2010 Cellar No. 8 Chardonnay

From the winemaker – “This Chardonnay shows characteristics of tropical and citrus fruit flavors, lemon, pineapple and sweet white peach. These flavors continue on a lush, juicy palate dominated by clean citrus flavors. Some aging in French oak gives the wine additional depth of flavor and a creamy, refreshing mouthfeel.”

Corn Chowder with Seasonal Mushrooms and Crab Garnish

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (about 5 ounces) pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups leeks, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 3/4 pounds new or red-skinned potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 cups good-quality chicken stock
  • 3 cups half and half or whole milk
  • 3 cups corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound seasonal mushrooms (chanterelles, morels, or crimini) thickly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 pound crabmeat
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add pancetta and sauté until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and allow to drain.
  2. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the pan drippings. Add onion, leeks, celery, and fennel seeds to pot. Sauté until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in potatoes. Add cream and stock and simmer-stirring occasionally-about 10 minutes, until potatoes are almost tender. Add corn and simmer another 5 minutes or so, until potatoes become tender.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar and thyme. Add this mixture to the chowder. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Sauté crabmeat in mushroom skillet over medium heat until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  5. Place a heaping tablespoon of pancetta at bottom of each serving bowl and ladle chowder over. Garnish with crabmeat and parsley. Serve immediately.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

Availability:

2010 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $10.99 a bottle, on sale for $9.99 a bottle 01/01/2013 to 12/31/2014. SKU#23628

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