Sauvignon Blanc Pairing – 2014 Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley and Fennel Salad

Here is a terrific Sauvignon Blanc pairing by our Resident Chef, Julie Hoskins of Unexpected Chef, featuring the delightful 2014 Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley and Fennel Salad. This great wine from Herb Lamb Vineyards along with this delicious seasonal salad show, once again, that Sauv Blanc is a great food wine year-round!

fennelandorangesalad_jpg_600x400Fennel Salad 2.0

It is truly a gift to taste my favorite varietal from one vintage ad compare to another. I had the opportunity to talk to winery proprietor, Jennifer Lamb, about the uniqueness of a carefully curated lot that grows the grapes. Chefs and, obviously, the winemaker of Herb Lamb vineyards understand that using the best product and allowing the ingredients to create flavor always works best in the end.

The 2014 vintage tasted just as wonderful as the 2013. I wanted to do a recipe I have done in the past, but refine it a bit – my fennel salad 2.0! Here is a recipe that picks up the nuances found in the 2014 Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley. It is a nice pairing this time of year when we want our tired palates revitalized. Hope you enjoy!

Note: a mandolin makes short work when thinly slicing fennel, onions and cabbage. It can be purchased at a kitchen supply store inexpensively.

Two-Old-Dogs-Blanc-2014_png_180x541Fennel and Orange Salad with Goat Cheese (v. 2.0)

Serves 4

2 heads fresh fennel, thinly shaved (see note)

4 oranges cut into segments, juice reserved

4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted & halved

1 tablespoon fresh mint, cut into chiffonade

1/3 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon shallots, minced

2 tablespoons champagne vinegar

salt & pepper to taste 

Whisk reserved orange juice, champagne vinegar, shallots, olive oil in large bowl until emulsified. Add shaved fennel, oranges and olives. Toss to cover with vinaigrette. Place on platter and scatter goat cheese crumbles and mint over top.

Serve with the 2014 Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley!

Visit the Herb Lamb Vineyards website here


JulieHoskins~ Chef Julie Hoskins of Unexpected Chef has a cookbook obsession, is a lifelong “foodie” and has cooked professionally for over a decade. As a longtime resident of California’s wine country, she enjoys working with winemakers and creating dishes to highlight their wines. Many of her favorite ingredients, such as vegetables, shellfish and fresh herbs allow her the license to create parings to highlight and contrast many varietals. Her constant passion for good food and wine has provided her many opportunities to meet with winemakers, wine enthusiasts and other “foodies” and understand the balance of flavors that make good wine and good food exceptional. You can find her recipes and articles in numerous publications and websites. Chef Julie is the founder of Chic Le Chef Catering in Hidden Valley Lake, California, and host of “The Culinary View” radio show on KPFZ 88.1 FM and blogs at She teaches culinary classes and wine pairing education and can be reached at julie “at”

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