One of my favorite things about the wine country are the adorable little deli stores sprinkled throughout the region. Most of them, like Oakville Grocery, are a destination in themselves.
We especially love Soda Canyon Store on the Silverado Trail, which is enough off the beaten path to have the occasional line but still be worth it. I love The Gourmet - peppered Turkey, provolone, pesto, red onion, on wheat roll. There's nothing better in between tastings.
Farmer's Lunch Sandwich
To fuel a full Sunday afternoon of errands and shopping, I wanted to have a hearty sandwich with some fresh summer flavors.
2 slices of bread (baguette preferred but hearty sandwich bread is fine too if toasted)
5 slices of sharp cheddar or gruyere
1 tablespoon fig preserves
1 granny smith apple, sliced thinly
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 handful of arugula or lettuce leaves
Prep your ingredients.
Spread a little fig preserve on both halves of the bread. Toss the apple slices in a little lemon juice (if waiting to serve until later), and then add them to the sandwich. Add a layer of cheese.
Add a few leaves of lettuce and press the sandwich closed. You can serve as is, or toast in a panini press for a gooey approach.
This is exactly what I would want if I was taking a break from a hard morning's work in the garden (or barn). The cool sharp flavors of cheese, apple and lettuce all marry together into a lovely sandwich.
The fig preserves are also excellent, but feel free to go in the grainy mustard direction with sharp cheddar too. You can't really go wrong.
And even better, you'll be left with some apple slices as a side.