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Ellie Anest
 
May 12, 2020 | Ellie Anest

Eleven Eleven “Eat What You Watch” Series: Our Favorite Wine, Food, and Movie Pairings Part 7

We love a good wine and food pairing here at Eleven Eleven, and one of our team’s favorite cookbooks, Eat What You Watch, takes it one step further by adding a fitting movie to each pairing. While you’re safe indoors, continue to pick up a little inspiration for your next wine and food pairing and see the choice of Co-Founder, Ellie Anest, below! Did you miss parts 1 through 6? If so, check them out, here.

The pairing: Pasta with prison gravy & meatballs and chocolate truffles
The movie: Goodfellas and Chocolat

Goodfellas is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in the gangster genre. This movie was adapted from the life of American Mobster, Henry Hill Jr. It’s filled with night club scenes, murder, drugs, marriage, friendship, and betrayal. While it has everything you could possibly need in a movie, you need a big, bold, complex wine to accompany the film.

With the amazing direction of Martin Scorsese and skillful acting of Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta, this movie screams for a pairing with a savory pasta with prison gravy and meatballs and our 2017 Laki’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

To soften the craziness of a mobster movie, I added the romantic drama, Chocolat, starring Juliette Binoche. Her elegance in this movie is also reminiscent of our Cabernet, and anyone that knows me well knows I appreciate the best chocolate!

Stay tuned for the final installation of our “Eat What You Watch” series, where another team member will share their favorite pairing. We hope this inspires you to Make Your Moment® and research some new and fun pairings you haven’t tried before. Share your creation with us on Instagram by tagging us @11.11.wines. Bon appétit!

Time Posted: May 12, 2020 at 8:47 AM
Ellie Anest
 
May 8, 2020 | Ellie Anest

Make Your Moment Series Virtual Experience: Episode 1 - Recipes from Joy & Ryan!

Thank you again to all that were able to join episode 1 of our Make Your Moment Series Virtual Experience! By popular demand, special guests Joy Bauer and Ryan Scott have shared two very special recipes with us that were mentioned during this experience: Joy's Protein Bagels and Ryan's Banana Pancakes!

See below for the recipes and instructions:

Joy's Protein Bagels:

In New York (where I’m from), bagels are a way of life—and they’re totally delicious. But let’s face it, these doughy delights are typically made with refined, junky white flour, are void of nutrition, and can set you back more calories and carbs than you care to count—and that’s before you spread on your topping of choice. These better-for-you bagels pack 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and a whole host of vitamins and minerals. That’s because they’re made with whole-grain flour, which contains more fiber and minerals than standard flour; chia seeds, which are filled with fiber and omega-3 fats; and protein-rich Greek yogurt. Now that’s a good morning!

Note: These bagels freeze wonderfully. When ready to enjoy, simply thaw in the microwave, slice, and toast in the toaster oven. Alternatively, you can slice them before freezing and place them directly in the toaster oven from the freezer.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Serving: 8 bagels


INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups non-fat plain Greek yogurt (thicker brands work best)


PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine the flour, baking powder, chia seeds, and salt in a large bowl. Add the yogurt and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated into a batter. Knead the dough with clean hands until it’s dry and elastic (this will take about 1 minute). Divide into 8 balls.

One at a time, roll each ball between your palms and form into a long rope (if it breaks apart, just squish it back together). Lay the rope on the parchment paper and form it into a circular shape, cinching the ends to complete a closed bagel. Leave space between each bagel on the baking sheet so they’re not touching.

Dip the tops into any preferred seasonings, if desired.

Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool before slicing.

NOTE: This recipe is from Joy's new cookbook, Joy Bauer’s Superfood!

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RYAN'S BANANA PANCAKES:


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of Straus milk 
  • 2 whole eggs 
  • 2 whole over-ripened bananas 
  • 2 tsp baking powder 
  • 2 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 2 cups AP flour 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 


PREPARATION:

Blitz everything in the blender until super smooth for 30 seconds.

Preheat a nonstick pan on to medium heat and pour a 1/4 cup of batter for each cake (I just lightly spray the pan with pan spray and whip it once clean, that’s it).

They take around 2 to 3 minutes per side, and you can tell they’re ready to flip when you see a lot of bubbles.

I like to cool them on a rack (so they don’t steam) that way I can put them in the fridge for the next couple days to eat.

