Seared Scallops with Pinot Gris Butter Sauce

Seared Scallops with Pinot Gris Butter Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 med. shallots, minced
  • 2 cups Pinot Gris
  • 2 thyme springs
  • 1 cup fish stock
  • 1 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch pieces and chilled
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach
  • 1 t lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 16 large sea scallops


Step1:  In a skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat until golden, 2 minutes; transfer to a plate and let cool. Lightly crush the nuts.

Step 2:  In a medium saucepan, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until browned, 4 minutes. Add the wine and thyme; boil until reduced to ¼ cup, 15 minutes. Add the stock and boil until reduced to ¼ cup, 9 minutes longer. Add the cream, bring to a boil and remove from heat.

Step 3: Strain the wine sauce into a clean sauce pan. Whisk in the butter, 4 pieces at a time, until the sauce is thickened and smooth; set the pan over low heat as necessary to help melt the butter. Stir in the chives and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.

Step 4: In a medium bowl, toss the spinach with the lemon juice and the remaining olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

Step 5:  In the skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Season the scallops with salt and pepper, add to the skillet and cook over high heat, turning once, until browned but barely cooked through, 2 minutes per side. Transfer the scallops and spinach to plates. Garnish with the pine nuts. Gently reheat the sauce, spoon on top and serve.

(Recipe courtesy of Hugh Atchison on



Tasting Notes: Pale straw color with glistening edges. Aromas of ripe pear, fresh cantaloupe and honey-suckle fill the glass. Juicy flavors of just ripe pear, wild honey and pineapple are framed by a balance of viscous texture and clean, racy acidity. This wine will age beautifully through the next decade.