Thursday, 17 July 2008

Summer Snacks: Chilled Grape Soup and White Wine

Chilled soups like Gazpachco are one of my favourites on a hot summer's day and there is a chilled grape soup that you can make which is refreshingly cool and revitalising.

Chilled Grape Soup

1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
10 black peppercorns
strips fresh lemon zest
strips fresh orange zest
½ tsp unflavoured gelatin
1 ½ cups plus 1 tbsp white grape juice
1 cup dry white wine
½ cup sugar
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp finely grated fresh lemon zest
2 cups mixed grapes, sliced

Put cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns, and zest strips on cheesecloth and tie it closed. Sprinkle gelatin over 1 tablespoon grape juice in a small cup and let soften about 1 minute.

Bring wine, remaining 1 ½ cups white grape juice, sugar, nutmeg, and cheesecloth bag to a boil in a saucepan, then remove from heat and add gelatin mixture, stirring with a metal spoon until dissolved.
Transfer soup to a bowl and chill, covered, in a larger bowl of ice and cold water in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Just before serving, discard cheesecloth bag and add grated zest and grapes to soup.

Try pairing this soup with Montagnac Chardonnay (£4.75) from the Languedoc – which is in one of the most southern parts of France, facing the Mediterranean and east of the Pyrennees.

Montagnac Chardonnay
is an un oaked Chardonnay and is a pale gold in colour, has aromas of summer flowers, crisp apples, citrus, pear and vanilla – with a sherbet bite.

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