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Hospitality Team
March 23, 2021 | Hospitality Team

The Library Release of the Inaugural 2016 Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir

Larry Stone, Thomas Savre, and Dominique Lafon first partnered after overseeing the now world-famous Seven Springs Vineyard. Having tasted wines sourced from Seven Springs since the early 90s, Larry felt certain that this small pocket within the Eola-Amity Hills was a special place, unlike no other in the Willamette Valley.

He felt so confident that when a plot of land was offered for sale next door, he didn’t hesitate. In fact, he auctioned off his entire personal wine collection as part of the down payment with plans to plant a vineyard.

When Dominique learned that Larry secured the property, and had already planted the 66 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, he recommended that they start producing wine together. Thomas agreed to join them and turn its sloping hills and ideal east-facing aspect into the great wine of Lingua Franca Estate Vineyard.
This year, we celebrate the five-year anniversary of the first bottling of our Estate Pinot Noir. Half a decade later, we continue to be captivated by the youth and quality of the first award-winning wine that was blended, labeled, and released as Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir.
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Time Posted: Mar 23, 2021 at 7:16 PM Permalink to The Library Release of the Inaugural 2016 Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir Permalink
Larry Stone
March 18, 2021 | Larry Stone

Marcella Hazan's Spaghetti Bolognese

Suggested Wine Pairing:
Our 2016 Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir — Larry recommends serving this wine at room temperature (66 to 70 degrees).


Ingredients (Serves 6):

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter plus 1 tablespoon for tossing the pasta
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ⅔ cup chopped celery
  • ⅔ cup chopped carrot
  • ¾ pound ground beef chuck
  • Salt
  • Black pepper, fresh ground from the mill
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Whole nutmeg
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1½ cups canned imported Italian plum tomatoes, cut up, with their juice
  • 1¼ to 1½ pounds pasta
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese at the table

Put the oil, butter, and chopped onion in the pot, and turn the heat on to medium. Cook and stir the onion until it has become translucent, then add the chopped celery and carrot. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring the vegetables to coat them well.

Add the ground beef, a large pinch of salt, and a few grindings of pepper. Crumble the meat with a fork, stir well, and cook until the beef has lost its raw, red color.

Add the milk and let it simmer gently, stirring frequently, until it has bubbled away completely. Add a tiny grating—about 1 teaspoon—of nutmeg, and stir.

Add the wine, let it simmer until it has evaporated, then add the tomatoes and stir thoroughly to coat all ingredients well. When the tomatoes begin to bubble, turn the heat down so that the sauce cooks at the laziest of simmers, with just an intermittent bubble breaking through to the surface. Cook, uncovered, for 3 hours or more, stirring from time to time. While the sauce is cooking, you are likely to find that it begins to dry out and the fat separates from the meat. To keep it from sticking, continue the cooking, adding /2 cup of water whenever necessary. At the end, however, no water at all must be left and the fat must separate from the sauce. Taste and correct for salt.

Toss with cooked drained pasta, adding the tablespoon of butter, and serve with freshly grated Parmesan on the side.

Ahead-of-time note: If you cannot watch the sauce for a 3- to 4-hour stretch, you can turn off the heat whenever you need to leave, and resume cooking later on, as long as you complete the sauce within the same day. Once done, you can refrigerate the sauce in a tightly sealed container for 3 days, or you can freeze it. Before tossing with pasta, reheat it, letting it simmer for 15 minutes and stirring it once or twice.

Variation of Ragù with Pork: Pork is an important part of Bologna's culture, its economy, and the cuisine, and many cooks add some pork to make their ragù tastier. Use 1 part ground pork, preferably from the neck or Boston butt, to 2 parts beef, and make the meat sauce exactly as described in the basic recipe above.

Photo Credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times


Recipe by Marcella Hazan. Copyright © 1992 by Marcella Hazan.

Time Posted: Mar 18, 2021 at 8:12 AM Permalink to Marcella Hazan's Spaghetti Bolognese Permalink