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Sparrow Hawk Chardonnay and Mussels

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Costco has a great wine selection and their weekend Seafood Roadshow ensures you have something to have for dinner. Their prices are always reasonable and you can find inexpensive bottles, pricey ones and everything in between. As you approach the wine section, there is usually a Costco employee who knows everything about wine. Yes, they have them there just hanging out! Currently, they have a display for Sparrow Hawk Reserve Chardonnay 2012 because the winery wants people to try it. Instead of $25, it is down to $10! Yes, $10! What a perfect pairing with the mussels from the seafood roadshow!

The winery’s description is 100% accurate…citrus, vanilla oak with a slight acidity and a creamy finish. It’s a very in the middle Chardonnay; not dry but not buttery, so it’s probably perfect for someone who would like a Chardonnay that isn’t overpowering one-way or the other.

The price on the winery website along with some others websites lists the bottle going for $25-$30, making it a great buy at $10. Costco will be selling it at under $14 after the good word is spread and this is worth that price.

For the mussels, you need to keep them cold. Either refrigerate right away or start cleaning them! Fill one sink with cold water and add about ½ cup of cornmeal (the mussels will “eat” the cornmeal). Rinse the mussels and try to pull the hairs from the inside off. If a mussel is open, gently tap it on the edge of your sink. If it closes, then it’s still alive and good to use. If it stays open or is cracked, then throw it away. Let the mussels bathe in the cornmeal bath for 30 minutes.

For a simple wine garlic broth, sauté 4 or 5 cloves of chopped garlic in 3 tablespoons of butter in a large stock pot. Add 4T lemon juice and 2 cups of white wine (your choice). Once the liquid ingredients are heated, rinse the mussels and add them. Cover and cook at medium for 15 minutes. Stir the mussels so the top ones go to the bottom and cover for another 15 minutes. Be sure to have some good crusty bread on hand to dip in the broth!

Enjoy with your Chardonnay!

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