A Taste of Spain: Pinot and Paella Virtual Event

Wine is hand crafted to excite the palate and when paired with the right meal, the combination can ignite the senses, sending the imagination soaring. Chef Gerard Nebesky, of Gerard’s Paella and winner of Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay, was at Frank Family Vineyards to virtually demonstrate how to make an authentic paella and his favorite Mediterranean-inspired tapas.

Director of Hospitality, Liam Gearity joined in the fun to expertly pair three exquisite wines from our family-owned Lewis Vineyard in Carneros, with Chef Gerard’s culinary creations – a coupling that sent our taste buds on a trip to Spain!

Frank Family fans from across the nation joined the conversation with intriguing questions for Chef Gerard as he effortlessly created tapas and paella from scratch. Not even Rich and Leslie Frank could resist making a guest appearance for a taste and sip of newly released 2018 Lewis Vineyard Pinot Noir.    

Be sure to re-visit the recorded event on our Youtube channel so you too can get transported to southern Spain with Chef Gerard’s tapas and paella for two.

View the ingredients and recipe below.

Manchego Cheese & Quince Paste

Pairs best with: 2014 Blanc de Blancs


Manchego CheeseAvailable at your local grocery store or online here
Quince JamAvailable at gourmet grocery stores or online here

Saffron Shrimp Skewers

Pairs best with: 2018 Lewis Vineyard Chardonnay


Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp – 16/20 count
Fresh Garlic
Saffron Threads
Smoked Paprika
Hot Sauce
Fresh Lemon
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Authentic Paella, for 2-3 people

Pairs best with: 2018 Lewis Vineyard Pinot Noir


1Small Red Bell Pepper, sliced into strips
1/2Large Yellow Onion, diced 
4Cloves Garlic, rough chopped
7 oz.Tomatoes, diced
1Lemon, wedged 
To TasteParsley, chopped 
1 cupOlive Oil 
1 tblSmoked Paprika
To TasteSalt & Pepper
Pinch25-30 Saffron threads 
2 cupChicken Stock
1 cupMedium Grain Rice 
1Chorizo Bilbao 
1Chicken Thigh, boneless skinless
6Large Gulf Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cupSquid Rings


1. Heat olive oil in 12 inch flat bottom frying pan. Add the red bell pepper strips sauté and remove.

2. Add sliced chorizo bilbao, sliced chicken thigh, onion, garlic, salt, saffron, and smoked paprika. Sauté until chicken has some color on it and onions are translucent.

3. Add tomatoes and cook until thick. Add 2 cups of chicken stock bring to a boil for 10 minutes, add rice.

4. Stir the chicken around until all rice falls to the bottom, cook for 10 minutes. Add shrimp and squid rings and reduce heat slightly while keeping it at a good simmer.

5. As liquid gets absorbed, turn shrimp once and add bell pepper and lemon wedges. When it starts to pop like Rice Crispy cereal, monitor heat as to not burn the rice.

6. Test the rice from the top of the paella only. Total cook time should be no more than 25 minutes. Finish with parsley, serve and enjoy!