Mount Charleston is a great Spring Getaway, pair this with Bel Vino/Stuart Cellars Field Blend you have the Perfect Day Off.
After an afternoon hike at Mount Charleston, it was time for a simple but delicious dinner. I had discovered beets in the garden this morning (I thought it was chard before!) so I planned to pull those up and roast them for a salad, on the way home I looked online to see what best compliments a beet salad and came up with….Riesling, pinot noir, pinot blanc, rose, and French Chablis.
We headed to Whole foods to be inspired by a protein. Michael picked up 2 macadamia nut encrusted Mahi Mahi fillets and then some Thai quinoa salad.
In looking up pairings for the Mahi Mahi, I found some sort of matches…a pistachio crusted Mahi Mahi suggested a Pinot Noir other suggestions for Mahi Mahi included Gewurztraminer, Sav Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Malbec and Merlot… And the Alton Brown recipe for Mac crusted Mahi suggested a buttery Chard! What’s a girl to do?
Michael was definitely in a mood for white wine, so we settled on a Bel Vino Stuart Cellars Field Blend. It is a blend of Viognier, Riesling and Muscat, so on the sweeter side. We will pull it out of the wine cooler about 20 minutes before we plan to eat.
The Mahi Mahi will not have any sort of sweet glaze or fruit with it so the sweeter wine should pair nicely. The beet salad will have Gorgonzola, herb greens and roasted salted pecans with a balsamic dressing, again not on the sweet side so the wine should be good with it. Sweet wines should be sweeter than the dish they are paired. I look for the saltiness in the salad and the fish to pair well with the wine. The Thai spiced Quinoa should again be toned down by the wine and pair nicely. Now I guess we wait and see what we get!
Overall the wine went fine with everything. The quinoa turned out to be pretty bland, the salad with the beets, roasted salted pecans and Gorgonzola went nicely (especially the gorgonzola). The fish smelled delicious and buttery and the initial taste was savory. When paired with the wine it brought out a sweetness in the coating of the fish.
This was a perfect evening to enjoy dinner outside. Who knows perhaps the gods will be kind and we will get another week or so of nice weather that we can enjoy before the heat takes over and we long for fall. We will take advantage and enjoy it while we can!