This is one of our favorite summertime fares at the vineyard!


Cup extra virgin olive oil
Cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
4 large cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 large head romaine lettuce
4 roma tomatoes cut into wedges
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Combine & blend the first 5 ingredients. Remove cup of the mixture and use to marinate chicken.
Refrigerate for 1 hour or more.  Discard used marinate.

Grill chicken breasts on an oak wood, charcoal or gas BBQ.

Cut romaine into 1 inch pieces and add to salad bowl. Add tomatoes and remaining oil & vinegar mixture and toss to coat all ingredients.  Divide salad among 4 plates and top each with sliced grilled chicken breasts.  Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately. Makes 4 portions

Recommended wine: Dunning Vineyards Chardonnay! 

This wonderful delight makes a great appetizer!  In summertime we share this with our guests when the vine-ripened tomatoes from the vineyard garden come in!


10-12 Fresh garden ripe tomatoes
4 Garlic cloves finely minced
2 Tablespoons minced shallots
Cup fresh basil leaves
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt & coarsely ground black pepper
8 Thick slices of crusty country bread

Cut the fresh garden tomatoes into inch dices & place in a bowl. Toss with the minced garlic & shallots.

Chop the fresh basil coarsely & add to the tomatoes.

Add the balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Toast the crusty bread & cut in half. Spoon the tomato mixture over the bread & serve immediately!

Makes 8 portions

Recommended wine: Any Dunning Vineyards wine!

This is always a Big hit in our Tasting room and pairs great with all our Estate wines!

Zinfandel Dark Chocolate Cake

Oven to 350 degrees. Spray a rectangular 13x9 pan with non stick spray.
Assemble the following dry ingredients:

2 cups Sugar
1 cup Flour
cup Hershey's Natural unsweetened Coco
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Baking Soda
Pinch salt

In a large mixer bowl combine above dry ingredients.
Then add to the mixer bowl the following:
2 eggs
1 Cup milk
Cup Vegetable oil
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Beat on Medium speed for 2 minutes.

Combine 2/3 water and 1/3 Dunning Zinfandel Wine and microwave till comes to a boil
Add to the bowl and stir well.  Batter will be thin.  Pour into prepared pan and bake 25-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. 

Dust with powder sugar

No need for frosting as this cake is rich and moist!

Serves 12 people