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5 ways to enjoy Black Box Red Blend this Autumn

Nov 13, 2017 By Shawn Zarecki 7 days ago

At Black Box Wines, we see the start of Autumn as the perfect backdrop for the rich, fruit-driven flavors of our Red Blend wine. As the temps start to drop and the throw blankets come out, we suggest you grab a glass of Red Blend and join us, and the multitude of Fall-lovers, in the following 5 ways to revel in the gentle light of Autumn and all its cozy glory.

1. Popcorn and a Bingefest
Sweet Popcorn and all the TV you can handle

Once upon a time, it was popcorn and a movie. Now it’s popcorn and a minimum of 5 episodes of whatever show you’re watching on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.

And so, in the interest of living your best life now, we humbly offer these binging suggestions of shows that will return for a new season this Fall: Outlander (Starz), The Good Place (NBC/Hulu), Mr. Robot (USA/Amazon Prime), Broad City (Comedy Central/Hulu), Stranger Things (Netflix).

We also (not so humbly) offer the best recipe ever for sweet popcorn that is the perfect pairing for our Red Blend:

The Best Caramel Chocolate Popcorn Ever

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 250°F. Line two baking sheets with silicon mats or parchment paper sprayed with baking spray.

Place the popcorn in an extra-large bowl. Melt the butter in a medium saucepot. Add the sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda. Once incorporated, stir in the walnuts. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and toss to coat evenly.

Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Place a cup of the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe container and melt in the microwave—stirring between heatings. Once melted, stir until smooth. Break the popcorn into pieces and put into serving bowls. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Fill a glass with Red Blend, turn down the lights, and binge away.

2. Bring Those Autumn Vibes Inside
Adorn your home with cozy favorites

Everyone needs a wardrobe change for the new season—and that includes your home. As the cooler weather of autumn brings out the cozy sweaters, out comes the seasonal décor we love, too.

Step one (and perhaps done): gently place your orange kitten in comfy blanket with Autumn-colored leaf. If these particular elements do not exist in your life, you may not be able to achieve this level of cozy, but if there’s Black Box Red Blend nearby, it’s worth a try…

If you’re like most of us and don’t have an orange kitten or a change of home-wardrobe handy, a kilim pillow is the perfect answer for stylish, accessible accents in Autumn’s hallmark rich hues—and the perfect excuse for a visit to the Flea Market this weekend.

Break out those blankets and throws: that means your favorite blanket as well as a few strategically placed throws in earth tones and cozy, knitted textures for a functional and decorative touch.

Don’t be afraid to get crafty while bringing the outdoors in—in fact, you may want to totally go for it: create a wreath or autumnal floral display with found flowers, berries or simply arrange a string of leaves around the mantle.

If you can’t bring yourself to craft your heart out, you can still add a gentle Autumnal touch by incorporating accessories like vases and simple arrangements.

3. Share the Warmth
Welcome the season with a few friends

Now that your home is bringing full Autumn-cozy, spread those vibes by sharing them with friends.

This small, spontaneous get-together is nothing fancy or complicated. Just a few easy treats (perhaps an Autumn Spiced S’more or the best-ever Sweet Popcorn) and Black Box Red Blend is all you need to create a warm, easy atmosphere. So just after the newly early-setting sun sets, gather a few friends, stoke the fire, and toast to the wearing-of-sweaters.

4. Bring Autumn Flair to a Summer Favorite
Autumn Spiced Dark Chocolate S’mores

Whether you’re roasting the marshmallows over the last bonfire of the season or in the first glow of the hearth, there’s no need to say farewell to everyone’s summer favorite.

The autumn s’more has all the traditional goodness: a toasty, gooey marshmallow, rich, delicious chocolate (be sure to use dark chocolate for the perfect Red Blend pairing), and a crispy graham cracker, but adds your personal autumnal touch.

To create your perfect “seasoned” (pun intended and apologized for) s’more, just add your favorite Autumn spices and butters or jams like cinnamon, nutmeg, pear or grape jam, and pumpkin butter to name a few.

5. Stimulate The Senses
Easy mulled wine

Warm and fragrant, this Black Box Red Blend recipe will gently warm and delight your palate while subtly scenting your home with cinnamon, cloves, and allspice to awaken the season.

Mulled Wine

  • 4 cups Black Box Red Blend Wine
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oranges, zested and juiced
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • Oranges, star anise, and cinnamon sticks for garnish

Combine the wine, cider, honey, orange juice, zest, and spices in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. Turn off heat and add brandy if using. Pour into heat-proof mugs, straining out the spices. Add an orange peel, cinnamon stick, and star anise for a beautifully garnished Autumn treat.