Halibut with Fresh Polenta … Paired with a Cotes du Roussillon

Pairing: Halibut with Fresh Polenta Paired with a 2012 Chateau Saint Roch Côtes du Roussillon Vieilles Vignes Blanc 

Food:  What do you do when a commercial fisherman acquaintance drops by and plops a 30 lb halibut on your countertop? First, thank him … profusely (after paying him, of course). Then, … get out a big, sharp knife and lots of newspaper. Then, … share with friends … and eat lots of halibut in the coming year! Gee … what a sacrifice!

Here, we’ve simply poached the fish in some salted water and served it on top of some freshly made polenta. We used the recipe taken directly from Jacques Pépin’s Fast Food My Way. What’s particularly special is that the polenta is made from corn kernels cut right off the cob and pureed in a blender. Fabulous!

Halibut on Fresh Polenta

Wine:  Cote du Roussillon are the A.O.C. designated wines of the Roussillon wine region of southern France located just east of the Pyrenees Mountains that border France and Spain.  Grenache Blanc and Marsanne, two widely grown grapes in the south of ‘France, are blended to make the 2012 Chateau Saint Roch Vieilles Vignes (meaning ‘old vines’). The winery is located about 15 miles from the city of Perpignan, not far from the Mediterranean Sea, and 20 miles from the border with Spain.

Cotes du Roussillon

Tasting Notes:  The color of pale gold or straw. Fresh white peach and aromatic Charentais melon on the nose. The Charentais melon is the initial taste one experiences, but then a touch of lime adds a zing. Clean, fresh lime carries the day on the finish. The pairing:  the corn polenta has a lovely natural  sweetness that complements nicely the combined fruit flavors of the wine. A wonderful pairing!

Other Wines That Pair Well with Halibut and Fresh Polenta: Pinot Gris (Alsace, France), Chardonnay (California), Soave Classico (Italy), Prosecco (Italy)

Other Food That Pairs Well with Côtes du Roussillon: Smoked Fish, Pork, Ham, Seafood

View the Languedoc-Roussillon Region:  Languedoc-Roussillon

A Source:  www. klwines.com





Chicken Crepes from Brittany … Paired with a Roussanne from Savoie

Pairing: Chicken and Mediterranean Vegetable Crêpes Paired with 2012 Domaine Les Cantates Roussanne (Cru Chignin Bergeron)

Food:  Crêpes made from buckwheat flour are traditional in Brittany, France. We mix a little all-purpose flour in with the buckwheat flour so that the cooked crêpes aren’t quite so dark in color. The filling is made from bite-size pieces of chicken meat cooked in with the Mediterranean vegetables (eggplant, zuchinni, tomatoes, and garlic) with a little water, and seasoned with herbes de provence (basil, rosemary, lavender, tarragon, and thyme). It’s important to pour off most of the remaining liquid before stuffing the crêpes with the filling so as not to make the crêpes soggy.

Crepes with Roussanne

Wine:  From Brittany in the far western, coastal region of France where our buckwheat crêpes originate, we travel all the way across France to the easternmost part of the country to select a wine from the mountainous Savoie wine region. Domaine les Cantates cultivates its vineyards in the Chignin Bergeron “cru”, or village, where it grows the Roussanne grape. Roussanne originated in the Rhône region south of Savoie, where it is most commonly combined with Marsanne and Viognier to make a terrific white blend. California and Australia are increasing their acreage of Roussanne, for both the white blends and single varietals that have become more and more in demand.

Roussanne - Vin de Savoie

Tasting Notes:  Pale gold in color. Aromatics of green melon and white clover are both present on the nose. The taste is reminiscent of a very ripe, rich green melon, like a honeydew, along with peach. Those same flavors linger on the finish. That melon/ peach flavor is a lovely complement to each component of these chicken buckwheat crêpes.

Other Wines That Pair Well with Chicken Crepes:  Pinot Blanc (Alsace), Chardonnay (Italy), Champagne (France), Chassalas (Switzerland)

Other Food That Pairs Well with Roussanne:  Ham, Pork, Poultry, Smoked Seafood

View the Beautiful Savoie Region of Alpine France:  savoie

A Source:  www. klwines.com