Haddock with Shrimp and Watercress Sauce … Paired with Verdicchio

Pairing: Haddock with a Shrimp and Watercress Sauce Paired with a 2013 Verdicchio de Matelico

Food:  Having just stopped at a farm stand and purchased fresh sweet corn and green beans, we now must decide what fish (it is Friday, after all!) we will serve with these lovely vegetables. Haddock is always nice and available. How shall we prepare it? Well, my wife and live-in gourmet cook (they’re the same person … in case you were wondering) had recently made and frozen some wonderful watercress sauce. Thaw out the sauce, toss in a handful of already cooked and frozen coldwater shrimp, cook the sauce down a little bit and added a Tbs of cream to thicken it, and pour over the pan-fried haddock. An amazing flavor combination has just been discovered!

Haddock with Shrimp & Verdicchio

Wine:  Verdicchio is widely regarded as an ideal companion to fish. And we concur. This Verdicchio di Matelica is the smaller of the two Verdicchio wine growing zones (the larger being Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi) both in the beautiful Marche region of Italy … the Matelica vineyards located on the eastern slopes of the Apennine Mountains. The Verdicchio grape has been grown in this region for more than 600 years.

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Tasting Notes:  The color is a pretty golden hue. The aromas are of clover and peach (like walking through the peach orchards of Adams County on a summer day). Flavors of lime, yellow peaches, and some minerality emerge on the palate and continue on the finish. The light taste of lime is a nice companion to the sweetness of the fish and shrimp (as well as the corn in this dish). That sweetness of the corn, salinity of the seafood, and the peppery notes of the watercress, taken together bring out the subtle, perhaps hidden, flavors of this delicate wine.

Other Wines That Pair Well with the Fish:  Soave (Italy), Sauvignon Blanc (California), White Bordeaux (France), Chenin Blanc (South Africa)

Other Food That Pairs Well with Verdicchio: Poached or Sautéed White Fish (Cod, Sole, Haddock), Fish Stew or Chowder, Shrimp, Scallops, Crab

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Shrimp Arrabbiata … Paired with a Beautiful Verdicchio

Pairing:  Shrimp Arrabbiata Paired with 2012 Monasesca Verdicchio di Materica Riserva

Food:  This recipe is adapted from Artist’s Arrabbiata with the addition of shrimp to this light, but spicy, tomato pasta. Arrabbiata means “angry” in Italian, or spicy when describing this dish. Pancetta, garlic, red pepper flakes, and Romano cheese … all classic ingredients that contribute to the spiciness. But, the shrimp cools down the heat a bit.

Shrimp Arrabbiata

Wine:  Red or white? This is often a relatively easy question to answer when selecting a wine to pair with a meal. Most seafood or vegetable dishes pair best with a white wine, while meat or pasta in a rich tomato sauce go nicely with a red wine. And some foods (eg., roast chicken or pork) go well with either a red or a white. Obviously, there are many exceptions to these generalizations, but you usually can’t go wrong with these pairings. However … what do you do with a dish like this shrimp arrabbiata that combines delicately flavored shrimp and a more assertive tomato sauce with pasta? One could overpower the shrimp with a red wine or overwhelm a white wine with a rich tomato sauce. This was my dilemma when considering a food/wine pairing for this dish. The tomato sauce is not really made with a long, slow cooking that would intensify the tomato flavor. Rather this recipe calls for a low simmer for only about 15 minutes. This results in a lighter, fresher tomato taste which suits both the delicate shrimp and a pairing with a crisp, flavorful Italian white … Verdicchio. Perfecto!

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Tasting Notes:  Ah … the wonderful fragrance of honeysuckle in full bloom … light and sweet smelling. Along with the intoxicating aroma of fresh, ripe cantaloupe. That sweet cantaloupe taste fills your mouth with a wonderful counterpoint to the spicy tomato sauce as well as a lovely complement to the shrimp. There’s even a hint of clementine on the finish. A delightful wine and a nice pairing for this shrimp arrabbiata.

Other Foods That Pair Well with Verdicchio:  Grilled Seafood, Pasta with a Creamy Sauce, White Fish, Scallops

Other Wines That Pair Well with Shrimp:  Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand), Chardonnay (Italian), Chablis, Dry Riesling (Alsace)

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