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Check out our recipe for Chili with Chocolate & Cornbread.

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


3/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 Cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
4 large cloves minced garlic
2 1/2  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 3/4 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
1/2 Cup fresh basil leaves
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
1/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt & coarsely ground black pepper
8 Thick slices of crusty country bread

Cut the fresh garden tomatoes into 1/4 inch dices and place in a bowl. Toss with the minced garlic and shallots.

Chop the fresh basil coarsely and add to the tomatoes.

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

Toast the crusty bread and cut in half. Spoon the tomato mixture over the bread and 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:

In a large mixer bowl combine above dry ingredients. 

Then add to the mixer bowl the following:

Beat on Medium speed for 2 minutes.

Combine 2/3 cup water and 1/3 cup 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 powdered sugar

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

Serves 12 people