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A study in balance, much like Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon, Thai tom kha is the warming dish we crave this time of year. Coconut milk lends this soup it’s hallmark creaminess while galangal, lemongrass, and makrut lime leaves add an aromatic…

There are fewer things better than receiving a heartfelt message in the mail, especially when you may not be able to connect with others as often or in person. And, we’re not talking about email, we’re talking about the good,…

Fall is the perfect time for crafting indoors. That’s why we’re pouring a glass of Bonterra Chardonnay and creating these beautiful imprint patterns inspired by the natural world.   Landscapes change with the seasons, bringing new forms and colors to the…

It’s true. There are few things as magical as peak citrus season. But, here in sunny California, we’re lucky to have amazing citrus at our fingertips and on our countertops almost year round. So, when we find ourselves with an…

To watch a recording of the event, see the video linked below. Cheers, and stay tuned for more releases and events from Bonterra!   Thank you for joining the virtual Bonterra Fall Equinox Tasting! Unable to attend this time around?…

NEW Limited-Edition Fall Equinox Trio & Virtual Tasting September 22, 2020 at 5pm PDT And, just like that, it’s time to bid adieu to summer and say hello to fall. Celebrate the first day of fall with our new, limited-edition…

For this autumnal salad, farro is our grain of choice. Nutty, and packed with fiber and protein, farro is an ancient grain with roots that trace back to early Mesopotamia. To build your own farro salad, follow our simple suggestions…

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love veggie-centric dishes, especially during the fall when hearty organic produce is at its peak. A grilled cauliflower steak, tender curried lentils, and a touch of creamy, spicy hummus round out one…

Enjoy this delightfully refreshing spritzer made with fresh, Naturipe® Organic Berries and our Bonterra Chardonnay wine.  Easy to make when entertaining or enjoy with close friends or family as an aperitif.  The wine-infused berries deliver a pleasant pop to the…

Just what is purity you can trust? It boils down to Bonterra’s verified better-for-the-planet practices—on the farm, in the winery and every step along the way—that you can feel good about. 100% organic grapes Winery certified by CCOF Non-GMO Low-sulfite…

We love precise measurements and recipes, but sometimes it’s OK to freestyle. Hear us out. These delicious and fruity frozen yogurt bites are beyond easy to whip up. So don’t sweat it, follow our lead and cool down with these…

Summertime is our favorite time. But, sometimes it’s just too hot to cook. So, when the temperature says it’s too warm to turn on the stove or even light up the grill, we turn to the trusty fruit and veggie…

    With the summer season officially underway, we hosted our very first ever Virtual Wine Tasting Event! Our free guided tasting featured our limited-edition Summer Wine Trio, which spotlights three of our favorite summer sippers—Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, and…

Fire up the grill. It’s time for one of our favorite summer recipes: Swordfish Kabobs. Easy to make and even easier to eat, these swordfish and vegetable skewers are the perfect dish to marinate ahead of time and grill off…

Summer weather is great, but summer snacks, drinks, and treats are the real reason we look forward to warmer temperatures all year long. And, what says “it’s summertime” better than juicy watermelon and refreshing Bonterra Rosé? Capturing all of our…

Kimchi is the bright, crunchy solution to the dinnertime doldrums. These days, especially, we’re looking for vibrant flavors and pops of acid to liven up our meals throughout the week. So, enter the no-recipe recipe for infinitely customizable kimchi rice…

This spring, we’re eating green and drinking white. What could be a more appropriate springtime pairing than this quinoa and avocado salad served alongside a chilled box of Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc? A convenient and eco-friendly format for enjoying Bonterra, our…

With many of us adapting to new living and working routines, we’re on the hunt for ways to enliven the spaces we see and inhabit every day. Maybe the living room is now a conference room. Maybe homeroom takes place…

We love drinking Bonterra Rosé all year round, but there’s something special about enjoying a cool glass in the spring sunshine. So, it’s only natural that we’re taking our popsicle game to the next level by combining our favorite frozen…

