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Vine Buzz with Jack Chase; Pairing Water and Vine, Grilled Seafood and Wine

Vine Buzz with Jack Chase
Vine Buzz with Jack Chase

Vine Buzz with Jack Chase

What can go wrong grilling a great piece of fish?  Pair your dish with the  wrong wine and it just may go south in a hurry.  I eat fish, I love fish. From sushi to a beautiful grilled trout and everything in between. These meals are enjoyable and fun to pair wine with.

Ballentine Vineyards

Ballentine Vineyards

Grilled Halibut;  From a flavor profile, this fish by itself is light and can lack flavor. Grill it up and serve it with a Lime and Cilantro butter sauce and now we are talking.   A great suggestion, Chenin Blanc, a crisp, acidic white wine that is screaming pair me with your dish.   A favorite of mine as of late has been the Ballentine Vineyards Chenin Blanc from Napa. A dry Chenin with citrus and floral flavors, this is a must try.

Albarino

Albarino

Grilled Swordfish;  Top with or add to the side, a Cucumber and melon salsa. Might I suggest an Albarino or a Cava Sparkling wine from Spain.  Albarino is a grape than can yield a very mineral driven and structured wine.  Paired with this swordfish dish, it is a little piece of culinary heaven. The Lagar de Cervera with green apple and pineapple flavors is a wine to be enjoyed. Since we are talking about Cava, a mention needs to be made about the Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad. A sparkling wine blended with Macabeo and Parellada grapes. This is a wine with incredible balance and is quite a bargain when you realize it is aged over 30 months on all of the riddling is done by hand.

Maso Poli

Maso Poli

Trout;  If trout is on the menu, then I suggest a Tuscan Grilled Trout with fresh Rosemary. Yes, I am getting hungry just writing this.  A favorite wine that I like to pair with this is the Maso Poli Pinot Grigio from Trentino. With pear and apricot flavors, this is a Pinot Grigio with complexity and substance. It will hold its own with several dishes and the Tuscan Trout is one of them.

Airfield Estates Unoaked Chardonnay

Airfield Estates Unoaked Chardonnay

Salmon;  We might as well end with a favorite, salmon, nicely grilled with a lime butter sauce. The wine of late that I find pairs nicely with this dish is the Airfield Estates Unoaked Chardonnay.  A Washington State beauty that is crisp and a perfect pairing with this dish. Flavors of citrus and a clean taste without the oak, make this wine desirable. Try this pairing soon, you will not be sorry.

As always, this is just a small sample of grilled fish and wine combinations. I hope you will try them out and enjoy.

Cheers until next time!!

I eat fish, I love fish. From sushi to a beautiful grilled trout and everything in between. These meals are enjoyable and fun to pair wine with.

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Note From the Editor;  Jack has mentioned several dishes in his article that I will post as soon as possible, so stay tuned!

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