Miso Salmon … Paired with an Umbrian Chardonnay

Pairing: Miso Salmon Paired with a Falesco 2016 Tellus Chardonnay IGT (Umbria)

Food: We love to exchange recipes with our two grown sons. Unlike their Ma and Pa who live out in the woods of New Hampshire, they reside in large urban settings with access to a tremendous variety of cuisines and ingredients. And they love to cook! Asian dishes are high on their list of culinary adventures. This delicious and very simple Miso Salmon is a recent contribution from the younger son.

Miso, a traditional Japanese seasoning, is a thick paste made from fermented soybeans and the mold koji. Combine 2T of miso, 2T mirin, 1T sake (or sherry), 1T soy sauce, and 1tsp sesame oil. Brush the mixture on an 8 ounce salmon filet. Bake and keep brushing on more of the mixture while the salmon is cooking until done. The result should be a pretty and flavorful glaze. Asparagus and wild rice pilaf make nice accompaniments.

Wine: Unlike its neighbor to the west, Tuscany, which is famous for its world-class red wines, Umbria is a wine region best known for its white wines, most notably Trebbiano Tuscano (known as Procanico in Umbria) and Grechetto. There is, however, growing interest in planting vineyards of other white wines. Chardonnay is increasing in both production and stature, as a blend with Grechetto or as a single varietal. The Falesco winery, located in Montecchio just south of Orvieto, produces some very tasty Chardonnay.

Tasting Notes: A medium gold color. On the nose one can detect layers of honey, tropical fruits and clementines. You can taste quite a nice basket of flavors … peach, clementine, mango, and ripe cantaloupe. There is a light acidity and just a hint of honey that creates a very pleasant, very gentle sweetness to the wine that enhances the fruit profile. That hint of honey also complements well both the sweetness of the miso and the rich flavor of the salmon.

Other Wines That Pair Well with Miso Salmon: Sake, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wines (e.g. Champagne, Cava, Franciacorta)

Other Food That Pairs Well with Chardonnay: Crab Cakes, Pan-Seared Scallops, Grilled Shrimp, Monkfish

View the Beautiful Umbria Wine Region: Umbria

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Turkey Piccata … Beautifully Matched with a White Tuscan Vernaccia

Pairing: Turkey Piccata … Paired with a 2014 Teruzzi & Puthod Terre di Tufi Bianco Toscana IGT 

Food:  This meal is more commonly known as Veal Piccata, but we like to substitute thinly sliced and pounded turkey tenderloin for the veal. We use the recipe right out of The Eating Well Rush Hour Cookbook (1994). It’s fast, easy and absolutely delicious made with the turkey cutlets sautéed in butter, lemon, wine, garlic and capers. Served with barley pilaf and asparagus … it’s a big hit at our dinner table.

Turkey Picata

Wine:  The Terre di Tufi is produced by the Teruzzi & Puthod winery in the San Gimignano region of Tuscany. This lovely white wine is a blend of 80% vernaccia, 10% chardonnay, and 10% sauvignon blanc … and a rarity in Tuscany, a non-red wine! It’s a full-bodied, dry, crisp wine with a lovely floral bouquet and a pronounced flintiness derived from the stoney soils found in this region. Teruzzi and Puthod is widely recognized as the winery that developed vernaccia as a premier wine in Tuscany.

Teruzzi & Puthod White Tuscan

Tasting Notes:  Color can be described as 18 carat gold. Aroma of white clover with some light fragrance of violet flowers. The flavor profile is a nice tapestry of toasted almonds, mango and honeysuckle. There is a delicate flintiness in the finish. The wine also picks up some citrus notes from the lemon used in the piccata sauce. A good complementary flavor pairing.

Other Wines That Pair Well with Turkey Piccata: Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), White Bordeaux (France), Unoaked Chardonnay (California), Verdiccio (Italy)

Other Food That Pairs Well with Vernaccia di San Gimignano:  White Fish (Sole, Haddock, Cod), Carpaccio, Pasta with Clams in White Sauce, Chicken dishes

Views of the San Gimignano Region:  San Gimignano

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Striped Bass … Perfecto with an Italian Chardonnay

Pairing: Grilled Striped Bass Topped with a Watercress Sauce … Paired with a 2014 Felsina Chardonnay 

Food: As a boy, I fished for Striped Bass on Great South Bay and the ocean water off Fire Island, Long Island, NY. I have many fond memories of those fishing trips on my Uncle Lou’s boat battling these mighty fighters. Memories, not so fond, of the arduous task of cleaning and filleting the fish laid out on newspaper on the driveway. Of course eating my fish was almost as rewarding as landing them. Reminders of that day’s successful catch lasted throughout the rest of the year since this fish freezes beautifully.  The striped bass for this dish came from the Harbor Fish Market in Portland, Maine, our favorite market in one of our favorite cities.

The preparation here is a new one for us.  The fish are grilled, then topped with a simple sauce made of fresh watercress, onion, olive oil, and a little fish or vegetable stock.  Some of the sauce also flavors the side of pasta (gemelli here), and the meal is completed with fresh broccoli. If you prefer, just grill or broil the fresh fish, plate it and squeeze fresh lemon on it. Stripers have a wonderful flavor all of their own.

Striped Bass w Italian Chard

Wine:  The  Felsina winery is located in Tuscany, the region most often associated with the famed red wines of Italy … Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Less well known are the wonderful white wines produced in this beautiful countryside … Vernaccia di San Gimignano is perhaps the most widely known Tuscan white wine, but more and more producers are finding that the soils and climatic conditions are well suited for growing the Chardonnay grape. I Sistri is Felsina’s entry into the world of Chardonnay. The winery is located about 10 miles east of Siena near the border of the Chianti wine region.

Felsina I Sistri Chardonnay

Tasting Notes: A pretty light gold color with maybe a slight tint of green. Some peach and other stone fruit (apricot and plum) and vanilla on the nose. Layers of tropical fruit and apple combine on the palate with a delightful creamy mouth feel. Vanilla lingers on the finish. Nicely complements the fish and watercress.

Other Wines That Pair Well with Striped Bass:  White Burgundy (France), Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), Viognier (France), Chardonnay (California)

Other Seafood That Pairs Well with Italian Chardonnay:  Crab, Shrimp, Scallops, Halibut, Arctic Char

View the Stunning Tuscany Region:  Tuscany

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