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Thai Green Curry Paste Recipe - matched with Ghost Clare Valley Pinot Gris

Tonight we're giving away our favourite, home-made Thai green curry paste recipe.  We can't think of a better recipe to match with our Ghost Clare Valley Pinot Gris!

Ingredients

Curry Paste:

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2-3 long green chillies, roughly sliced
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, roughly chopped
  • 2.5 cm piece of galangal, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp finely sliced kaffir lime leaves
  • 4-5 smoked garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1-2 eschalots, chopped
  • 5-6 coriander roots, chopped
  • A good handful of basil leaves (we used a mix of Thai basil and sweet basil)
  • Good pinch of pink salt
  • 2 tsp shrimp paste

Other ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 500 g chicken thigh fillets, quartered
  • 1 x can of coconut cream
  • 2 tbspof fish sauce
  • 1 tsp of palm sugar
  • Green vegies (we used broccolini, baby corn and green capsicum)
  • Coriander and micro-herbs to serve
  • Rice to serve

Method:

In a dry fry pan, heat coriander, mustard and cumin seeds until fragrant or until mustard seeds start popping.  Transfer seeds to a pestle and mortar.  Pound all curry paste ingredients, adding water if needed.

Add a heap (or two) tbsp/s of curry paste to a hot wok that has been coated in the oil.

 

Cook until fragrant and add 1-2 tbsp/s of coconut cream.

 Cook until the mixture splits (i.e. you'll see the oils in the ingredients separate from the other ingredients).

Add chicken thighs and cook until brown.  Add vegetables and saute until slightly softened.

 Add rest of coconut cream.  You can add vegetable stock or water if you prefer a more watery consistency.  Ensure chicken and vegetables are cooked through.

Serve with coriander leaves, micro-herbs and rice.

Of course, it tastes even better when served with a glass of Ghost Clare Valley Pinot Gris.  ENJOY!!!!

Cutting Sugar out of your wine diet.

Cutting sugar out of your diet is now more important than ever with recent studies suggesting sugar can be more harmful than fats.

The benefit of drinking Ghost Wines over some other wines is that our wines are a lot better for you. Quality is critical and that is why all Ghost Wines products are handpicked with excellent quality grapes and only pressed once. The benefit is the wine needs less sugar because the grapes are ripe and have good acid levels.

Machine picked grapes don’t have the quality control of the human eye and hence unripe grapes are picked which need more sugar to get rid of the sour taste. Some winemakers press the grapes for a second time to extract as much juice as possible. This can cause a very sour taste due to the seeds and stems being crushed meaning more sugar is required to balance the taste.

Humans can find it hard to taste the sugar in wine because acids and tannins in wine can distort sensitivity to sweetness. What you can do is look for the sugar levels on a winemaker’s website. Alternatively, don’t buy cheap wine that is machine picked and definitely don’t buy Moscato if you want to look after your waistline.

Here are some examples of sugar in wine per litre:

  • Moscato = 80+ grams of sugar per litre
  • Sparkling machine picked = 12-17 grams of sugar
  • Ghost handpicked Sparkling = 7 grams of sugar
  • Ghost handpicked Sauvignon Blanc = 3 grams of sugar
  • Cheap Red wine machine picked = 2-15 grams
  • Ghost handpicked Clare Valley Shiraz = <1 gram

Brett Harvey
Ghost Wines

BBQ K.I. Sweep with spicy black beans and Ghost Clare Valley Pinot Gris

Angela catching KI Sweep

We caught these two sweep off Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island a day ago and brought them back to Adelaide with the perfect recipe in mind.  Since our Ghost Clare Valley Pinot Gris pairs beautifully with spicy dishes, we were determined to create a taste sensation for our lunch guests.  This recipe delivered that and more.  Our Pinot Gris provided the fresh, clean finish required to settle our taste-buds!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 x whole K.I. Sweep (or substitute with any white-fleshed fish such as snapper or barramundi.  We don't recommend salmon or trout as their flavours will likely overpower the dish).
  • 50g finely sliced, fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves of smoked garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsps of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1.5 tsps of dried chilli flakes (or use fresh chilli)
  • 1.5 tsps of palm sugar (or substitute with white sugar)
  • 4 spring onions cut into 10 cm lengths
  • 1/3 cup of mirin
  • 3 tbsps of light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps of tamari
  • Extra spring onions finely chopped for garnish

