PlumpJack Wineries Presents Free Cooking Classes on Facebook” By Sandy Zimmerman

When a winery cares enough to offer free virtual wine pairing/cooking classes that says so much about them. The PlumpJack Estate Wineries’ are proud of their wines and want to share their expertise with the public.


The owners California Governor Gavin Newsom and composer/philanthropist Gordon Getty opened a wine store (1992) with a mission of creating an approachable environment for people to learn about and purchase wine. The PlumpJack Wineries grew to include restaurants and other properties.

As a restaurant reviewer, I have attended wine and food tastings for 20 years and can say, PlumpJack brings the ultimate selections for your special night. I had the opportunity to watch PlumpJack’s virtual cooking class and was impressed with the chef’s presentation.

PlumpJack- Café Balboa’s Executive Chef Goran Basarov prepared Balboa’s famous Chicken Paillard and this is the first time they allowed anyone to know their recipe.  Paillard is a French culinary term referring to a piece of meat or chicken pounded thin, then grilled or sautéed.

Executive Chef Goran’s easy steps and suggestions make it possible to prepare even the most famous dishes at home. Cooking seemed so easy when he explained.


Paired with PlumpJack- 2018 merlot

Chicken Breast, AP (All Purpose) Flour, Panko Bread Crumbs, Eggs, Corn Starch, Kosher Salt, Grated Parmesan, Marsala Wine, Chicken Stock, and LOTS of Butter.

The Paillard Chicken is prepared with the distinctive taste of Marsala Wine as it becomes so crispy, its golden brown color seems to shine. The enticing array of all of the tastes are accented by the grated Parmesan Cheese and the crunchy Panko Bread Crumbs.

Choosing the right wine and ingredients for the Paillard is important and Executive Chef Goran knows wines.   

Sandra Roberts, PlumpJack Director of Sales and Executive Chef Goran hosted the class providing more details to each step and adding questions from the Facebook audience.

PlumpJack Wineries: Napa Valley, California:

Café Balboa: San Francisco, California

Entertainers were in the live audience: Vinny Adinolfi (Star of the “Bronx Wanderers- Harrahs), Ken Nicol (Ken and Mary Turbo Accordions Express),  
Dennis D’ Satchmo Keating (Style of Louis Armstrong) and others plus many Facebook members.

Note from Sandy Zimmerman: I am not a cook, after starting a recipe on the stove I go to the next room to edit my television program and when the smoke alarm goes off, I know the meal is ready!

Award-winning Sandy Zimmerman has produced television programs, documentaries, and travel specials: Beijing, the Yangtze River Cruise, and “Visiting a Kazakh Family in a Yurt along Marco Polo’s Silk Road”-China; “Castles, Wine and Trattorias” travel specials in Italy; and around the world as well as in the US: Grand Canyon North Rim National Park; an authentic real Cattle Drive similar to the early westerns in Reno, Nevada; and more.                                                       

With 25 years’ experience as a television talk show host of Sandy Zimmerman’s Las Vegas Television, Sandy Zimmerman’s Las Vegas TV Show, and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials, Syndicated Journalist- Show & Dining Reviewer, Travel/ Luxury. For information, questions, contact Sandy Zimmerman:
(702)-515-0846.  Facebook@szlvtv     



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