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Best white wine with salmon

jgmc Mar 13, 2010 05:31 AM

I am making a salmon with a cream cheese/dill/lemon spread for a large party. Can anyone suggest a nice white wine for it? So far, I am not happy with chardonnay or pinot grigio. Price point, about $10 a bottle, and I will need about a case, so it needs to be readily available.

  1. jerryc123 Mar 13, 2010 07:08 AM

    Normally I would do Pinot Noir instaed of a white with salmon.
    But with that cream/citrus spread, I think I would recommend you stick with a white with some acidity and minerality to cut through that dairy richness.
    Amongst mildly-acidic whites that pair with a rich fish like salmon, I would suggest
    1st/2nd/3rd choices
    Chardonnay (acidic) - Hogue Cellars, Gnarly Head, Trinchero
    Dry Reisling - Cave Spring, Lamoreaux Landing, PolkaDot
    Viognier - Oxford Landing, Pepperwood, or Smoking Loon

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    1. re: jerryc123
      jgmc Mar 13, 2010 07:14 AM

      Yes,I agree about the Pinot and we will be having it to go with the beef tenderloin as well, but I feel somewhat obliged to have a white available too. Thanks.

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      Brad Ballinger Mar 13, 2010 07:09 AM

      Riesling. Alsatian, if you want dry.

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      1. re: Brad Ballinger
        jerryc123 Mar 13, 2010 07:29 AM

        I would like to politely disagree.
        Alsatian wines are going to be at a much higher price point.
        jgmc would be better off with a value Riesling from New York or Niagara, like the first two I suggested. The Cave Spring dry Riesling is a very under-priced wine, in my opinion.

        1. re: jerryc123
          Brad Ballinger Mar 15, 2010 07:44 AM

          There are Alsatian wines at every price point.

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            NickMontreal Mar 18, 2010 07:26 AM

            I second the Cave Spring Riesling suggestion. Would most likely be a great match for your salmon dish. Truly an incredible wine at a very affordable price. I found it to be quite Alsatian in character. I have to concur as well that it is miles ahead in QPR than many a wine from Alsace at the same price point (only 16$ CAD).

            Might be hard to get your hands on the amazing ’07 vintage though, which is being phased out at the moment (at least up here in Quebec anyway).

      2. invinotheresverde Mar 15, 2010 08:33 AM

        A cheap Torrontes would be fun, especially with the spread. They're usually floral, spicy-fruity and acidic. The Andeluna is about 10 bucks.

        1. maria lorraine Mar 15, 2010 12:23 PM

          With the salmon and cream cheese, I'd do a nice inexpensive bubbly, like the Mumm Brut Prestige (from Napa Valley), about $11 if you get a 15% case discount. The Brut Rose is even better, and would be an even better fit.

          Other sparkling wines (Gruet, a Spanish cava) will also fill the bill.


          1. kaysyrahsyrah Mar 15, 2010 06:59 PM

            jgmc - lucky you. You've got several of Chowhound's most expert wine members responding above. Throw a dart and you'll and hit a great recommendation. And if you've got the bucks, pick two or three and report back...

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            1. re: kaysyrahsyrah
              bobzaguy Mar 21, 2010 10:33 AM

              No darts please folks!! This isn't the local here. It's a glass screen that doesn't repair well...

            2. almansa Mar 17, 2010 05:40 PM

              The Niagara suggestion intrigues me. Perhaps a Vidal Blanc? And there are certainly passable rieslings for 10 bucks a bottle - especially with a 20% case discount, Trimbach being one. I might look into a quality soave, which would run a bit more, or a txacolina, but again, that might be a bit much.

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                bogie Mar 18, 2010 07:45 AM

                I would recommend something as mouth-filling and rich as your salmon w/sauce, but with enough acidity to keep your palate refreshed. How about the JF Lurton Pinot Gris from Argentina? It's a great value, we buy it by the case often.

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