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Summer Pairings; Wine and Halibut by Jack Chase

Vine Buzz with Jack Chase

Halibut is a great fish to pair with wine. Depending on it’s preparation, it lends itself to being paired with several different wines. Here are a few suggestions for some delicious, summer dishes.

Coeur D'Alene Cellars Viognier

Coeur D’Alene Cellars
Viognier

A personal favorite of mine is Grilled Halibut.  Because the fish is so mild, a splash of lemon pepper before it hits the grill is recommended.  A wine that pairs exceptionally well with this would be Viognier. I had the pleasure of tasting an incredible Viognier from Coeur de’Alene Cellars. Even though this wine is produced in Idaho, the fruit is all Washington. With well balanced acidity, this wine shows hints of caramel and vanilla and the citrus really shines through. Pairing this wine with your Grilled Halibut is a meal that will put a smile on your face.

2012 Va Piano Vineyards “Bruno’s” Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Va Piano Vineyards “Bruno’s” Sauvignon Blanc

If you are considering Halibut Fish Tacos with a bit of heat, a Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent companion to your meal. This wine pairs well with not only a little spice but compliments citrus such as lime and enhances avocado. A wine that is showing very well right now is the 2012 Va Piano Vineyards “Bruno’s” Sauvignon Blanc. This delicious wine is Columbia Valley fruit, it is incredibly bright and balanced with great citrus flavors. This wine does not show grassy flavors which is refreshing. With your Halibut tacos, this wine will shine/

2011 ZD Reserve Carneros Chardonnay

2011 ZD Reserve Carneros Chardonnay

Finally, baked Halibut with a garlic, butter sauce pairs well with  a big Chardonnay. Might I suggest the 2011 ZD Reserve Carneros Chardonnay? This wine is rich, full and balanced. It shows hints of orange blossom as well as toast and vanilla. This wine is a great offering from ZD and a beautiful compliment to this Halibut dish.

Have fun with these Halibut dishes and some new wines. It is always amazing how wine compliments the food and creates the experience.

Until next time,  Cheers!!

Halibut is a great fish to pair with wine. Depending on it’s preparation, it lends itself to being paired with several different wines. Here are a few suggestions for some delicious, summer dishes.

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