Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2015 & Chili and Cornbread Skillet Pairing

Video Transcription

Howdy, wine drinker.

I’m Jacob from I Want You to Drink More Wine.

Today I’m going to share an honest wine review and suggest a pairing that complements this wine perfectly.

Today’s pairing is going to be a cornbread chili skillet, something delicious that Katie made up.

I don’t know.

But we cooked it in a cast iron skillet.

And I am looking forward to this pairing, one, because it’s interesting.

But two because it might be a little tricky.

Let’s go ahead and start with our wine.

Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2015

You can see here I have a Painted Wolf chenin blanc.

This is a 2015.

This wine is going to be out of South Africa.

It’s interesting to me because I’ve never had a chenin blanc from South Africa.

And this wine label is pretty interesting.

It looks like a painting.

It’s raised.

Of a painted wolf, or even two.

A painted wolf in South Africa it is also known as an African wild dog.

But what they’re known for is being extremely social animals.

So hopefully the wine is extremely social too, and we really enjoy it.

Let’s go ahead and check out our pairing right now.

Chili and Cornbread Skillet

Here we have our cornbread crusted chili.

Now, what we did–well, Katie made this, and I already know it’s going to be amazing.

But what she did is she cooked this in a skillet–a cast iron skillet–and the chili is underneath with the cornbread.

I wanted to give you an idea of what it looks like because without having the cast iron here, you’re not going to get the whole experience.

But I want you to get the full experience when you make this at home and you let me know how it is.

The reason I picked this is I feel like the chenin blanc is usually going to be good with spicy food.

This isn’t a super spicy dish, but I didn’t want to overstep my boundaries and pair it with something that I would make a face like, oh no, and you would get upset at me, because then I just wasted two minutes of your life.

Anyway, so let me go ahead and pour this wine, and let’s cross our fingers and hope that this is a delicious pairing.

Let’s Pour and Take a Bite

So I poured just a little bit of the chenin blanc because I wanted to get the flavor of it, just the aromatic side of it, with the–yeah.

This is a fresh, fruity wine.

Let me give it a swig.

Oh, that’s very light, refreshing.

A nice body to it.

Let’s take a bite out of this chili and see how it goes.


So this is good because it’s not super spicy.

So I think the pairing is going to go better than I anticipated.

Even more.

So I’m going to take one more bite, just so I can get a nice, full flavor.

I love the cornbread.



We have a winner.

Oh, nailed it.

You Have to Try This Pairing for Yourself

You have to try this.

Make sure to get this paring.

Recipe is right up here.

And you can pick this wine up for, according to Vivino, $16.99.

There’s a number of places online.

I see even here in Florida, Regency Wine and Liquor.

I believe I picked this up at Lucky’s Market, but there’s a number of places through the Vivino app that you can pick this up.

Make sure to get the recipe.

Like I said, get the Vivino app and check this wine out, and let me know what you think about this pairing.

I am very grateful that it turned out as well as it did.

So I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it.

And until our next video, take care.