Red Velvet Cupcakes

PREP TIME:  45 minutes
SERVINGS: 12-14 cupcakes

1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup boiling water
5 ounces chocolate chips
2 sticks butter (room temperature)
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the cocoa powder and chocolate chips in a bowl and then add the boiling water, whisk until melted.
  3. In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar together, and then beat in one egg at a time.
  4. Slowly mix in flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add the melted chocolate and pour in Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz.
  6. Mix to ensure batter is fully combined and pour it into muffin tins.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Let the cupcakes cool before frosting.

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Chocolate Fondue​

PREP TIME: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 2 to 4

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

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 warm.

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Shiraz Cranberry Sauce

PREP TIME: 20 minutes
SERVINGS: 2 cups

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

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 feast.

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Sweet Shiraz BBQ Sauce

PREP TIME: 10 minutes

1 cup Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
1 cup ketchup
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp liquid smoke
3 tablespoons steak sauce
1 tsp onion flakes
1 tsp garlic flakes
½ tsp freshly ground pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer sauce until reduced by a quarter, 6-8 minutes.

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Chili Chicken Skewers

PREP TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 2 servings

1 cup orange juice
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 T ginger, minced
2 T garlic, minced
¼ cup oil
½ tsp salt
Zest & juice of 2 limes
¼ cup cilantro, minced (plus extra for garnish)
2 chicken breasts, sliced into long strips
1 cup Jam Jar Sweet White
¼ cup rice vinegar
1 T sweet chili sauce
1 tsp garlic, minced

Combine ½ cup orange juice and ½ tsp red pepper flakes with ginger through cilantro in a shallow glass dish. Mix well and add chicken breasts to marinate for at least 1 hour (or overnight) in the refrigerator.

Preheat grill to medium heat. In a small saucepan, combine remaining ½ cup orange juice and ½ tsp red pepper flakes with Jam Jar Sweet White, rice vinegar, chili sauce and minced garlic. Mix well and bring to a boil over high heat on the stove top. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce becomes syrupy (about 20 minutes).

Remove chicken from marinate and pierce onto skewers. Grill for about 4 minutes each side, repeatedly basting with the sweet chili sauce. Remove from grill, add additional sauce if desired and garnish with extra minced cilantro and lime wedges.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

PREP TIME: 45 minutes
SERVINGS: One 12″ pizza

1 pound store-bought pizza dough
All-purpose flour
½ cup + 2 T Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz BBQ Sauce
1 skinless boneless chicken breast
2 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
½ cup red onion, sliced thin
1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack Cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup chopped cilantro

Place pizza stone on middle rack in oven and preheat to 500°F for at least 20 minutes to heat pizza stone.

In a medium skillet, heat some oil over medium heat. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper, and sauté about 4 minutes on each side until chicken is cooked through. When cool, slice into thin pieces and toss in a few tablespoons of Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz BBQ sauce.

Spread flour on a working surface and roll out dough to desired thickness and shape. Sprinkle flour on preheated pizza stone and transfer dough.

Spread remaining Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz BBQ sauce over dough evenly. Top with Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, then red onions, bacon and chicken. Top pizza evenly with mozzarella cheese.

Bake in oven for 8-12 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and top with chopped cilantro.

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Spicy Chili

PREP TIME: 2-4 hours
SERVINGS: 2-4 servings

1 pound lean ground beef
1 jalapeno, minced
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 T chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried thyme
½ tsp salt
1 cup Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans, rinsed & drained
2 tsp liquid smoke

Heat 1 T olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Sauté jalapeno, onion, bell pepper and garlic until onion starts to become translucent (about 5-10 minutes). Remove from pan and set aside.

Sauté beef in same pot until just browned. Return the veggies to the pot and add all spices, mixing well. Add Jam Jar wine bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer until wine is reduced by half. Add the tomatoes, kidney beans and liquid smoke; mix well. Simmer for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Top with shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions and a slice of cornbread.

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Shiraz BBQ Sliders​

PREP TIME: 35 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 sliders

2 cups of Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 ½ lbs of lean ground beef
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly group pepper
1 medium tomato, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups of arugula
1 tablespoon of olive oil
4 slider buns
4 slices of cheddar
4 strips of cooked bacon (optional)

In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine the wine and brown sugar for the glaze. Cook until reduced, about 25 minutes. Let stand to cool.

In a large bowl, mix beef, salt, pepper, and a quarter of the red wine reduction. Form 4 slider-size burger patties.

Cut buns in half and drizzle with olive oil. Grill the sliders to desired doneness on medium-high heat and toast buns. Top patties with cheese and transfer to buns. Drizzle remaining red wine glaze over patties, top with tomato, arugula, bacon (optional) and top buns.

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Sweet Shiraz Marinara Sauce

PREP TIME: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 cups

1 T olive oil
1 cup yellow onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes, chopped
2 T tomato paste
2 T flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf

Heat oil in a large skillet. Sauté the onion over medium heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 more minute.

Add the wine to the pan and bring to high heat, scraping up the brown bits. Continue to cook until liquid has evaporated to 2 tablespoons, about 3 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, parsley, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, pepper flakes. Add the bay leaf to the sauce, cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving and adjust seasoning as needed.

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PREP TIME: 3 hours
SERVINGS:  1 pie

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, beate

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 cream.

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