Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Merlot Frosting


To finish up our "Fall in Love, with Bota Box" series of aphrodisiac recipes, we thought we'd revisit an old favorite. What could be more romantic than a Chocolate AND Wine cupcake, right?? For Cupcakes: 2 Cups boiling water 1 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 3/4 Cups all purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 Cup butter 2 1/4 Cups white sugar 4 eggs 1 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Honey Roasted Almonds


Ingredients: 4 cups raw almonds 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 2 tbsp water 2 tsp vegetable or canola oil 2 tbsp raw honey   Directions: Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Cover baking sheet with foil. Roast for about 10-12 minutes, until browned. Let nuts cool completely. In a small bowl mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. Add water, oil … [Read more...]

Love-Token Lemon Pesto Linguine

2010 Pinot Grigio - 3L and 500ml

Ingredients  1 1/2 cups basil 2 -5 garlic cloves 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/8 cup lemon juice 1/8 cup olive oil 1 package fresh linguine pasta 1 tsp salt 1 T olive oil Directions: Boil water for pasta. Add linguine, salt and olive oil to boiling water and cook until desired tenderness. Mix basil, garlic, pine nuts and parmesan in a … [Read more...]

Recipe: “Hot and Heavy” Oysters


Ingredients 10-12 oysters 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 T buttermilk 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/2 tsp italian seasoning Canola or Vegetable oil for frying   Hot Sauce: 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1-2 T prepared horseradish 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 T lemon juice 1/8 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Mixed Berry Cobbler

We've paired the main meal—Ribs, Beans and Cornbread—with a rich Gnarly Head Zin. For dessert, try some Berry Cobbler and the GH Authentic White! INGREDIENTS: 4 1/2 cups mixed fresh berries (we like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries) 4 tablespoons white sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups rolled oats 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon … [Read more...]

Recipe: Bacon Cheddar Cornbread

Rounding out our summer BBQ—Ribs, Beans, and of course some Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin—with a nice, hearty cornbread. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup melted butter 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1 cup flour 1-1/2 cup cornmeal 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and broken into small pieces 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup frozen or fresh … [Read more...]

Recipe: BBQ Beef and Bean Casserole

Need something to go with your Ribs and Gnarly Head? Try this amazing side dish... INGREDIENTS 1/2 lb. bacon 1/2 lb. ground beef 1 large onion, chopped 1/2 c. white sugar 1/2 c. brown sugar 1/4 c. ketchup 1/4 c. barbecue sauce 2T prepared mustard 2T molasses 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 (16 oz.) can kidney beans - drained 1 (16 oz.) can lima beans - … [Read more...]

Recipe: Authentically Awesome Spare Ribs with Fig, Jalapeno Sauce

The following recipe was the winning Rib Recipe from the 2012 Gnarly Rib Challenge. Have a great rib recipe of your own? Enter it in this year's contest for a chance to win $5000! Submitted by Daniel Labrie WINE PAIRING Gnarly Head Authentic Red   DESCRIPTION St. Louis style ribs braised low and slow in the oven with salt, pepper, a cup of vegetable broth, onion quarters, two cloves … [Read more...]

Recipe: Campfire (or Grill) Potatoes

Here’s a simple recipe that will pair perfectly with a Bandit Red Wine Blend for your next Grill Night or "Glamping" trip!  Ingredients: sliced potatoes diced onion butter or margarine grated parmesan cheese Shredded Cheddar cheese salt and ground black pepper to taste Directions Prepare Fire: Campfire Method: Build a campfire and allow the fire to burn until it has … [Read more...]

Grilled Pineapple Cake

Turn your camping trip into a Glamping trip with this fun grilled dessert that pairs perfectly with a Bandit Merlot TetraPak ! Ingredients: Pineapple chunks (fresh or canned) pound cake (frozen or homemade) cut into 3/4 inch cubes unsalted butter light brown sugar cooking spray Directions: 1.) Tear of a large strip of tin foil and fold in half. Coat one side with cooking … [Read more...]