Baseball Eats & Wine Pairings

Baseball Eats & Wine Pairings


Sure, we love to head out to the ballpark to cheer on our favorite players, but we really know what we LOVE to head to the baseball stadium for… the food!

Whether you’re celebrating at home or waving your hat at the stadium, here are a few of our favorite treats paired with another one of our favorites, wine!

(Image via SimplyRecipes)

The Classic Chili Dog

Does it get any better than this? Simple and savory, this baseball game favorite pairs deliciously with a glass of Purple Cowboy Trail Boss Cabernet.

Nacho chips

Loaded Nachos

Piled high with a heaping collection of cheese, beans and meat, is how we like ours. Pair a plate of these with a glass of Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red and you’re really in business.

(Image via Yelp)

Garlic Fries

We love ours from Gilroy Garlic Fries at the San Francisco stadium – just make sure everyone on your team has a bite or two! Paired with Purple Cowboy Rancher’s Rose and you’ve got yourself a real treat!

Cheers to a winning season!

Burgers and Cabs!

Burgers and Cabs!

Home made cheeseburgers on wooden table

Happy cookout season, friends! With temperatures rising outside, these days we’re planning our meals around what can be tossed on the grill. And, with Father’s Day just around the bend, we’re lining up our favorite grilling recipes for an ample amount of summer cookouts.

When it comes to grilled meats, we recommend our award-winning Purple Cowboy Trail Boss Cabernet. This wine recently won double GOLD at the Taster’s Guild 2016 International Wine Competition and pairs deliciously with grilled red meat. Try Trail Boss with thick grilled cowboy steaks, tri-tip, roasts, stews and burgers.

Purple Cowboy Trail Boss wins Double Gold!

Speaking of burgers, this recipe for bacon burgers topped with brie is on our must-have list this season.

Wishing you and yours a very happy Father’s Day and incredible summer ahead!

Bacon Burgers on Brioche Buns

(recipe via Food & Wine)


  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 slices of thick-cut bacon (12 ounces)
  • 3 pounds mixed ground chuck and ground sirloin
  • 12 ounces brie, sliced
  • 8 brioche burger buns, split
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the onions with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and roast until softened, about 20 minutes.  Bake the bacon on a lined baking sheet while you’re roasting the onions (provided your oven can accommodate both).
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the lemon juice. Gradually whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Form the ground meat into eight patties. Season generously with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil. Grill over moderately high heat until well-browned on the bottom, 5 minutes. Flip the burgers, mound the brie on top and grill for 4 minutes longer, until the cheese is slightly melted and the burgers are medium-rare.
  4. Spread the lemon mayonnaise on the cut sides of the buns; set the burgers on the bottoms and top with the bacon and onions.
Purple Cowboy: Pretty in Pink!

Purple Cowboy: Pretty in Pink!

Introducing Purple Cowboy Rancher's Rose!

There’s a saying in the Western world that “Real cowboys wear pink.” And boy, they look good. Now, those cowboys can take it a step further and drink pink, too!

Introducing Purple Cowboy Rancher’s Rosé!

Our limited edition Purple Cowboy Rancher’s Rosé is sourced from Pinot Noir on California’s beautiful Central Coast.  The wine showcases aromas of wild strawberry, cherry, and light floral notes. This is our thirst quencher go-to and is certainly going to be your favorite also.

April is Tough Enough to Wear Pink Month

The perfect wine to enjoy the outdoor sunshine, share with friends, and serve at dinner.  Purple Cowboy wines are proud to support breast cancer awareness and research through Tough Enough to Wear Pink. Just remember, Support Pink – Drink Pink (or Purple)!

Farro Salad from Proud Italian Cook | Wine Sisterhood Blog

Pairing food with rosé is simple, especially during the warmer months of the year. Think about the foods you love to eat when the temperature rises outside: grilled vegetables and lighter proteins like chicken and seafood, fresh salads, bruschetta and even lightly-sweetened fruity desserts.


Cold Outside? Bring the Barbecue Inside!

Cold Outside? Bring the Barbecue Inside!

Barbecue with Purple Cowboy Wines

It’s brutal out there! What’s a barbecue lover to do when the grill outside is covered in snow? Simple, bring the party inside!

We’ve gathered some delicious barbecue ideas that will have you hosting a summertime or Super Bowl barbecue, whatever the weather looks like outside. All of these recipes would make mouth-watering pairings with both Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red and Purple Cowboy Trail Boss Cabernet.

