Mussels and wine

September 5, 2008 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Ingredient of the week: mussels. Dunno if it’s the best time of year as the mussels were small, but they were lovely juicy morsels.

Before you go eeww or think they are hard to handle, let me just say that you should find a clean, fresh-as source. Cook the mussels fast and hot with shallots, wine and herbs, lemon and parsley, in a pot. Eat with fresh bread. You don’t need anything else.

Except wine or beer.

I was rooting about in the cupboard for suitable dry white to cook with and to drink when I came across an old 1999 Semillion from the Hunter Valley. I remember that trip. That estate was a small vineyard mad on roses. We’d bought a mixed case from the cellar door, drank most of it but must’ve kept a couple of bottles.

This wine wasn’t the most suitable for the pot because it was slightly sweet in a mildly fortified sort of way. The colour had deepened tremendously. At first I thought it might’ve turned – 1999 was so long ago – but it hadn’t. Unexpectedly nice to drink. Totally not like a typical Semillion at all.

In the end, the wine didn’t impact unfavourably on the dish.

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