Mushroom Risotto Paired with Mercator Reserve Marquette

Deep and complex, mushroom risotto is the perfect side dish for steak and chicken. Parmesan and cremini mushrooms pair to create a decadent risotto bursting with umami flavour profiles. This side dish pairs perfectly with Mercator Vineyards’ Reserve Marquette with its rich dried fruit and spice notes.


Serves 4

1 cup Arborio rice
3 cups cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
3 cups white mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 shallots, diced
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1/4 cup local white wine
4 cups chicken stock, warmed
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp chives, finely chopped
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Warm chicken broth in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove mushrooms and their liquid to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add remaining 1 tbsp olive oil to the pan. Stir in shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add rice; stir until rice is coated with oil and pale, golden in colour- about 2 minutes.
  5. Add wine, stirring constantly until wine is fully absorbed. Add 1/2 cup warm broth to the rice and stir until the broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth a little at a time, stirring constantly, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender yet firm to the bite- about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat. Stir in reserved mushrooms and their liquid, butter, and chives. Add parmesan cheese, keeping some aside to top off the risotto when serving.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately. Serve with Mercator Vineyards’ Reserve Marquette and a hearty main, like beef tenderloin, rack of lamb, or grilled vegetables.

Wine Pairing

Mercator Vineyards’ Reserve Marquette is a wine with depth and complexity, making it a great complement to this hearty mushroom risotto.

Local Source Guide

Mercator Vineyards Reserve Marquette: Available for sale directly from Mercator Vineyards.

Mushrooms: Souce local produce from Masstown Market, Noggins Corner Farm Markets, Stirling Farm Markets, Uprooted Market & Café, or one of the many Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia locations.

Recipe provided by: Mercator Vineyards

Photography provided by: Alexa Cude, @seriouslyalexa

This recipe is featured in our 2023 Taste of Nova Scotia Culinary Guide.

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