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Jan 11, 2011 07:51 AM

Wine with salmon but no French or American

I've been given a wine challenge to pair wines with salmon but they cannot be French or American. No information on how it's being prepared but it'll probably be grilled. I need two bottles at up to $50 each.

Here are my thoughts and I welcome all input:


Germany and Alsace
Pinot Noir (I've heard there are good ones out there but need direction)
Full bodied Riesling
Alsatian (Tokay) Pinot Gris

Pinot gris

New Zeland
Sauvignon Blanc



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  1. Since you're casting a wide net you should include Austrian Grüner Veltliner. You don't know the prep method so it's a not really possible to foresee a perfect match.

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    1. re: Akitist

      Good advice. I learned about Gruner Vetliners a few years back as a great food-friendly white catch-all. I'm trying to get more info on how it'll be prepared.

    2. If you are already considering Spain, you might think wines made of the Mencia grape in the region of Bierzo.... lighter, fruity red wines with red berry flavors and an earthiness to them tend to work well with grilled salmon.

        1. Not knowing how it's prepared, but assuming grilled, roasted or poached, the first things that came to mind were a Reisling or maybe even champagne. If it is grilled with a bit of a char, maybe then go with something like a Pinot Noir (look for Australian/New Zealand varieties). You mentioned Sauvignon Blanc - have you tried Cloudy Bay. One of my favorites.

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