Recipe of the Week: Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango and Avocado Salsa

July 27, 2009 at 11:11 pm (Food Pairing - Torrontes, Recipe of the Week)

So I have a small confession to make … The main reason I started to cover white wines is so I can feature fish recipes.  It no secret that I have a passion for wine but I LOVE fish.  I will love fish until the very day I die of heavy metal poisoning. Anyhow, this dish goes well with Torrontes or even a nice Viognier.

Here’s a favorite reposted from foodfit.com – quick, healthy, and very tasty.

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Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango and Avocado Salsa

Ingredients

2 fish fillets, such as sea bass, red snapper or salmon, 8 ounces each

1/4 cup diced red pepper

1/4 cup chopped scallions

1/4 cilantro, lightly packed

1 ripe avocado

1 cup shredded lettuce

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 plum tomatoes, diced

2 teaspoons canola oil

1 cup diced mango

freshly ground black pepper

lime wedges, for garnish

8 corn tortillas

salt to taste

Directions

For the mango-avocado salsa:

1. Remove and discard the pit and skin from the avocado and rub the flesh of the avocado with some of the lime juice to prevent it from discoloring.

2. Chop the avocado and toss it with the remaining lime juice, mango, red pepper and scallions. (This can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.)

For the fish:

3. Preheat the grill.

4. Brush the fillets with oil and season generously with salt and pepper

5. Grill the fillets on both sides until just cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. (Thin fillets take less time, thicker fillets take more.) Cool slightly and cut into 1-inch pieces.

6. Meanwhile, separate the tortillas into 2 stacks, wrap them in foil and warm them on the grill while the fish is cooking.

To serve the tacos:

7. Fill the tortillas with fish, lettuce, tomatoes and mango-avocado salsa. Serve 2 tacos per person with lime wedges on the side.

** Have you tried this recipe? Love it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments.

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Torrontes: The White Grape of Argentina

July 16, 2009 at 12:04 am (Food Pairing - Torrontes, For the Love of Wine, Torrontes Reviews) ()

If you first tried Torrontes a few years ago, you may have been overwhelmed by Eau de Cologne florals  that quickly fall off to a flat and flabby finish.  We’ve tasted a few recently and we’re impressed with the improved quality of the Torrontes .  While still opening with a strong floral scent, today’s wines seem to have a much crisper texture, with an elegant, medium-weight body and generally have a powerful punch of peach and citrus flavors, similar to Viogniers.  Torrontes is a great sipping or “stand-alone” wine.  It’s terrific with salads, cheeses and grilled/smoked meats and can hold its own against spicy dishes as well.

Could Torrontes be the next Pinot Grigio sensation?   Argentina Vintners (and a few others) would like to think so.  Ambitious wineries are looking to reproduce the Malbec sensation with Torrontes and through some very similar tactics and we’re really excited to watch this market grow.   Again, we love the quality to price point ratio.

Torrontes, the only grape considered indigenous to Argentina, is also the most popular and widely grown white grape in Argentina.  This native  white grape is grown mainly in the provinces of Catamarca, La Rioja, Mendoza, Salta, San Juan and Rio Negro.  Salta produces wines that are less flamboyant, but tend to be more crisp, whilst those from Mendoza are intense and ‘bigger’ wines.

And for a touch of trivia … In Chile, Torrontes grapes are grown primarilly for the production of Pisco. Try ordering a Pisco sour next time you’re our at a nice cocktail bar.  yum.

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In Honor of Summer, I Relent …

July 14, 2009 at 11:08 pm (Food Pairing - Torrontes, For the Love of Wine, Torrontes Reviews)

Summer days are precious in the Pacific Northwest and nothing says summer like a chill glass of white wine. So while we will continue to cover all things Malbec, I wanted to branch out and touch on Torrontes – the white grape that is as genuinely Argentine as Malbec.

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A Good List of Wine and Food Pairings

April 13, 2009 at 11:28 pm (Food Pairing - Malbec, Food Pairing - Torrontes, For the Love of Wine) (, )

And much attention is given to Malbecs.  Oh yes, if you love meat, you will love Malbec.  Apparently it also goes well with veggies … um, good to know.

Wine and Food Pairing – Be an Expert!

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