Gewürztraminer Icewine Mignonette

By / Food / January 31st, 2012 / 1

This recipe comes to us courtesy of Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery.

If you’re an oyster lover, you’ve no doubt heard of Mignonette sauce. Typically spooned onto oysters served on the half shell, it’s a combination of black pepper, salt, vinegar and sweet shallots. This recipe is an updated, and flavour enhanced, version of that classic. The addition of icewine as the star ingredient in place of red wine vinegar is not as unusual as it may sound at first. Icewine has natural acidity that can easily take the place of vinegar in pretty much any dish, and the wine’s natural sweetness actually brings out the brininess of the oysters. The sweet, sour and salt in this dish balance out completely. Sip a glass of the Gewürztraminer Icewine while you’re tossing back this delicacy.

Gewürztraminer Icewine Mignonette
Makes 1/2 cup

1/2 cup Gewürztraminer Icewine
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp finely diced leeks
2 Tbsp finely diced shallots
1 Tbsp fresh cracked pepper
Garnish with fresh cilantro

Combine Icewine and leeks in a saucepan, reduce by half and cool. Add remaining ingredients. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. This mignonette will keep for up to 2 weeks.


Rosemary Mantini has always loved words. When she isn't working as the Associate Editor at Tidings Magazine, she's helping others achieve their writing dreams, and sometimes she even relaxes with a good book and a glass of wine.

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