While I don’t keep a formal “Kitchen Bucket List,” sometimes I’m surprised there are still things left on this informal mental list. I mean, I cook every single day. How are there still dishes I haven’t tried? I guess that’s the beauty of cooking – there is always something new to learn and create.
Coq au vin is one of those things that I’ve been meaning to make forever. It sounds fancy, but it’s just a French phrase basically meaning “chicken with wine.” Whenever I see it on a restaurant menu, I immediately order it. It’s soul-warming comfort food at it’s finest. Chicken braised in red wine until it becomes melt-in-your mouth-tender, with pancetta (or bacon), mushrooms, onions and other aromatic veggies.
So what’s held me back this long from making it? The fact that almost every coq au vin recipe calls for two bottles of wine. For some reason, that just sounds daunting / extreme / expensive / excessive for one meal. Enter Gallo Family Vineyards Hearty Burgundy, which is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in 2014 with a beautiful limited edition bottle. This rich, blended red wine comes in only one size – 1.5 liters. Yep, that really equals two standard-sized bottles of wine, but hey – it’s just one bottle to buy, which makes me feel better about the whole situation. And I actually scaled this recipe down a little bit, so that you can use half the bottle for cooking, and the other half for drinking with your meal.
So, let’s do this. Locate the nearest store that sells Hearty Burgundy and go pick some up. Make coq au vin with half of the wine. Invite some friends over. Serve them a beautiful meal. Toast to your kitchen bucket list success with the rest of the Hearty Burgundy. Repeat as necessary throughout the winter, when comfort food is needed daily. After dinner, be sure to connect with Gallo Family Vineyards on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
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