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Dijon Maple Salmon Recipe from Joyfully Healthy Eats and Wine Pairing from Wine4.Me

The holidays are officially upon us. It’s a notoriously busy season, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t eat quickly and eat well. Krista at Joyful Healthy Eats has an amazingly easy and delicious recipe for Dijon Maple Glazed Salmon. This recipe boasts just three ingredients and can come together in under 20 minutes. It’s quick enough for a weeknight dinner, but it will impress your holiday guests as well! Try adding a glass of one of these wines to make it even more enjoyable.

Dijon Maple Salmon Wine Pairing

Pinot Noir is a traditional pairing for salmon, but it’s not the only wine that will work. With the spicy Dijon and sweet maple syrup glaze, there are several wines that pair with this simply prepared yet delicious meal.

Riesling: Fox Run Dry Riesling ~ $18

This elegant Riesling from New York is dry with bright citrus flavors up front and stone fruit on the palate with very crisp acidity and minerality. The refreshing acidity will balance out the richness of the salmon and brighten up the dish.

Gewürztraminer: Pacific Rim Gewürztraminer $14

You’ll find fragrant aromas of grapefruit, lychee, apple, and holiday baking spices in this wine. It is quite crisp in the mouth due to its bright acidity but also has a bit of sweet residual sugar, which will compliment the maple syrup flavors nicely while also balancing out that spicy bite from the Dijon.

Barbera: Marcarini Ciabot Camerano Barbera d’Alba ~ $17

This wine is full of bright red berry aromas that lead into a full-bodied, balanced, dry wine with lively acidity. With juicy fruit and balanced tannins on the mouth, the ripe fruit and lingering acidity will be a great match for the flavorful rich salmon.

Dolcetto: Domenico Clerico Visadi Langhe Dolcetto ~ $15

If you’re looking for something a little more big and bold, try this Dolcetto with aromas of cherry, blueberry, dark berry fruit, a little smoke, and toast. It has a velvety texture in the mouth with more dark berry fruit flavors, mild tannins, and nice acidity finishing up. Though this wine is rich, it won’t overpower the juicy baked salmon with it’s maple Dijon glaze.

Rhone Red Blend: E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone ~ $13

This blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre is full-bodied with bold flavors and aromatics. It has lots of dark berry fruit, currant, and spice aromas and is concentrated in the mouth with some lingering spice. This would be a fun pairing if you decide to roast up some hearty potatoes or root vegetables to serve alongside the flavorful salmon dish. It would give the whole meal a little more heartiness, thus allowing the wine to balance well with the roasted vegetables without overpowering the juicy salmon.

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