Born from necessity and since elevated to an artform, bread making is in vogue for serious home cooks and beginning bakers alike. And, in contrast to popular cooking “hacks” for quicker, easier results, bread making, much like grape-growing or winemaking,…

Say “Hello” To Hot Pot Part cooking, part bonding with family and friends, DIY hot pot parties are 100% fun. Plus, hosting an epic hot pot party boils down to a few key components—a heat source, soup or broth, and…

March marks the official start of spring so, to celebrate, we’re whipping up one of our crowd-pleasing, springtime favorites: fresh, Vietnamese-inspired fresh rolls. Accompanied by chilled cans of Bonterra Rosé, with its lively strawberry and peach notes with a hint…

For wintry days when warm weather vegetables seem like a lifetime away, we double-down on the winter veggies we do love and break out the tagine. Think beets, cauliflower, onions, and chickpeas roasted with lemon and warming spices like cinnamon,…

In typical Bonterra fashion, we love taking our favorite things and making them, well, greener. Take our wines, for example. Made with organic grapes, Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, and Young Red come in four-can packs. Pre-portioned, portable, packable, and recyclable,…

A delicious activity for wintry days when the temperature drops. A tasty way to pass the time with friends and family. And, above all, a crowd-pleasing treat, few things can top a freshly baked apple strudel. Layers of flaky crust,…

As show-stopping as it is delicious, our Strawberry Rose Crepe Cake is carefully constructed by building layer upon layer of delicate crepes, lemony mascarpone filling, and sweet strawberries. Perfect for brunch, as a sweet treat after dinner, or anytime, really,…

They’re adorable. They’re edible. They’re our DIY gingerbread cookie ornaments. Break out your cookie cutters and get in the holiday spirit this season with a fun, crafty activity for friends and family. We can’t promise you’ll have enough cookies left…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Time for holiday cookie decorating, that is. Ornamenting (and eating) sugar cookies with family and friends is something we can truly get behind. With so many vibrant colors occurring naturally in the food…

‘Tis the season for warming, comforting recipes. So, when temperatures drop, we turn up our ovens and head to the supermarket for ingredients to make one of our favorite fall staples–the versatile and always delicious, lasagna. A choose-your-own adventure of…

Hearty and warming, it’s the harvest bowl.  Making its seasonal debut everywhere from restaurant menus to home kitchens this time of year, the harvest bowl, much like flannel shirts and pumpkin spice, is a harbinger of fall weather and fall…

Bonterra’s organic and regenerative farming practices reflect on a much larger scale the same thoughtfulness and care we bring to our at-home self-care routines. Always conscientious of what we’re putting in our bodies, it’s just as important to consider what…

Spring may be for floral prints and patterns, but late summer is for flower salads. You heard us. Festive and delicious, edible flowers add a pop of color to your not-so-typical salad.  Our variation marries an assortment of tender, baby…

We’ve entered peak corn season and when the produce is this prime, we’re all for keeping it simple with the popular Mexican street food that’s taken palates and Instagram by storm. We’re talking about the addictive, sweet, crunchy, creamy, smoky…

The ultimate summer sipper, Bonterra Rosé is the refreshing, food-friendly rosé your summer barbecue, picnic, or date night needs and deserves. Enjoyed chilled on its own, or alongside your favorite summer eats (hello, watermelon salad and smoky chicken skewers), a…

With three simple ingredients and an infinite number of scent combinations, it’s almost too easy to customize your own, natural aromatherapy routine. To unwind after a long day, refresh the linen closet, or revitalize the living room without cloying chemicals…

We’re a little obsessive about all aspects of our organic and Biodynamic® grape growing and winemaking processes so it’s only natural that we’re also obsessed with natural dyes. Compared to synthetic or commercial dyeing methods, which produce harmful waste and…

