Chardonnay-A-Day

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Chardonnay-A-Day

Chardonnay’s adaptability to a range of climates allows it to flourish in almost every wine region in the world. This makes it an international grape variety! Originating from Burgundy in eastern France, the Chardonnay grape is neutral in flavor, so it gets its kick from the fermentation process.

Celebrate International Chardonnay Day in McBride Sisters fashion! Follow these easy steps to guarantee a fun-filled evening.

Put your fave artist on blast. We love us some Ciara, new and old! Girl Gang (feat. Kelly Rowland) is golden.

  1. Crack a bottle of McBride Sisters Collection 2017 Chardonnay. Chilled, crisp wine is a great post-work way to wind down. Ask anyone.

  2. Throw together Chef Mark’s Butter Lemon Pepper Cornish Hens (see recipe below) for a gorgeously simple dinner that pairs well with our 2017 Chardonnay.

  3. Jam out while the hens roast!


Just What the Doctor Ordered

The McBride Sisters Collection 2017 Chardonnay reigns from the Central Coast of California. We classify all of our wines, including our Chardonnay, of being an old world style with new world finesse. Our 2017 Chardonnay is full of fresh, fruit-driven aromas. Ripe pear merges with crisp apple, pineapple, and zesty citrus fruit to dance on the tongue. When people hear “Chardonnay,” they tend to associate it with a buttery, heavy flavor. Ours, however, has a balanced creamy mid-palate. This has nothing to do with the grape itself and everything to do with the winemaker’s style choices—sense the McBride flare?

Get to Know the Process

Like for each of our wines, time and care went into every step of the bottling process. Chardonnay clusters were tightly pressed then moved to a settling tank, where they remained for 24 hours. Afterwards, the juice was racked to tank or barrel where fermentation commences. For added depth and complexity, 15% of the wine was barrel fermented to create the classic Chardonnay texture and very subtle oak notes. To conserve fresh and crisp fruit notes, the balance of the wine (85%) was fermented in stainless steel. Uniquely, only 75% of the wine was put through Malolactic fermentation (where the creamy texture comes from). Following 8 months of aging, the wine was blended before being filtered and bottled.

As we like to say, a glass of Chardonnay a day keeps the doctor away!


Chef Mark’s Butter Lemon Pepper Cornish Hens

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Serves: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Cornish game hens patted dry with paper towels

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter (room temperature)

  • 3 large cloves garlic, peeled & chopped

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (keep 3 halves of lemons to stuff in hens)

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup McBride Sisters Chardonnay

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Pat the hens dry with a paper towel.

  3. Mix the butter, garlic, lemon juice, pepper, and salt (set aside).

  4. Use your index finger to loosen the skin on the top of the hen and slip the lemon pepper butter under the skin on top of each breast. Repeat for each hen. Put a quarter of a lemon in the cavity of each hen. Truss the hens by tying the wings and legs.

  5. Rub each hen with the remaining lemon pepper butter. Sprinkle extra salt and pepper on the skin then drizzle with olive oil. Place the hens on the rack of a roasting pan lined with aluminum foil, spacing them out so they are far apart from each other. This will enable their skins to get browned and crispy.

  6. Place the hens in the preheated oven and roast for 25 minutes.

  7. While the hens are roasting, combine the chicken broth and wine in a bowl.

  8. After the hens have been roasting for 25 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.  Pour the broth/wine mixture over the hens and continue to roast for 30 minutes, basting the hens with the juices at the bottom of the pan every 10 minutes or less. The hens are done when internal temperature reaches 165°F and the juices run clear. If you prefer darker skins, turn up the temperature once cooked to broil for a couple of minutes, watching closely to prevent burning.

  9. Carefully remove the hens and pour the juices from their cavities into the roasting pan. Transfer the hens to a warmed platter, remove the trussing and tent with aluminum foil to week warm. Pour the juices from the roasting pan into a saucepan and boil for about 5 minutes until the liquid is a thin sauce-like consistency.

