5 ears sweet corn

1 1/2 cups Cherry or Pear tomatoes, halved lengthwise

1/2 red onion,

      quartered and sliced thin

3 TBS Olive Oil plus extra for brushing corn

2 Limes - Juiced

Fresh Basil - Generous handful, very coarsely chopped

Fresh Thyme - Scant TBS fresh coarsely chopped

Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


Shuck and clean corn.  Blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes.  Drain.  Brush with Olive Oil and grill on a hot grill until nicely "charred" in places.  Slice onion thin and under cold water for 60+ seconds.  Cut corn off the cob into a large bowl.  Toss corn with Lime juice.  Toss corn in the Olive Oil, onion, tomatoes, chopped Basil and chopped Thyme.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

*You can also add a little chipolte paste to spice it up.  Just take a can of roasted chipolte peppers, blend into a paste, and add to taste.  You can freeze the rest to use later.  


*Serve with your choice of Petite Sirah. 


Corn Salad


he's out at the grill sweating over grilling corn.  I think, "oh! ...corn on the cob with lamb and steak. Nice!" He requests that I make a batch of my blue cheese spread to go with bread as an appetizer. Petite Sirah and blue cheese, could be a nice a pairing, right?  (I'd also brought a bottle of Zinfandel which makes an unbelievable paring with blue cheese...but that's for another blog.)  In I go to make the cheese spread.  And a few minutes later, in my friend comes..and begins cut the corn off the cob.  "What're you doing!" I say.  He informs me that he making a corn salad. Hmph. Wasn't expecting that.  And I say something like...ooooohh.  Interesting.  Thinking ...I'll have two bites to be polite. (I think I'm traditionally a "green salad" type of girl.)  Then my friend asks what wine we're going to pair with the salad. He had a Cabernet planned to go with the meats, he said.  So, we talk about it for a minute and I realize that between the two bottles I brought, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, the Petite Sirah was going to have to be the sacrificial lamb (no pun intended towards the delightful rack marinating on the back cabinet) to pair with the corn.  So comes the salad course... and I find myself sitting there a glass of Petite Sirah in hand with a bowl of corn salad staring up at me.  "Wash it down with the wine Ellie...just wash it down."  And..in goes my first bite and a nice swig of wine.  O.M.G.!  Pure, unexpected delight in my mouth!  The corn salad was divine!! And along side the Terra D'oro Petite Sirah, I felt I had hit gold.  So, I'm posting the recipe for the salad.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Pair with a Petite Sirah.  See if you like it!

MS Ellie's

​                 Wine Guide


A couple weeks ago, I posted a sale on Terra d'oro Petite Sirah.  I took a bottle of this wine to a friends party.  I knew he'd like it. But he didn't tell me the whole menu.  I knew we were having Filet Mignon and Rack of Lamb but I didn't know the rest of the menu. I decided to take this Petite Sirah because I knew it would pair well with the meat. What I wasn't expecting, however, is the salad he served.  Now....I love corn, especially on the cob.  You slather that stuff with (real) butter, salt it up and munch away.  It's irresistible grilled on the cob.  And at our house, we've grilled it with a spicy chipolte butter...and...wow!  Love it!  I even enjoy corn that's been frozen, but it has to be home done, meaning, you buy 24 dozen ears of corn, blanch it, cut it off the cob and freeze it in baggies. This is a delicious side dish steamed up with butter, salt & a bit of pepper. However, this is the extent of my corn eating world, unless it's making corn chowder or egg drop soup. Sooo.... I arrive at my friends house, with my bottle of Petite Sirah...and....