Speaking of Super Bowl… Remember to stock up on Purple Cowboy Wines today in the Wine Sisterhood Wine Shop! And bonus: order a case or more, shipping is only $.01 – just one penny!

Here are some of our favorite ideas for bringing the BBQ right to your kitchen:


How about a classic rack of ribs? We’re loving this recipe for Oven-Baked Barbecue Ribs from the Kitchn. When you can’t wait for Spring to arrive, turn on the oven and prepare a meal that will have you forgetting all about those frigid temperatures outside.

BBQ Chicken in the Oven

Or try your hand at a batch of barbecue chicken, baked to moist, juicy perfection. This recipe from Heather Likes Food is simple: marinate, season, bake and enjoy!

Then take a trip to the South with pulled pork topped with an Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue sauce with this step-by-step recipe from Taste of Southern. And here’s a recipe perfect for Super Bowl entertaining: Corky’s Oven Barbecue Short Ribs from Tori’s Kitchen. Be warned: they have a serious kick!

Game Day Nacho Recipes

Game Day Nacho Recipes

Nacho chips

Ah, nachos… they’re one of the most decadent snacks out there. The combinations of chips, cheese and toppings is virtually endless. And this time of year, we think they’re particularly perfect for weekend football watching. In honor of National Nacho Day today, entertain your family and friends with one of these incredible nacho recipes below:

Talk about the perfect combination! Try pairing Purple Cowboy Trailboss Cabernet with Cowboy Beef Nachos. Nicole over at “Daily Dish Recipes” channeled her Dad’s nacho recipe for this cowboy creation which she calls a “manly meal,” featuring shredded beef, black beans, jalapenos and more mouth-watering nacho toppings!


These Shredded Beef Nachos take advantage of leftover slow cooked shredded beef so putting them together takes just a few minutes – perfect for a busy game night! Robyn at “Add a Pinch” calls these a “one skillet macho taco dish of the most supreme sort.” She’s not kidding!

No leftover shredded beef on hand? Mary at “Deep South Dish” created these Easy Beef Nachos with directions for seasoning up your beef just right, and in no time at all!


With a blog name like A Spicy Perspective, you know you’ll find a good nacho recipe! Sommer doesn’t disappoint with her recipe for Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne. Chili today, sweet and spicy nachos tomorrow! PS, these nachos feature Apple Butter!

Last but not least, “The Pioneer Woman” has come up with a fantastic take on Loaded Nachos. Ree says she takes her nachos seriously, very seriously. And, she’s not kidding. Our first clue was the ranch style beans and then, it was the homemade pico de gallo.

All of these ladies know nachos, now, what are you waiting for? Pour yourself a glass of wine, browse these amazing recipes and get some nachos in your belly. Cheers!

Grilled Cheese & Purple Cowboy Wine Pairings

Grilled Cheese & Purple Cowboy Wine Pairings

We’re big believers that the simplest meals are often the most satisfying. Which is why we love the latest grilled cheese and wine pairing collaboration between the Wine Sisterhood and Cabot Creamery. Tonight let’s heat up the skillet, shred some cheese and pour a glass of Purple Cowboy!

Give one of these delicious recipes a try:

BBQ Shredded Chicken with Chipotle Cheddar and Mashed Avocado & Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red
Farm Girl’s Fave & Purple Cowboy Cabernet Sauvignon
Grill Like an Argentinian Gaucho

Grill Like an Argentinian Gaucho

Argentinian Beef steak

From sausages to steaks, and everything in between, South Americans, and Argentinians in particular, know how to do it right! Here are some tips for grilling the Argentine gaucho way:

1. Talk to your butcher. They’ll lead you to the freshest cuts of meat and may also have a few tips for preparing it in the tastiest way possible.

2. Light the grill. The pros will tell you that cooking over wood coals is key. If your grill isn’t equipped to burn wood, charcoal is your next best alternative. When using charcoal, remember to use the coals once they are burned through and red hot to avoid any unpleasant flavors that tend to accompany cooking over charcoal.


3. Simple flavors. Keep it simple when seasoning your meat. A nice seasoning salt and some fresh ground pepper will do.Kick up the flavor with a batch of bright and tangy chimichurri sauce to serve on the side.

4. Bold wines. Bold meats call for bold wines. Serve a glass of Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red or Trail Boss Cabernet with your meal. Both pair beautifully with grilled meats.


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!

Pass the Grilled Cheese, Please

Pass the Grilled Cheese, Please

Grilled cheese, two words that make our taste buds perk up and bellies grumble. And it just so happens that April is National Grilled Cheese Month!  