This month, we’re celebrating a new look and feel, and adding countless ways to enjoy Bonterra Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, and Young Red. Smaller, lighter, and infinitely recyclable, 250mL can four-packs are the newest addition to the Bonterra family and make…

Adhering to organic and Biodynamic® winemaking practices, we thrive at the intersection of nature and industry. Our three certified Biodynamic® ranches, governed by the planet’s natural cycles and systems, embody a holistic view of agriculture. In short, we’re dedicated to…

This Memorial Day, take the party outside with these grill-able and supremely shareable yakitori skewers. A chance to celebrate and remember those who have served our country, opt for crowd-pleasing chicken skewers you can grill quickly before returning to your…

We nurture and cherish our roots—whether we’re in the vineyards, at home with our families, or at work with our chosen Bonterra family—because these connections to the land and the people around us make for truly delicious wine and a…

We don’t know about you, but spring has sprung and we’re looking for light, refreshing recipes to help brighten up our springtime picnics, parties, and weekend meals. Our go-to recipe? A cooling, crunchy, creamy salad of thinly sliced cucumbers and…

Soak up Bonterra’s stunning organic vineyards firsthand by entering our Best Organic Life sweepstakes to win a VIP California Wine Country experience for two! To enter, share a photo capturing how you lead an organic lifestyle and tag Bonterra using…

Gone are the days of relegating Rosé to summer months and warm-weather, patio-drinking. Crafted from grapes organically grown in Mendocino County, Bonterra’s Rosé is here and it’s here to stay. Created using a variety of methods and grapes, Rosé lends…

Spotted arching above Bonterra’s sprawling organic vineyards and Biodynamic® estates, rainbows are a real treat, brightening up the sky and adding a little color to our days. These colorful surprises remind us of the ways we can incorporate pops of…

What do honey and wine have in common?  Well, more than you might think. Found in an endless array of different hues and flavors – from pale gold to deep amber and clover to blueberry – honey is as much…

This season, we’re opting to add a little color to our plates and palates with this wintry Citrus Salad with Walnuts and Tarragon Vinaigrette. Bringing some much-needed balance to a season often dominated by rich, decadent dishes, this salad is…

Delicious dessert or crowd-stopping centerpiece? When it comes to our Candied Caramel Apple Rose Tart, we won’t ask you to choose. A festive addition to any holiday party or potluck, the delicate apple rose buds atop this tart’s caramel custard…

We’re thrilled to share the inaugural release of our single vineyard Dry Muscat with you. Aromas of orange blossom, tangerine, and honeysuckle characterize this exciting new addition to our organic wine line-up. So, inspired by this wine’s aromas and flavor…

Inspired by Bonterra’s Biodynamic® vineyard at Butler Ranch, this homemade herbal tisane – a tea steeped with botanicals, spices, and fruit – pays homage to the cherry orchard that once occupied the estate, as well as the Single Vineyard Grenache…

At the foundation of our brand, and organic and Biodynamic® efforts, is an unparalleled respect for the environment and its wellbeing. This same attitude and holistic approach to wellness should be reflected in your self-care routine, whether you’ve established one…

When it comes to Bonterra wines and the Bonterra ethos, our organic certification means more than organic practices in the vineyard – it means a wholesome and healthy lifestyle for the planet and ourselves.  What does organic mean to you?…

It’s finally fall and with this beloved season comes a bounty of deeply delicious and richly colored produce, perfect for celebrating our favorite day of the week: Taco Tuesday. For the ultimate fall-inspired recipe, try our Fall Harvest Tacos.  Sure…

Choosing organically farmed wines from Bonterra is a no-brainer and, luckily, so is adopting greener, cleaner living practices around your home.  If you’re like us, you’ll welcome the addition of house plants to your living space because, well, their contributions…

Whether you are an avid gardener or a beginner seeking new ways to shrink your environmental footprint and integrate more sustainable practices into your life, seed saving is a snap. A time-tested, economical method for preserving and selecting the best…

Not many things pair better with a plate of raw oysters than our beautifully crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Bring out the superb brightness of ripe citrus peel and mineral notes with our 6 recipes for dressing your favorite seafood, using fresh,…

Incorporate your organic harvest in a meal full of flavor (and antioxidants) with our Roasted Harvest Salad, made with ripe vegetables and fresh greens. For a special treat, we love pairing alongside our Equinox Red.

