for any home chef, bursts with the flavors of freshly sautéed shrimp in a rich garlic butter sauce, accentuated by a touch of cream. The addition of lemon and parsley not only adds a fresh twist but also highlights the wine’s fruit-forward character. 

This pairing promises to start your evening with an elegant and flavorful experience, setting the tone for a night of culinary romance.

Entree Pairing

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Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon x Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops with Roasted Vegetables

For the main course, embrace the heartiness and warmth of Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops, perfectly paired with the Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. The lamb, coated in fragrant rosemary, thyme, and garlic, offers a rustic yet refined flavor profile that complements the deep, Bordeaux-like qualities of the Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Roasted alongside a medley of seasonal vegetables, this dish not only satisfies the palate but also embodies the essence of a home-cooked, romantic dinner. 

The rich and complex notes of the Cabernet Sauvignon elevate this dish, creating an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dining experience.

Dessert Pairing

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Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble x Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Conclude your Valentine’s Day dinner with a classic and romantic dessert: Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, enhanced by the effervescence of the Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble. 

The simplicity of ripe strawberries, enrobed in luscious dark chocolate, creates a dessert that is both elegant and indulgent. The sparkling Jordan Cuvée, with its vibrant and refreshing character, beautifully cuts through the richness of the chocolate, providing a harmonious balance. 

This delightful pairing is not just a dessert, but a celebration of your love.

Crafting Your Perfect Romantic Dinner for Two at Home

Celebrating Valentine’s Day is about creating memories and experiences. The pairing of Jordan Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay with Chef Mallgren’s inspired dishes or our Home Chef menu offers a unique way to explore flavors and enjoy each other’s company. 

Whether it’s the elegance of Brentwood Corn and Caviar, the heartiness of the Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops, or the sweet ending with chocolate strawberries, these pairings are designed to bring the essence of a wine country dining experience into the comfort of your home. 

Remember, the key to a successful Valentine’s Day romantic dinner for two at home is not just in the food and wine but the shared moments and love that you pour into every aspect of the meal.