What’s a good Chilean wine to accompany Chilean Sea Bass?
I was asked this question by a friend a few days back and was tempted to throw out a quick couple of Sauvignon Blanc names, but I stopped myself.
Like most people, I usually think white wine when fish or other seafood are involved, however I wanted to think away from the norm.
I started to think about the many different ways one can prepare Chilean Sea Bass and how the different preparations could be affected or enhanced by the wine it’s paired with. The textures, the spiciness, the acidity or sweetness of the dish all play roles in the interaction with the wine. So I gave it more thought…and here I am…all thought out.
Chilean sea bass prepared as a ceviche can of course be very well accompanied by a chilled Chilean rose. I can probably write a few pages on this topic depending on the dish, but I’m going to start here with grilling. A simple grill recipe for Chilean sea bass.
Take a couple of Chilean sea bass steaks and marinade in olive oil, pepper and a little salt for an hour or two. Over a very hot flame, begin cooking fish until outside is a little charred. No more than 5 minutes on each side, careful not to over burn. The inside will still be juicy and not dry.
Accompany with a simple salad, or my favorite, sauted potatoes with a little butter, garlic, and salt.
Now get ready to object as I pull out a Chilean Pinot Noir or Chilean Syrah to serve along with this simple and tasty fish.
These wines will not overpower the delicate buttery qualities of the sea bass while at the same time the little crunch and smokiness from the charring along with the red berry fruit from the wine will make your mouth water.
These rich flavors play together very well and will have your taste buds thanking you.
You really can’t go wrong with either the Montes Alpha Syrah or the Cono Sur Pinot Noir.
Of course, if you insist on a traditional crisp and tasty white to accompany your sea bass, then Maycas del Limari will certainly do the trick.
Stayed tune, next time time I will take more sea bass and do unusual things with it and wine. Gonna get real crafty I think. You should probably subscribe to my posts via email just to make sure you don’t miss it.