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.

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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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Tomato Tarts … Absolutely Delicious with an Italian Chardonnay

Pairing:  Tomato Tarts Paired with a 2012 D’Amico Chardonnay Calanchi di Vaiano

Food: As the autumn harvest nears it’s end here in northern New England, we cherish the last few evenings that are warm enough and light enough to enjoy dinner on the terrace. It is also the time to catch the last of the heirloom tomatoes before the frost hits. These tomato tarts capture the rich, deep flavor of the heirlooms and showcase them as the centerpiece of the meal. We use the recipe found in The French Culinary Institute’s Salute to Healthy Cooking from America’s Foremost French Chefs, a fabulous cookbook. The recipe calls for making a savory pastry from flour, egg, olive oil, canola oil, salt and water. Chill the dough, then shape it into six-inch rounds. Top the rounds with overlapping thinly sliced tomatoes and sprinkle with parmesan cheese, fresh basil, salt, and pepper. Bake at 375F for about 8 minutes. Unbelievably good!

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Wine:  For fun … over the next few months we are going to sample Chardonnays from several different parts of the world, exploring different expressions of the Chardonnay grape.  This Calanchi di Vaiano winery is located in the Lazio wine region of central Italy, the locale of the ancient city of Rome.  The D’Amico’s Chardonnay is unoaked allowing only the terroir created from the eroded lava hillsides where the vineyards are planted to shape the flavors of the wine.

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Tasting Notes:  A beautiful medium-gold color. Inhale deeply … one is almost knocked over with the delightful aromas of honey, honeysuckle and peach. On the palate, one recalls one’s youth eating a bowl of honeyed peaches. But it’s not a sweet wine … there is just enough acidity to brighten and balance the flavors. Another sip … is that apricot there in the orchestra of tastes … maybe a little bit of spice, too … nutmeg? Gosh, this is a really, really nice wine. One of the top 5 Chardonnays I’ve ever tasted! And … $14 … get more! Oh, and it’s a brilliant pairing with the tomato tarts. Just brilliant. (do I detect a little bit of head-swelling? … nay). The wine, the tomatoes, the crust, the cheese … all work together to enhance each flavor. Wonderful!

Other Wines That Pair Well with Tomato Tarts:  Soave (Italy), White Burgundy (France), Pinot Grigio (Italy), Vouvray (Loire), Albarino (Spain).

Other Food That Pairs Well with Italian Chardonnay:  Pasta with a Light Cream Sauce, Crab Cakes,  Fresh Tuna and Tomato with Pasta, Pasta Salad with Mushrooms & Tomato.

Read More About Lazio Wines:  http://winefolly.com/review/the-wines-to-know-from-lazio/

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