What we love the most about these recipes is that they are simple, you’ll need a skillet, butter, bread and cheese. Then you get to dress them up with all the extras your heart desires (and stomach can handle!).

Here are some new spins on the classic grilled cheese that we think will pair deliciously with Purple Cowboy Tenacious Red or Trail Boss Cabernet. Enjoy!

Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

via BS in the Kitchen


Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Onion BBQ Grilled Cheese

via Ring Finger Tan Line


Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions

via She Wears Many Hats


Warming Winter Recipes

Warming Winter Recipes

Seasoned Steak - Purple Cowboy Blog

It’s that time of year when we all want to do is hunker down and cozy up with our favorite cowgirl or cowboy. Well, rest easy. Purple Cowboy has some classic winter recipes for those chilly days and nights. Naturally, these favorites all pair perfectly with our Tenacious Red and Trail Boss Cabernet.

Steakhouse Flavors—At Home

The classic flavor combination of top-quality beef, blue cheese, and dark greens is sure to warm you up!

Start with a simple and tasty steak recipe, like bacon-wrapped filet mignon from one of our favorite cowgirls: the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. With just five ingredients: filet mignon, bacon, salt, pepper, and butter, there is no more you need to do to dress up a tender steak than wrapping it with strips of bacon.

Serve yours with some of these tangy bleu-cheese twice-baked potatoes from Gimme Some Oven. Cut your prep time by microwaving the potatoes for the first step and filling them with the bleu cheese and potato mixture as directed. Then just pop ‘em in the oven to finish them off.

Round out your steakhouse-at-home experience with a delicious, easy creamed spinach. We love this one from Boy Meets Bowl, which calls for fresh spinach and a basic cream sauce to deliver the flavor.

Cookin Canuck Chops for labor day

Sip, Sauce, Slurp

I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.” –W.C Fields

W.C. Fields must have known that adding wine to a slow oven braise results in a succulent and saucy meal. Like these Red Wine-Braised Pork Chops that will fill your house with delicious aromas. This recipe calls for red wine and port in the sauce. Make sure your chops are tender by first brining the chops, then trim the fat and connective tissue and brown them in a dutch oven.

Add spices, wine, and broth to create the sauce, and transfer straight into the oven. You may need to reduce the sauce at the end of the oven cooking time; if so, remove the chops first before heating the sauce further. Serve these chops with something hearty that will soak up the sauce like mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or rice. Add some garlic-sauteed greens such as these Pan-Browned Brussels Sprouts, and you’ve got yourself a meal. Time to open the wine!

Purple Cowboy Steak Marinade

Central Coast Celebration

If you’re in a warm-weather locale, then this one is for you! Get outside and (wo)man the grill with Bobby Flay’s Santa Maria-Style BBQ Tri Tip. Tri Tip is a favorite in California’s Central Coast region, which is also the region where the Purple Cowboy grapes are sourced.

Bobby Flay serves his Tri Tip with Santa Maria Pinquito Bean Relish, Cherry Tomato Relish— cooked on the grill in a basket, and Grilled French Bread (all recipes are included in the link above). He emphasizes the importance of letting the meat cook on an area of the grill that has low or indirect heat for a real barbequed effect. You can even use a smoker if you’re so inclined. For city-slickers and those in colder climates, try these oven-roasting instructions from the folks over at the New York Times.

All-In-One Comfort Food

For a real comfort-food favorite, build a Shepherd’s Pie with ground beef, lamb, or turkey. Start with a basic recipe like this one from Country Living, and brown your meat with spices and onions or whatever fresh or frozen vegetables you have on hand. Carrots, peas, green beans or corn do the trick.

One thing that makes this dish so easy is that you can cook your veggies right in the mix—you don’t need to make a separate vegetable dish. Add a bit of liquid, such as broth, wine, or beer, allow to cook briefly, and top with mashed potatoes before baking. Use leftover mashed potatoes if you have some on hand or whip some up especially for the pie. You can even Tex-Mexify your Shepherd’s Pie by adding red peppers and taco seasoning to the ground meat saute and topping with Monterey Jack cheese.

Go Bananas for Dessert!

What could be better than a great meal? A great dessert! Try Bananas Foster and this Alton Brown’s recipe that yields rich and delicious results. Saute butter, brown sugar, spices, banana liqueur, and slightly green bananas, then flame with dark rum. Serve with vanilla ice cream for a memorable finish to any of the recipes we’ve shared!

Let us know your favorite winter recipes in the comments section below or on our Facebook Page.