Marlborough, New Zealand. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Alcohol: 13%
2010 NZED Waina Red
Marlborough, New Zealand. 100% Pinot Noir. Alcohol: 13.5%
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The Food: Freshly Caught Pacific Northwest Salmon- Copper River & Sockeye
In keeping with true Pacific Northwest tradition we grilled these salmon on Cedar Planks on a charcoal grill using two very easy recipes. The simplicity of the ingredients and the use of the cedar planks allowed the delicious flavors of the salmon to shine through, and the wine was absolutely perfect with the meal! Remember to soak your planks in water for at least 2 hrs before grilling.
Copper River (The reddish colored one)- rub with olive oil and coat with lemon pepper seasoning. Gently rub the lemon pepper into the fleshy side of the fish. Place on top of Cedar Plank and you’re ready for grilling!
Sockeye (The lighter colored one)- in a bowl mix together 2 Tb. Grainy Mustard (we used Dijon), 2 Tb. Mild Honey, 1 tsp. minced Rosemary, a pinch of grated lemon zest. Spread mixture on fleshy side of salmon.
Grill both salmons on medium heat till it’s cooked through and edges are browned. Let cooked salmon stand on plank for a few minutes before serving.
We paired the Savvy White with the Sockeye Salmon. The light body, perfect balance, and gooseberry flavors of the wine went perfectly with the Sockeye. The honey on the salmon beautifully matched the honey notes in the wine while the Dijon brought out some fun bright tones in the Savvy White.
The Waina Red Pinot Noir went nicely with the Copper River. Waina Red is a very light bodied Pinot Noir making it a perfect match for Salmon. The smoky and earthy Pinot aromas mingled with the grilled cedar flavors left behind by the plank and the pepper in the salmon. The mushroom notes in the wine are balanced nicely by the meatiness of the fish. The salmon’s lemon flavor adds a nice brightness and punch to this Pinot.
The perfect Summer dining experience! We loved pairing our favorite authentic Northwest Cuisine with these two fabulous Marlborough wines!
The Sommeliers at Special Wines Direct