  10. Serve the hens whole per guest or cut in half lengthwise. Drizzle the sauce over the hens and serve immediately alongside McBride Sisters Collection 2017 Chardonnay.

Love this recipe as much as we do? Learn more about the creative genius behind this dish. Visit www.southerntemptation.com to get to know Chef Mark Phillips and his culinary expertise.

Facebook: Southern Temptation

Instagram: @ChefSouthernTemp


** The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Professional Development Fund is accepting scholarship applications until July 31st. **

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SHE CAN’s Family Roots

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SHE CAN’s Family Roots

The McBride Sisters logo is so much more than just a logo. The crest reflects our Sisterly bond and is designed with our shared father, represented as a proud peacock (he was known to be quite cocky) over the initials “MS” for McBride Sisters. The “S” is styled to look like a loc of our curly hair.

The two lionesses represent each of our mothers, supporting us from each side, the strongest women we know. They were the first to tell us that SHE CAN do anything. After all, lionesses are the true leaders of a pride. Matriarchies all the way!


Attention, class:

Raise your hand if you would like some backstory behind the SHE CAN can designs!

We've decided to honor our mothers in the packaging for the SHE CAN line. The strong and empowered lionesses on the sides of the Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé cans pays tribute to the women who encouraged and inspired us throughout our lives. Our mothers led us to where we are today, and for that, we are so grateful! They told us we CAN do anything we set our minds to because they knew that no goal or dream is too big.

We (Robin and Andréa) consider ourselves to be a pride. That’s why we have “join the fearless pride” printed on the cans. We took the lionesses from our McBride Sisters Collection logo and placed an enlarged version on each SHE CAN. Sauvignon Blanc is dedicated to Andréa's mums (birth mother and foster mother) so their initials are by the lioness (P.J. & D.H.H.). Meanwhile, Rosé is dedicated to Robin's mom, and her nickname is by the lioness (KOKO). Design is a wonderful way to express a message through illustration, and we’re glad we had the creative opportunity to pay tribute to three extra special women. Love you, Mom and Mums!

KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DRINKING: A single can of SHE CAN is equivalent to two and a half glasses of wine (or half of a bottle). Therefore, it’s much more than a single serving. Quality and quantity! Please enjoy responsibly!


Gettin’ figgy wit it!

Out west, we love to keep things local. That’s why California dried fig is the star of Chef Mark Phillips’ latest gourmet appetizer. That, and, of course, the fig’s unique sweet and savory palette.

A gourmet dish such as this one demands to be partnered with a sophisticated wine. This tangtastic but sweet appetizer is matched perfectly with 2018 SHE CAN Rosé by The McBride Sisters, a drier wine that teases us with white raspberry and orange zest with an earthy undertone. Cocktail hour is for the gourmand in us all.

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Chef Mark Phillips’ Fig & Gorgonzola Toast

Servings: Makes 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup California dried figs

  • 6 thick sliced rustic ciabatta bread

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup gorgonzola cheese

  • Balsamic glaze

  • ¼ cup chopped basil

  • Cracked pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Brush bread slices with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool.

  2. Slice figs horizontally or vertically and crumble on gorgonzola cheese. Take the toasted bread and arrange equal portions of fig and cheese on top. Drizzle the balsamic glaze and then garnish with finely chopped basil. Crack pepper to taste (optional).

Open a couple of cans of SHE CAN Rosé and bite down on this crunchy cocktail hour appetizer. You’ll be saying yes to SHE CAN and no to “she can’t.”

Love this recipe as much as we do? Learn more about the creative genius behind this dish. Visit www.southerntemptation.com to get to know Chef Mark Phillips and his culinary expertise.

Facebook: Southern Temptation

Instagram: @ChefSouthernTemp


** The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Professional Development Fund is now accepting scholarship applications until July 31st. **

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Californian Wine is Thicker Than Water

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Californian Wine is Thicker Than Water

Let’s throw it back 20 years. In 1999, Andréa and I met for the first time. No longer were we separated by the 7,000 miles between California and New Zealand. In 2005, Andréa and I began importing wine from New Zealand and then we moved our focus on different aspects in the wine industry. It was a long journey, and it wasn’t until 2016 when we started McBride Sisters Wines, proving that blood (and wine) is thicker than water.

