It’s not often that we elect to have Dungeness crab for dinner, but tonight was one of those special dinners. Blue Crab was not available! Dungeness Crab is a much sweeter and a cold water crab, 50 – 60 degrees F. Whereas Blue Crab is slightly saltier and has a higher iodine content, due to its location. Water temperatures around 59 degrees F are good whereas water temperatures greater than 91 degrees F are lethal to Blue crabs. Blue Crab generally comes from the east coast, Atlantic Ocean region, although there is some off of Vietnam that have been introduced through ships ballast. Dungeness, on the other hand, comes from the deep, cold water of the Pacific Ocean, generally off the coast of Washington. Both are delicious, but for different reasons. Our supplier is Reel Foods here in Boise; Fresh seafoods of all kinds, including soft shelled crabs that they had today! I didn’t get any. We made a good dipping sauce that complemented the crab extremely well. And then the 2012 Hat Ranch (ID) Chardonnay was a very good paring. Enjoy these photos. Cheers!