Iteration – Not Just for Dessert

If you are not familiar with our port-style wine, Iteration, yet, maybe now is the time.  Port can typically draw a line in the sand amongst wine connoisseurs…invoking an automatic mouth water or turn of the nose.

However, if you are among those that just don’t understand it, we humbly ask you to continue reading for a few ways to expand your palate.

But if you are already a fan, and have simply been waiting for its return since selling out  – go ahead and add to cart!

Winemaker Andy Schweiger first “decided” (read: convinced Fred to experiment with) Port was back in 1998.  Since then, we have had much time to improve upon a much misunderstood nectar, and even added a white port-style wine, Napuro.  We have also had a lot of time to experiment with pairings!  While a classic favorite around here is Sally Schweiger’s  Famous Port Brownies, recipe below, we also like to mix it up with Pointe Reyes Blue Cheese, Napa Cookie Co’s Wine Snaps, and even some spicy candied pecans from good ‘ole Trader Joe’s…as a matter of fact, this looks like an equally good appetizer here. 

Andy has also on more than one occasion made many delicious creations in his smoker for us to sample – including some incredible candied salmon and bacon…but as it’s smack in the middle of harvest, I’m not about to go bug him for the recipe.  Stay tuned, and rest assured I will post at a later date…in time for you to justify a request for your very own smoker from Santa.

Speaking of Santa, the holidays are a perfect time to break out a port, once you have finished with the main meal, but aren’t quite ready to show your guests the door, it’s a lovely way to extend the evening, and heighten the festivities of all being together.  It can also make a perfect hostess gift, without being presumptuous of the meal, or the palates of the rest of the guests.  Throw in some tiny fancy glasses, and it’s really a party.  Whether you pair your port with appetizers, dessert, stinky cheese, or simply conversation, we hope you will let us know how you have enjoyed our Iteration, so that we can continue experimenting ourselves!

Sally Schweiger’s Classic Ghirardelli Brownies with a twist of Schweiger Iteration

¼ cup Schweiger Iteration

1/2 cup Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips

4 ounces Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar

1/3 cup (2/3 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/8 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour an 8-inch square baking pan. Chop the 4 ounces of semi sweet chocolate bars into 1″ pieces. In the top of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl over barely simmering water, melt the 4 ounces chopped chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Stir the Schweiger Iteration, brown sugar and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Add the eggs and mix well. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly fold the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture, mixing well until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into 2-inch squares.