Monterey, California has always been my home and is a source of my love of wine. As you probably know, California makes about 90% of all American wine. The state’s ideal growing conditions are determined by its size and diversity of soils and climates. Over 110 varieties of wine grapes are grown in California, including the flavorful fruit used to make our 2016 McBride Sisters Collection Red Blend. This 2016 Red Blend is a mix of Merlot, Zinfandel, Malbec and Petite Sirah from vineyards in Paso Robles and Monterey County.

McBride Sisters Collection 2016 Red Blend

McBride Sisters Collection 2016 Red Blend


Get snacking!

A Californian spring is the best spring. The sun is out and so are the lupines and poppies. It’s also the beginning of the backyard BBQ-ing season. Open a bottle of our 2016 McBride Sisters Collection Red Blend, the perfect wine that has a peppery and herbal finish to pair with a juicy steak.

Try Chef Mimi’s Wontons Stuffed with Flank Steak, Mushrooms and Goat Cheese Garnished with Red Bell Peppers recipe paired with our McBride Sisters Collection 2016 Red Blend. The earthy flavor of the mushrooms, tender steak, and creamy goat cheese compliment the velvety, richness of the Red Blend. Why limit this dish to the appetizer portion of the evening? Honestly, it could be a full meal!

Visit our Wine Shop to purchase a bottle of McBride Sisters Collection 2016 Red Blend.

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Chef Mimi’s Wontons Stuffed with Flank Steak, Mushrooms and Goat Cheese Garnished with Red Bell Peppers

  • 24 wonton wrappers

  • 1 cup of goat cheese,

  • 1 lb mushrooms

  • 1 lb flank steak

  • Red bell pepper

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit  

Preparation

  1. Spray a mini muffin pan with olive oil spray.

  2. Place the small wonton wrappers in the muffin pan cups. Line the cups against the wall of the muffin cups with your fingers. Spray oil on wontons.

  3. Place in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and cups are formed.

  4. Let cool for 5 or more minutes then remove the cups.

Goat Cheese Mixture

  1. Mix the goat cheese with mushrooms, garlic salt, and pepper to taste, then place in the refrigerator until the steak is done.

The Steak

  1. Sear flank steak to your liking (preferably medium) and season with salt to taste.

  2. Thinly slice the flank steak and set aside.

Assemble

  1. Fill the cups with the goat cheese mixture, then top with flank steak.

  2. Garnish with red bell peppers.


We work best in pairs.

It can be daunting to choose a complementary pairing that heightens both the wine and dish. Don’t worry, we got you! Red Blends comprised of Merlot, Zinfandel, Malbec, and Petite Sirah like our 2016 Red Blend work fabulously with the following:

  • Red meat (steak, lamb, pork, duck)

  • Cured meat (chorizo, prosciutto, pancetta)

  • Roasted root vegetables

  • Dessert (dark chocolate, berries)

Now get creating!

 
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Tightrope Walking: SHE CAN Push the Limit

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Tightrope Walking: SHE CAN Push the Limit

This month, we officially introduced SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé into the McBride Sisters Wines family. After all, 2019 is the year SHE CAN be empowered!

2018 SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc hails from Marlborough, New Zealand. As you may know, while Robin grew up in Monterey, California, my family is from Marlborough, New Zealand.  It was there that my passion for wine was ignited, and as the ol’ saying goes, the rest is history! Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region due to its sunny and dry climate comprised of almost 50,000 acres of vines—a winemaker’s dream!

Me around the age of   5 tightrope walking in Blenheim in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough. I’ve been pushing boundaries since I was a kid!

Me around the age of 5 tightrope walking in Blenheim in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough. I’ve been pushing boundaries since I was a kid!

