Wild Earth Barrell cooker at Chard Farm Wild Earth platter at Chard Farm

Wild Earth comes to Chard

23 April 2013

The guys at Wild Earth wines in Cromwell not only make a damn fine Pinot, they also do a great lunch at their Kawarau Gorge Restaurant.  Their specialty is wine barrel smoked fare and we got them to come to our winery the other day to do a mid vintage luncheon for our vintage crew.  We had pork belly, tuna, paua, hare confit, salmon and filled aubergines , all barrel smoke cooked. Wow – everything was very tasty.  They designed and built the smokers themselves, with their own special wood shaving mix. Smoking with a water pan in the barrel keeps moisture levels up and flavor loss minimsed. It’s a bit like a Sous Vide machine effect – very succulent and juicy.  Yum.


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