Friday, February 3, 2012

Jumping on the bandwagon with Apothic Red

Typically,  mom and I stay away from wines that the masses are drinking, not because we are wine snobs, but usually the masses like cheap, gulp-able wine that has no real wine quality.  Case in point, Two Buck Chuck, a hugely popular wine that everyone was talking about and is really not wine at all, but people still buy it by the caseload.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking cheap wine, or popular wine, if that is truly what you enjoy, but to jump on the bandwagon just because the everyone else is, in lies the problem.  Drink what you like, not what everyone tells you to drink.  Hence, we have both stayed away from Apothic Red, a great wine we found out, but everyone has been and is still drinking it.

I have been curious about the wine for some time, only because it is in every store that sells wine, and it is always under $10, a great bargain.  Plus, many wine blogs that I respect have written about this wine and reviewed it favorably.  And, the label is just so darn cool.

Mom finally picked up a bottle and served it up a couple weeks ago.  And dare I say it hit the spot and was a magic pairing with the chili and cornbread.  And the bonus, it was also a great after dinner sipper while watching some great playoff football action.  The only bad part, my team lost, to the Giants.  Oh well, at least the wine was not a heart-breaker.  San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl 2013!

For more on this wine and a great review please check out Bill Eyer of cuvee-corner and his review.  He basically says everything I would, so why reinvent the wheel, plus his commentary is a fun read.  However, below I have included my mom's chili recipe along with the corn bread recipe.  Again, this was an awesome pairing, perfect for your Super Bowl Sunday Party (even if you are cheering for the Giants) or to warm you up during a cold winter's day.

Mom's Homemade Chili 
(my mom's recipe plus a couple of additions I made)
1 lb ground turkey or lean beef
1/2 yellow onion chopped
4 garlic cloves minced
2 green bell peppers chopped
14 oz can of chopped fire roasted tomatoes in their juice
14 oz can of dark kidney bean rinsed and drained
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 14 oz can of Ranch Style beans do not rinse
3 tsp chili powder
20 leaves of fresh basil
1/4 fresh pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp Hungarian paprika

1.  In a large dutch oven put the chopped onions with small amount of oil and sprinkle some table sugar on top and caramelize for 10 minutes on low heat.  stir occasionally
2. if using ground turkey add it with about 10 dashes of Worcestershire sauce.  add bell pepper, garlic and meat return heat to medium and cook until meat is browned
3.  If there is a lot of fat drain.  add canned tomatoes through paprika.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes covered.

Mom's Homemade Cornbread
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup skim or 1% milk
1/3 cup canola oil
1 egg beaten

Preheat oven to 400*
1.  Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and all wet ingredients in a small bowl
2.  Add wet mixture to the dry and mix until just blended, do not over mix!
3.  Pour into a greased 8 inch square pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until it comes out clean after inserting a toothpick in the middle.

Thank you and enjoy!

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