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  • Short Rib on Cous Cous with a glass of sparkling wine

We share our curated Food & Wine Pairing recipes from the Château for you to enjoy at home!

Our "Bubbles & Bites" experience highlights the flavors of cuisines around the globe. This delicious taste of Morocco with it's rich spices opens your eyes to the delightful possiblities of sparkling wine pairing.

Slow cooked with garlic, ginger, and a mélange of warm spices, this flavorful dish is an excellent match for our rich, complex Famous Gate Pinot Noir. At the Château, we pair the North African Spiced Beef Short Ribs with the newest vintage release of the Verméil Demi-Sec.

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  • 4 lbs beef short ribs
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt, more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed cooking oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 inch knob ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • Rind from 2 preserved lemons, rinsed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Ras el Hanout
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup chopped dried figs
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon


Season short ribs with salt and Ras el Hanout.

Add about one tablespoon of oil into a dutch oven over high heat.

Sear short ribs on both sides and remove them from the dutch oven and set aside.

Reduce temperature to medium low heat. Add another tablespoon of oil and add onion, garlic, ginger, preserved lemons, paprika, and crushed red pepper. Sauté until onion and garlic become somewhat translucent.

Add tomato paste, beef stock, and bay leaves to pan, stir to mix with other ingredients.

Return short ribs to the dutch oven and add the dried figs.

Cook covered over low heat on the stovetop for about 4 hours. Finish over medium high heat for about 30 minutes, until sauce reduces.

Finish with lemon zest and lemon juice to taste to add brightness.

Moroccan food bites on plate with flight of sparkling wines behind

Bubbles & Bites: A Journey to Morocco

At the Château, we serve the North African Spiced Beef Short Ribs over Cous Cous. Book your Food & Wine Pairing experience today.