Time Posted: May 8, 2020 at 7:45 AM
Ellie Anest
 
May 7, 2020 | Ellie Anest

Eleven Eleven “Eat What You Watch” Series: Our Favorite Wine, Food, and Movie Pairings Part 6

We love a good wine and food pairing here at Eleven Eleven! While you’re safe indoors, continue to pick up a little inspiration for your next wine and food pairing and see the choice of Co-Founder, Aurelien Roulin, below! Did you miss parts 1 through 5? If so, check them out, here.

The pairing: Flapjacks
The movie: Groundhog Day

Now more than ever we are staying home, and as a result, the days seem to run together. There is no better movie to emulate this feeling than Groundhog Day!

One of my favorite scenes from this film is when Phil and Rita are in the Tip Top Cafe and Phil has just ordered everything on the menu. The table is full of donuts, pastries, a plateful of eggs, bacon, and sausage, a huge strawberry milkshake, and of course, flapjacks! 

A stack of pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream on top with another small black pan of a pancake in the background

Flapjacks are mentioned a couple of times in the movie, and the hue of the strawberry shake is what sparked my pairing idea. There’s just one thing missing from his extravagant table spread, and that’s the perfect morning libation - our 2019 Estate Rosé of Syrah! This wine simply looks screams “morning” and would be the perfect pairing for anything on Phil's table. I might put a bit of a French twist on this with a pairing of crepes or french toast. Add some whipped cream and fresh berries to either of these and I know my day is off to a good start!

Stay tuned for the final installation of our “Eat What You Watch” series, where another team member will share their favorite pairing. We hope this inspires you to Make Your Moment® and research some new and fun pairings you haven’t tried before. Share your creation with us on Instagram by tagging us @11.11.wines. Bon appétit!

Time Posted: May 7, 2020 at 11:47 AM
Ellie Anest
 
April 27, 2020 | Ellie Anest

Eleven Eleven “Eat What You Watch” Series: Our Favorite Wine, Food, and Movie Pairings Part 5

We love a good wine and food pairing here at Eleven Eleven, and one of our team’s favorite cookbooks, Eat What You Watch, takes it one step further by adding a fitting movie to each pairing. While you’re safe indoors, continue to pick up a little inspiration for your next wine and food pairing and see our Winemaker's - Kirk Venge - choice below! Did you miss parts 1 through 4? If so, check them out, here.

The pairing: BBQ plank salmon with lemon and dill weed garnish
The movie: A River Runs Through It

The Maclean brothers, Paul and Norman, live a relatively idyllic life in rural Montana spending much of their time fly fishing in the movie A River Runs Through It. The sons of a minister, the boys eventually part company when Norman moves east to attend college, leaving his rebellious brother to find trouble back home. When Norman finally returns, the siblings resume their fishing outings and assess both where they've been, and where they're going.

A favorite of our Winemaker, Kirk Venge, this classic film pairs best with none other than a BBQ plank salmon with a hint of lemon and dill weed garnish. With it, Kirk loves our 2018 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay as it complements this dish beautifully. Brimming with zest, freshness, and layers of flavor, the palate of this wine continues with a round mouthfeel and presents flavors of baked golden apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The savory flavors and touches of citrus found in this salmon recipe make this a perfect, healthy night-in dinner option while you enjoy this quintessential Brad Pitt movie!

Stay tuned for next week’s installation of our “Eat What You Watch” series, where another team member will share their favorite pairing. We hope this inspires you to Make Your Moment® and research some new and fun pairings you haven’t tried before. Share your creation with us on Instagram by tagging us @11.11.wines. Bon appétit!

Time Posted: Apr 27, 2020 at 11:26 AM
Ellie Anest
 
April 20, 2020 | Ellie Anest

Eleven Eleven “Eat What You Watch” Series: Our Favorite Wine, Food, and Movie Pairings Part 4

We love a good wine and food pairing here at Eleven Eleven, and one of our team’s favorite cookbooks, Eat What You Watch, takes it one step further by adding a fitting movie to each pairing. While you’re safe indoors, continue to pick up a little inspiration for your next wine and food pairing and see Bob's choice below! Did you miss parts 1, 2, and 3 where we featured Holly, Jordan, and Joy's pairings? If so, check them out, here.

The pairing: Zinfandel and Fried Chicken with Corn on the Cob

The movie: What About Bob?

Bob is a beloved part-time Wine Educator of ours, and we took this opportunity to choose this pairing on his behalf because we just couldn’t resist!

