Cooking has always been a passion of mine, and now that I’m older, I’ve combined that passion with wine. There’s nothing better than finding the perfect wine to pair with your meal. It not only enhances the flavor, it also encourages you to slow down and savor the moment. It seems like we are always rushing through life, so it’s nice to be able to enjoy dinner as a family and talk about our day. It’s these simple moments that I cherish.
I’m always looking for new wines to try, so I was happy to discover Wente Vineyards, the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed Estate vineyards in California to create a collection of fine wines.
Chardonnay is one of my favorite wines because it pairs well with so many different foods. This past weekend, I picked up a bottle of Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay for my husband and I to try. I had heard great things about it and it did not disappoint! The high-quality wine is full-body and has a smooth, balanced taste. It paired perfectly with our lemon garlic baked cod, steamed veggies and rice.
This Lemon Garlic Baked Cod is my go-to for busy nights. It’s healthy, kid-approved and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. I’ve shared the recipe below if you would like to make it. Make sure you grab a bottle of Wente Vineyards to enjoy with it!
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 4 cod fillets
- ½ tsp paprika
- Preheat oven to 425°. Spray 9x12 baking dish with non-stick spray.
- In a small bowl, mix butter, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
- Place cod fillets in baking dish. Pour butter mixture on top, making sure to spread evenly. Sprinkle with paprika.
- Bake uncovered for 15 minutes (25 minutes if frozen), or until fish is white and flakes easily with a fork.
Want to learn more about Wente Vineyards? Watch this video to see how 5th generation winemaker, Karl Wente draws parallels between his two passions of making wine and making music. Pretty cool!