Shannon Staglin & Her Pasta Favorite

I'm so excited to introduce you to Shannon Staglin. I have raved about Staglin wines in the past {Napa Valley, CA} and displayed wonderful pictures of their property

I'm excited today to introduce you to Shannon and share one of her favorite pasta recipes! 

Shannon might not be a vegan but she is one of those people who uses mostly fresh organic produce from her yard. One of the coolests parts of Staglin Vineyard is that it's CCOF Certified Organic. So that means the lemons, pears, grapes, persimmons and so on, are all not sprayed and just perfect. 

Their yards boast of gorgeous fruit and vegetables. I'm always so jealous of Shannon's facebook pics showcasing her vast array of home grown tomatoes, herbs, grapefruit {greyhounds}, peppers and greens GROWN IN HER BACKYARD {wink}. 

Here is what Shannon has to say:

Living in the Napa Valley I am surrounded by an abundance of seasonal fresh produce from our gardens in Rutherford.  Late winter is the perfect time for green garlic, broccoli di cicco and a bowl of pasta! 

BROCCOLINI QUINOA PASTA RECIPE

Broccoli di Cicco
2 Green garlic
1 Meyer lemon (zest & juice)
Flat leaf parsley
Basil
Chili flakes
Quinoa pasta
Parmesan cheese
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher salt

Bring a salted pot of water to a boil and cook quinoa pasta according to instructions on package.

Chop up green garlic removing the root and the dark green part of the stem.  Slice stalk in half the cut in half moons.  Rough chop the Broccoli di Cicco in to bit size pieces.  In a heated sauté pan add olive oil, green garlic and chili flakes and sauté for several minutes until softened.  Add Broccoli di Cicco and cook until al dente.  Add the zest and juice from one meyer lemon.  Add salt to taste.

Strain the pasta and reserve a half cup of pasta water.  Add the pasta to the sauté pan with Broccoli di Cicco, drizzle with olive oil, add pasta water and cook over medium heat for several minutes to infuse the flavors into the pasta and the pasta water has been soaked up.  Toss with shredded parmesan, chopped parsley, chopped basil and serve. 

Staglin chardonnay goes really well with this recipe, but if I had to choose a wine other than ours, I'd say Goccino Chardonnay

GOCCINO December Selection: De Forville Chardonnay 2006 Most of the Piemonte region's Chardonnay vineyards are located in the Langhe DOC zone, which includes both the Barbaresco and Barlolo DOCGs, as well as the hills east and west of the Tanaro River. The Langhe DOC allows for a number of varietal wines, both red and white, however Chardonnay is quite unique in the sense that it is a non-native variety of the region. Grown in the calcareous clays on the slopes of the Lange hills, the Chardonnay grown here is able to retain both its acidity and its minerality. Langhe Chardonnay has recently become an important white wine category in Piemonte, with many of its producers making rich, complex and well structured wines. The better of the Chardonnays from Piemonte, as the 2010 De Forville Chardonnay, reflect the soils from which they are grown from in a very direct way.

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Shannon Staglin is President at Staglin Family Vineyard. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Cultural Anthropology she moved back to Napa to work as a harvest intern in 2001 where she learned the details of production and viticultural practices. In 2002 she moved from the winery into the office where she honed her skills in marketing, hospitality, consumer and trade sales. After earning her MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management she chose to work for several years outside of the wine business to gain insight, a different perspective and valuable experience that she could one day share with Staglin Family Vineyard. She was recruited to create the marketing program for Wells Fargo Family Wealth, providing multifamily office solutions to ultra-high net worth client families.

In 2011 Shannon returned to Staglin Family Vineyard where she oversees all aspects of the business. Her educational and professional experiences provide a new perspective and a fresh outlook that will enhance the family business for many years to