Our wines originate from New Zealand and California because we trust these regions to produce the highest quality of grapes, and it also happens to be the places we grew up. Trust between a vintner and grape is crucial. Marlborough’s world-class grapes are carefully cultivated and grown in a mountain-protected, sea breeze-cooled sub-regions. The Awatere Valley, south of the Wairau Valley, is a little cooler and known for its unique flavors of gooseberry and racy green apples, while the Wairau Valley produces Sauvignon Blanc grapes that are exotically tropical. SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc is comprised of fruit from both these regions and, when combined, give us a flavor profile of: kiwi, passion fruit, and white fig. It can’t be argued that this is the perfect palette for the beginning of spring! All we need now are snacks to go with SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc.

Aerial view of Marlborough.

Aerial view of Marlborough.

Put your chef’s hat on…

Try our Brie on a Crostini with Prosciutto Cranberry & Balsamic Glaze recipe (visit our blog post), which pairs wonderfully with SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc and makes for a simple but elegant appetizer.

If you’re in the mood for a light, savory protein sweetened by tomatoes, try the Tomato and Cilantro Marinated Chicken Shashlik. The fresh tang from cilantro balances SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc’s tropical flavor. It also makes for a great spring snack to nibble on while lounging on the back deck with a SHE CAN in hand. Wine and food… there isn’t a better combo.

Tomato and Cilantro Marinated Chicken Shashlik

Tomato and Cilantro Marinated Chicken Shashlik (via Food & Wine)

 Makes 8 skewers.

Total time: 40 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large plum tomatoes, coarsely grated on a box grater

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • ½ cup pure olive oil

  • ½ cup chopped cilantro

  • 4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • vegetable oil for brushing

  • salt and freshly ground pepper

  1. Combine the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and cilantro in a large bowl. Then, coat the chicken evenly. Leave the coated skewers in the fridge overnight.

  2. Lightly brush the skewers with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the skewers on a heated grill and cook for about 15 minutes.

Crack a couple cooled cans of SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc and kick back with your gals.

This month, SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé are coming to shelves near you! Stay tuned for updates on our newest collection of exquisite, easy-drinking wine.

 

** The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Professional Development Fund will be accepting scholarship applications beginning on April 1st, 2019. **

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SHE CAN: Embrace the can, empower her path!

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SHE CAN: Embrace the can, empower her path!

You’ve seen our Instagram teasers and read our Wine Down Wednesday newsletter, but in case you missed it, we’re excited to welcome our newest Sisters, SHE CAN Wines, into the family!


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2018 SHE CAN Sauvignon Blanc by The McBride Sisters comes from Marlborough, New Zealand. This Sauvignon Blanc is perfect if you’re in the mood for a crisp, tropical bevvy. You’ll notice a careful balance of passion fruit, fresh kiwi, and white fig. Juicy citrus notes tie the flavors together and linger on the tongue.

Our 2018 SHE CAN Rosé by the McBride Sisters is a blend of  Pinot Noir (45%), Merlot (32%), and Zinfandel (23%) from the Central Coast of California.  We’ve created a dry wine with the refreshing flavors of white raspberry, orange and mandarin zests compliment the chalky earth notes. This Rosé has us feeling ever so sophisticated.

Try our cans on their own or mix it up with wine cocktails. See our recipe below!

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SHE CAN…And She Does!

We’ve created “The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Professional Development Fund” to promote the advancement of women in the wine industry.  Our fund will provide scholarships to women across the industry whose career goals can be advanced by professional development programs in any sector of our industry. Why? Because the wine industry is no longer a boy’s club, but it’s still not a level playing field.  Women make up less than 10% of head winemakers and winery owners, even though there are more women with enology degrees than men. Let’s close this gap because we know #SHECAN!

We will begin accepting applications for scholarships on April 1st, 2019! Yes, SHE CAN!

Picnic weather is finally here and we’re SO relieved. There couldn’t be a better way to celebrate spring than to sit on a sun-warmed blanket with wine-in-hand.  Icy cocktails pair perfectly with warm weather. Want to change up your sangria game? Give our fresh SHE CAN Rosé Sangria a try!


