Risotto with a Portabella Duxelle

© Jaymi Heimbuch

This recipe was created exclusively to pair with a bottle of 2006 Obsidian Point Cabernet Sauvignon from our featured green winemaker, Benziger Family Winery. The wine is named after the volcanic rock found at the vineyard and appropriately so. It's dark and smokey, filled with notes of plum and anise. And its complexity makes it an easy pairing for many dishes but it is quite enjoyable on its own.

This recipe is a variation of the mushroom risotto made by my good friend Jeff Stamper. The palette is the same but the mushroom flavors are separated out from the risotto in the form of a duxelle. Duxelle, like this wine, is incredibly flexible and simple to make. You can use it just like a tapenade but it also livens up any egg or pasta dish. And you would be surprised at what it can do to a cheese pizza!

© Jaymi Heimbuch

  • 2 cups Arborio Rice
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 portabella mushrooms, diced
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Unsalted butter
  • Port or brandy


© Jaymi Heimbuch

1. In a large pan, heat two tablespoons of olive oil and add the rice

2. Once the rice is property coated, heat it for two minutes

3. Add in two cups of broth and bring to a boil

4. Reduce to a simmer

5. Let the broth cook down

6. Repeat above step but alternate between one cup white wine and two cups of broth

7. In a second pan cook the red onion briefly

8. Add the red onion to the rice and the remaining broth

9. When the risotto begins to thicken, add the parmesan cheese

10. Remove from heat when the rice is slightly al dente

© Jaymi Heimbuch

Portabella Duxelle

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1. In a large saute pan, melt a tablespoon of butter and add the mushrooms

2. Cook for 5 minutes then add the garlic and shallot

3. Cook for an additional 5 minutes and finish with a splash of port

© Jaymi Heimbuch

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