Crab-Stuffed Sole with a Grechetto

Pairing: Crab-Stuffed Sole paired with 2013 Paolo e Noemi d’ Amico Seiano

Food: While my Mom was living in Portsmouth, NH after Dad died, a favorite treat of hers was to take our family out to a place called Hector’s Country Kitchen. The best thing on the menu, and what she always ordered, was their sole (flounder) stuffed with bread crumbs and crab, and drizzled with a delicate butter sauce. Our version is made with crabmeat, fresh breadcrumbs, chopped scallion, and Dijon mustard, all held together with an egg white. A light sauce is made from a dollop of butter, some chopped parsley, leeks and shallots, and 1/4 cup of the wine. Sauté lightly. Lay out the sole filets, spread the stuffing over each, roll up each stuffed filet, drizzle with the light sauce, and bake at 400 for about ten minutes.

This one’s for you, Mom, on the 107th anniversary of your birth. Cheers!



Wine:  2013 Paolo e Noemi d’ Amico Seiano One of our favorite things to do is to sample wine made from uncommon grapes or from out-of-the-way places. The Paolo e Noemi d’ Amico Seiano is from the Italian wine region of Umbria, and made from grapes in a vineyard located about halfway between Rome and Florence. This white wine is made from Grechetto and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.



Tasting: A very unusual wine, but with a welcome flavor that complements well the meal. The nose calls to mind a green meadow of grasses and clover. Some might also detect a touch of green melon. The palate has some similarity to viognier with white flowers and white fruit being most recognizable.

Other foods that Pair Well with the Grechetto: Pasta with a Light Cream Sauce, White Fish, Crab or Lobster (particularly with a light butter cream sauce)

Other Wines that Pair Well with Crab-Stuffed Sole: White Burgundy, Viognier, Albarino, Orvieto

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