Whether you’re a die-hard New England Patriots fan, a long-time Los Angeles Rams fan or you’re just in it for the commercials – there’s one thing all sides can agree on, Matchbook Party Dip is a delicious Super Bowl winner! Creamy, savory with an added kick of spice that pairs perfectly with our Matchbook Estate Bottled Petit Verdot.
“First thing you get is the smoothness and texture of the cheese married with the spicy sausage. The heat ramps up at the end of the palate which is reciprocated by the dominant, spiciness of the Petit Verdot. This is a big wine that begs for a powerful tasting counterpart and this dip does the trick!” – Matchbook team member and in-house taste tester, Ken Lazzaroni.
We like to make our wine club recipes quick and easy and this one’s no different. This recipe calls for a few simple ingredients and will be done in 30 minutes!
Makes: Approximately 5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 1 pound ground spicy pork sausage
- 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomato and green chiles, drained
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 oz. fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 baguette or blue corn tortilla chips
- Cook sausage in a large skillet, stirring until browned. Drain excess oil.
- Stir together sausage, diced tomato and chiles, cream cheese, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and 1-ounce of cilantro.
- Spoon into a 1-quart baking dish.
- Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
- Garnish with remaining cilantro and serve with baguette slices or blue corn tortilla chips.
- Pairs perfectly with a rowdy Super Bowl party and our Estate Bottled Matchbook Petit Verdot!
Tips & Mods:
- Bake dip in small ramekins to serve as individual appetizers.
- Cutting carbs? Use fresh carrot and celery sticks in place of bread.
Visit our wine store to buy a bottle of Matchbook Estate Bottled Petit Verdot. Click here.
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The March issue of Wine Enthusiast will feature our 2017 Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay with a 90-Point score and a Best Buy rating!
This is great, great news at the very beginning of the vintage. Once again: a huge thanks to our winemaking team for crafting such a fabulous wine; and another big thanks to vineyard crew for raising the bar on Dunnigan Hills Chardonnay.
Get a bottle of Matchbook Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay, click here!
Full Review: Matchbook 2017 Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay (Dunnigan Hills). This medium-bodied wine is subtle on the nose, but opens up on the palate to rich fruit and spice flavors that coat the tongue. It is balanced toward the soft side, but with underling acidity to balance the richness. Best Buy. — Jim Gordon
Starting 2019 out with a bang! We love these glowing reviews by wine blogger, Joey Casco, a.k.a. The Wine Stalker. (p.s. We love his hat & shirt, too!)
January Wine Pick: The Arsonist 2016 Red Blend
“The color of the wine is a gorgeous garnet. Even from a distance you get this floralness of rose petals and orange blossoms coming from the glass. Come in closer and there’s aromas of cassis and dark chocolate … I have yet to meet anybody who didn’t enjoy this when they taste it, and it’s my go-to suggestion for a $20 red blend.” Read the full review – click here.
Shop our wine store and buy: The Arsonist 2016 Red Blend and the hat to match: click here.
Tinto Rey 2017 Estate Bottled Verdejo
“On the nose this is much more floral and far less flinty. There’s aromas of peaches, pears, orange peel, and honeysuckle. It has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and an uplifting but restrained acidity. There’s flavors of peaches, pears, and kiwi. Then it finishes with kiwi and a little oak.” Read the full review – click here.
Try it! Tinto Rey 2017 Estate Bottled Verdejo, click here.
Matchbook 2016 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah
“The color of the wine is a gorgeous ruby red. There’s aromas of plums, vanilla, black pepper, and bay leaf. On the palate it’s medium to full bodied with a rich mouthfeel that becomes a cloud of lushness when swirled around in the mouth. The tannins are both sweet and grippy, and the acidity is present but takes a seat in the back. There’s flavors of blackberries, red apple, black pepper, and vanilla. Then it finishes juicy with the tannins tightening their grip.” Read the full review – click here.
Get the Matchbook 2016 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah, click here.
Introducing Matchbook Estate Bottled 2016 Petit Verdot
“Petit Verdot is extremely responsive to Matchbook’s soil type and growing conditions. Remarkably the vines can appear to be depleted yet the fruit is flavorful with intense dark color making it both a fun and challenging grape to farm.” -Greg Giguiere, Director of Vineyard Operations
- Thought to be one of the first varieties
originally planted in Bordeaux by the ancient Romans
- It is one of Bordeaux’s classic varietals but gradually
fell out of favor due to difficulty in obtaining ripeness; hence the name Petit
Verdot which means “little green one”
its true potential in warm regions on well-drained, gravel-based soils
- The grape has thick skin and a natural acidity
which adds tannin, color, floral aromas, spicy flavors and a minerally finish
- Valued for yielding concentrated, full-bodied
wines that are age-worthy
- Dense flavors of plum, violets and mocha layered over tart cherry and blueberry. Strong tannins are tamed by an appealing fruit sweetness
“Petit Verdot could be Dunnigan Hills’s best varietal. Yes, it has firm tannins and gives great structure to wines, but ours also shows beautiful aromas of violet and great fruit expression of blueberries. Depth, structure, aroma and flavor- this wine has it all. ”-Dan Cederquist, Head Winemaker
Buy a bottle: click here to visit the Matchbook web store.