In the movie What About Bob?, Bob Wiley - a character only Bill Murray could pull off - is the endearingly unstable patient of Dr. Leo Marvin. Their doctor-patient relationship is perfectly encapsulated during a memorable family dinner scene at Dr. Marvin’s house, wherein Bob’s enthusiastic adulation of fried chicken and corn sends Dr. Marvin over the edge.

We all love this fried chicken and corn on the cob recipe with our 2017 Moss Creek Old Vine Zinfandel because this wine has both sweet and peppery characteristics on the palate with just a touch of tannin. It’s a very versatile wine that accents the hints of spice and herbs in the batter of the fried chicken, and the sweetness of the corn. It’s the perfect combination for enjoying a quiet evening at home watching this film.

Stay tuned for next week’s installation of our “Eat What You Watch” series, where another team member will share their favorite pairing. We hope this inspires you to Make Your Moment® and research some new and fun pairings you haven’t tried before. Share your creation with us on Instagram by tagging us @11.11.wines. Bon appétit!

Time Posted: Apr 20, 2020 at 9:06 AM
Ellie Anest
 
April 14, 2020 | Ellie Anest

Eleven Eleven “Eat What You Watch” Series: Our Favorite Wine, Food, and Movie Pairings Part 3

We love a good wine and food pairing here at Eleven Eleven, and one of our team’s favorite cookbooks, Eat What You Watch, takes it one step further by adding a fitting movie to each pairing. While you’re safe indoors, continue to pick up a little inspiration for your next wine and food pairing and see Jordan’s choice below! Did you miss parts 1 and 2 where we featured Holly and Jordan’s favorite pairings? If so, check them out, here.
 

The pairing: Chardonnay and Pasta Aglio e Olio
The movie: Chef

Like food, sometimes movies are greater than the sum of their parts. The movie Chef proved to be a critically lauded gem for foodies. Jon Favreau plays a stubborn chef who decides to carve his own path in the food world by starting a food truck business. But, one of the most memorable dishes from the movie isn’t a Cubano he whips up for his customers; it’s the Pasta Aglio e Olio he makes for his date, played by Scarlett Johansson. A seemingly simple combination of a few classic ingredients, it’s an easy-to-make dish perfect for a late-night, a date night, or any night!
 

What Joy has to say:
“This dish is one of my favorites because my husband has mastered preparing it and I get to sit back, relax and enjoy. Our 2017 Chardonnay from Dutton Ranch is a great balance with not only the food, which is light yet flavorful, but it’s the perfect wine to sip with the dish when it’s done or while cooking. As Binging with Babish says, this meal is the perfect example of ‘something that is greater than the sum of its parts’. At first glance, the ingredients don't necessarily scream ‘Chardonnay’, but you will be pleasantly surprised by the magic that is this pairing.” 
 

Stay tuned for next week’s installation of our “Eat What You Watch” series, where another team member will share their favorite pairing. We hope this inspires you to Make Your Moment® and research some new and fun pairings you haven’t tried before. Share your creation with us on Instagram by tagging us @11.11.wines. Bon appétit!

Time Posted: Apr 14, 2020 at 11:57 AM
Ellie Anest
 
April 7, 2020 | Ellie Anest

Eleven Eleven “Eat What You Watch” Series: Our Favorite Wine, Food, and Movie Pairings, Part 2

We love a good wine and food pairing here at Eleven Eleven, and one of our team’s favorite cookbooks, Eat What You Watch, takes it one step further by adding a fitting movie to each pairing. While you’re safe indoors, continue to pick up a little inspiration for your next wine and food pairing and see Jordan’s choice below! Did you miss part 1 where we featured Holly’s pairing? If so, check it out, here!

The pairing: Estate Riesling and Confit Byaldi
The movie: Ratatouille

Remy, the exceptionally talented young rat chef in Ratatouille, is propelled to the title of “the finest chef in France” thanks to this vegetable dish he serves to a food critic. The French will be quick to correct you if you were to call Remy’s signature dish “ratatouille”, though, because the dish in the movie is actually an interpretation concocted by none other than esteemed chef Thomas Keller, who serves as the movie’s food consultant. Visually attractive and even more delicious, it softened even the most cold-hearted antagonist into cracking a smile and greedily chowing down.

