"On the Eve of Scallops" – Wine and Dine with Charles Smith Blog Series Part Two

April 28, 2010

2007 Eve Chardonnay
Washington State

Sweet apples and pears,
I pick up a little floral quality,
followed by a slight touch of oak.
Close enough to “un-oaked”
without being so…

Perfect balance of round and crisp. Forward fruit of
tart apples and sweet pears then an essence of floral
bouquets. Finishes with stone fruit qualities of apricots.
Luscious and clean. Washington Chardonnay done right.

Seared Scallops over Creamy Pasta

I am not a big Chardonnay drinker. I enjoy it. With the
right food, at the right time. But it’s mass appeal is one
to appreciate. This grape has been shown to create light,
crisp, clean wines AND full, buttery, fruity wines.
Versatility is key. Sometimes we get too used to the
“same-old, same-old” styles and we forget that
there ARE other ways to produce Chardonnay….
even in the New World 🙂

When pairing food and wine, one is looking to either
complement or contrast flavor profiles or textures.
Chardonnay often poses the question for me – which do
I want to do? While I do like using a fuller bodied Chardonnay
with lighter dishes, I think I much prefer to match a richer,
creamer, slightly heavy style dish. This particular
Chardonnay has a touch of fullness and hint of sweetness
so I decided to replicate that in my dish.

I love scallops. I mean, really, I LOVE scallops. They are
heavy yet delicate, sweet yet supple. Marinating them in
apple juice helps to enhance the sweetness and give a
complementing flavor in the wine. A nice butter-seared
crust on them also plays well into the light creamy
quality of the Eve.

On to the pasta. Weight plays the most important role here.
Egg noodles are neither light nor overly heavy – just like the
wine. Same with the sauce. We want a hint of richness but
not “alfredo” rich. The aspect of crispness also helps to cut
through the cream in the sauce. Again, a delicate balance.

Together, the dish and the wine fill your palate with a creamy
sweetness that melts in your mouth with fruit and texture. I
hope you love this dish as much as you love the wine. But, more
importantly, I hope you love them TOGETHER!

8 ounces medium egg noodles
12 large sea scallops
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup dry white wine (feel free to use the Eve wine!)
2 tablespoons water
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

Marinate scallops overnight in apple juice (I add
a splash of orange juice too.) and sprinkly with
your favorite seafood seasoning.

Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water,
uncovered, until al dente, about 8 minutes,
Drain in a colander, then transfer to a platter and
keep warm, loosely covered with foil.

While noodles cook, pat scallops dry and sprinkle
with salt and pepper (you can add more seafood
seasoning here to if you like). Heat butter in a 12-inch
heavy skillet over moderately high heat until foam subsides,
then add scallops. Increase heat to high and sear scallops,
turning over once, until golden brown and just cooked through,
2 minutes total. Transfer to platter with noodles, keep covered.

Add wine to skillet and deglaze by boiling, stirring and
scraping up any brown bits, 1 minute. Stir in water and cream
and boil until slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Season with
salt & pepper. Stir in chives, pour sauce over scallops & noodles.


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