Get organic this October by learning to make your own compost! Help your garden thrive with our tips and tricks for turning common materials into fuel for your vegetables and flowers. Advice for Beginners Keep in mind that your compost…

Our Squash Salad pairs well with all your summer festivities – especially alongside the light profile of our 2017 Young Red! What better way to use your fresh, organic summer vegetables than in this easy-to-make salad, topped with homemade pesto…

While some insects are considered pests, did you know that many species can actually play an integral role in keeping your garden healthy? Help your plants flourish with these organic farming tips for attracting the right visitors. Bees These pollinators…

Looking for the perfect complement to our 2017 Rosé? Try this tasty summer salad, made with sweet seasonal fruit and topped with feta and fresh mint. We love enjoying this recipe during the last few weeks of summer as an…

Slow roasting yields an uber tender chicken, with flavors that will rival your favorite rotisserie chicken. Pair with our Riesling or Pinot Noir.

This salmon  tartar  is  a  beautiful  and  simple  way  to  serve  your  favorite  salmon.  Be  sure  to  freeze  the  salmon  filet,  tightly  wrapped  in  plastic  wrap  for  at  least  8  hours.  Thaw slightly and chop while firm!  We  love  serving …

Rosé all May with us Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at the Bonterra Barn at McNab Ranch as we celebrate our latest release of Bonterra Rosé.

This simple but elegant salmon entrée comes to us from Jane at Adventures in Food & Wine. Not only is it excellent for a busy weeknight or as the star at your next dinner party. This dish pairs favorably with our…

It’s no secret that we love all things green at Bonterra. When it comes to cleaning, it can be tricky to be as environmentally responsible as we’d like (so many chemicals!). As we look to spring (and really, all year-round)…

This cozy recipe comes from Alexandra at A Taste of Well Being. Slow cooking the beef yields melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. The recipe calls for 2 cups of Bonterra Cabernet – so plenty left over for you and your dining companions to…

It’s no secret that we love wine, but in the pursuit of balance, we also love a refreshing mocktail to keep things exciting in the beverage world! We asked Jeran at Oleander + Palm to come up with a bright…

At Bonterra, we always strive for balance. Balance in the vineyards, in the wines and (as often as possible) in life! After 30 years of organic farming, we’ve come to grasp an understanding of the first two…but the latter is…

Slow roasting yields an uber tender chicken, with flavors that will rival your favorite rotisserie chicken. Pair with our Riesling or Pinot Noir.

What could be better than wine-soaked chocolate covered strawberries?

As your guests begin arriving for Thanksgiving, set a tone of warmth and welcome with this delectable take on the classic crostini.

The days are getting shorter and the crisp mornings are a reminder of warm savory dishes ahead to nourish us this fall.   Years ago it seemed like butternut and acorn were the options of the autumn squash world.  Now we…

Warm spices like cumin, coriander, and ginger play beautifully with the inherent sweetness of sweet potatoes, enhanced by the caramelization of both the sweet potatoes and onions in this dish. A squeeze of lime adds a bright finish.

Warm spices—like cumin, coriander, and cinnamon—have a lovely warming effect on the whole being. They’re also terrific for healthy digestion.

This bark is easy to make and utterly addictive.

This is actually a deconstructed mash-up of the Turkish Muhummara dip and the Spanish Romesco sauce—both of which are made with peppers, nuts, and spices–with all of the ingredients added to the roasting pan rather than blended for a robust,…

These flavorful bites are like your favorite spinach-artichoke dip and the pita chips you scoop it up with all in an airy puff, and they’re perfect with Bonterra Chardonnay.

