Magazine article Sunset

The Wine Lover's Fish

Magazine article Sunset

The Wine Lover's Fish

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We netted 5 favorite pairings for wild salmon, plus a simple recipe you can use to test our findings at home

5 GREAT VARIETIES TO SIP WITH SALMON

VIOGNIER

This rich white Rhône has the heft to stand up to meaty salmon, and its flamboyant flowers and stone fruit aid and abet the fish's wild side.

OUR PICKS

Alban 2009 Viognier (Central Coast; $24}. Jasmine perfume followed by a rush of peach punched up with lime zest and minerals.

Cline 2010 Viognier (North Coast; $12). Crisp green apple and white nectarine softened with honeysuckle, honeydew, and a touch of mango.

Holly's Hill 2010 Viognier (El Dorado; Í20). Long and bright, with white peach, tart apricot, Asian pear, honeysuckle, and lime.

CHARDONNAY

A touch of butter and a smidgen of oak with the apple, pear, and citrus of Chardonnay work magic with rich, silky salmon.

OUR PICKS

Antica 2009 Chardonnay (Mapa Valley; $35). Lean, earthy apple, pear, grapefruit, minerals, and toast.

Dutton-Goldf ield 2009 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay (Russian River Valley; $35). Creamy lemon, spicy Asian pear, lime zest, and a hint of vanilla.

Paul Dolan 2009 Chardonnay (Mendocino County; JiS). Fresh, bright apple and citrus with the barest touch of caramel.

DRY ROSE

Color alone makes the West's dry pinks an irresistible match for salmon. But rose's bright berry flavors and racy citrus also play beautiful foil to the fish.

OUR PICKS

Doyenne 2010 Rosé by DeLille Cellars (Yakima Valley; $23}. Spicy red berries and watermelon, with a whiff of gardenia.

Etude 2010 Rosé (Carneros; $20). Like rain on red earth, with bright Rainier cherries, watermelon, and a nosegay of violets.

Tramonto 2010 Rosé of Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley; Í15). Racy raspberries, watermelon, and minerals edged with rose petals.

PINOT NOIR

This light-bodied, high-acid wine offers tart red fruit and warm spices that create a complex pairing with the sweet, earthy fish.

OUR PICKS

Domaine Drouhin 2008 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley; (40). Forest, leather, and earth under intense black cherry fruit.

Lange 2009 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley; $22). Bright red fruit - cranberry, rhubarb - contrasts with darker leather and loam.

Masut 2009 Estate Pinot Noir (Mendocino; Í40). Long, silky, and full of gentle berries and dried cherries overfall spices and violets. …

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