SHE CAN Rosé Sangria (makes 1 pitcher)

2 cans of SHE CAN Rosé

1 1/2 cups elderflower liqueur

1 pack raspberries

6 lemon wheels

6 grapefruit slices

1 bottle club soda

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Serve over ice and start sippin’!

Brownie points if you create ice cubes from our SHE CAN Rosé!


** The McBride Sisters SHE CAN Professional Development Fund Scholarship Applications will be open on April 1st, 2019. **

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Introducing Black Girl Magic Red Blend!

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Introducing Black Girl Magic Red Blend!

In honor of Black History Month (and all the #BlackGirlMagic that has been going on in Hollywood), we’re so excited to announce the release of McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Red Blend (find it online here). The Red Blend joins her Sister Black Girl Magic Riesling, the first in the collection, which we launched at Essence Festival in New Orleans in July 2018.

#BlackGirlMagic

Black Girl Magic Red Blend, from the Central Coast of California, is comprised of Merlot from Monterey (67%) and Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles (33%). The blend is fermented and matured in oak barrels for 18 months, which adds richness to this gorgeous garnet-colored blend with notes of tobacco and warm vanilla bean, complemented by notes of plum, raspberry, and blackberry. The rich Cabernet and luscious chocolate-cherry of Merlot makes this a wine you can’t help but adore!


Our Black Girl Magic Collection was inspired by the movement, #BlackGirlMagic, popularized by CaShawn Thompson in 2013 which was created to "celebrate the beauty, power and resilience of black women," this movement is also intended to commemorate black women on their accomplishments. Thompson refers to a speech made by Michelle Obama (Remarks by the First Lady at BET's "Black Girls Rock!" Event) when she explains that black women around the world persevering, despite adversity, motivated her to spread the concept of Black Girl Magic. In the hopes of counteracting the negativity society places on black women, Thompson created the social media hashtag and rallying cry "Black Girl Magic.” She is GOALS -- can we get an amen?!


Even though we are at the close of Black History Month, we know we continue to celebrate Black History anytime with Black Girl Magic Red Blend. Here are some ways to create your perfect wine experience!

  1. Solidify the menu.

    If you like to cook, try our BBQ Wings with Jerk Red Wine Sauce! If you want a break from the kitchen, order yourself some take-out. I’ve never met a pizza I couldn’t pair with wine...just sayin’ ;)

  2. Get mixing.

    Loosen your mixologist fingers and make a Black Girl Magic Red Blend cocktail. If you’re in the mood for a sweeter, citrusy tang, try the Queen Charlotte Punch. The Kitty Highball has a sharp snap of ginger that is cooled by the full flavors of the Black Girl Magic Red Blend. Of course, you can keep it simple and elegant with a glass (or 2, we’re not judging) of Black Girl Magic Red Blend. Make sure to give your wine room to breathe by filling your glass no more than halfway.

  3. Break it down.

    Hit play on our Black History Month Playlist so you can eat, drink, and dance the night away with your squad! Who run this muthaaaa (cue Beyoncé scream)!


Side note...


As a proud black-owned business, we’d be remiss not to mention the 2019 Oscars, since it was a historic night for people, especially women, of color. We’re particularly proud of Ruth Carter, who won for costume design for Black Panther. She is the first African-American woman to win in that category. Her award was made even more powerful by her acceptance speech in which she said, “Thank you for honoring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead on screen.” We’re lifting a glass of our Black Girl Magic Red Blend in your honor, Ruth!

Last but certainly not least, after 34 years as an actress, we saw some major #BlackGirlMagic vibes shine through when Regina King won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk! SUCH a queen, if there ever was one.

