Boeger Citrus and Red Wine Marinade

Savory base notes of red wine, soy sauce and garlic are elevated to tasty heights from fresh orange, lemon and lime; a marinade for grilling with flavor as bright as the long days of summer!

Boeger Citrus and Red Wine Tri Tip

Since returning to the workforce after 13 years as a stay-at-home dad, the summer months have changed in our household. Gone are the mid-week day trips to points of interest, movie matinees, daily visits to the fitness center for swimming and fun in the sun. Chores and dishes were always done and dinner was on the table by the time Mrs. W returned from the office. It’s been great for me to work again and my transition to full time, 9 to 5 has also been good for the kids. As teenagers, they have learned to manage for themselves, cooperate with each other, contribute to household tasks and pick up kitchen duty too.

So Long Summer

With their own social media accounts, photo ops like this are no longer solely at my discretion. Now I must seek editorial approval.

The kids and I used to send off summer with an annual selfie; a photographic indulgence to commemorate their last day of freedom before school resumed for the fall session. Their end of summer always seems clipped, cut short as school begins in mid-August. In my day, the school bell never rang until a good couple of weeks after Labor Day.

Apple Hill Growers Cookbook

Recently I scanned the bookcase for inspiration; its shelves house cookbooks. My mission was to identify simple meal ideas for weekday dinners, ones that required little fuss and could come together in a jiff. One in particular stood out to me―a recipe collection from the farmers of an apple growing region in the next county over. Apple Hill as it is known, spans from Placerville through Camino, but it is much more than apples, it is home to a variety of produce farms, Christmas tree growers and wineries. Its quick elevation change and beautiful topography affords unique microclimates for diverse agriculture. The book’s cover implies a resource of things sweet, which it is, but it has savory gems like this citrus and red wine marinade from Boeger Winery. This recipe not only ticks the weekday meal boxes, it is fast, fresh and fabulous; just plan ahead so your protein can soak up the deliciousness!


Citrus Zest

While the kids and I no longer share school break weekdays, the fall session has been underway for longer than a month. And as the sun sets on this very day, the true last day of summer 2019, I’m sending it off not with a selfie, but with a recipe and some photos; a nod to the long, bright days and sunny warm colors of the season.

Citrus and Red Wine Tri Tip

Citrus and Red Wine Tri Tip Slices

Recipe adapted from Boeger Winery

Citrus and Red Wine Marinade

Boeger Citrus and Red Wine Marinade

Savory base notes of red wine, soy sauce and garlic are elevated to tasty heights from fresh orange, lemon and lime; a marinade for grilling with flavor as bright as the long days of summer!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus, marinade, meat, red wine
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Brooks Walker


  • Half bottle Boeger red wine
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 each orange, lemon and lime, squeeze juice then rough-chop and add to marinade


  • Combine all ingredients; pour into a large zip lock bag.
  • Add meat of choice to the bag, carefully press as much air out as possible, seal the bag. Place closed bag in a pan and refrigerate.
  • Marinate for at least 2 hours turning the over occasionally. The longer the marination duration, the better. For best results, allow the meat to marinate overnight!


To extract as much of the citrus oils as possible, zest the citrus first using a vegetable peeler to get wide shards of peel. Use care by not peeling the zest too deep; you want the outer color layer with minimal white pith. Then juice the fruit.
For extra zip try adding 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes to the marinade. When using a white meat, substitute red wine with a white wine.
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  1. Brooks, this sounds soooo good to me right now. I’m ready for a big beefy meal and a glass of red wine.

  2. 5 stars
    A lovely marinade, especially for beef, and maybe venison. Love all of the ingredients.

  3. Golly, this sounds SO full of flavor. A good marinade really helps flavor meat, beef in particular. Super recipe — thanks.

    • Brooks Walker says

      You’re welcome, John. I’ve got your short ribs bookmarked. Thanks for visiting!

  4. I had no idea you back to blogging and working, congratulations!
    This meal seems too fancy for the humble weeknight or I’m going to have to up my game!

  5. Brooks, I hope you and your family are well and staying out of harm’s way. If ever there was a time for cake, that time is now!

    • Brooks Walker says

      Jean, so sweet of you to reach out and thank you for doing so! We are well, yes, and I hope the same is true for you and yours. I couldn’t agree more; cake has a way of bringing a little merry to a time that is testing all of us in a foreboding way. Stay healthy and safe my friend.

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