Recipe: Orzo with peas and goat cheese

Recipe: Orzo with peas and goat cheese

Orzo with peas and goat cheese
Serves 4
This pasta with tender green peas, tangy goat cheese and a lemony finish is an effortless indulgence and pairs perfectly with the bright acidity of Fumé Blanc.
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  1. 1 1/2 cups orzo
  2. 1 tbsp butter
  3. 1 large clove garlic, grated
  4. 1 cup frozen peas
  5. 1 pkg (140 g) plain or herbed goat cheese, crumbled
  6. 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  7. 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  8. Salt and pepper (to taste)
  9. Quartered grape tomatoes (optional)
  10. Crispy Prosciutto (optional, *see tip)
  1. Cook orzo for 6 minutes. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of cooking water before draining.
  2. Return pot to burner, set over medium-low heat; add butter and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Return orzo to pot along with peas, goat cheese and about 1 cup reserved cooking water. Cook, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted and pasta is hot throughout.
  4. Remove from heat; stir in basil and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper to taste. (Add additional pasta water for a creamier texture as needed.)
  5. Spoon into bowls and garnish with quartered grape tomatoes and a sprinkle of crumbled Crispy Prosciutto (if using). Serve immediately.
  1. TIPS: This pasta should have a creamy, risotto-like texture but can thicken up quickly so be sure to have a little extra pasta water on hand to loosen it up as needed before serving.
  2. *Crispy Prosciutto: Spread 3 slices prosciutto on a parchment-lined baking sheet and toast in a 350°F oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool and coarsely crumble.
Adapted from Winexpert
Adapted from Winexpert
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2019 Wine Tasting Competition

2019 Wine Tasting Competition

It’s here!

The annual WBD Wine Tasting Competition!

You’ve worked hard perfecting your wines here at Wines By Design and once again, you have a chance to show it off.

Coming soon: (Saturday, March 23 from 12p – 4p to be exact) we are holding our annual competitive tasting event.


The store will be closed for “normal” business, the day is devoted to the event!

Special bonus: All attendees will receive an Owners discount of 15% off all wine kits during the event.
(Excludes the limited edition kits: Winexpert: LE2018, Vineco: Passport and RJS: 4Fugitives wine kits.)

You are allowed to submit up to 3 bottles per person for the 3 entry categories: Red, White and Dessert/Fruit. Your wine will be moved into numbered bottles and you will be the judge in the blind tasting. The highest scored wines will be the winner in each category and the highest scoring of those will be named Best of Show. Best of Show wins a $100 gift certificate at WBD and the other two winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate to WBD.

To enter, turn in your bottles at the store before Friday, March 22 (contest closing time is 7p).

For the day of the event: there will be a $5 fee for those not contributing a bottle of their finest vino. (Contest entrants are free!)

Note: This is limited to wine made in the Wines By Design store (from our kits). This does not include wine made from fresh juice.

A quick recap (TL;DR):

  1. Drop off up to 3 bottles per person by Friday, March 22 at 7p.
  2. Join us for wine judging on March 23 beginning at 12p.
  3. See how your wines stack up against all the WBD competition!


We’ll provide: palate cleansing crackers, snacks, appetizers, munchies, and more!

Juice Sale 2018

Juice Sale 2018

Juice Sale 2018

Once again, Wines By Design is having a Fresh Juice Sale!

For those of you who are home vintners (or even those that want to start): We’re having our annual Fresh Juice sale. Once again, we have a nice selection of whites and reds (see Our 2018 Juice Sale list below). This year, we are targeting an early-mid October delivery date. (The date will be finalized as orders are taken.)

As in the past, juice will be delivered in 5 gallon plastic pails and be available for ONE DAY ONLY. Juice MUST be picked up on the day the truck arrives. We CANNOT hold any juice beyond that day. Your receipt will be necessary for you to obtain your juice. Any unclaimed juice will be forfeited and your money will be refunded.

Please note: Our supplier adds sulfites to the fresh juice. This may effect fermentation if you choose to use wild yeast only .

Note: Wines By Design acts as a shipping agent only and is not responsible for the quality of the juice.

Reminder: You can keep up to date with what’s happening at Wines By Design by signing up for our newsletter on our Contact page.


Our 2018 Juice list:


    • Chardonnay
    • Moscato
    • Pinot Grigio
    • Riesling


    • Alicante
    • Barbera
    • Cabernet Franc
    • Cabernet-Sauvignon
    • Lambrusco
    • Malbec
    • Merlot
    • Montepulciano
    • Nebbiolo-(Barolo)
    • Pinot Noir
    • Ruby Cabernet
    • Sangiovese
    • Shiraz
    • Zinfandel (Red)

2018 Wine Tasting Results

2018 Wine Tasting Results

The 2017 Wine Tasting Results are in!

And another year is in the books! Again, a quick “Thank You”!

To those of you who contributed: Thanks for sharing your wine. They were all delicious!

To those of you who stopped by, tasted, and voted: Thanks for all of your “hard work”!

It was a pleasure to see all of you (and meet some of you). It’s always a fun time for us, we trust that it was for you as well.

Now, let’s get to the 2018 Wine Tasting Results:

We had enough entries to split to FOUR categories!: Red, White, Fruit, and Dessert Wines. The wine receiving the highest number of votes in each individual category will receive a $50 Wines By Design Gift Certificate.

Additionally, an Overall Winner (the winner with the greatest number of votes) will receive an additional $50 Gift Certificate.

Our 2018 Winners were:

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

We’re looking forward to next year’s event, so set one bottle of that “special wine” aside for your next chance to win!

Reminder: You can keep up to date with what’s happening at Wines By Design by signing up for our newsletter on our Contact page.

We know some of you expressed interest in the entries: