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January 31, 2013
SuperBowl XLVII is right around the corner. And this year, most of the staff here at Medlock Ames is more excited than usual. Not only is the big game being held in New Orleans, home of Tulane Univeristy where our founders Ames Morison and Chris Medlock James became friends and roommates, but the San Francisco 49ers are making their first SuperBowl appearance since 1994. This calls for something special. This calls for pancetta, chicken and seasonings. This calls for our delicious 2008 Merlot. This calls for Sriracha--yes, "the rooster sauce".

Because, if there is something that unites everyone on SuperBowl Sunday regardless of team affiliation it's food. And contrary to what big beer might lead you to believe, it's not all about Light this and Light that. Food is so often just plain better with wine. Find that perfect pairing and oh boy--the food tastes better, the wine tastes better---you know how it goes. So if you're looking for something perfectly crowd pleasing, exciting and delicious, you'll want to give this recipe a try.

We started with a base recipe containing Chicken Breast, Pancetta, Brown Sugar, Cayenne and Chile Powder.

This recipe was beyond amazing in its original form. But one thing we love in everyday cooking? Sriracha. We suspected that as usual, Sriracha would just make this even better. So we added it to the ingredients.

We had to test it out to be sure. But hands down, the Sriracha version was the winner. Pair with our 2008 Medlock Ames Merlot.

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
1 pound smoked pancetta
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon hot New Mexico chile powder
1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
Sriracha to taste

1.) Coat cubed chicken generously in Sriracha
2.) Wrap Sriracha-coated chicen in smoked pancetta and spear with a toothpick to hold together
3.) Mix brown sugar, chile powder and cayenne
4.) Dredge wrapped chicken in the brown sugar mix
5.) Place on foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes
6.) Serve with a fruit-forward red wine such as our 2008 Medlock Ames Merlot

Enjoy! And go Niners!


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