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SMOKED SALMON & CHIVE CREAM CHEESE CRISP WITH MCBRIDE SISTERS COLLECTION SPARKLING BRUT ROSÉ

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SMOKED SALMON & CHIVE CREAM CHEESE CRISP WITH MCBRIDE SISTERS COLLECTION SPARKLING BRUT ROSÉ

Yields: 20 bites

Prep time: 10 mins

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pack Athens Fillo Shells

  • 1 pound smoked salmon, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • (1) 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • Dash of white pepper and salt

  • Red onion minced (garnish)

  • Capers (garnish)

  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream, optional

 

Instructions

  • Arrange fillo cups on a platter as desired. Place in the refrigerator while preparing the cream cheese.

  • Combine cream cheese, chives, lemon juice, salt, pepper and cream cheese in a large bowl. Beat until well mixed.

  • Fill shells with 2 teaspoons of cream cheese mixture and top with a bite-sized piece of smoked salmon. Garnish with capers and red onion.

  • Serve at once, or keep in the refrigerator until needed.

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Avocado Deviled Eggs WITH MCBRIDE SISTERS COLLECTION SPARKLING BRUT ROSÉ

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Avocado Deviled Eggs WITH MCBRIDE SISTERS COLLECTION SPARKLING BRUT ROSÉ

Serves:  6

Prep time:  5 mins

Cook time:  8 mins

Total time:  13 mins

 

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs, hard-boiled and cooled

  • ½ avocado, pitted and peeled

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • ⅛ tsp white pepper

  • ¼ tsp kosher salt

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 tbsp Just Mayo (vegan mayo)

  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard

  • Smoked ground Red Pepper

  • Sliced Peppercorn turkey (optional garnish)

 

Instructions

  • Cut eggs in half and remove the yolk gently, placing yolks in a small bowl; repeat for all eggs.

  • In the small bowl with the yolks, add all ingredients except for the red pepper and turkey, smash and mix well.

  • Fill a piping bag (or use a ziplock bag) with yolk mixture and pipe into eggs on the serving plate. Repeat for all eggs; you may have some yolk mixture leftover.

  • Sprinkle each egg with red pepper and top with rolled sliced turkey, placing garnish on top, as seen in the picture.

  • Serve and enjoy!

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Chef Mark's Butter Lemon Pepper Cornish Hens With McBride Sisters Collection Chardonnay

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Chef Mark's Butter Lemon Pepper Cornish Hens With McBride Sisters Collection Chardonnay

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

 

Ingredients

  • 3 Cornish game hens, patted dry with paper towels

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter (room temperature)

  • 3 large cloves garlic, peeled & chopped

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (keep 3 halves of lemons to stuff in hens)

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup Mcbride Sisters Chardonnay

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F

  • Pat the hens dry with a paper towel

  • Mix butter, garlic, lemon juice, pepper & salt (set aside)

  • Use your index finger to loosen the skin on the top of the hen and slip lemon pepper butter under the skin on top of each breast. Repeat for each hen. Put a quarter of a lemon in the cavity of each hen. Truss the hens by tying the wings and legs.

  • Rub each hen all over with remaining lemon pepper butter. Sprinkle extra salt and pepper on skin, then drizzle with olive oil. Place the hens on the rack of a roasting pan lined with aluminum foil, spacing them out so they are as far apart from each other as possible. This will enable their skins to get browned and crispy.

  • Place the hens in the preheated oven and roast for 25 minutes.

  • While the hens are roasting, combine the chicken broth and wine in a bowl.

  • After the hens have been roasting for 25 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.  Pour the broth/wine mixture over the hens and continue to roast for 30 minutes, basting the hens with the juices at the bottom of the pan every 10 minutes or less. The hens are done when internal temperature reaches 165°F and the juices run clear. If you prefer darker skins, turn up the temperature once cooked to broil for a couple minutes, watching closely to prevent burning.

  • Carefully remove the hens and pour the juices from their cavities into the roasting pan. Transfer the hens to a warmed platter, remove the trussing and tent with aluminum foil to week warm. Pour the juices from the roasting pan into a saucepan and boil for about 5 minutes until the liquid is a thin sauce-like consistency.

  • Serve the hens whole per guest or cut in half lengthwise. Drizzle the sauce over the hens and serve immediately.

