Mussels in White Wine, Tomatoes & Chorizo + #GarnachaDay

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Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and delicious foods

garnacha winesIs a Garnacha wine one of your favorites?  Prior to my trip to Spain I hadn’t really heard of Garnacha wines, but since then it’s oftentimes exactly what I request.  I learned that they are monovarietal, which means that it’s produced from a single grape variety.  Garnachas are one of the most delicious wine grape varieties in the world, excellent in reds, whites, rosés and sweet wines.  I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try the Wines of Garnacha in honor of International Garnacha Day (September 16th).  I paired a rosé with my favorite seafood recipe : Spanish Mussels in white wine and chorizo.  The mussels recipe is very easy to follow and so quick to make, giving me more time to celebrate International Garnacha Day the right way: spending more time chatting with friends while enjoying Garnacha wines.

garnacha winesI travelled to Barcelona, Spain early this year and had a wonderful time exploring the city, getting to know the culture, and of course trying delicious foods and wines.  I knew that I would enjoy tapas in Spain but the cuisine as a whole proved to me how Spain is at the forefront for great food, be it traditional or modern.    While there I took a culinary class where I learned how to cook Authentic Spanish Dishes, such as Paella.  I visited Spanish tapas bars and enjoyed wine sampling at its best.  With artistic flair at every turn  I think Barcelona is possibly my favorite city in Europe. 

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If you’d like to celebrate Garnacha Day the same way as I did, here’s my recipe to create a delicious Spanish Mussels recipe in white wine and chorizo.  I personally felt it paired perfectly with a rosé dry wine.
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The Wines of Garnacha sent me 5 bottles of wine to try.  They are very diverse but each had a distinguished and delicious flavor.  

Here are the bottles and pairing ideas for each

o   Las Moradas de San Martín, Senda, 2012:   This full bodied wine pairs perfectly with an appetizer dish like dry meats and cheese, or with a chorizo dish. 

o   2015 Altovinum Evodia Old Vines Garnacha: Flavorful taste, smooth texture, yet doesn’t have a steep price.   Pairs beautifully with lighter meats like chicken.

o   Tipicitat Garnatxa Negra Carignan: One of my favorites, a true treat.  Try this one with beef, lamb or pork. 

o   Agosto Rosé:  The sweetness reins flavors of summer and spring: elegant fruits, dried flowers, herbs, berry notes.  

o   Secastilla Garnacha 2011 Vinas DelVero: Very good acidity, fresh, sweet.  I haven’t paired this one with a meal yet, but my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it on its own! 

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These Spanish Garnacha wines will impress company with their taste, but you can have more than just a couple of bottles as their prices are truly reasonable.  They are flexible for any time of year and dish, with tannins that are moderate without tasting bitter.  I enjoyed learning about the Garnacha wines and how they’re a Spanish tradition that is meant to be shared with others, similar to tapas.  Garnacha started in eastern Spain but gained in popularity and have long traditions across France, Italy, Croatia and Greece, and in recent centuries across the globe.  Another fact about the Garnacha that made me an even bigger backer of their wines is how they are drought resistant and considered one of the most environmentally friendly wines in the world.  I’m always on the lookout for environmentally friendly products and these delicious wines are just that.   

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Mussels in White Wine, Tomatoes & Chorizo + #GarnarchaDay
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Posh Journal
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds mussels rinsed and debearded
  • ¼ pound chorizo chasing removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup white wine
  • cup {optional if you need more broth} 1 chicken broth low-sodium
  • teaspoon {optional} 1/2 - 1 Saffron
  • {optional if you like spicy} red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt/pepper according to your liking
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
  • Grilled bread for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a dutch oven, put the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and chorizo, stirring occasionally until the chopped onions soften (for about 3-5 minutes).
  2. Add garlic, tomatoes, wine and cook, uncovered for about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add saffron (optional)
  4. Put the mussels in a dutch oven, cover and cook, stirring occasionally for about 8-10 minutes until mussels open.
  5. Add salt/pepper according to your liking
  6. Remove mussels from pan to serving bowls. Discard any shells that do not open.
  7. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve with grilled bread

 simplest way to cook mussels, and perhaps the most satisfying result. Steamed mussels recipe in white wine, tomatoes, chorizo.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Nancy L. Sep 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love muscle and could eat a dozen muscles by myself (especially when they look this good!). The wine looks like something I would enjoy. I’m going to have to look for it at the store.

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor Sep 18, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    This recipe for Mussels White Wine Tomatoes and Chorizo sounds delicious. I don’t like mussels but mine family does so I will have to try making this for them. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Reply beautybrite Sep 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Wow! this looks like a lovely dish to make! We love to treat ourselves to a lovely meal as a family! I will have to try this one!

  • Reply Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen Sep 18, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve never tried Garnacha wine, but I’ve seen it around lately. I’d love to try it, especially with these gorgeous mussels – such an amazing meal!

  • Reply Terri Ramsey Beavers Sep 18, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I’ve never had mussels before but your recipe looks amazing. I’ll have to try it sometime with some of that wine.

  • Reply Bonnie Gowen Sep 18, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Wow, what a great recipe post. I love all your stunning pictures. I’ve never tried mussels before, will have to give them a try.

  • Reply Stephanie Jeannot Sep 18, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I have to say. That is a great combination. Mussels and wine. Yes! I want to be at your dinner table. Can I come?

  • Reply CourtneyLynne Sep 18, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    OOOOOO THis recipe looks absolutely amazing! I just love cooking with wine. Must make!

  • Reply Gwendolyn Mulholland Sep 19, 2016 at 1:51 am

    I have never cooked mussels before but this recipe looks delicious. I might actually be willing to give this recipe a try.

  • Reply jct6878 Sep 19, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Those mussels look amazing! My husband loves seafood and think my husband would love this…and if there was any leftover wine, I’d probably know what to do with it. Ha!

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