Grilled Rosemary & Red Wine Pork Tenderloin

Published On - November 28, 2022

By Amy TesconiAmy Tesconi

Traditionally, turkey and ham get all the holiday attention, but following those rules just isn’t our style. Especially when there are so many great pork recipes out there.

Pork is great for pairing with wines that have a bold fruit profile, like our Bourbon Barrel Aged Gold Rush Red.  The sweet, smokey flavor of pork in this recipe welcomes the wine without overwhelming it.  The two make such a great match that we decided not only to pair the wine, but to use it in the recipe to make a delicious rosemary wine sauce which we drizzled over the top.

Make this as a main dish at your next dinner party – or go all out and host the family this year for something different. Enjoy!

Grilled Rosemary & Red Wine Pork Tenderloin

Serves 6


  • 2 pork tenderloins, about 1 lb. each
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (2 inch) sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • Salt/pepper
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mild-flavored honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups baby arugula


  1. Boil wine, rosemary sprig and garlic in a small heavy saucepan until reduced to about 1/2 cup, 7 to 8 minutes. Pour through a fine sieve into a measuring cup, then transfer rosemary sprig and garlic to a sealable plastic bag along with 1/4 cup wine marinade and tenderloins. Marinate, chilled, turning bag occasionally, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Return remaining 1/4 cup wine marinade to saucepan and add vinegar, honey, and chopped rosemary, then boil dressing until reduced to about 1/4 cup, about 10 minutes and thicker.
  3. Prepare grill for cooking. When fire is medium-hot. Pat pork dry and season with salt and pepper. Grill on lightly oiled grill rack over medium-hot fire, turning frequently, until an instant-read thermometer inserted diagonally 2 inches into meat registers 155 degrees F, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, then tent loosely with foil and let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
  4. Once the pork tenderloin is sliced, drizzle rosemary/wine sauce over pork tenderloin and serve on a platter with baby arugula tossed with olive oil.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef

Published On - November 15, 2022

By Amy TesconiAmy Tesconi

The weather is changing and the days just got shorter. This time of year we are relentless about
getting out and soaking up every minute of daylight. We are also craving warm comfort foods at
the end of an active day. Our recipe for balsamic roast beef lets you have both: warm, tender
roast beef with little effort or time, so you can spend your extra time sneaking in a hike or
popping in to an impromptu happy hour. For best results, pair with our Prospector’s Proof
Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef

Serves 6


  • 2 lbs. boneless beef chuck roast
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 portobello mushroom caps, sliced lengthwise
  • 4 cups kale leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Place roast in the slow cooker. In a bowl, mix together the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar,tamari, maple syrup and minced garlic. Mix well and pour over the roast beef. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Baste the roast periodically.
  2. Before serving, heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add diced onion and mushrooms and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until softened. Add in the kale leaves and continue to sauté just until wilted. Turn off the heat, stir in the apple cider vinegar and season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. Once roast is cooked through and you are ready to eat, remove it from the slow cooker into a large mixing bowl. Trim off any large pieces of fat and shred with two forks. Put it back into the slow cooker and let it soak in the juices for 5 to 10 minutes. When ready to eat, use a slotted spoon to lift the beef out of the slow cooker onto a plate. Transfer the leftover juices into a jar to use as gravy or for a future roast.
  4. Plate roast beef with a side of sauteed kale and mushrooms. Enjoy!

Tradition with a Twist

Published On - November 11, 2022

By Amy TesconiAmy Tesconi

Thanksgiving is arriving soon and we are here for it. As much as we love the food, we are
equally grateful for this season of travel, gathering with friends and creating new memories.
Wherever your plans take you, we have suggestions on the best wine to pair, both with holiday
foods and some favorite holiday activities.

The end of a long travel day: The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel periods of
the year. If you are planning to roam, end the travel day by raising a glass of our Gold Rush Red.
Thanksgiving pairing: Cream or cheese-based side dishes, or butternut squash risotto with crispy

A Holiday Hike: It’s a good idea to get outside for some exercise and fresh air before the food
starts rolling out. We recommend grabbing your favorite sibling (cousin, friend or parent) and
taking a mid-morning hike. If you plan to find yourself somewhere picturesque and perfect for a
toast, bring a bottle of American Barrel Aged Chardonnay for the occasion. Thanksgiving
pairing: vegetables off the grill, cheeses, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes.

