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Wine & food pairing ideas for National Barbecue Month

Posted 05-10-12 at 10:30 AM

With Memorial Day around the corner and May being National Barbecue Month, grilling season is definitely underway. As we get ready to spend more time outdoors around the BBQ, we asked Lise Asimont, Director of Grower Relations and our in-house wine & food afficionado, to share a few fun grilling ideas to pair with some of our BBQ-friendly wines. We hope you enjoy!

Francis Coppola Reserve Viognier
This wine is so uninhibited with its fruit and acidity - very fragrant and pretty. It is perfect with grilled shellfish, grilled fish and veggies.

Tequila Shrimp:
  Marinate 1 1/2 lbs. of shrimp (31/40 size count) in 3/4 cup tequila, garlic, onion and cumin. Skewer 4-5 per stick and grill on medium-high heat. Finish with a pinch of salt and lemon wedges.

Grilled Corn: Grill corn in husks with silk trimmed on medium heat. Serve with butter, hot chili powder, salt and lime wedges.

Francis Coppola Reserve Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir has a great structure and can handle stronger flavors. Perfect with grilled chicken thighs, pork loin and mushrooms.

Red Thighs: Marinate chicken thighs in chipotle pepper purée (if you don't like the heat, try sun dried tomato purée and mild chili powder), garlic, onions, salt, pepper, EVOO and sweet pepper halves. Grill chicken thighs and sweet pepper thighs on medium heat and serve with a couscous or rice pilaf.

Red Caps: Use same technique as Red Thighs but substitute chicken for whole portobello mushroom caps with the stem removed.

Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon
The intense cherry berry character of this wine makes it a perfect grill accompaniment.

Cab Sauv Tri-tip
: Place a well trimmed tri-tip (with a little fat still left on) in a marinade of Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon (about 1/2 bottle per tri-tip), garlic, onions, salt, pepper, EVOO and sweet red pepper halves. Grill the whole tri-tip on low to medium-low heat, preferably off direct heat, until you reach desired finish. This is called "low and slow." Grill the pepper halves with the meat, or the last 10 minutes. Serve with corn tortillas and your favorite red salsa.

Roasted Red Pepper Couscous: Follow tri-tip marinade directions with sweet red peppers only.  Grill peppers on medium heat and serve with Israeli couscous, chopped cilantro, chopped red onions, EVOO, lemon juice and a generous crumble of Greek feta cheese.

Director's Cut Zinfandel

This is the most forgiving of wines when it comes to spice. The bramble berry can handle lots of heat.

Coffee Crusted Rack of Lamb:
  Create a rub of ground French Roast, onion powder, garlic powder, chile ancho powder, chipotle chile powder and salt and pepper. Rub rack of lamb well and then make a thick paste of the rub and coat the fat side of the rack well. Grill on med low heat bone side down until reached desired finish. Serve with grilled baby potatoes (I like the color mixes best)

*You can use the coffee rub on almost any meat - especially tasty with baby back ribs!

Grilled "chile relleno":  Create same coffee rub as above and mix with soft goat cheese. Stuff hollowed poblano peppers (use sweet green peppers if you don't want the heat). Serve with a homemade béchamel sauce and grilled baby potatoes.

Turtle Inn debuts exclusive scuba diving packages

Posted 06-16-11 at 12:25 PM

Turtle Inn is now offering two exclusive scuba diving packages throughout 2011 and 2012 giving adventurers the opportunity to explore a magnificent variety of coral and marine life along the Belize Barrier Reef. Choose from either a 4-night or 7-night vacation package. All excursions will take place from Turtle Inn’s brand new dive boat, Miss Ellie.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn is located in Belize's coastal village of Placencia. One of the world’s greatest scuba destinations, Belize is one of the few dive spots on the planet that can boast the return of the largest fish in the ocean year after year. During the full moon weeks of May and June, the Whale Shark will glide through our waters giving divers and snorkelers the unmatched opportunity to share the ocean with them in close quarters.
To book packages please call toll-free
(800) 746-3743, of email

Turtle Inn supports Turtle Watch Program

Posted 04-19-11 at 10:28 AM

Khristina Bonham, a Conservation and Biodiversity Masters student at the University of Exeter, has been working with ECOMAR Belize on the newly formed Turtle Watch Program. Last month she visited Turtle Inn, and for six days gave informative presentations to the guests, conducted water surveys for sea turtles and trained at our dive shop on how to report sightings in the future. Below are the journal entries from her stay. Read More


Travel + Leisure name Blancaneaux Lodge & Turtle Inn among World's 500 Best Hotels

Posted 01-04-11 at 12:30 PM

Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn were once again recognized in Travel + Leisure's annual list of the World's 500 Best Hotels. The two Francis Ford Coppola-owned retreats were the only resorts in Belize to make the list, and Blancaneaux Lodge was also named the Best in Region, encompassing all of Latin America.

Blancaneaux Lodge made the list for the 5th consecutive year, while Turtle Inn was recognized for the 4th time in the past five years (2007-08, 2010-11).

Congratulations to the hardworking and dedicated staff at both resorts for this wonderful recognition!