Chef Lance Cowart: Apple Blue Cheese Soup

1/2 bottle 2008 Unity pinot gris
1/2 bottle sparkling cider
1 qt half and half
1/2 Cup flour
1/2 stick butter
3/4 lb blue cheese
salt & pepper
bacon (for garnish)
herbs (for garnish

In a large saucepan, melt butter on low heat. Add flour to butter, whisking constantly to prevent burning, cook for 2-3 minutes. Add wine and cider, reduce by half, stirring often. Add half and half, bring to simmer. Reduce heat, slowly whisk in blue cheese, until it is fully incorporated into the soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with crispy bacon bits, and fresh herbs.

Serves 4.

*Suggested Pairing – 2008 Unity Pinot Gris Wine