The star of this pesto is the humble black olive, which is mixed with garlic, pine nuts, Asiago cheese, and olive oil and then spread on flaky, easy-to-use store-bought puff pastry. This is an earthy dish, its flavors echoed in the rich fruit, green peppercorn spice, and hints of cedar and tobacco in our Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
One of Chef Kolin Vazzoler’s fondest food memories is of the gnocchi his Italian aunt made for him
as a boy, which he describes as “just like little pillows.” He says that re-creating and perfecting this
dish has been a “twenty-year learning process.” Pair it with our Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fresh shiso, which has characteristics of both basil and mint, and yuzu juice, which has a tart flavor with hints of lemon and floral orange blossom pair well with our SIMI 1876 Sparkling Wine or our Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc.