Wine finds: non-white wines that goes with meat and fish

I’ve caught the mother of all flus right now so bear with me if I don’t make complete sense in this post. I’ve just arrived in Canada to visit Sugamama so more things to come on this website. For now, let me just make a quick post about some wine that my family and I had tried over the past month that went well with our surf and turf dish. I do think that these wine will go with both fish and meat. Although when having something with seafood, people tend to say go for the white. I used to think that is how one should always do in order to not have a bad clashing taste of fish and wine in your mouth. But then, when you have a fine piece of red meat, you’ll always want to have it with a glass of red. There are wines that definitely go with both red meat and fish. Here’s what we had as selected by Papa Salvatore.

 If you can’t decide if red is the choice… how about a rose? This lightly sparkling Beaujolais-rose is a good one for those who are looking for something light and fruity. The cost is only 66 ringgit! Cheap and cheerful!

This is a vapolicella. A red that is medium bodied and works well with surf and turf themes. The tannin is not very pronounced in this so it’s very palatable for the people who are only just starting to drink wine. Again the price was not very steep and this bottle of San Pedro was very good.

Rioja. This is probably considered a heavy wine but this Vinas de Gain was surprisingly well suited with the meat and fish. This wine has a dark colour and more tannic so I would have though it would clash with fish. But no, since Rioja has a short time in the ageing barrel, it was fruity and crisp.

Finally, the most expensive one of all was this Burgundy. 2004 Chateau de la Tour Clos-Vougeot Grand Cru. Quite fruity like berries, yet a tone of minerals can be tasted. It is slightly tannic and light bodied. I like this wine because it is really mellow and I can have this all day and not feel sick.

So what is your opinion on wine that could go well with both fish and meat? Yes, we could just have BOTH white and red wines at the table but for argument’s sake what kind of wine would you choose?

Anyway, time for me to take more paracetamol and go to bed.


Running Around London pt. 1: Lunch at Hampton Court Palace

Been down in London to see my aunt and cousins. They were here for a holiday for a a couple of weeks. It’s amazing that while over in Canada my sister had salmon, I too had salmon for dinner. Salmon was SKINLESS though. Argh, Sainsbury’s, how can you rob us of our salmon skin? This was prepared by my cousin, Sharon. Skinless salmon with roasted vegetables, boiled vivaldi potatoes and peas. It’s a simple fair but tasty. Thanks, Sharon.

Salmon was just lightly salted, seasoned with freshly milled black pepper and pan fried in a bit of Jersey butter.

Anyway, while I was in London, I decided to tag along and be a tourist in Hampton Court Palace. It was home to King Henry VIII, and we all know how he loves to eat. Since it was a whole day fair, we had to have lunch in the palace.

King Henry’s dining hall where he had many of his banquets. No, we didn’t get to have lunch here. We had it here instead.

Yes, it’s one of their servant kitchens. They now called this a ‘cafe’ to cater the hungry tourists. Less glamorous, I know.

I had their so called castle stew. Hmm, I like that they served it on a wooden board, but I’m pretty sure they don’t have tomatoes in medieval times. This is just some tudor sausage (really?) and pork chunks in a tomato based sauce. Well, it is tender and well seasoned… yeah, that’s all I’ve got to say about it. At £4.50, don’t expect it to be some delectable dish.

All in all, I thought the day out in Hampton Court was enjoyable.

– M.