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Westerly Wines


Bordeaux-style varietals from diverse, top quality vineyards

Owner & visionary, Roger Bower, is on the cutting edge of an emerging movement in Santa Barbara County. He works closely with all aspects of farming and winemaking, ranch management, as well as sales and marketing. Roger lives on his property, Crown Point, which is located in the heart of the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA. At dawn and at dusk, he can frequently be seen riding his horses amongst the estate vineyards, fruit orchards, and olive groves.


  1. Westerly
    2011 Sauvignon Blanc
    Westerly
    Happy Canyon
    Santa Barbara County

    $16.00

    $30.00
    90 - Wine Enthusiast
    id: 2365
    Gold
  2. Westerly
    2009 Bordeaux Blend
    Westerly
    Panterra
    Santa Ynez Valley

    $22.50

    $30.00
    89 - The Tasting Panel
    id: 2364
    Gold

Adam Henkle - Winemaker, Napa Certified

Adam Henkel, a Kentucky native, came to California by way of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he ran a boutique wine shop that enabled him to taste wines with vintners and growers from all over the world. After numerous trips to France, Australia, Oregon, and California, Adam decided to move to the Napa Valley to learn how to make wine in 2004. Following stints at Merryvale Vineyards in St. Helena and Swanson Vineyards in Rutherford, he settled in at Harlan Estate in Oakville where he was inspired by the “culture of perfection” and the relentless approach to wine quality.

Adam comes to Westerly after eight vintages as an integral part of the winemaking team at Harlan Estate. As the Direct Assistant to the Winemaker and Cellar Master for Harlan Estate, Bond Estates, and Promontory, he became known for producing profound, character-driven wines in an environment where expectations were always at the highest level. The viticultural diversity, geographical grandeur, and the opportunity to continue making world-class wines is why Adam decided to leave the Napa Valley for Santa Barbara County in early 2013. Adam lives in Santa Ynez with his wife Kellie and four children.


About The Region

The sprawling expanse that is Santa Barbara County serves as the potential growing region for all of Westerly’s wines. While the operation centers on Crown Point in the Happy Canyon AVA, grapes are sourced from practically every other part of the huge county including the Santa Ynez and Santa Maria Valleys and the Santa Rita Hills to name a few .

“There is such a diversity of fruit available,” explained winemaker Adam Henkel, “that it would be unpractical not to make use of its convenience. To make matters even better, the quality level is amazingly high. It all adds up to being able to make some really superior wines from our local fruit.”

In recent years, Santa Barbara County has risen in statue as a primary supplier for wineries interested in producing top quality wines. Some of Santa Barbara’s fruit even makes its way up north to both Sonoma County and Napa Valley where innovative wineries and winemakers put the fruit to good usage.


Seared Filet Mignon Appetizers


Ingredients

2 large Yukon gold potatoes
2 Filet Mignon steaks
Salt & Pepper
2 Tbs. safflower cooking oil
1 Tbs. garlic, finely minced
1 Tbs. fresh tarragon, finely minced
3/4 Tbs. soy sauce
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs. loosely packed brown sugar
3 Tbs. Westerly Panterra red wine
1 Tbs. chopped chives, for garnish
Arugula, for garnish

Horseradish Cream:
3 Tbs. sour cream
1 tsp. finely grated onion
1 1/2 tsp. horseradish
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper


Instructions

Put the potatoes in a small pot and fill with water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until they can easily be pierced with a fork. Remove to colander to drain and let cool. Slice 1/4” thick, on a slight diagonal, and remove peel. Trim the filet mignon so the sides are even. Sprinkle them lightly with salt and put on a paper towel. This will draw some surface moisture off for better browning. Put the garlic, tarragon, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and pepper into a small bowl and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Measure the Westerly Panterra into another small bowl.

Skim the bottom of a cast-iron or sauté pan with a thin layer of oil. Heat until very hot but do not let the oil smoke or burn. Pat the filet mignon dry with paper towels, then sear them on all sides. They should sizzle as they cook. Turn every 20 seconds or so to brown nicely on all sides and to cook the outer 1/4 of meat. Remove to a side plate. Pour the Westerly Panterra into the hot pan - a great quantity of steam will come up. Stir with a wooden spoon, scraping up any meat bits left in the pan. add the soy sauce mixture and continue stirring. The sauce should bubble and reduce quickly. When it has thickened, put the steaks back in and turn to coat each side a few times with the reduced sauce. Take the pan off the heat, remove the steaks to a side plate, and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing thinly. Mix the horseradish cream ingredients together in a small bowl, taste, and adjust to taste. Spread a thin layer on each potato oval. Sprinkle with chopped chives and arugula, then top with the filet mignon slices.




Seared Branzino with Spicy Thai Vegetables


Ingredients

1/3 cup carrot, Julienne
1/3 cup celery, Julienne
1/3 cup bamboo shoot, Julienne
1/3 cup scallions, just the white part, Julienne
1 Tbs. ginger, minced
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 green Thai chiles, sliced in half & deseeded
2 fillets of Branzino, skin left on
1/8 cup rice flour
3 Tbs. safflower cooking oil
3 Tbs. sesame oil
1 Tbs. Westerly Sauvignon Blanc
1 Tbs. soy sauce, in two parts
1 Tbs. Thai fish sauce
1Tbs. rice wine vinegar
1 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. Thai oyster sauce
Cooked white rice
1/3 cup cilantro leaves, for garnish


Instructions

Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Dust lightly with rice flour on both sides. With a sharp knife, cut three diagonal slits across the middle of the skin, leaving the edges intact. Coat the bottom of a cast iron or saute pan with a thin layer of cooking oil and heat until hot but not smoking. Place the fish, skin side down in the pan; it should sizzle.

Turn heat down to medium low and cook until the skin is browned. Flip the fish over and cook for a minute or just until it starts to firm up. It will continue cooking a bit after being removed from the heat, so do not overcook. Remove from pan and cover lightly with foil to keep warm. Skim the bottom of a sauté pan with sesame oil and sweat (cook without browning) the ginger, and garlic.

Add the wine, 1/2 Tbs. of soy sauce, fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, oyster sauce and Thai chile. Turn up the heat until the liquid is at a low boil with small bubbles and reduce by a third. Add the scallion, carrot, celery and bamboo shoot and cook briefly until slightly softened but still retaining good texture. Adjust seasoning, using the rest of the soy sauce if needed. Plate the rice, the vegetables, and the fish, pouring the sauce over the fish at the end and garnishing with fresh cilantro.



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