What Jordan has to say:

“Not only is the movie ‘Ratatouille’ fantastic, but so is this recipe with our 2018 Destin Estate Riesling! Confit Byaldi is rich in flavor while also maintaining a lightness to it. The same could be said about our Riesling. It is dry in style with hints of orange zest and citrus. The brightness in acidity works perfectly to complement the Confit Byaldi, allowing the layers of flavors and herbaceousness to shine. This pairing is perfect from start to finish - just like the film ‘Ratatouille’.”

And, this recipe is especially fun to make with kids. Craft this colorful dish and settle down for a cozy night in and enjoy the meal while watching the movie. It’s especially fun to see the Confit Byaldi in the film because you can all say you’ve tried it, too!

Stay tuned for next week’s installation of our “Eat What You Watch” series, where another team member will share their favorite pairing. We hope this inspires you to Make Your Moment® and research some new and fun pairings you haven’t tried before. Share your creation with us on Instagram by tagging us @11.11.wines. Bon appétit!

Time Posted: Apr 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Ellie Anest
 
April 1, 2020 | Ellie Anest

Eleven Eleven “Eat What You Watch” Series: Our Favorite Wine, Food, and Movie Pairings, Part 1

Right now, we’re all spending a lot more time at home. We know it can feel daunting to plan meals every night, so we wanted to help! We love a good wine and food pairing here at Eleven Eleven, and one of our team’s favorite cookbooks, Eat What You Watch, takes it one step further by adding a fitting movie to each pairing.

We thought it would be fun to take this unique opportunity to sift through this book and highlight our team’s very own favorite combinations and encourage you to give them a try for a perfect evening spent at home. This will be a multi-part series where you can enjoy some light reading each week, and perhaps pick up a little inspiration for your next wine and food pairing along the way! First up is Holly, Manager, Hospitality & Wine Club.


The pairing: Bacigalupi Pinot Noir and Boeuf Bourguignon
The movie: Julie and Julia

Julie Powell, of the movie Julie and Julia, is a food blogger determined to cook through the entirety of Julia Child’s classic cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year. The climax of this feat is her attempt at boeuf bourguignon, a dish so important and representative of the intricacies of traditional French cuisine that she decides to serve it to her first food critic. 

What Holly has to say:

“I chose this dish because I absolutely love Julia Child and love creating anything she has made. We hosted a French-themed murder mystery dinner and cooked this dish for our guests. We served it with the 2017 Bacigalupi Pinot Noir because it 

really brings out the soothing flavors of the dish. Everybody at the dinner agreed. This has become my favorite pairing when I want a relaxing evening inside.”

Stay tuned for next week’s installation of our “Eat What You Watch” series, where another team member will share their favorite pairing. We hope this inspires you to Make Your Moment® and research some new and fun pairings you haven’t tried before. Share your creation with us on Instagram by tagging us @11.11.wines. Bon appétit!

Time Posted: Apr 1, 2020 at 1:51 PM
Ellie Anest
 
March 19, 2020 | Ellie Anest

New to the Collection: Our 2019 Destin Estate Rosé of Syrah

Our beautiful 2019 Destin Vineyard Estate Rosé of Syrah is here! We’re so excited about this beautiful new vintage, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share the backstory of this ever-popular Eleven Eleven wine with you.

We began making wine in 2012 with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Going into our sophomore year we added our Rosé of Syrah, followed by the first vintage of our Sauvignon Blanc in 2014.

We’ve been producing the Rosé since 2013, and the Syrah grapes we use for this wine are from our very own Destin Vineyard located in Oak Knoll District of the Napa Valley. We chose these grapes mainly because we’re

fortunate enough to have a high-quality Syrah vineyard. It's not only a unique varietal that boasts great acidity and balance, but we also have an affinity for French-style Rosé as one of our co-founders, Aurelien Roulin, is from France and this is one of his Mother’s favorites. This varietal is quintessentially French, and we felt like it couldn’t be a more perfect fit!

Select vineyard rows are farmed specifically for this production of this Rosé to ensure a balance between acidity, aromatics, and color. Whole clusters are pressed gently to the perfect pale pink hue followed by a cold and long fermentation to lock in the delicate aromatics. We harvest the Syrah fruit early with the intention of producing our Rosé wine. Harvesting early means the grapes are picked at a lower sugar content, which is then fully fermented resulting in a light, acidic and dry Provence-style Rosé.

This wine boasts a nose of rose water, citrus, and white flowers, while layered underneath are hints of strawberry, melon, and rhubarb. This complex bouquet leads to a palate of sprightly acidity and a salty minerality, followed by a lovely array of orange zest and white cherry. Tank-fermented and aged for two months in neutral oak, being from 100% Syrah grapes it’s a bright, bold expression of the Napa Valley.