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CHEF MARK'S SWEET POTATO PIE WITH MCBRIDE SISTERS COLLECTION SPARKLING BRUT ROSÉ

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CHEF MARK'S SWEET POTATO PIE WITH MCBRIDE SISTERS COLLECTION SPARKLING BRUT ROSÉ

Serves: 6-8

Total Cook: 2 hours 20 mins

 

Ingredients:

1 lb cooked sweet potatoes

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup heavy cream

2 eggs

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (9 inch) pie crust

 

Directions:

1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.     Boil sweet potato in whole skin for 40-50 or until done or bake in the oven. Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin.

3.     Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, sugars, cream, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth (be careful not to over mix). Pour filling into unbaked pie crust.

4.     Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a soufflé, and then will sink down as it cools.

5.     Let rest for 20-30 minutes and serve.

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 ROASTED FALL SAGE & THYME VEGETABLES WITH MCBRIDE SISTERS COLLECTION CHARDONNAY

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ROASTED FALL SAGE & THYME VEGETABLES WITH MCBRIDE SISTERS COLLECTION CHARDONNAY

Servers: 4

Total Time:  40 mins

 

Ingredients:

1 large red onion (peeled and diced into large chucks)

3 large carrots (peeled and chopped)

15 Brussel sprouts trimmed and halved

1 large butternut squash (peeled, seeded and chopped)

¼ cup olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped thyme

1 tablespoon chopped sage

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

 

Directions:

1.     Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2.     Toss all ingredients in a large bowl ensuring even coat of oil and herbs

3.     Pour vegetable medley on to a sheet pan with parchment paper

4.     Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes (or until vegetables are tender and brown)

5.     Let stand for 5 mins and server

 

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MCBRIDE SISTERS FAMILY CHOCOLATE & JALAPENO SHORT RIB WITH MCBRIDE SISTERS RED BLEND

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MCBRIDE SISTERS FAMILY CHOCOLATE & JALAPENO SHORT RIB WITH MCBRIDE SISTERS RED BLEND

Serves 6

Total Time: 3 hr. 30 min

 

Ingredients

 3 1/2 pounds boneless short ribs

2 1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. canola oil

1/2 yellow onion diced

1 carrot diced

1 celery stalk diced

1 tsp. chopped garlic

1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced

3 tsp. tomato paste

3 tsp. ketchup

1 1/2 tbsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. ground cumin

2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. ground pepper

1 cup McBride Sisters Red Blend

2 cups beef stock

6 dried mixed chilies (Chipotle, arbol, ancho)

1 disc Abuelita Mexican Hot Chocolate chopped

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

 

Directions

1.      Preheat a Le Creuset Grill Pan over medium heat; brush lightly with canola oil. Pat the short ribs dry and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Grill short Ribs in batches on all sides until grill marks appear, remove from grill and repeat with remaining short ribs.

2.      Preheat oven to 300 F

3.      Heat olive oil in the Le Creuset Braiser over medium heat; add the onion, carrot, and celery to skillet. Sauté until they achieve color. Stir in garlic and jalapeño, cooking for one minute, and then add tomato paste and ketchup. Cook and stir until the pasts starts to darken, scraping the bottom of the braised to prevent burning. Stir in Paprika and Cumin, thyme, salt, and pepper. Continue to cook and stir to toast spices. Deglaze with McBride Sisters Red Blend wine and scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pan; allow wine to reduce by half. Add dried chilies and beef stock and heat mixture to a rolling simmer; add chocolate and stir to melt.

4.      Place short ribs into braiser, cover with lid and place in oven for 30 hours. The ribs should be very tender and almost fall off the bone. Carefully remove ribs to a serving platter and keep warm.

Remove whole Chile pieces from sauce and skim fat from the surface. Stir in 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar. If the sauce is too thin, mix 1/2 tbsp. flour 1tbsp. water together to form a slurry and whisk into sauce. Bring sauce to a boil and serve over ribs.  

 

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