All Ears

Published On - June 9, 2022

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All Ears

June 9, 2022

All Ears

June 9, 2022

Warmer weather means that grill should be always preheated and ready to go. We love heading down to the farmer’s market to find some fresh seasonal veggies, bringing them home and giving them a good char. It’s the best way to enjoy the gold reaped from the garden.

Today we recommend finding ripe ears of corn and preparing them in the Mexican street style. “Elote” as it’s called, is simply roasted corn on the cob with lime, cilantro and Mexican crema. The char of the grilled corn brings out the nuances of our bourbon barrel-aged wines.

We recommend pairing elote with a chilled bottle of our bourbon barrel-aged Chardonnay. The bright, bold flavors enhance the sweet, light and citrus of the Mexican street corn. This will become your next summer dinner staple, guaranteed.

Elotes Mexican style grilled corn and 1000 Stories Wines Chardonnay

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 to 8 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed
  • 1/2 cup Mexican crema, or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest, from 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, from 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Lime wedges, to serve

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat a gas or charcoal grill to 400F: Clean the grates once it has heated.
  2. Whisk together the sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the crema, mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, chipotle pepper, lime zest and lime juice. Taste and season the mixture with salt if needed. (Crema has a little salt already, so add extra judiciously.) Set aside.
  3. Grill the corn: Place the husked corn directly onto grill grates. Grill the corn for about 3 minutes, undisturbed, or until kernels begin to turn golden brown and look charred. Turn over and repeat. When all sides are browned, remove from the grill onto a plate.
  4. Top the corn with sauce and cheese: Using a brush or a spoon, coat each ear of corn with the crema mixture. Sprinkle with crumbled cojita cheese. Sprinkle with additional chipotle pepper, if desired. Serve immediately with extra lime wedges.

See the full recipe at Simply Recipes.

Camping Essentials

Published On - June 9, 2022

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Camping Essentials

June 9, 2022

Camping Essentials

June 9, 2022

Whether you’ve planned a camping trip well in advance, or the great outdoors is just calling your name on a fine morning—whenever the opportunity strikes to adventure, be ready to hit the road with the essentials.

For a day trip or an overnight, these are our recommended must-haves when heading out on a hike or camping trip:

  • Food & water: Bring more water than you think you need, and protein rich snacks that have a good shelf life.
  • Sun protection: Sunglasses, sun-protective clothes and sunscreen are vital.
  • First aid: A good first aid kit that includes foot care and insect repellent.
  • Navigation: A compass or GPS so you can find your way to safety.
  • Light: A good headlamp with extra batteries. 
  • Fire: Matches, a lighter, and some dry tender.
  • Hiking Boots: Well-fitting waterproof and breathable footwear is key.
  • Multi-tool: A sturdy multi-tool that includes a corkscrew.

A few bottles of 1000 Stories wines. Nothing compliments a campfire like our bold, bourbon barrel-aged wine.

Camping Essentials - 1000 Stories Wines

Know Your Glasses

Published On - May 5, 2022

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Know Your Glasses

May 5, 2022

Know Your Glasses

May 5, 2022

May 25th is National Wine Day. We love celebrating wine each and every day, but we thought we’d take this opportunity to share some tasting notes about our bourbon barrel-aged wines.

Our Zinfandel has a plush mouth feel with red berry and raspberry flavors that come through uniquely with each batch.

Our barrel aging process gives our Cabernet Sauvignon hints of burnt sugar, vanilla, dried herbs, and even a touch of smokiness.

Speaking of barrel-aging, we also age our wine in bourbon barrels to weave a warm thread of vanilla, crème brûlée and wood spice in our Chardonnay, culminating in a memorable butterscotch finish.

Here’s something interesting: Did you know the size of the glass’ bowl controls the amount of air reaching the wine surface which impacts the taste and aroma? Open your favorite bottle of 1000 Stories and try it in different shaped glasses this National Wine Day to note the subtle differences.

1000 Stories Zinfandel, Gold Rush Red, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay

Mole Chicken Tacos

Published On - May 5, 2022

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Mole Chicken Tacos

May 5, 2022

Mole Chicken Tacos

May 5, 2022

With a renowned and celebrated history, Mole is a pillar of Mexican food culture. Containing rich textures and a plethora of bold flavors, this mouthwatering sauce is often praised and desired. Often made for celebratory occasions, the sweet and spicy flavors of this sauce pair excellently with a variety of dishes and drinks. We recommend mixing in some tender, seasoned shredded chicken to create the ultimate taco experience.

If you’re looking to try something new, and want to make a bold and historic dish, we strongly recommend giving it a try. This week, take your dinner to the next level by making a delicious mole chicken tacos and pairing it with our bourbon-barrel aged Cabernet Sauvignon. Your mouth will thank you.