The Game: Football pairs as well with Thanksgiving as turkey does. If you plan to spend a few
hours catching the game, you are going to need a wine as exciting as all the action – enter
Zinfandel Batch 86. The racy flavors and unique bourbon barrel notes will match the energy in
the room. Thanksgiving pairing: turkey, stuffing, just about anything smoked or fried.

Fireside Hang: It’s the end of the night, the dishes are done and it’s finally time to catch up by
the fire. What’s in your glass? We suggest Prospector’s Proof Cabernet Sauvignon. This
bourbon-barrel aged Cab is a great sipper at the end of the day. Or, if you are a cocktail fan, try
The Farmer Mary or a red wine and spice cocktail. Thanksgiving pairing: bold gravy, beef or
lamb (for those who don’t do turkey), stew.

The Unexpected: Be ready to say yes to a last-minute dinner or party invite, a visit from
someone you can’t wait to catch up with, or a meal that is begging for a great wine. Keep a
bottle of American barrel-aged Pinot Noir handy for these moments – then make them happen!
Thanksgiving pairing: turkey, mushroom casserole, bacon-wrapped asparagus.

May your holidays be bold and bright, and may new traditions be made this year.

Butternut Squash Risotto with crispy prosciutto

Published On - November 3, 2022

By Amy TesconiAmy Tesconi

We have two words for your Friendsgiving guests: Crispy Prosciutto.

This holiday season we are embracing the unexpected and putting our own spin on traditional side dishes, and traditional Chardonnay. Imagine a creamy fall risotto, topped with salty, crisp prosciutto and fresh herbs and paired with our newly-released Chardonnay, aged in American oak barrels, a new bold take on a California classic.

This recipe is perfect for a dinner party in, but it also travels well, an excellent solution when you’ve been assigned a “side dish.” To transport, make or transfer risotto to a dutch oven or casserole dish with lid that can be reheated at your destination. Keep crispy prosciutto and sage separate to add just before serving. Enjoy!


Serves 8


  • 8 cups vegetable broth, low sodium
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, cubed
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated
  • 4 1/4 ounces Prosciutto, sliced into small pieces
  • Fresh sage leaves
  • Salt/pepper to taste


  1. In a saucepan, bring the broth to a gentle simmer, then leave on low heat to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté the onions for five minutes. Stir in the squash, garlic, and half the salt. Cook for about six minutes, or until the edges begin to soften.
  3. Stir in the rice and remaining salt. Cook for two minutes, or until the rice is fragrant.
  4. Add the warm broth one cup at a time, stirring often and allowing time for the liquid to absorb before adding more. Cook until the risotto is al dente and the squash is tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan, over medium heat, add the prosciutto. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until cooked through and slightly crispy. Remove and set aside.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to the prosciutto pan and heat. Add the sage leaves and sprinkle with sea salt. Cook the sage leaves over medium-high heat until crispy and remove from pan.
  7. Before serving, stir in the parmesan and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Divide into bowls, top with sage leaves and crispy prosciutto. Enjoy!

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Published On - September 20, 2022

By Amy TesconiAmy Tesconi

What’s better than flavorful chicken and fresh veggies? Giving them a good char on the grill to bring out their boldest flavors. Today, we have a recipe for you that is both delicious and perfect for sharing at your fall gatherings. We recommend grabbing a bottle of our 2020 Pinot Noir to share alongside these sizzling kabobs.

Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Serves 4


  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb chicken breast (boneless, skinless, diced into cubes)
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup red onion
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 8 Barbecue Skewers
  • Salt/Pepper to taste


  1. Combine the lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano and 1/2 of the olive oil in a mixing bowl. Add in the cubed chicken breast and mix well. Place in the fridge and let marinate while you prep the vegetables.
  2. Dice the zucchini, yellow bell pepper, and red onion into large chunks. Toss in the remaining olive oil.
  3. Slide the marinated cubed chicken, zucchini, yellow bell pepper, red onion and cherry tomatoes onto the skewers.
  4. Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  5. Grill the kabobs for 8 to 10 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Remove the kabobs from the grill and divide onto plates. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

Leftovers: Store covered in an airtight container in the fridge up to three days.
Serving Size: One serving is equal to approximately two kabobs.
Serve Them With: Rice, quinoa, grilled potatoes and/or tzatziki sauce. Add to leafy greens to make a salad.
Vegan & Vegetarian: Omit the chicken and use marinated tofu or whole mushrooms instead.
Wooden Skewers: If grilling with wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water before using to avoid them catching fire on the grill.

