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November 19, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

The Ultimate Comfort Food Pairing

Pot Pie

Winter is well on its way and we've been yearning for soul-satisfying recipes to warm our bellies. Beef Bourguignonne Pot Pie is the ultimate comfort food and hot damn does it make a luscious pairing for our tempestuous Bordeaux-style blend, Wild Eyes.

This recipe takes a bit of time, but we promise it'll be worth it in the end. Do yourself a favor and whip up the Beef Bourguignonne a day ahead of time – the flavor is incredible if you let it sit overnight before assembling the pot pie.  

Beef Bourguignonne Pot Pie

Serves 4


Beef Bourguignonne:
1 lb beef chuck, cubed into 1" pieces
olive oil, as needed
1 med onion, diced
3 ribs celery, diced
2 med carrot, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs tomato paste
1 cup red wine
1 qt beef broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp thyme
Yukon gold potatoes, diced

Pie Crust:
2.66 oz butter, cold, cubed 
4 oz all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
1.25 fl oz cold water


Beef Bourguignonne:
Step one
Heat oven to 325º F

Step two
Pat cubed beef dry with paper towels and generously season with salt and pepper. In a dutch oven, heat one tablespoon of olive oil until you begin to see the oil begin to slightly ripple. Working in batches, sear the beef until browned on all sides, draining the pan between batches, and adding a fresh tablespoon of olive oil per batch. Once browned, remove meat from pan and set aside for future use. 
Tip: Don't overcrowd the pan and get a deep brown crust on all sides of the beef. This will further enhance the flavor of your stew.

Step three
Add onions, celery and carrots to pan over medium heat and cook, gently scraping the fond (seared brown bits from the beef) from the bottom of the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Once the vegetables begin to soften (about five minutes), add garlic and tomato paste cook for an additional three to five minutes. The tomato paste should begin to turn a dark rust color. 

Step four
Add wine, beef broth, bay leaf, thyme and seared beef to the pot and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, place lid on the pot, and place in the pre-heated oven for two hours.
Tip: Use low or no-sodium beef broth to have full control of your seasoning level. 
Tip #2: Use inexpensive (but drinkable) red wine. No need to waste the Wild Eyes!

Step five
Remove pot from oven and add diced potatoes. Place back into the oven and cook for an additional hour, or until all the vegetables are cooked, beef is tender and the broth has thickened. Remove bay leaf and season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow stew to cool to room temperature before assembling pot pie. 
Tip: Prepare Beef Bourguignonne the day before making pot pie – the flavor will improve if you give them a chance to meld together overnight.

Pie Crust:
Step one
Place flour and salt in a bowl and whisk combine. Add cold butter and rub into the flour using your hands. Once the pieces of butter resemble the size of small peas, add cold water a little bit at a time, mixing the dough with your hands until it just beings to come together. Tip: Dough may look a bit crumbly at this point, but will hold together if you pinch it between your fingers.

Step two
Empty dough mixture onto a clean, flat surface and gently knead to form a disk. Wrap tightly with plastic and chill in the refrigerator for one hour.

Step one
Preheat oven to 375º 

Step two
Transfer Beef Bourguignonne to a 9" cast iron skillet and fill to a little less than an inch from the top. Do not overfill – the filling will bubble over the crust while cooking in the oven.

Step three
Remove pie crust from the refrigerator and allow to rest for five to ten minutes on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough to approximately 1/8" thickness, creating about an 11" circle. Be sure to check the bottom of your crust is not sticking to the surface when rolling out dough. Add a small amount of flour to the surface as needed to prevent sticking.
Tip: No rolling pin? No problem! Grab a wine bottle – it'll do the job.

Step four
Place pie crust over cast iron skillet and pinch with fingers to form a fluted edge. Cut four small slits in the center of the crust. Brush the top and edges of the crust with an egg wash (egg mixed with a bit of milk or water) and place in the oven for forty-five minutes to one hour, or until the crust is golden brown.

Serve and savor your hard work! 


Recipe by Grace Coyne

Time Posted: Nov 19, 2020 at 1:00 AM Permalink to The Ultimate Comfort Food Pairing Permalink
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November 11, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

West Coast Perspective with Frank Maddocks

frank maddocks

If you’re a fan of Green Day, Linkin Park, Deftones, or Gary Clark Jr., you’ve probably seen Frank Maddocks’ work. A 20-year vet with Warner Music Group, Frank is the man behind some of the most iconic album covers of our time. And as an artist, he’s only getting started.

Born and bred in Los Angeles, Frank grew up within Venice’s burgeoning culture of surf, skate, and music and attributes his viscerally textured aesthetics to the DIY street art found throughout Southern California. After graduating from the ArtCenter College of Design and a few freelance surf gigs, Frank found a way to break into the world of music and his first album project was a big one.

deftones record

“My first cover was White Pony for Deftones in 2000. I was such a fan of the band and had gone to their concerts and shown them my work. When I learned they had a new album in the works, I reached out to Maverick Records and they decided to hire me to work on the art.”

Creating a visual identity for music can be a challenging responsibility. “You have to be fair to the musicians,” Maddocks says. “I’ll talk to them about their mindset when they wrote the album, pour through the lyrics, and do 5-10 comps with a range of ideas, themes, and approaches. An album cover informs the listener as a viewer and should be a good representation of the music and emotions within it.”

His process is lo-fi and old school. Frank starts most designs with hand-drawings and compositions before introducing digital tools to amplify the analog feel. He loves to do shit practically. For the cover of Green Day’s Revolution Radio, he rented a studio, hired a special effects crew, and lit the boombox on fire for real.

green day record with burning boombox

Frank’s ability to capture unique moments is deeply inspired by his love of street photography. “I take a lot of pictures. I feel like something's missing when I'm not taking new photos.” The image used for WEST comes from a scene Frank spotted on the streets of Los Angeles. A simple word, behind a cagey chain-link fence, communicated the right balance of beauty and danger. That juxtaposition, Frank describes as a “west coast perspective.”

Of all of his work, the pieces he feels most connected to come from these caught moments. In particular, the cover for Linkin Park’s One More Light. “That last album released just before Chester passed and had a photo I captured of my kids in the ocean. All the members of the band were getting older and becoming parents and having that human element was really cool. It’s just one of those caught moments you can’t recreate.”

linkin park record cover kids at ocean

Recently, Frank’s been creating more for himself. Collages, paintings, sketches, a potential punk rock-inspired clothing line. He’s still got plenty of creative dreams to chase. And luckily, he always has new inspirations. “I’m really loving artists these days uploading their own songs and making their own artwork for them. That lo-fi, wild west approach, it’s cool because it’s not overthought or corporate.”

To check out Frank Maddocks' latest work, including artwork for the new Deftones album Ohms, visit his official website and Instagram @frankmaddocks.

Time Posted: Nov 11, 2020 at 10:30 AM Permalink to West Coast Perspective with Frank Maddocks Permalink
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