Method:

  • Preheat BBQ grill to low.
  • Make 4 diagonal slits on each side of the fish.  Fill with the spring onion lengths.
KI Sweep prepared with spring onion and marinade
  • Place fish on alfoil lined with baking paper (ensuring sheets are long enough to be able to wrap around entire body of fish).
  • In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients (leaving out spring onion garnish).  Pour over fish and ensure mixture is poured into the slits.
KI sweep on alfoil with marinade
  • Tightly wrap the fish ensuring there is no way for air to escape.
  • Place on BBQ grill and cook for 30 minutes or until flesh of the fish is opaque.
  • Once cooked, carefully transfer to a platter and scatter garnish.
  • Serve with cooked rice and a generous glass of Ghost Clare Valley Pinot Gris.
BBQ KI sweep with spicy black beans and Ghost Clare Valley Pinot Gris

Enjoy!

Our NYE 2016 Dish: Tex-Mex Prawns and Pineapple Salsa with our 2014 Ghost Pinot Gris

Ghost Wines NYE Mexican dishes with 2014 Ghost Clare Valley Pinot Gris

We took a break from pairing our 2014 Ghost Clare Valley Pinot Gris with Asian cuisine but kept the spice theme going by serving it alongside our Tex-Mex Prawns and Pineapple Salsa.  Some of our NYE guests weren't huge seafood fans so we also used the rub below on their chicken dishes - still worked a treat!

Enjoy!

Prawn rub:

Throw the following in a bowl (we didn't measure our the spices, just used each to taste):

  • Chilli Powder
  • Dried Chipotle Peppers (pre-prepare by breaking into pieces and soak in boiling water)
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic-infused Olive Oil
  • Pink Salt
  • White pepper
  • The zest and juice of one lime and one lemon
  1. Coat prawns, marinade for 10-12 minutes before cooking.

Pineapple Salsa:

Pineapple Salsa used for Ghost Wines NYE Mexican Prawns with 2014 Ghost Clare Valley Pinot Gris

Ingredients:

This recipe works best if you use a ripe pineapple.  We were feeding a lot of NYE party guests so you may want to make adjustments to the quantities below:

  • 1 whole, ripe pineapple, trimmed and sliced into thick slices
  • 1-2 large red capsicum, halved and seeded
  • 1 red onion, halved
  • 1-2 red, large chilli
  • 1 cup of coriander leaves
  • The zest and juice of a lime and lemon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp group cumin
  • Pink salt and white pepper to taste
  • Garlic-infused Olive Oil

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your BBQ or grill to medium high heat.
  2. Spray or drizzle oil over the pineapple, onion and capsicum and grill until caramelised.
  3. Remove the charred skin of the capsicum, dice the capsicum, pineapple and onion and mix in a bowl with all other ingredients.
  4. You can either choose to serve this immediately or we think it's best if it's made a day ahead, that way the flavours are infused!
December 05, 2016

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The lowdown on Sulphur

Those little words “Contains Sulphites” on the bottom of a label often stir up concern. What’s even more confusing is that Australia is one of the only countries (along with US) that requires bottles to be labelled as such.  

Are sulphites in wine bad for you?

Not necessarily. Contrary to popular belief, sulphites aren’t the cause of red wine headaches (although there are always exceptions to any rule).

Anywhere between 5% and 10% of people with asthma will have a sensitivity to sulphur (hence the need to include this information on labels).  Increasingly, the inclusion of sulphur is being linked to a number of health problems, anything from migraines to swelling.  It's most prevalent, however, in processed foods.

sulphates in food

How much sulphur is in wine?

It depends on a number of variables i.e. how the wine is produced to decisions on wine colour can vary sulphite levels. It's not uncommon to see ranges from no-added sulphur (10-40 PPM) to about 350 PPM.

Even still, compared to processed foods identified in the above chart, many dry red wines have around 50 PPM.

Without embarking on a science lesson, at Ghost Wines we choose wines with good acid levels.  What does that mean?  Essentially, you need less sulphur to preserve the wine therefore our wines have higher acid levels.  This means that our Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc and Sparkling have a crisper, cleaner finish.

    Additionally, our wines are on the drier side with less sugar added.  This means, as a customer, you get wine with natural flavours without huge amounts of sulphur affecting your body.
    Remember: the sweeter the wine, the more sulphur is present (to prevent it from turning).

