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What wine goes with fish tacos?

April 15th, 2011 by brynn grimley

In today’s paper you may have noticed the back of the sports section where columnist Ann Vogel gave a couple recipes for fish tacos.

We decided to give you a couple of wine options to go with those recipes. Our column ran at the bottom of the page, but in case you don’t get the Kitsap Sun’s print edition, we’ve also provided the wine pairing suggestions below.

Look to Argentina, Portugal wines to pair with fish tacos

Balmy warm breezes, a sunny beach hut covered with palm fronds and something cold to drink.

That’s the image conjured up when we think about where fish tacos may have originated.

When pairing fish tacos with wine, the first “sunny wine” that comes to our mind is torrontes — a white varietal found in Spain and Argentina. It’s similar to a sauvignon blanc, but with less oak. (And less oak is best when a spicy salsa is involved).

We recommend Argentinian winery Bodega Norton’s Torrontes, a tasty and affordable wine that is easily found at any grocery store.

The other white wine that would be a great match for Ann Vogel’s fish taco recipe is vinho verde. A Portuguese wine with a direct translation of “Wine Green”. (Or as we Americans say: “Green Wine”).

The green refers more to the fact that it is a young wine, rather than an underripe or organic wine. Vinho verde has a subtle spritz, low alcohol content and is not dry. We recommend Terra Antiga Winery’s vinho verde.

A good torrontes or vinho verde can be found at the grocery store from $7 to $9.

If you’re looking to go lighter on the alcohol, consider a white wine spritzer. The “spritz” is refreshing and the wine would give flavor with just a hint of alcohol.


Brynn and Mary

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One Response to “What wine goes with fish tacos?”

  1. Registered Voter Says:

    I think you would enjoy Cova da Ursa. Nice fruit, some oak, buttery. It is from Portugal.

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