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Longtime friends of Goosecross, Rafael Dieppa and Diane De Filipi of Let’s Go Cook Italian, are also excellent chefs. In this phone interview, Diane talks with Rafael about his very interesting, multi-cultural background and its influence on the way he cooks. Enjoy! LISTEN MP3


Delicious Pairings For The Holidays

by David on December 19, 2009

Trying to decide what wines to serve for your holiday dinner? Colleen Topper, our proprietor here at Goosecross, Sherry Page of Culinary Getaways and Diane De Filipi of Let’s Go Cook Italian have some great ideas for you! For recipes from Colleen, go to Colleen’s Kitchen at For Sherry’s recipes, visit Culinary Getaways For […]


Goosecross: Not All Pumpkins are Created Equal

by David on November 8, 2009

Getting ready for Thanksgiving?  Give a listen to this two-minute Fun Fact on the best pumpkins for baking! Speaking of Thanksgiving, Colleen has a great Thanksgiving menu for you on our homepage!  Of course it includes pumpkin pie, which is absolutely delicious with a glass of our Chenin Blanc.  So much to be grateful for! […]


Goosecross Fun Fact: The Olive Harvest!

by David on October 26, 2009

As the Napa Valley wine harvest winds down, the olives are preparing to grab center stage!  November is prime time for the olive harvest and in this 2-minute Fun Fact our good friend, Diane DeFilipi of Let’s Go Cook Italian, will tell you about some very fun goings on in the valley to celebrate!  Cheers!


2006 Napa Valley AmerItal Red

by David on October 19, 2009

Sleek, silky and food friendly – what more do you need? But what the heck is it? The “Ital” part is the grape varieties – in this case an unconventional, but delicious blend of Tuscany’s earthy Sangiovese and Piemonte’s fruit-driven Barbera. These low tannin, high acid varieties account for the above descriptors – the wine […]

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The Perfect Menu for Mother’s Day!

by David on May 4, 2009

It’s just a few, short days away and you want to do something really special for the one who gave you milk and cookies after school and dried your tears when your feelings got hurt, right? Well, Colleen, a thankful daughter and a mother herself, came up with this stress-free, three-course menu that’s as easy […]


Just Released: 2006 Napa Valley Merlot

by David on April 13, 2009

Better stop by the tasting room! We’ve just released our 2006 Merlot and it’s sure to put a smile on your face. About 1/2 the grapes were grown on our estate right here at the winery. This mid-valley location allows for plenty of ripeness and full, opulent flavors. The rest of the fruit came from […]


The incredibly concentrated, luscious 2006 ÆROS® has just been shipped out to our club members and, as always, we celebrate with food!  Colleen united the savory with the subtly sweet when she dreamed up this delicious recipe for Duck Breast with Black Mission Fig Sauce. Needless to say, it’s fabulous with a glass of the ’06 ÆROS […]

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Open That Bottle Night Strikes Again!

by David on February 19, 2009

You know who you are. You’re one of those people who’s hording a very special bottle of wine for reasons known only to you. Maybe it has sentimental value. Maybe it cost so much that you’re afraid it has you outclassed Whatever… The point is that this beverage has been placed on a such a […]


More Comfort Food n Cab Franc!

by David on November 28, 2008

Maui onions, sour cherries, heavy cream, almonds – who needs chicken? Just give me the sauce and I’ll disappear into my room for awhile… Another great pairing for the Cab Franc! My guess is the cherries are the clincher… Better try Colleen’s recipe for Cream Cherry Chicken! What a perfect project for a cold, cloudy […]