Monday, November 28, 2016

November 2016
CRAB Season in Sonoma County  

We love crab and our season usually starts right around thanksgiving. It is a common tradition for locals to celebrate the first of the crab season for thanksgiving before the turkey. We are right along with this tradition.

There are so many different ways to prepare crab and we love to try them all. Also very fun to pair different wines which we recommend.

Mat's favorite recipe is very popular, roast crab. We'll have it 4 or 5 times in the first few weeks before we start trying other's.

 Chilled crab with delish sauce ( mayo, meyer lemon, lemon zest ) great with Sauvignon blanc and Brut Rose'.
Roast crab ( recipes on the web site ) Crab lightly cooked tossed with chili flakes, garlic, thyme, fennel and olive oil. Pairs really well with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and good Riesling. I would lean towards a pinot that is lighter with less earth notes, higher acid and bright fruits.
 Crab Timbale combines the crab with scallions, jalepeno, red pepper, avocado and mayo. We enjoy the Brut Rose' or Sancerre.

Tortilla chip with crab mix and guacamole paired with Chardonnay.

On this wonderful start to the 2016 season, Mat was invited to go out to off the coast at Bodega to catch crabs. This opportunity is such a thrill hauling the max per person, 10 Dungeness crabs.

A friend purchased an auction item at a local fundraiser for 15 live crabs which we agreed to co host the last Sunday.

What a delicious gift from our ocean.  A very social food, great to pair with many wines and so many great recipes to try. We will continue to search, taste and pair.