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Posts made in March, 2015

Jammy Berry Pie

Jammy Berry Pie

          JAMMY BERRY PIE   PREP TIME: 3 hours SERVINGS: 6 slices This jammy red wine pie gets big flavor from mixed seasonal berries and Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz. INGREDIENTS:  3 cups frozen blueberries 3 cups frozen cherries ½ cup Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2 frozen pie shells, thawed ½ tsp cinnamon ½ ts nutmeg 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced 1 cup sugar ¼ cup brown sugar ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 T lemon juice 3 T melted butter ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 egg, beaten DIRECTIONS:  Combine cherries, blueberries and Jam Jar wine in a large saute pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes-1 hour. Wine will have reduced down and become syrupy. Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine all dry ingredients (cinnamon through salt) in a large bowl and mix well. Add vanilla, lemon juice and the berry/wine mixture and stir until well blended. Add the butter, then the flour and mix well. Pour the filling into the pie shell, then add the second pie shell on top. Tuck the top crust underneath the edges of the bottom crust, and pinch to seal. Cut at least 3 slits into the top of the pie to allow air to escape, then brush with beaten egg wash. Bake for 30 minutes, then loosely cover the pie with tin foil. Bake another 30-45 minutes until crust is golden and berries are bubbling through. Remove from oven and let rest for at least 1 hour. Serve with vanilla ice...

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Quick Chilling Tricks

Quick Chilling Tricks

The holiday party season is officially here, and we are looking forward to the merriment, the food, and of course, the wine! But in between decorating, food prepping, and primping for the festivities, it can slip our mind to do something as simple as chill the wine. Forget to put your Jam Jar wines in the fridge before the guests arrive? Don’t worry – we’ve got you set with some quick at home tricks for quickly chilling wine in a matter of minutes!   Salt Bath Method One of the easiest ways to chill your wine is the old-school “salt bath” method. Fill a large pot with cold water, a ton of ice and about ¼ cup of salt. Add the bottle to the pot and stir occasionally to speed up the cooling process. Time: 10 minutes JJ Review: 5 out of 5 Comments: If you need to chill several bottles at the same time, this method works really well with a cooler.   Paper Towel Technique Another common household trick is the “paper towel” technique. Soak 1-2 sheets of a paper towel in cold water and wring it out so that it is still holding quite a bit of liquid, but not dripping too much. Wrap the bottle with the wet paper towel and place it in the freezer. Time: 15 minutes JJ Review: 3 out of 5 Comments: If your bottle isn’t cold enough after 15 minutes, re-soak the paper towel. Wine Ice Cubes Our last method takes more advance preparation, but it’s a real lifesaver in a pinch! If you’re anything like us, you drink Jam Jar frequently enough where it makes sense to have Jam Jar ice cubes on hand. It’s the perfect way to use any leftover wine if you haven’t finish a bottle (but why wouldn’t you??) and it can also come in handy if you ever need to make a red wine reduction for a recipe. But most importantly this will chill your wine quickly without watering it down! Time: 5 minutes JJ Review: 4 out of 5 Comments: Stores now sell silicon ice molds in fun and festive shapes like Christmas trees – perfect for a holiday party!   We hope this helps you to enjoy your Jam Jar wine at the perfect temperature no matter how spontaneous the pouring!...

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Jam Jar Cranberry Sauce

Jam Jar Cranberry Sauce

          JAM JAR CRANBERRY SAUCE   PREP TIME: 20 minutes SERVINGS: 2 cups Kick that can to the curb and elevate your Thanksgiving spread with this sweet and easy cranberry sauce. Also makes for the perfect topping on a warm baked brie. INGREDIENTS:  1 cup Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz About 14 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries ½ cup sugar ½ cup orange juice 1 tsp fresh orange zest 1-2 T fresh rosemary, minced DIRECTIONS:  Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cranberries begin to burst, about 15 minutes. Spread on top of a baked brie or serve alongside a Thanksgiving...

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Berries with Spiced Jam Jar Syrup

Berries with Spiced Jam Jar Syrup

          BERRIES WITH SPICED JAM JAR SYRUP   PREP TIME: 20 minutes SERVINGS: 6 Sweet & spice makes this simple dessert elegantly nice! INGREDIENTS:  1 bottle Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 thin slices fresh lemon 5 whole black peppercorns 2 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick 1 tsp vanilla extract Mixed seasonal berries DIRECTIONS:  Combine Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, sugar, lemon, peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until reduced to a syrupy consistency. Stir in vanilla extract. Strain and let cool. (Can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 1 week.) To serve, divide berries among 6 bowls. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with Jam Jar...

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Jam Jar Sweet Chocolate Fondue

Jam Jar Sweet Chocolate Fondue

          JAM JAR SWEET CHOCOLATE FONDUE   PREP TIME: 30 minutes SERVINGS: 2 to 4 Bring together your two favorites – red wine and chocolate – for a decadently delicious dessert, best enjoyed over candlelight. INGREDIENTS:  1 cup cocoa powder 1 ¼ cups Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 1 cup granulated sugar ¼ cup corn syrup ¾ cup heavy cream 5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped Fruits and pound cake for dipping DIRECTIONS:  Mix Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, sugar, and corn syrup into a pot and bring to boil. Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes until mixture has reduced by about one third. Pour cocoa powder in and whisk until smooth. Continue cooking over medium heat. Add heavy cream, bring to boil and allow to simmer for five minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in chopped chocolate. Pour into fondue pot and keep...

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