Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pinot Noir and Wild Caught Cedar Planked Salmon

 There are tales a plenty!  Tales of good fish and good red wine---together!

I have had red wines and fish together many times and it definitely works.  When pairing red wine with fish, keep in mind that a light red wine like Pinot Noir or Beaujolais will complement and not over-power the flavor of a grilled, smoked or baked  fish.  Once you start adding sauces and different preparations, the wine suggestions will include some bolder reds. 
My father in law, Abe came down with his brother Raymond for a special visit.  Raymond has been living near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  Being an avid hunter and fisherman, Raymond came to the house with a special treat in hand--Steelhead Salmon he had caught himself in clearwater river just below Dworshak Dam.  The nearly 20 pound fish found itself on the cutting board of Chef Mark.  The big fish was filleted and made to walk the plank--the cedar plank. 

This was the perfect occasion to pull out the two bottles of 2006 Argyle, Dundee Hills, Cowhouse Pinot Noir that we had been saving. 

The cast was set and the show was as follows:
We served the Salmon with Grilled Fennel, Asparagus, Mushrooms and Peppers and a
Cast Iron Quinoa-Jasmine Rice Pilaf

Oh yeah.  It was Excellent!  Next time you should join us!