White wine mussel soup with Weather Station Sauv Blanc

Recipe: White wine mussel soup with Weather Station Sauv Blanc

Winemaker Mike Dawson’s comments on the Weather Station pairing with his White Wine Mussel Soup recipe

“It is a fresh style of wine, with beautiful natural acidity and tropical fruit flavours, which makes it a perfect pairing with seafood, of which mussels is my favourite. The freshness of the wine cuts through the creaminess of the soup. This is a match made in heaven.”



  • 3kg fresh mussels
  • 2 onions (from my garden)
  • 1 leek (from my garden)
  • 2 celery sticks (from my garden)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of Journeys End “Weather Station Sauvignon Blanc” (be a little more generous if you are feeling adventurous)
  • 1 cup of clam juice (you can also buy canned clams and drain out the juice, or if you can’t find canned clams, then substitute with another cup of chicken broth)
  • A quarter cup of fresh parsley (from my garden)
  • 3 mashed garlic cloves (from my garden)
  • Salt and pepper of course
  • 1 cup of cream


  1. Add onions, leeks, celery, parsley, garlic, water, wine, chicken broth, clam juice, salt and pepper into a potjie pot over hot coals, and bring this to boil
  2. Reduce the heat, add the mussels, cover, and simmer for 5 mins or until mussels have opened
  3. Add the cream right at the end and you’re good to go
  4. This recipe serves four, but my girlfriend Tynika and I are more than capable of finishing two servings each

Tasting Notes: The wine displays full ripe tropical fruit notes while maintaining the fresh natural acidity and minerality distinctive of the area. A pronounced nose of passionfruit, green apple and piney notes is complemented by salty minerality, hints of kiwifruit and a seam of freshness giving vitality and extending the flavours. The wine has a lovely weight and round mouthfeel on the mid-palate, and a balanced acidity which brings freshness and length to the finish. www.journeysend.co.za