To accompany this vivacious wine, our Rosé has the potential to pair with a variety of dishes. Perhaps the most classic of choices are Rosé and oysters, but if you’re looking for a kick, it also pairs beautifully with Indian cuisine with a cream-focused sauce. This is because the fats in the cream absorb and diffuse the high level of spice, bringing the focus to the texture in the slow-cooked meats. We particularly love a lamb korma or tikka masala. If you prefer a more hearty option to enjoy on a rainy day or cool evening at home, for example, lobster bisque complements this wine perfectly because it’s a little more full-bodied than white wine and the crisp acidity accents the lobster. 

Wherever you enjoy our Rosé, we hope you find it brings you a sense of joy and reminds you of hot beach days with friends, quiet moments stolen away for yourself, or afternoon picnics paired with your favorite summer fare.

Time Posted: Mar 19, 2020 at 10:50 AM
Ellie Anest
 
February 27, 2020 | Ellie Anest

Philanthropic Endeavors: How We Make Our Moment

At Eleven Eleven Wines, our mission is to be more than a wine brand and tasting room. Our endeavor to better our community and help others goes beyond our winemaking efforts. We are fortunate to be able to give our time, and our wine, in order to promote the welfare of others. This is an integral part of our lives, even before Eleven Eleven was created. 

All three partners believe in the importance of having a giving spirit. Carol and Ellie first met through a non-profit organization, Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc., a philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Church. Carol’s generous spirit of giving to cancer research, scientific research, arts, and education has influenced both Ellie and Aurelien. As a pillar of our business, we decided that giving back is an integral building block of who we are. 

We strive to have a well-thought-out social objective that goes beyond focusing on ourselves. Part of the Eleven Eleven culture and how we get our team involved is taking an interest in and participating in supporting our local community, in addition to larger national efforts. We’re excited to share the organizations we currently support with you
 

Local Support
 

Napa Valley Vintners Non-Profit Trade Association

This association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its 550 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership, and to care for this extraordinary place they call home. Through their industry advocacy and comprehensive member resources, they continuously work to be the voice of the Napa Valley wine industry for consumers, members of the wine trade, and media outlets around the globe.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Ellie has been part of the Queen of the Valley Foundation for the last four years and is currently a board member. This foundation raises funds for the Queen of the Valley Medical Center's equipment and facilities while increasing community awareness of the Medical Center's needs. It is an extension of supporting the community that gives back to so many. It’s been a true delight to host events on behalf of this foundation at our Napa winery.


National Support
 

The V Foundation for Cancer Research

Hosted in the Napa Valley from August 6th - 8th, the Wine Celebration event raises money for cancer research. This foundation was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach, Jim Valvano, with one goal in mind: to achieve Victory Over Cancer®. Through advocacy, education, fundraising, and philanthropy, this foundation’s event is something we’re always very eager and grateful to participate in.

United States Tennis Association (USTA)

One of our founding partners, Aurelien Roulin, is an avid tennis player and fan of the sport.  Through his love of tennis, we found it to be a natural fit to support an organization that is the leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States. 


In March, there are two other incredible philanthropic events we look forward to supporting.

Red, White & Snow

Taking place March 5th - 7th in Park City, Utah, Red, White & Snow is the National Ability Center’s premier fundraiser. This culinary, wine, and ski festival is among the top in the country and continues to rise in popularity and recognition. The weekend-long event celebrates some of the nation’s top chefs and finest vintners. The program offers a unique opportunity for culinary and wine connoisseurs, vintners, and snow sport enthusiasts from across the country to mingle in an extraordinary setting.

American Heart Association Ball

We were introduced to the American Heart Association (AHA) through Paula Kornell, who has been an integral team member of ours since 2012 and actively involved with the AHA for a number of years. This Annual Bay Area American Heart Association Ball is the premier American Heart Association fundraising event that is held on Friday, March 20 at the Four Seasons in San Francisco. The “Heart Ball” supporters help the AHA connect, innovate, influence, and invest in advancing efforts to change health outcomes as they relate to heart disease and stroke.

While it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of winemaking, as a company and community member we’re adamant about extending beyond the winery to make a difference. We hope this inspires you to give back to your own community and Make Your Moment ™.

Time Posted: Feb 27, 2020 at 9:25 AM