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Southern Hills Cabernet and Standing Rib Roast

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In celebration of the launch of our new Wente+ wine subscription service, we partnered with chef and culinary stylist, Ashton Keefe, to bring you personalized recipes for our Wente+ wines.

The final pairing we are bringing to you is Southern Hills Cabernet and Standing Rib Roast . This hearty dish is perfect for the holidays however you decide to spend them. Permeating the room with fresh rosemary, garlic, and the undeniable scent of seared roast, this recipe exudes warmth and comfort this holiday season.

From Ashton:

This is a class for entertaining but it really can be enjoyed on a lesser scale as well when entertaining for a smaller crowd – or even two! Ask your butcher to do one or two ribs of a standing rib roast for your next night in.

Standing Rib Roast

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Finished roast

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 2-3 lb. rib roast, generally with 1-2 “ribs”



Extra virgin olive oil

7-8 cloves garlic, smashed

Herbs such as thyme or rosemary

2-3 tablespoons butter

1 cup Wente Vineyard Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon


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Preheat oven to 350° F. Season beef with salt and pepper.

Heat a large oven safe skillet or pan over medium high heat and sear steak fat cap side down (if it has one) for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Flip and repeat for both sides.

Add garlic, herbs, butter and Wente Vineyard Southern Hills to the pan and place in the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 135° F.

Remove meat from the pan and allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve with Wente Southern Hills Cabernet.

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Ashton Keefe is a chef and culinary stylist. With a focus on beautiful and seasonal food, she encourages her generation to embrace the practice of everyday cooking and celebrations. AK’s bubbly and convivial nature mirrors her overarching and founding belief that food is an act of love and an opportunity for beauty.

After receiving recognition in The New York Times, Martha Stewart and Food & Wine Magazine for her role as a founding chef at New York City’s Haven’s Kitchen, Ashton went on to become an integral partner and colleague for brands and public figures such as Tom Colicchio, Giada DeLaurentiis, Whispering Angel, Fab Fit Fun and Instagram by creating content and executing events.

She regularly appears on NBC’s Today Show, Fox News and CNN.

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Learn more about our Wente+ subscription packages. Have wine delivered to your door for a flat monthly rate. Wines are 20% off and shipping included.

Choose between the Morning Fog Chardonnay package, Riva Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay package, or a mixed case (6-pack) of Morning Fog Chardonnay, Riva Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay and Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon.