2006 Twilight White – Lemon-Infused Winter Vegetable Soup

2006 Twilight White – This bright, floral blend of Viognier, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay was fermented in stainless steel and aged on its lees. This dry white wine has a rich texture and a fresh finish. The 2006 Twilight White is ready to drink and should be enjoyed in the next two years.

Lemon-Infused Winter Vegetable Soup

2 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium white onion – chopped
1/2 cup celery – chopped
3 medium carrots – chopped
2 large sweet potatoes – peeled and chopped
4 garlic cloves – minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
6 cups chicken broth (can substitute vegetable broth)
Peel of 1/2 lemon
2 T fresh lemon juice
Salt to taste
Grated lemon zest
Fresh parsley – finely chopped
Grated parmesan cheese
Cracked black pepper

Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots and sweet potato – cook, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant – about 1 minute. Add wine – cook 1 minute. Add the broth and lemon peel – bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, about 20 minutes. Remove lemon peel. Using a hand blender or a covered blender – puree until smooth. Return to the pot and heat through. Add lemon juice and salt to taste. Serve in soup bowls – top with parsley, lemon zest, parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper. Serves 6-8.