    What's the point of sulphur in wine?

    Blame the Romans.  They found it stopped their wine turning to vinegar when using sulphur candles. Essentially It stopped the bacteria and yeast growing.

    We hope this helps you make some smarter choices when choosing your next bottle of vino.

     

    Indian-style Chilli Crab with 2014 Ghost Wines Clare Valley Pinot Gris

    With the impending warmer weather, if you're anything like us you’re more likely to be moving towards the white variety of wine.  Our Pinot Gris is proving to be a crowd-favourite.  We love serving ours with a dish that is sweet and spicy.  Earlier this year we provided our favourite Butter Chicken recipe which goes so well with our Clare Valley Pinot Gris.  Today, we’re bringing you another cracking Indian-inspired dish. 

    Ingredients

    Raw ingredients

    • 1 kg of crab (either 2 x 500 g crabs or 4 x 250 g small crabs)
    • ½ cup of oil
    • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 5 cm piece of ginger, grated
    • ½ tsp ground cumin
    • ½ tsp ground coriander
    • ½ tsp ground turmeric
    • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1 tbsp tamarind puree
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 3 small red chillies (or to taste), finely chopped
    • 1/3 cup coriander leaves, chopped

    Method

    Prepare your crab into portions or see if your fishmonger will do it for you!

    Mix half the oil with garlic, ginger, spices, tamarind, sugar, chilli and add salt to taste.  Form a paste.  Heat oil in a large, heavy-based, deep frying pan over medium heat.  Add paste and stir until aromatic.

    Cook paste until aromatic

    Add crab portions and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes ensuring the paste coats all crab pieces well. 

    Cook blue swimmer crabs in paste for 2 minutes

    Add 60 ml of water, cover and steam crabs, stirring occasionally, until cooked through (you’ll know because the crabs will turn pink/red and the flesh will be opaque – the front claws may need longer).

    Steam crabs stirring occasionally

    Serve your crab on a large plate, drizzle with pan juices, scatter coriander leaves and have a glass of 2014 Ghost Clare Valley Pinot Gris on hand.

    Indian-style chilli crab with 2014 Ghost Clare Valley Pinot Gris

    Enjoy!

    October 11, 2016

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    Why you save $$$ and get a better quality wine buying online

    Ghost Wines’ philosophy is simple, provide our valued customers with premium wine at the best price. It all boils down to the cost of doing business.  There’s nothing I enjoy more than browsing through wine stores.  However, in the back of my mind I know I’m helping to pay for the costs involved in running a storefront.

    You’d be surprised to know that some online wine stores are still hamstrung by the wineries on what price they can discount their wine. Wineries don’t want to cheapen their label because consumers will get used to the price point for that wine and will refuse to pay more.

    The wineries are left with two choices: continue to sell the wine and make a loss; or cost cut and make a cheaper wine to produce but quality will generally suffer.

    This is where Ghost Wines has the advantage.  We can discount the wine as much as we like and it will not affect the winery’s label. Our cost of doing business is extremely low so the savings are passed on to the customer. 


    Business A: Wine Store: Street Front Shop
    Shop Fit out: $50,000 (Typically $30,000 to $150,000)
    Shop Signage: $3,000 (Typically $2,000 to $10,000)
    Other: $2,000
    Total: $55,000

    Business B: Ghost Wines Online Shop
    Website: $2,000
    Photography: $1,000
    Other: $1,000
    Total: $4,000
    Monthly Ongoing Costs

    Business A: Wine Store Street Front Shop Monthly costs
    Rent: $4,000 (Typically $3,000 to $6,000)
    Electricity and Rates: $400 (Typically $300 to $800)
    Other: $500
    Staff (2.5): $12,500 (Based on $60k/yr per FTS)
    Total: $17,400/mth

    Business B: Ghost Wines Online Shop Monthly costs
    Website Hosting and support: $80
    Digital Marketing & Promotion: $300
    Stock storage rent: $100
    Other: $100
    Staff (1.0): $5,000 (Based on $60k/yr per FTS)
    Total: $5580.00/mth

    Summary

    As you can see, it’s approximately $11,850.00 cheaper per month to run the online store business and that’s not including the setup costs!!! Remember you end up paying for the extra cost. This is how Ghost Wines can get the best quality wine at the best price without upsetting our top wineries.  Visit our range and take advantage of our current deals

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