This hearty dish captures all you love about chili – the comfort, the warming heat – using much less meat (and more leafy greens!) than the traditional version.

This is an elegant salad to start off a family gathering, to be sure. But it also makes a terrific light meal in and of itself. Feel free to add cubed beets or roasted vegetables or even a scoop of cooked quinoa if you’re going the main course route.

The wine in these brownies isn’t overpowering—like espresso brownies, only with Cabernet instead.

We love all things La Tortilla Factory, but especially their organic, non-GMO tortillas. This delicious end-of-summer recipe takes the fish taco to new heights with grilled halibut, crema Mexicana and classic cilantro. Our aromatic Bonterra Viognier strikes the perfect balance…

Whether your garden is overflowing with home-grown zucchini or you have a basket full from the weekend farmer’s market, this fresh and flavorful salad is both light enough as a side dish and hearty enough for a meal.

These stone fruit popsicles are a bit reminiscent of a white wine sangria—a bit tart, a little sweet, and full of fresh peach flavor.

Skip the supreme pizza and opt for this lighter version of everyone’s favorite food—featuring microgreens, asparagus and peas! Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest

Grilling sturdy greens gives them a savory smokiness, which plays beautifully into this riff on the classic BLT.

This kebab combo uses a simple, homemade teriyaki glaze that compliments sweet and savory. Mix it up on the grill and use this same recipe with grilled chicken or summer veggies.

Watermelon and feta cheese go beautifully with the cool, minty notes of basil.

Caprese salads – ripe tomatoes paired with mozzarella, basil and olive oil – are the epitome of summer. These quick, colorful skewers are the perfect summer nibble for serendipitous get togethers.

This Zinful BBQ sauce takes only 15 minutes, plus it pairs perfectly (of course) with a glass of our Zinfandel. Mop it onto ribs, chops, chicken … even a burger. Just be warned … once you’ve had it, there’s no going back to bottled! 

This kebab combo brings a touch of the tropics to your summer grill.

How to choose, use and pair fava beans.

How to choose, use and pair spring onions.

How to choose, use and pair pea shoots.

How to choose, use and pair frisee.

How to choose, use and pair celery root.

How to choose, use and pair baby turnips.

Verlasso has been a leader in sustainable practices for nearly a decade and works closely with their local communities to reduce environmental impact with proven, innovative farming techniques.

Dana DiRicco-Benjamin is one of our organic farmers. She grows Sauvignon Blanc grapes in Upper Lake, located in beautiful Northern California. We asked her what her favorite food to pair with Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc was and she shared this recipe. Enjoy!

Brewing tea in the sun makes it taste like you’ve captured summer in a glass. Use this recipe as a jumping off point for fun flavor combos of your own.

This omelet is classic French fare at its best. Simple, rustic and packing more flavor than you’d think possible from so few ingredients.

It can be tough to know what's really in season when the same produce is available year-round at the supermarket. But we've got you covered. Our at-a-glance guide tells you what's ripe for the picking and, if you're starting a garden of your own, what to get in the ground and how.

Whole books have been written about composting. But overwhelm is the biggest deterrent to starting something new, so we’ve simplified composting to this simple flowchart.

I love carbonara, but it can sometimes be too rich. This version adds a healthy dose of wild mushrooms for earthiness and tarragon for a fresh note.

What better way to get into the spirit of Earth Day than to make something totally new with a piece of junk you've had lying around! Here are our 10 favorite DIY upcycling projects on the web.

Tis the season for a mug of Hot Cocoa next to a cozy fire! Perfect for sipping or gifting.

Fall may be the time when trees shed their leaves, but greens are still aplenty in gardens and farmers markets. This season, experiment with these seven greens for delectable and healthy salads, sides and center of the plate fare.

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