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Women in Wine: Meet Kelly from Twin Meadows Winery and Italian-Inspired Pasta with Finferli Mushrooms #ItalianFWT

The Italian Food Wine Travel bloggers are writing about women in the wine industry with Pinny of Chinese Food and Wine Pairings as our host.  On Saturday, March 7 we will be live on Twitter at 8 am Pacific time.  Follow the hashtag #ItalianFWT and add it to your tweets when you respond.

Twin Meadows is a family-owned and operated vineyard nestled in the meadows of Madison, Missouri.  Madison is near Moberly and was established in 1836. It was named after President James Madison.  Kelly Ott and her husband Ron own and operate the winery in the meadows of Madison.

The winery actually began while Kelly and Ron made and enjoyed homemade wines with family and friends.  Ron's father and grandfather made wines as a basement hobby and that experience leads to the commercial winery that it is today.  The first grapes were planted in 2012 and included Concord and Chambourcin vines. Brianna and Golden Muscat vines were added in 2018. These vines are cold hardy American and French-American hybrids.  A production facility was added in 2017. Each vine is harvested, processed, crafted and bottled on site. There are two acres of grapevines here.

Kelly is a speech-language pathologist and educational consultant who has over 20 years of experience in serving kids with special needs.  She is a national public speaker, and she uses those opportunities to sample wines and bring new ideas home. She's the business manager and customer service is extremely valuable to her.  Together with her husband, they handcraft small batches of unique and delicious wines for their Twin Meadows Winery.  Kelly is 3/4 Italian..both paternal parents were from Italy. Her grandmother was from Italy and her dad was from Ireland. Her maiden name was Bommarito.

Kelly traveled to Italy last summer with her husband. They visited many wineries across the north and central regions. The wines there are much different due to the region's agricultural differences from mid-Missouri climate, soil, and growing seasons.

This mushroom dish is so good with their Seyval.  The notes on the Seyval:  This dry, crisp, white wine has an herbal bouquet with a hint of citrus and tropical fruit. Serve chilled.  Doesn't it sound refreshing?  The Italian pasta is perfect with the Seyval wine and the herbs used in Italian cooking. You will love the earthiness of mushrooms with the pasta and the sauce that is created with the dish. 

Fricassee of Finferli over pasta paired with Seyval. 
You can order the wines from Twin Meadows Winery from here.  There is a lot to choose from you need to come back and check out the seasonal wines as well.

Check out the recipe below!

Fricassee of Chanterelle Mushrooms

Fricassee of Finferli Mushrooms

Yield: 4
prep time: 12 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 22 M
Delicious mushroom dish served with wide egg noodles


  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 pound finferli (chanterelles) brushed clean (halved if large)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano plus more for garnish
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 pound pappardelle, cooked al dente, or 1 pound boiled new potatoes


How to cook Fricassee of Finferli Mushrooms

  1. Melt 3 tablespoons butter with 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2.  Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly golden, 4-5 minutes. 
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. 
  4. Stir in wine and cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. 
  5. Add remaining 3 tablespoons butter, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and mushrooms. 
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are lightly golden, about 5 minutes. 
  7. Add cream and nutmeg and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. 
  8. Stir in 1 teaspoon oregano. 
  9. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Toss in a skillet with cooked pasta, or serve over smashed boiled potatoes. Garnish with more oregano.
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  1. I love a good glass of winery and I love to visit new wineries. They are always so beautiful and peaceful. I will add this to my list of places to see soon.

  2. I have never been to a winery but I love a nice glass of wine red or white. I know there are vinyards near me so this reminds me that i have to take a trip there soon

  3. This was such a wonderful read. I love reading about women who are making their mark, I love wine, and I love food. It's perfect for me!

  4. I love women in entrepreneurship is great that she combines Wine and Food

  5. I love this, Terri! Good call on an American female winemaker plus a delicious Italian-inspired dish.

  6. Women rock! And this dish looks incredible. I know I'd love it. I'm all about pasta.

  7. Very informative. I love the recipe. Women are doing great things in so many industries.

  8. Winery's always seem like such interesting places to go to - I think people like Kelly who can make these blends are incredible!

  9. Never been in a winery but I am so interested to see and explore that kind of beautiful place and gosh, that recipe really makes my mouthwatering! Delicious!

  10. thanks for sharing about this american wine maker. it is quite a challenge. i have a friend (female too) who started a winery for a few years but has since retired. so bravo on the spotlight.

  11. You have just inspired me to add something to my bucketlist for 2020, more tasty tastings!
    Thank you :D

  12. Chef Dennis2:50 AM

    Wow! This blog is really inspiring especially for women out there. And that Italian recipe looks super yummy that I am starting to crave.

  13. Way to share empowered women who knows what they want and work hard to get it. That pasta looks delightfully good as well!

  14. What a lovely view in the winery. I love this idea of women in the wine industry. I mean, who else knows about wine like us? :)

  15. Oh wow how cool is this...good to see. Enjoyed reading this and learning about women in wine for sure xx

  16. That mushroom dish looks delicious. I love mushroom but never tried preparing this dish before. Going to save your recipe. Thanks! -LYNNDEE

  17. This is so neat. That recipe sounds really good too. I'll have to make sure to make it sometime.

  18. I love taking trips to wineries. The vibe is always chill and the wine is lovely.

  19. I feel great to learn about women entrepreneurs. It is so inspiring. I have never visited a winery, but I love white wine. I yearn to visit a vineyard and watch the wine making process.

  20. I've never been to a winery. Now that I take a low-dose cancer medication to treat my rheumatoid arthritis, drinking is out but before that I wasn't a huge drinker anyhow. I would enjoy a glass of Moscoto or mixed drink on the rare occasion.

  21. Kita Bryant2:31 PM

    I really wish I were more versed in the wine industry. It is something I have always wanted to know.

  22. That mushroom dish looked so good and i am sure paired with that wine it was an amazing meal! Would you have recommends a darker wine with the same meal? I am not a fan of white wines.

    1. Yes! I would love a Pinot noir with it as well.

    2. Dreams abroad, For a dry red, I would recommend our Chambourcin and for a semi-dry red blend, our Rogue Red.

  23. I'm glad you focused on a lesser know wine area along with a woman winemaker. The dish sounds wonderful.

  24. An interesting place to visit, and I am thinking of copying the mushroom recipe.

  25. Wine industry is an fascinating are. It's great to find women that love this industry

  26. I used to live in St Helena and I loved taking trips to local winery. The pasta dish looks so yummy! I have to try it soon.

  27. Neither have I had a wine from Missouri nor tasted a pasta dish piled with such OMGosh fabulous looking chanterelles. Nice to have you join in the fun this month, cheers Terri!

  28. I bet they had a great time! I would love to visit wineries if I get a chance. Thank you for this recipe.

  29. Mushrooms look scrumptious and seem heavenly with the Seyval. Interesting that Kelly is of Italian heritage and has traveled extensively in Italy. Bet she's gleaned a lot to bring back!

  30. This is such a great post on international women’s day

  31. Loved learning about women that inspire, also that recipe looks so good I need to make it soon at home, I am sure my husband is going to love it

  32. Nnniiiccceeeee....I'd love to try out this recipe. With the pasta in it, it must be good, I believe.

  33. Anonymous11:41 AM

    amazing story, love real stories, they inspired me, and thanks for recipe, paste -oh it's one love!

  34. This is an amazing recipe. I love wine and love a good winery!

  35. Great share Terri! And the dish sound delicious too!


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