Crickets and Tumbleweed Gourmet Culinary Line
One thing winemaker Sam ZinPunk enjoys almost as much as making great wines is creating exciting, unique dishes to pair with and enhance each varietal and blend. This passion drove her to develop Crickets & Tumbleweed, a culinary line that includes virgin olive oils, infused olive oils and vinegars, infused sea salts, salt-free herb and spice seasonings, and wine jellies – all curated and Tumbleweed Tested by SAM herself. Her motto – Enjoy life in the SLO Lane! Enjoy the simple things in life, beginning with a culinary exploration in your own kitchen with friends and family.
Highly aromatic and fruity layered with pepper and grassy flavors, our C&T Arbequina Olive Oil is Estate grown at Cypher Proprietor and winemaker SAM’s EarthFire Farm. Offered in 100mL, 250mL, and 500mL sizes.
Our Lemon Infused Olive Oil is excellent on salads, chicken, hummus, grilled veggies, fish, or anything you would like to have a pop of lemon. This is our standard for cooking eggs. Offered in 100mL, 250mL, and 500mL sizes.
Fragrant and zesty, our C&T Lime Infused Olive Oil is great for both sweet and savory, think marinades, baking, ceviche, veggies, aioli, dressings, and fajitas. The list goes on and on. Offered in 100mL, 250mL, and 500mL sizes.
Great for traditional uses including dressings, marinades, fruit, paella, grilled meats and veggies, rice, charcuterie, and cheese plates. Or get creative with cakes, French toast, and biscotti. Offered in 100mL, 250mL, and 500mL sizes.
Our C&T Balsamic Vinegar is cask aged from Modena, Italy. Try drizzled on Caprese salad, grilled prosciutto-wrapped figs, peaches, and pork. Mix with one of our olive oils and herbs for a salad dressing. Density 1.25 g/ml. Offered in 100mL and 250mL sizes.
Our C&T Raspberry Infused Balsamic Vinegar is perfect for salad dressing, drizzled on fruit, pancakes, and yogurt. Grilled or roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, and as a glaze for turkey meatballs. Great with our chipotle and lime sea salts. Density 1.32 g/ml. Offered in 100mL and 250mL sizes.
Use C&T Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar as is or blended with our olive oils for a dressing or marinade. Drizzle on fruits, pastries, waffles, ice cream, and roasted veggies. Great with our ginger and rosemary sea salts. Density 1.32 g/ml. Offered in 100mL and 250mL sizes.
Our C&T Fig Balsamic Vinegar is delicious as a dressing for salads. Blend with our blood orange or habanero olive oils for a marinade to grill or roast pork, scallops, or portobello mushrooms. Drizzle on cheese, our house favorite is baked brie with walnuts, sage, and dates. Pairs great with our rosemary, porcini, and espresso sea salts. Density 1.32 g/ml. Offered in 100mL and 250mL sizes.
Great for an elegant dressing, C&T White Balsamic Vinegar pairs well with our lemon, lime, or blood orange olive oil. Drizzle on strawberries, pears, apricots hard cheeses, and scrambled eggs. Use as a marinade on roasted beets, carrots, tomatoes, and fennel with our lime, rosemary, or habanero sea salt. Density 1.27 g/ml. Offered in 100mL and 250mL sizes.
With a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness, blend our C&T Pear Sparkling Wine Vinegar with any one of our citrus olive oils for a lovely vinaigrette. Pairs wonderfully with soft cheeses and fruit with a drizzle of honey. Add an elegant touch to jicama slaw. Offered in 100mL and 250mL sizes.
The gorgeous flavor of our C&T Peach White Balsamic Vinegar goes with so many things. Marinate scallops, sea bass, grilled stone fruits, summer squash, and chicken. Drizzle on bruschetta, bitter leafy greens, and ice cream, or stir info some fizzy water or bubbles for a refreshing Bellini. Use as a base for a peach BBQ sauce or salsa. Density 1.22 g/ml. Offered in 100mL and 250mL sizes.
C&T Grapefruit White Balsamic Vinegar is delicious as a dressing or marinade for fennel, cucumbers, white fish, or fruit salad. A spoonful in fizzy water is refreshing and invigorating. Wonderful with our lime olive oil and sea salt. Use with our rosemary or ginger sea salt for stir fry or noodles. Density 1.22 g/ml. Offered in 100mL and 250mL sizes.