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January 9, 2024 | All, Pinot Noir Recipe, Winter Recipes | Fort Ross

2021 The Terraces Pinot Noir & Creamy Mushroom Soup with Crème Fraiche

Winter 2024 wine pairing: 2021 The Terraces Pinot Noir & Creamy Mushroom Soup with Crème Fraiche

This original recipe from our Estate Chef John Vong is a tribute to the wild mushrooms that we forage in the forest surrounding our vineyard. Umami-rich earthy flavors of mushrooms mingle with the savory flavors found in our 2021 The Terraces Pinot Noir.


Recipe by Estate Chef John Vong. Serves 10-12.


1 medium onion, sliced

1 bulb of fennel, sliced

1 head of cauliflower, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

8 oz cremini mushrooms,sliced

4 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced

4 oz maitake mushrooms, roughly chopped

1 cup white wine

2 cups heavy cream

3 qt vegetable stock

4 oz unsalted butter, cubed

1 bunch chives, chopped

Salt to taste

White pepper to taste

Crème friache for garnish


1. Over medium heat in a large stockpot, sweat the onions, fennel, and cauliflower in the butter for about 15 minutes until vegetables are soft. Stir often to avoid browning the vegetables

2. Add mushrooms, garlic, and thyme. Sweat for another 10 minutes, stirring often

3. Deglazed with white wine. Let wine cook off for 1 minute

4. Add stock and cream and simmer for 15 minutes.

5. Purée the soup with either an Immersion blender, or regular blender.

6. Season to taste

7. Pour soup into a bowl, and top with crème fraiche and chopped chives. Enjoy!

 Pair with our 2021 The Terraces Pinot Noir »



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