With the weather getting colder it is safe to say soup season is upon us, and nothing warms us up better than a hearty soup with a glass of wine. Sometimes we’re in the mood to cook a soup from scratch, but with the days feeling shorter and darker, we also love that Prince Edward County is full of talented chefs and foodies that can take care of the cooking so we can focus on the task of just sitting back and enjoying.
Say hello to our friends at Bloomfield Public House Market. Stocked with local goodies, like cheese, charcuterie and veggies, they also have a fridge full of ready-to-eat soups, pasta sauces and more that you can take to-go. We already knew we were in the mood for the Traynor’s Unfiltered Chardonnay, so we went right to seafood to see what they had, and we were instantly drawn to the Seafood Chowder.
Once we were home, it was as easy as opening up the Chardonnay and pouring ourselves a glass while we heated up the chowder on the stove. This wine is very lightly oaked with bright acidity and hints of baked apple. It was refreshing and comforting all at once. Oh, and it is also very pleasing to the eye — since it is unfiltered, this Chardonnay looks very different from many County Chards you might be familiar with.
The fun part about food and wine parings is seeing how the wine transforms alongside the food, and this was no exception. After the first few bites of the Seafood Chowder, the Chardonnay suddenly had a buttery aftertaste that wasn’t present before. The Chardonnay also continued to evolve as it warmed up in the glass. It was like we opened up three bottles of wine in a single sitting.
Even though this winter is going to look a bit different this year with a province-wide lockdown currently in place, it’s easy to continue supporting your favourite local small businesses from home. Whether it is grabbing takeout from a restaurant, or ordering some wine online and getting it delivered to your door — we’re all in this together.
Do you have a favourite local restaurant dish to pair with Traynor’s wines? Share them with us @traynorvineyard so we can taste them along with you.