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Recipes for Pairing and Sharing

Morels and Pinot Noir — A love story.

Home Block Pinot Noir & Crispy skin chicken with morels


4 chicken thighs [skin on, bone out] 

2 Leeks [cut in 1/4s lengthwise and then sliced into rough 1cm pieces]

200g Morels [cut in half] 

150g Smoked bacon or pancetta [cut into lardon sized pieces]

2 Garlic cloves [mined finely]

1 tsp Rosemary [chopped] 

1 tsp Thyme [chopped] 

1 tbs Butter [unsalted]

½ bunch of Italian Parsley [roughly chopped]

Salt & Pepper

1 garlic clove-minced

Salt & pepper


  1. Pre heat your grill or BBQ to a medium high heat
  2. In a heavy based pot over a low/medium heat add your bacon with a little cooking oil and gently allow the bacon to render and get a little crispy, this should take about 6-8 minutes.
  3. Add the cleaned morels and turn the heat up a bit and allow the mushrooms to sauté in the bacon fat, season with a pinch of salt and pepper
  4. Add the minced garlic, rosemary and thyme and allow the garlic to take on a golden brown colour.
  5. Add the leeks and cook for a few minutes more, turn the pan down a bit and cook everything together until the leeks have softened and have very little bite.
  6. While you are waiting for the leeks to soften season your chicken with salt and pepper on both sides, rub a tiny bit of oil on the chicken (it’s also a good idea to take a little oil onto a piece of kitchen towel and rub the bars of your grill with it-this will help the chicken not to stick) and place the chicken skin side down onto the grill and cook over a medium heat turning rotating it once or twice, only once it’s almost fully cooked should you then flip it and cook it on the flesh side for a few more minutes. At this point the skin should be nice and crispy. Set it aside to rest keeping the chicken skin side up
  7. Once the leeks have softened add the chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice, taste and season if needed.
  8. Put the leek, morel and bacon onto the plate and lay on the chicken. Serve with a dollop of aioli or some fresh grated horseradish and a crunchy green salad

Pair with a glass of Platinum Home Block Pinot Noir and congratulate yourself of a job well done.

2020 Home Block
Pinot Noir

“Our Home Block vineyard, planted on the eastern shores of Okanagan Lake in 1991, has shown us time and again that it produces truly exceptional Pinot Noir."
- Taylor Whelan, Winemaker

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