Mole Chicken Tacos and 1000 Stories Cabernet Sauvignon

INGREDIENTS

  • Chicken thighs (either bone-in or boneless thighs work, both should be skinless)
  • Kosher salt
  • Corn tortillas
  • Cotija cheese
  • Cilantro 
  • Limes

Mole Sauce

  • Dried ancho chiles
  • Large can of whole roasted tomatoes
  • Onion (roughly chopped)
  • Sliced almonds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Dark baking chocolate
  • Raisins
  • Chicken stock (chicken or vegetable broth also works)
  • Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • Whole cloves of Garlic or 1 ½ tsp minced
  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon
  • Mexican Oregano

INSTRUCTIONS

Mole Sauce

  1. First, you’ll need to rehydrate the ancho chiles. While that’s happening, toast the almonds and sesame seeds.
  2. Then, add all of the sauce ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, pulsing a few times as needed to break up any large chunks.
  3. Reserve leftover mole sauce to use in enchiladas, drizzled over eggs, or added to soups and chilis.

Cooking the Chicken

  1. Salt the chicken and put it in the Instant Pot. Spread the pieces out to make as close to a single layer as possible.
  2. Pour the mole sauce over the chicken and seal the Instant Pot. Cook on high for 25 minutes (or 20 minutes for boneless), then do a Quick Release.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred. Then add back to the pot and stir to coat in the sauce.

Making the Tacos

  1. Toast the tortillas on both sides. You can do this directly over the burner for a more charred flavor, or toss them in a skillet just to give them some texture.
  2. Add some chicken and sauce to the tortillas. Sprinkle some cheese and cilantro over the top and serve with lime wedges.

See the full recipe at Kevin Is Cooking.

The Horned Bison

Published On - April 4, 2022

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The Horned Bison

April 4, 2022

The Horned Bison

April 4, 2022

With spring in the air and warmer weather now upon us, cocktail season has officially begun. There are a variety of light and flavorful cocktails that can meet the moment of the season, but we believe the Horned Bison, 1000 Stories take on a Devil’s Margarita, is the perfect flavor to help you enjoy the bright and breezy springtime.

The Horned Bison is a unique twist on a classic marg featuring the delicious flavors of our bourbon barrel-aged Chardonnay. With a crisp texture that is bursting with layers of bright fruit flavors, you’ll be enjoying this marg all spring long.

The Horned Bison - 1000 Stories Chardonnay

INGREDIENTS

  • Juice of 5 limes
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons organic orange juice (optional)
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 4 ounces (4 shots) Triple Sec or orange liqueur
  • 1 bottle of 1000 Stories of Bourbon Barrel Chardonnay
  • Salt, mint, and limes to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine the citrus juices and sugar in a pitcher and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Stir in the Triple Sec and wine.
  3. Pour into salt rimmed (optional) glasses over a few ice cubes.
  4. Garnish with lime wheel and mint. Enjoy!

Wine and Dyed

Published On - April 4, 2022

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Wine and Dyed

April 4, 2022

Wine and Dyed

April 4, 2022

Dying Easter eggs in bold colors is a fun annual tradition that can’t be missed. It’s a great activity to do with your friends or family, and is an exciting way to get the creative juices flowing.

This Easter get your wine and dye on! Color your eggs (we recommend coloring them deep wine red) while enjoying the rich, bold flavors of our bourbon barrel-aged wine. With great color and unforgettable flavors it will be a fantastic companion to the festivities.

Wine and Dyed - 1000 Stories Zinfandel, Gold Rush Red, and Cabernet Sauvignon

Farmer Mary

Published On - March 10, 2022

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Farmer Mary

March 10, 2022

Farmer Mary

March 10, 2022

Spring is approaching, and with it comes not only with brighter days, but also the opportunity to make light and refreshing cocktails. Fresh ingredients, and creative ideas lead to outside-the-box and delicious drinks that will consistently satisfy all spring long. 

One of the best places to get those fresh ingredients is at your local farmer’s market. With a diverse range of vendors, there are plenty of opportunities to mix and match things together to find a creative and flavorful twist on your favorite drink. This spring, we recommend making a Farmers Market Wine Cocktail.  This next-level savory sangria can be made with a bottle of our bourbon barrel-aged Gold Rush Red. With its smooth texture and luscious core of berry and spice, it will be the perfect wine to make this cocktail a highlight of your spring.

Farmer Mary

Chili Con Vino

Published On - March 10, 2022

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Chili Con Vino

March 10, 2022

Chili Con Vino

March 10, 2022

While the end of winter on the horizon, there are still plenty of cold and rainy days on the calendar. On any brisk day, it’s always a great time to cozy up indoors, get caught up on your favorite tv series, dive into a new book, and have some time for reflection. It’s also a perfect time to cook up a warm bowl of chili.

To make the chili the best it can possibly be, pair it with a bottle of our bourbon barrel-aged Cabernet Sauvignon. With its signature notes of charred vanilla and dried herbs, it will compliment the chili perfectly and make it a delicious meal that will make you truly embrace any weather.

Chili Con Vino

Prepare and Observe

Published On - February 4, 2022

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Prepare and Observe

February 4, 2022

Prepare and Observe

February 4, 2022

February 18th is National Drink Wine Day. Of course, this is one of our favorite days of the year. There aren’t many things that we love more than bringing together a group of our closest friends, and sharing our love for wine.

On National Drink Wine Day, get together with the fellow wine lovers in your life and uncork some stories while you enjoy a few bottles of our bourbon barrel-aged wine. From the vanilla and sage notes of our Zinfandel to the citrus notes of our Chardonnay, our wine is full of rich and bold flavors that are perfect to enjoy with your friends.

Prepare and Observe

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