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2018 Arthur Metz Alsace Riesling
Fish dishes with spice match well with spice driven wines such as Grüner Veltliner, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and even a lighter red wine such as Grenache.
I went for an Alsace Riesling and in particular the 2018 Arthur Metz which was dry and crisp with aromas of pear, lemons and a touch of spice. A really nice wine!
2018 Kilikanoon Wines Riesling
With prawns like these I would serve a Muscadet or Picpoul or Pinot Grigio. Even a crisp Sancerre would work nicely.
I did not have a Muscadet, Picpol or Pinot Gris in the cellar nor could I get a bottle in time during Corona lock-down, Instead, I chose to drink a 2018 Kilikanoon Riesling from Clare Valley in South Australia. The wine was youthful and had intense apple on the nose as well as floral notes and fresh limes.
2018 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling
With hot smoked salmon I would recommend champagne, English sparkling wine, riesling and even a fino sherry would work nicely.
I have been drinking this wine for as long as I can remember as it is a staple in my cellar. Pale straw colour with hints of green. Intense aromas of dried herbs and lemon and lime. The palate has depth with grapefruit and lime and a hint of tropical fruit.
2018 Williams Chase En Provence Rose
I think most people would say white wines because of the acidity, lightness and tenderness of the octopus. White wines such as Gruner Veltliner or Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough will pair well. You could have a red wine like a Rioja as it will give vibrant acidity, and earthy, ripe cherries that will give certain depth to pair with this dish. I also think the right styled Rose pairs well with Mediterranean flavours.
The Rose I have chosen is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and the white grape Vermentino that complements the toasty, char flavour of grilled Octopus. The Rose has flavours of soft red fruit, white peach and melon with a beautiful acidity and freshness to the wine which boasts a long lingering finish.
Disznókő Tokaji Dry Furmint
Green wines will go well with fish tacos, particularly vinho verde, dry tokaji, albarino or sauvignon blanc.
The Tokaji was a perfect pairing which was fruity with mineral tones and was wonderfully fresh.
2017 Jean-Jacques Girard Pernard-Vergelesses Les Belles Filles
Wine varietals that pair very well with lobster are chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc and rose.
This white burgundy had a pronouced nose showing aromas of flint, toast and citrus. Medium body with notes of peach, smoke and grapefruit.