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What wine with this salmon dish?

2top Jun 14, 2007 11:04 AM

Ginger kissed sautéed Chilean salmon on gingered black Thai rice with a vegetable blend of boc choy, shitake mushrooms, sweet bell peppers and a soy sake glaze.

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    Chicago Mike Jun 19, 2007 11:53 PM

    For "salmon" in general, my first choice is often chardonnay...

    But with all the ginger here I'd probably go with a Riesling.

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    1. re: Chicago Mike
      rickym13 Jun 20, 2007 12:06 AM

      for me...salmon and pinot

      1. re: rickym13
        Chicago Mike Jun 20, 2007 07:50 PM

        For salmon in general, IMO pinot is probably the best red wine accompaniment. It's just the high spiciness of this dish that has me more interested in the riesling.

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          ibstatguy Jun 20, 2007 10:02 PM

          and that's why I like whiner's rose champagne rec

    2. 2top Jun 15, 2007 04:22 AM

      Thanks I've chosen a Nuits Saint Georges, Les Lavieres, Charles de Valliere, 1992

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        whiner Jun 14, 2007 11:44 AM

        Rose Champagne

        Oregon Pinot Noir or lighter bodied Russian River Valle or Sonoma Coast

        Or, if you wanted a white, I'd reccomend a good Scheurebe Spatlese from the Pfalz in Germany. Perhaps a Riesling.

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          hungry_pangolin Jun 14, 2007 11:32 AM

          A good riesling will address all those competing flavours very nicely. Typical for current tastes, you will probably want a dry style riesling (honestly, I'd avoid Aussies... I think that it's the heat), from Niagara in Canada, or kabinetts from Germany. In winter at a dinner party I served salmon poached in Thai broth with an Auslese riesling, which by itself is unfashionably sweet, but in combination with the ginger, soy, and shitake was very nice indeed. I hope that this helps.

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            jungleboy Jun 14, 2007 11:17 AM

            Austrian white...Gruner Veltliner...crisp, low alcohol and light with citus overtones...perfect with the spice profile...

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            1. re: jungleboy
              cocktailhour Jun 14, 2007 11:21 AM

              Alaska salmon goes well with chardonnay, but I don't know much about Chilean salmon. With Asian flavors, I lean towards a sauvignon blanc, or a riesling if it's spicy. The Austrian white sounds great.

              1. re: jungleboy
                carswell Jun 14, 2007 11:22 AM

                "Gruner Veltliner...crisp, low alcohol and light with citus overtones...perfect with the spice profile..."


                Edit: Though not always low alcohol. At a recent tasting of 2005 Austrian GVs and Rieslings, nearly all were 13% or over.

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                dcrockett Jun 14, 2007 11:10 AM

                Here's a site fthat'll help you.


                Weir Cooking in the City: Top Ten Classic Pairings

                1. Sauvignon Blanc with goat cheese.

                2. Cabernets and Bordeaux with beef.

                3. Fruitier wines like Riesling or Gewürztraminer with Asian dishes.

                4. Pinot Noirs with turkey, chicken, duck, pheasant, and just about everything.

                5. Pinot Noir, Red Burgundy, or Chardonnay with grilled salmon and other fatty fish.

                6. Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio with lighter dishes like shrimp, scallops, and salads.

                7. Chardonnay with roast chicken or sautéed fish.

                8. Zinfandel with grilled or barbecued dishes.

                9. Sparkling wine with smoked salmon-and-caviar pizza.

                10. Champagne with salty foods.

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                1. re: dcrockett
                  maria lorraine Jun 14, 2007 11:20 PM

                  Those are great general guidelines but in this case the other ingredients in the dish influence the choice of wine. Often, the sauce for a dish or other ingredients in the dish will provide the key to the pairing more than the main ingredient in a dish.

                  Is the salmon grilled? If not, I'd suggest Viognier, or a German Riesling. If so, then a Pinot Noir.

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