Food and Wine Pairing: Marietta Old Vine Red

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

While most cooking with wine is supposed to go with wine, and cooking with beer is supposed to go with beer, I challange that notion! 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

1 Large Sweet Potato, cubed

1 Tbs. Salish Seasoning

1 Tbs. Dried Ancho Chili Powder

2 Tbs. Honey

1 tsp. Salt

2 Tbs. Canola Oil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine the sweet potato cubes in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.  Toss around to coat the potatoes evenly.  Place the potatoes on a sheet pan and put them in the oven, saving the bowl..  After 10 minutes, stir or shake the potatoes to keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pan.  Reduce heat to 350 and continue baking for another 15 minutes, then remove from oven.




1 Package Usingers Chicken/Cilantro Sausage, slice into 1 inch pieces

2 Tbs.Canola Oil

1 Large Red Onion, sliced

4 Cloves Garlic, chopped

1 tsp. Salish Seasoning

1 tsp. California Chili Powder

1 Bottle Highlands Oatmeal Porter

1 ½ C. Chicken Stock

4 Tbs. Tomato Paste

½ C. Salsa

1 C. Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

2-3 Tbs. Honey

1 Can Black Beans


Using the bowl from the potatoes, toss the onion and garlic, trying to scrape up the residual seasoning.  Next, heat the oil in a large pan and add the sausage slices to brown, about 5 minutes.  Remove the sausage to a plate and add the onions and garlic to the hot pan.  Add the chili powder and seasoning mix and saute for about 5 minutes,  then add the sausage back to the pan.  Next, add the beer, chicken stock, tomato paste, salsa and butternut squash pasta sauce.  Let this simmer for about 20 minutes, and then add the honey and black beans, stirring to incorporate.  Lastly, add the roasted sweet potatoes to the pot, reduce heat and let it simmer for another 10 minutes.


Serve with Crumbled Bleu Cheese and chopped pecans.


Wine Pairing:  Marrieta Old Vine Red Lot Number 59

Where to Buy Marrieta Old Vine Red Lot 59 

Main Street Produce

100 East North Main Street

Littleton, North Carolina 27850



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