Excerpt From Carolina Wine Country Cooking by Ginger King

carolinawine_thCarolina Wine Country Cooking is a cookbook and journal that showcases recipes written when author Ginger K. King discovered that her tasting notes seemed to revolve around pairings with food or possible dishes made with the wine. Naturally then, because she loves to cook and enjoy good food, the recipes stacked up, and became Carolina Wine Country Cooking.

In this cookbook, you will find recipes for drinks, appetizers, desserts and entrees all featuring the use of NC wines. The hope the author has for this book is that readers will see themselves in it, and get in the kitchen to enjoy creating something for themselves and their family. She wants the everyday cook to try these recipes, support local farmers and journal about their dishes just like she did.


Dill Dip

1/2 tsp. fresh lemon zest
1/2 Tbsp. fresh dill finely chopped
1/8 tsp. dry yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. onion salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp. wine Viognier Ray Len

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 1 hour

Serve with potato chips, fingerling potatoes or as a topper for baked potato skins.


gingeking_145x184About Ginger King: Most North Carolinians have been a fan of the scuppernong grape since childhood. They have a sweet, fresh, unmistakable taste. Ginger King’s grandmother lived in the NC community called Scuppernong which is on the banks of the river that also was named for this fruit that is so prevalent in the area. Rich beautiful lands extend through and around the marsh where the Mother vine grows less than forty miles away on Roanoke Island. As a child, traveling to visit her grandmother from her family home in Virginia Beach was adventurous because they had to pass the Dismal Swamp… and Ginger always seemed to be telling a story or two about what she saw [and couldn’t see] traveling down that long shadowy stretch of highway.

As an adult, she found the scuppernong again, in the burgeoning NC Wine Industry. She supported and traveled with a friend whose goal was to visit all of the NC wineries and become a sommelier in her retirement. Through memories of their adventures and her tasting notes, comes Carolina Wine Country Cooking.

Click here to buy: Carolina Wine Country Cooking

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