Summer is winding down, but many of us will continue to use our grills well into fall. Try this recipe for Grilled Salmon from Toni Anderson, The Happy Housewife, and pair it with one of the following wines.
Chardonnay: Alamos ~$12
Chardonnay is a classic white wine pairing for salmon and the Alamos is a great match for this grilled fish. This full-bodied yet crisp wine compliments the creamy and rich texture of the salmon, and the lemon in the dish brings out the bright acidity of the wine leaving you with a crisp clean finish and refreshing the palate in between bites.
Rhone Blend: d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab ~$14
This white wine blend of Viognier and Marsanne makes for a nice alternative to a heavier Chardonnay. Slightly lighter in body but full of bright floral, fruit, and creamy notes, the salmon will bring out all of these fresh elements when paired together. Since the salmon is not heavily seasoned, nor cooked directly on the grill (it is covered in aluminum, so there will be no charring), the natural oily texture of the fish will be brightened by the bright fruit notes in the wine.
Viognier: Stags’ Leap ~$25
Similar to the Viognier blend above, this wine is still medium bodied on the palate but not quite as rich as an oaked Chardonnay. You will find some creamy oak, but balanced with vibrant peach, pear, and nectarine fruit along with bright acidity and nice minerality, which make it a fresh compliment, yet equal in weight, to the salmon.
Pinot Noir: Belle Glos, Meiomi ~$20
Pinot Noir is one of the most classic pairings for salmon and for good reason – no matter how you cook it, Pinot Noir almost always compliments the strong flavors of the fish. This particular wine is a great choice if you like your Pinots full of energy and bold flavors. This is a fruity, luscious example of the varietal with loads of red berry fruit, vanilla, and spice. If you chose to grill the fish without the aluminum for awhile and get some char marks, the smoky char flavors will meld well with the vanilla, spice, and oak notes from the wine.
Pinot Noir: Cono Sur ~$9
For a value priced Pinot to pair with your salmon, this won’t disappoint. Full of red berry fruits, cherry, strawberry, and raspberry, this fruity wine will lighten up the heavier texture of the creamy salmon and add a fresh flavor element that will compliment the natural flavors of the fish.