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Rosso di montalcino - vegetarian (pescatarian) friendly meal?

suetibu Jun 1, 2010 11:18 AM

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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    a81 Jun 6, 2010 08:28 AM

    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!

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      whiner Jun 1, 2010 01:40 PM

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

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        maria lorraine Jun 1, 2010 01:53 PM

        Sounds good.

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          whiner Jun 1, 2010 02:05 PM

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

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        Ricardo Malocchio Jun 1, 2010 12:56 PM

        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
          maria lorraine Jun 1, 2010 01:19 PM

          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
            suetibu Jun 1, 2010 01:35 PM

            mushroom risotto/pasta sounds good..

          2. re: Ricardo Malocchio
            invinotheresverde Jun 2, 2010 09:45 PM

            Agreed. This is a bad fish match.

            1. re: Ricardo Malocchio
              SteveTimko Jun 3, 2010 09:52 AM

              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.

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                invinotheresverde Jun 3, 2010 10:15 AM

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

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                  Ricardo Malocchio Jun 9, 2010 06:31 AM


            2. SteveTimko Jun 1, 2010 12:20 PM

              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. re: SteveTimko
                suetibu Jun 1, 2010 12:52 PM

                bacccala florentine!!

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