The Lenten Season is upon us, and we have chosen some enjoyable white wines from around the world to pair with your Fish Friday! These wines are available in both stores, but on display next to the World White Section at our Ft. Thomas location. And while these are all excellent with fish, they also pair well with a Spring Forecast (fingers-crossed) and a patio!
5 Perfectly Paired Fish & Wine Recommendations:
The Wine: Evolucio Furmint (Hungary) $8.96
The Why: If you have never had a Furmint (yes, that is the name of the grape), this is a perfect chance to try one at a bargain price. Similar to Chenin Blanc in weight and texture, it is crisp, clean, and not super acidic. Delicious with oil rich fish like Mackerel, Salmon, and Bluefin Tuna.
The Wine: Balletto Vineyards Theresa’s Unoaked Chardonnay
(Russian River Valley) $17.99
The Why: Balletto makes a big, round, mouth-filling Chardonnay…that is unoaked! Usually unoaked Chardonnay’s don’t have much weight or richness, but this one sure does. Perfect with meaty fish like Mahi-Mahi, Swordfish, or pan-seared Halibut.
The Wine: Dopff & Irion Crustaces (Alsace) $11.99
The Why: This Alsatian blend of Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc is the most perfect simple seafood wine I have had in ages! And the label (and wine name!) says it all.
Mellow fruit, bright acidity, viscous texture…meaning a generous mouthfeel to this white wine, with an almost cleansing feeling after you have taken a sip. Ideal for fried fish and seafood of all kinds!
The Wine: Carl Ehrhard Blanc de Noirs Trocken (Germany) $12.99
The Why: Pinot Noir has a very thin skin which results in its light color. When made without the skins, the result is a Blanc de Noirs, or white wine from red grapes, which just happens to be one of my very favorite things! Flavors typical of both red and white grapes come together here (my notes read kiwi and raspberry flavors, for example) and because of its juicy, unctuous texture, it’s a fun pairing with flaky fish, like Sole, Branzino, Trout and Cod.
The Wine: Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc $13.98
The Why: Not all Sauvignon Blanc is created equal, and the place that is really catching my attention for the grape right now is the Casablanca Valley, in Chile. This wine is citric, salty, and mineral-driven, falling on the more mellow side of the Sauv Blanc spectrum and drinks like a Sancerre twice its price. Best with oily whitefish like Lake Trout, Lake Whitefish, Sea Bass, and Albacore Tuna. A delight with a Nicoise Salad!