Month: January 2014

Black Bean Soup

Here is a hearty way to warm your family during the winter months, serve this soup with a green salad and warm, buttered tortillas or a slice of sourdough bread. Of course don’t forget the Grady Family vineyards wine. Any of our reds would be great with this meal.


  • 2 tbls. Vegetable oil 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 onion , diced ½ tsp. chile powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes 2 15 oz. cans black beans 2 cups chicken or vege. stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbls. llme juice add salt and pepper to taste

Optional garnishes: sour cream, chopped cilantro. chopped green onions and/or thin slices of  avocado

Heat oil in a 2 or 3 qt. pot.

Saute onion and garlic over med. Heat for 10 min,, stirring occasionally.

Stir the cumin, oregano and chile powder, and sauté for 2 more min.
Drain and discard any liquid from the tomatoes, and add them to the pot along with the black beans, stock and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 50 min. add lime juice and simmer 10 more min.

Remove the bay leaf and discard. Taste soup and adjust seasonings by adding salt and pepper or Tabasco as desired.

Soup can be served chunky with whole beans, or pureed in a blender if you prefer smoother consistency.

Wine Blog Post

Hello from the Grady’s,
Harvest is approaching and the vineyards are drinking lots of water and continuing to ripen the grapes to maturity. Our newly planted head-pruned petites sirahs are being cared for by Jim lll with much attention. We are anticipating a great harvest! ( in 3 years for these new plants!)

We were happy to recieve a GOLD medal for our GFV Old Vine Zinfandel’09 at the LA International Wine and Spirits competition last month. It scored 91 pts.! At the Ca. State Fair Competition we were awarded Silver medals for our Fine Irish Cab ’08 and again the GFV Old Vine Zinfandel ’09.

We are looking forward to 4 new wine releases in September.
They are: Shenanigans Fine Irish Cab ’09
Shenanigans Pinot Grigio ’11
Shenanigans Celtic Chardonnay ’11
Shenanigans Pinot Noir ’11 limited cases

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