Food & Wine Pairing

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella

Serves: 4-6


* 1 lb. Langoustines (8-10)
* 1 lb. Manila clams rinsed
* 1/2 lb. Mussels rinsed
* 1 cup Fresh peas shelled
* 2 cups Spanish rice - short grain
* 1/2 cup White wine
* 1 Onion chopped or 3-4 spring onions
* 1-8 Ounce bottle clam juice
* 3 cups Seafood stock
* 5 Garlic cloves chopped
* 1 Ripe plum tomato chopped
* 3-4 Piquillo peppers drained and chopped
* 1-2 tsp. Saffron threads
* 1-2 tsp. Smoked paprika
* Salt, to taste
* 1/4 cup Chopped parsley
* Lemon wedges


Prepare all ingredients. Make saffron-clam/seafood broth by mixing saffron with 1 bottle of clam juice and 3 cups seafood broth in saucepan over medium heat. Cover and keep warm.

Heat a 13 inch Paella pan or large cast iron skillet over medium heat with 1/4 cup olive oil and saute onion a few minutes, then add garlic, paprika and a pinch of salt continue sautéing for about 5 minutes. Add rice and cook stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup wine letting rice completely absorb wine 5-7 minutes. Then add tomato and peppers. Pour warm broth over rice mixture and smooth evenly around pan. Try not to disturb rice so it stays in an even layer.

Bring to simmer, may need to increase heat to medium high. Cook for 10 minutes. Add shrimp, mussels and clams evenly around pan, nestle in a bit. Sprinkle peas on top and reduce heat to medium. Check often to make sure rice is not drying out, you may need to add more broth or water to dry areas.

Cover pan with heavy foil or a sheet pan and cook about 10 more minutes. Check rice for doneness and make sure seafood is cooked, clams and mussels are open. Remove from heat and garnish with parsley and lemon. Serve immediately.

Pairing Recommendations - CH

Pairing Recommendation

2015 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay
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