Queso and Purple Cowboy for the Big Game!

Queso and Purple Cowboy for the Big Game!

Purple Cowboy Cabernet and Queso

Next Sunday, eyes will be glued to the TV, watching THE big game of the year. Our bellies will be glued to all the tasty treats this all-American tradition entails. The Wine Sisterhood shared this almost-effortless queso dip recipe that is perfect to bring along to that game-day party.

Queso Ingredients



1 bell pepper – chopped fine
1 onion – chopped fine
3 stalks celery – chopped fine
1 pound hamburger meat
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
1 18-ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained
1 4-ounce can of diced green chile peppers, drained and rinsed
2 pounds American cheese
Salt and pepper to taste


Step one: Open a bottle of wine, pour yourself a glass and sip. (Don’t forget! You can search for any of the Middle Sister Wines using the wine locator here. And remember, all of the wines featured in this post are available in the Middle Sister Online Wine Shop.)

Step two: Heat 1 tablespoon neutral oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan or dutch oven.

Queso - celery, onions and peppers

Step three: Add bell pepper, onion and celery, stir to combine. Saute vegetables for about 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add hamburger meat, stir to break up. Cook until brown. Add taco seasoning. Stir through until combined.

Weekend Queso Recipe

Step four: Add drained diced tomatoes and rinsed chile peppers. Stir through until combined.

Queso - Add the cheese!

Step five: Add American cheese in chunks and stir through to incorporate.

Queso Chip Dip Recipe

Serve with tortilla chips or large corn chips and enjoy! Keep a batch warm in a slow cooker for all-day enjoyment. Pair with a glass of Purple Cowboy Trail Boss Cabernet!


Entertaining with Wine & Cheese

Entertaining with Wine & Cheese


Whether it’s a party, getting together to watch a football game or a laid-back night in,wine and cheese makes entertaining easy. Here are some tips for putting together a wine and cheese plate for just about any event:

Simple is key. A few different types of cheeses is all you’ll need. No need to buy ’em all! This featured cheese platter includes a spicy habanero cheddar, a light sharp cheddar, sharp cheddar, havarti and brie.

Stay thrifty. The cheese platter featured in this photo shoot cost less than $25! Browse the cheese section of your local grocery store, chat with your store’s cheesemonger and ask about any new arrivals and learn which cheeses are on sale.

Keep it fresh. We’re headed into fall, prime cheese platter fruit season. Grapes and apples are a given but consider figs, berries and woody herbs.


The perfect bite. What’s included in your perfect cheese and cracker bite? We love sharp cheddar with salami and a Ritz cracker. No need to get too fancy!

Cut it up. make sure each cheese has it’s own knife. Don’t be afraid of cutting cheese too small — it’s those big pieces that are hardest to eat.

Wine time. Consider an array of wine choices when you’re entertaining. Dry white wines are wonderful with many fresh and soft-ripened cheeses. Full-bodied reds, like Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red and Trail Boss Cabernet have bigger tannins, more texture and a more intense flavor that pair beautifully with big, bold cheeses.

Cheers to wine and cheese!