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The best Black Box Wines for this holiday season and other ingenious inventions

Dec 7, 2017 By Shawn Zarecki 1 year ago

Life was more difficult once. There was a time when you only had access to a few paltry recipes in the dusty cookbooks you owned, a time when a 30-mile journey was a full-day’s ride in a horse-driven carriage, and a time, perhaps the most challenging of all, when premium wine only came in bottles and finding the best box wines was only available in your dreams.

This year, we toast to other ingenious inventions which, like award-winning wine Black Box Wines, serve to smooth the wonderfully chaotic ride we call the holiday season.

Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon Holiday Wine

To Task Rabbit!

No need to torture yourself—bring in a pro to assemble the kids’ gifts or the new table and chairs you bought for additional holiday seating.

Wine Pairing: Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon—because this invention gives you the precious reward of a little time to soak up the season’s rich tastes and aromas with your feet up by the fire, all while enjoying the best box wine around.

Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon wine by the fire

To Scotch Pop-Up Tape!

This invention grants the ultimate gift (pun partly intended): you are now officially freed from the horror of attempting to find the tape dispenser under the mountain of wrapping paper/boxes/gifts/tissue. Then, once you’ve finally found the tape dispenser, attempting to break off a reasonably sized piece of said tape, all while your finger is holding the perfect wrapping paper fold at just the right angle, with just the right amount of pressure. In this new, simpler universe, gently pull a pre-cut piece of tape from the bracelet dispenser secured around your wrist. You’ll never lose the tape again!

Wine Pairing: Black Box Red Blend—because this invention combines a few practical elements into a singularly celebrated idea. And our award-winning red wine is another deliciously inexpensive wine bonus.

Black Box Red Blend holiday wine gifts

To Meat Thermometers!

It might not help if you’ve underestimated the cooking time of that Turkey by 3 hours (more Pinot Noir anyone?), but at least you’ll know what you finally do serve is cooked to perfection. Check out one of our favorite thermometers here (bonus points for your thermometer matching your wine). Not sure how long your turkey should roast? Print out this handy guide so you’ll never overcook your turkey again.

Wine Pairing: Black Box Pinot Noir and a perfectly roasted Thanksgiving turkey with loads of real, homemade gravy. See our recipe below.

Real Homemade Turkey Gravy

  • Turkey drippings
  • Pan juices and additional chicken (or turkey) stock
  • 3 tbs. butter
  • ¼ cup flour

Strain the juices from the roasted turkey. Pour drippings into a large measuring cup until the fat rises to the top. Skim off fat and set aside.

Heat the butter and 1 tbs. of fat in a saucepan. Add flour and stir until blended. Stir in the pan juices and chicken stock slowly enough to make 3 cups. If you want to add the browned bits from the original roasting pan, pour a small amount of the gravy and dislodge them from the bottom, heating if necessary. Simmer and stir the gravy until smooth. Season to taste.

To Roadtrippers!

If you’re driving to visit family this year, make it a journey: this app plans your trip by giving you all the greatest sights, restaurants, and unusual stops along the way. You can share planned trips with family and friends, who can make itinerary suggestions and follow you along your journey.

Wine pairing (for once you’ve arrived at your destination, of course): Any of these Black Box varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Red Blend—because you love your family and friends, and want to set the stage for the perfect pairing of Black Box Wines to elevate every occasion.

To Postmates!

You may not need anyone to venture out for more Black Box Wines, but when you realize, mid-prep, that your neighbor never returned that measuring cup, use this handy app to summon a savior to pop into the store and deliver a new measuring cup to your door.

If Postmates isn’t available in your area, or you’re looking for a minimally viable reason to pass on all that cooking, don’t be afraid to take a missing measuring cup as a sign: go ahead and order the entire meal via Grubhub or DoorDash.

Wine pairing: Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon and a deep sigh of relief.

To Silpat!

Once found only in professional arenas, the silicone cooking sheet, AKA the silpat, now provides your home-kitchen with a simple, reusable surface that needs no greasing or scrubbing clean, and provides the stable surface necessary for creating delicate pastry and meringue.

Wine Pairing: Black Box Red Blend for the homemade dark chocolate-filled profiteroles that you are no longer afraid to make (recipe to follow).

Dark Chocolate Profiteroles

For the Pate aux Choux:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs, plus another tablespoon or 2, if needed, divided

For Dark Chocolate Pastry Cream:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For the Dark Chocolate Glaze:

  • 2/3 chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 1 ½ tsp corn syrup
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and put oven rack in the center.

Put butter, water, and salt in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon. Once the butter melts, bring to a boil, remove from heat, and add in the flour. Beat with a wooden spoon until the dough forms a ball, then return to medium heat, stirring until the dough is dry. Transfer the dough to mixer and beat on low for 1 minute before adding the eggs, one at a time. Place a bit of dough between your fingers and pull them apart—if it stretches, it’s ready. From a pastry bag, pipe onto silpat in 2 ½” rounds. Brush the top with beaten egg and bake for 20 minutes; reduce temp to 350 and rotate the pan before baking until firm (about 20 minutes more). Reduce to 300 and bake for 10 minutes to dry out interior.

To make the pastry cream: combine the sugar and cornstarch in a bowl and whisk in the yolks. Bring milk and cocoa powder to a simmer, then pour a quarter of the mixture into yolk mixture and whisk until well-blended. Return all ingredients to the pan, stirring over medium heat until thickened. Add the chocolate and butter and stir, cover and refrigerate until cool.

To make the glaze: heat cream to simmer and add to combine the corn syrup and chocolate, then stir until combined.

Use the tip of an icing bag to poke holes in the bottom of your profiteroles and pipe in chocolate cream. Gently top with glaze and impress everyone, including yourself, while you enjoy this professional goodness and a glass of Red Blend.