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Jun 1, 2010 11:18 AM

Rosso di montalcino - vegetarian (pescatarian) friendly meal?

Hi, We have a bottle carried all the way from Italy and want to make an easy meal ...One of us is pescatarian so please advise...


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  1. It's from Tuscany. Red wine goes with salmon. So I Googled Tuscan salmon and got this recipe, that looks look:

    The tomatoes help make it a red wine dish, so if you Google Tuscan and tomatoes and recipe with just about any fish you should get a good recipe.

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    1. Rosso di Montalcino is typically a big, tannic wine. I would think it'd overwhelm salmon, but this might be your best bet on the fish front. But then, I think all but the most finessed, "Burgundian" style pinot noirs are not a good match for salmon (much less sangiovese).

      I'd go with deep, earthy mushrooms. Stuffed perhaps. Or in a risotto or pasta.

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      1. re: Ricardo Malocchio

        Agreed. It's too big/intense a wine for salmon or fish, even if the fish is in a robust preparation.

        I'd serve it with mushrooms, also. A combo of forest (wild) mushrooms, perhaps crimini/shiitake types, and then dried, reconstituted porcini. A simple first course would
        be to make a ragout of the three mushroom types, with a splash of cream and sherry.
        Serve on crostini. Cheeses will also work.

        1. re: maria lorraine

          mushroom risotto/pasta sounds good..

          1. re: Ricardo Malocchio

            Just want to point out many serve cabernet sauvignon with salmon. I've never had this wine but it can't be much more tannic than cabernet sauvignon.

            1. re: SteveTimko

              Just because they serve it together doesn't mean it's a good pairing. :)

          2. Porcini risotto made with a roasted vegetable stock rather than a chicken or veal stock.

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              1. re: maria lorraine

                My friend! We haven't spoken in ages. I will send you an e-mail!

            1. Years ago I had monkfish with mushrooms that was amazing at David Bouley's original restaurant in NY and think that monkfish being a meatier fish would work a lighter style Rosso di Montalcino. Rosso di Montalcino can vary greatly from producer to producer in style so hopefully yours is of the more traditional lighter version. Enjoy your meal with your friends, regardless!