Chef Clay Sipes’ Cioppino with Champagne Tomato Broth

Featured by Vina Robles Winery in the Gold Wine Club.


4 Large Shrimp
4 Large Scallops
½ Pound Little Neck Clams
½ Pound Blue Mussels
6 Ounces fresh Halibut
½ Cup small diced Green Bell Pepper
½ Cup diced Yellow Onion
1 Tablespoon fresh Minced Garlic
1 Bay Leaf
1 Teaspoon Dry Oregano
5 Ounces chopped Italian Tomatoes (including juice)
1½ Cups of Champagne
1 Cup Fish Stock
1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste
Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
¼ Cup Basil
¼ Cup Parmesan Reggiano


To make broth, heat olive oil and add bell pepper and onion in a small sauce pan. Sweat for five minutes, stirring occasionally, and add garlic. Season with salt and pepper and add herbs and crushed red pepper. Add fish stock and Champagne, and then simmer for five minutes to concentrate flavors. Finish with tomatoes and juice, and simmer for an additional five minutes. Set aside.

To finish entrée, sauté scallops and shrimp in large skillet with salt and pepper. Scallops should have a nice brown sear to them. Continue by adding clams, mussels and halibut on top. Add an additional half-cup of Champagne to skillet and return the sauce that was set aside into skillet. With a gentle stir, even out all items. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Serve in large bowl and finish with fresh lemon zest, fresh chopped basil, and Parmesan Reggiano.

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