Know Your Barrels

Published On - September 20, 2022

By Amy TesconiAmy Tesconi

Each batch of 1000 Stories goes on a journey guided by our winemaker, Sebastian Donoso, to become the bold wine you will eventually enjoy. An important part of that journey, and the winemaking process, is deciding what the barrel ageing process will be for each wine.

Wine barrels are used to impart distinct notes into the wine – some soft, some bold. Different aromas and flavors are added depending on the type of barrel used. Here at 1000 Stories, we use Bourbon barrels, American oak and French oak, depending on the flavors our winemaker wants to add. Use the simple information below to learn more about the different barrels and how they are used to make 1000 Stories wines.

Used Bourbon Barrels:

Barrels: Historically, American oak barrels were always made for Bourbon and Whiskey. The barrels we use are 4-10 years old and have been soaked in Bourbon, with the inside of the barrels blackened or charred to bring out the intensity of the flavors.

Notes: Bourbon barrels impart notes of dried herbs, burnt sugar, caramel, coffee, and vanilla

American Oak:

Barrels: Our American Oak barrels come from Minnesota and have been seasoned outdoors for a minimum of 24 months. Our oak barrels have a medium toast.

Notes: Notes of vanilla, coconut oil, marshmallow and creaminess as well as low levels of tannins, a good match for light-style wines such as our 2020 Pinot Noir.

French Oak:

Barrels: Sourced primarily from France, French oak has a lighter grain and takes longer to impart flavors to the wine. It is widely used in California wines.

Notes: French oak typically imparts darker notes like coffee, mushroom, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and leather.

Whole Grilled Chicken

Published On - September 7, 2022

By Amy TesconiAmy Tesconi

Let’s just draw a line in the sand now and boldly state that there is no “grilling season.” Spring, summer, fall (winter?) you should get out and grill any time you crave the outdoors and the delicious, smokey flavors of freshly barbecued meats and veggies.

Exploring new ways to grill your favorite dishes is part of the experience.  Recently, we’ve been throwing a whole chicken on the grill and enjoying the juicy flavors alongside crispy, spicy skin. Grilling an entire chicken is easy, but there are tips and tricks to help you get the best result. Check out this basic grilled chicken recipe and our recommendations for getting it just right, then grab a bottle of American Barrel Aged Chardonnay and dinner al fresco is served!

Grilled Chicken:

The method for grilling a chicken is fairly simple: Light the grill (or coals), heat to approximately 400 degree F. Place the bird on the middle of the grill, skin-side up, close the lid and allow to cook for approximately 45 minutes to one hour (depending on size).  Then, check the bird every 5-10 minutes until done.

As they say, the devil is in the details. Below, a few tips:

Spatchcock – This is the method of butterflying (or flattening) the chicken before grilling. If you grill the chicken whole without flattening it, you may get some uneven cooking and dry out the breast. To do this, remove the backbone and then break the breastbone by pressing down on the legs. Some supermarkets sell whole chickens already spatchcocked, and a butcher can usually do this for you.

Oil! – The secret to crispy, delicious chicken skin is oiling it well. We recommend using an oil-based marinade or brushing on a generous amount of olive oil before cooking. You can also soak a paper towel in olive oil and then, using a pair of long metal tongs, brush it directly on the almost-ready grill before adding the chicken.

Go Bold – We’ve already mentioned the chicken skin in this dish, but it really is the star of the show. Your chicken will be even more flavorful if you add bold seasonings, rubs or sauces to the skin prior to cooking. You can add a spicy dry rub after brushing olive oil onto the skin, create a marinade and add a little liquid smoke, or brush on your favorite barbecue sauce a few minutes prior to removing from the grill. The bolder the better!

Use indirect heat – Juicy chicken takes time to roast, so you don’t want it placed directly over a heat source. If you have a gas grill, turn on all burners except the one directly under the bird. On a charcoal grill, you can either use a water bath in the center and arrange coals around it (this also helps keep the bird moist) or layer more coals on one side of the grill than the other, creating a “hot” side and a “cool” side. Place the chicken breast-down on the hot side first, removing after a few minutes and then place skin-side up on the cooler side to cook through.

A meat thermometer is always a good idea so you can check doneness without over-cooking.

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