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A few weeks ago we met with Matt, co-founder and CEO of VINEBOX, in a coffee place in San Francisco.

I first discovered VINEBOX on a Facebook Ad (great targeting!) and contacted Matt immediately after because he was a great fit with our series on the startups in the wine industry.

VINEBOX is the first monthly wine by the glass club. Founded with a mission to bring exclusive wines from around the world to everyone, VINEBOX encourages discovery and the freedom for members to develop their palates without committing to an entire bottle.  Although the initial memberships are sold out, when I met with Matt he mentioned additional spots may become available around Thanksgiving for the holidays!  So stay tuned, I know I will! 

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How to Master Burritos and What to Drink With

Finished Single Burrito

Last week we worked with Chef Nicole and prepared a Mexican dish: burritos with chicken, and homemade lime guacamole. We have been inspired by a recipe on Giallo Zafferano and adapted it to our taste.

We started up with the guacamole, opening a ripe avocado and squashing it in a bowl where we also squeezed some lime and added salt and pepper. Then we cut some shallot, green chili and tomatoes (small cubes) and melt everything together with a fork.

Avocado

Immediately after we started with the preparation of the chicken: we cut the chicken in small strips, added some olive oil, some honey, powdered chili, and finally both some lime and grated rinds of 1 lime.

Marinated Chicken

Once it was ready, we covered the bowl with transparent film and let it marinate for 30 minutes in the fridge (longer if out of the fridge) before pouring it in a pan together with al the marinated sauce. Cook it for 5-6 minutes until it starts to be crispy:

Chicken Cooking

While the chicken cooks, start the cutting of tomatoes, lettuce and cheese (we chose asiago since we didn’t have cheddar):

Ingredients for Burritos

We started to warm the tortillas on a pan and put some cheese on it to make it melt before adding all the other ingredients:

Burrito Preparation

Finally, we closed the burrito and added the homemade lime guacamole on top:

We considered a few different options for what to drink with the burritos and we ended up choosing beer because all the wines we had at home were either too structured or too light for this dish (poor planning, we know…). The best option seemed to be a bottle of La Chouffe, popular Belgian beer produced by Brasserie D’Achouffe. It pairs fairly well with chicken and seemed to be the most balanced choice with this dish.

La Chouffe

Here are the ingredients you need for 4 burritos:

  • 4 tortillas
  • 400g of chicken
  • 80g of lettuce
  • 150g of cooked black beans
  • 350g of tomatoes (150g for the guacamole and 200g for the burritos)
  • 200g sliced cheddar
  • olive oil, salt, and pepper
  • 20g of honey
  • 1 lime
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 10g of shallot

How do you like your burritos and what do you usually drink with?

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16 Expressions of Franciacorta on One Table

Franciacorta Satén

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet Jeremy Parzen here in San Francisco. Many of you probably know Do Bianchi, his blog, which has been active since 2007 and is a great resource for anyone who is interested in an inside perspective of the Italian wine and food scene. “Do Bianchi” in Veneto means “Two Whites”. It’s a typical expression used by locals to order two glasses of white wine. You shouldn’t be surprised by two glasses: you always find someone to share your wine moments in the hometown’s bar.
Jeremy has a quite extensive experience as wine writer, translator and marketing consultant.

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Understanding Italian Sparkling Wine: Franciacorta

Franciacorta Pavillion Vinitaly 2015

When it comes to sparkling wine, everyone’s first thought is French Champagne. It has been the go-to-wine for parties and celebrations for a long time. But it’s not the only sparkling wine known worldwide:

  • Prosecco reached a solid international exposure;
  • Franciacorta is now showcasing its products to the world, being the main sponsor of the EXPO in Milan;
  • Spanish Cava is widely known and is produced by some of the largest wineries in the world.

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