I was searching for an easy dinner and wine pairing, and I got a hankerin’ for fish tacos. And where do I go to find a wine pairing for fish tacos? The first place that came to mind was Wine Folly. Madeline Puckette always has great easy wine advice that is clear and fun. Recently I came across an article where she paired 2015 food trends with wines. So I searched it out and found a pairing suggestion for fish tacos.
Madeline suggested pairing with a Sauvignon Blanc or if you wanted to take it a little further, with a Gruner Veltliner or a Verdejo from Spain.
So off I went to find the Gruner and Verdejo and see which I liked better with fish tacos. I ended up with a 2013 Gruner Veltliner from Winzer Krems in Austria and a 2013 Palma Real Rueda Verdejo from Spain. And…these didn’t break the bank, coming in at around $14 each.
The Fish Tacos
Now on to the fish tacos. I found a recipe and then ad libbed with it. I picked up some cod, cut it into strips and marinated it in oil, lime juice, lime zest and garlic. It marinated for about 1/2 hour and there are two things I would do differently next time. First, I would marinate longer, overnight I think would be great. Second, I used coconut oil which congealed as it marinated. In the future I would use organic canola (which I couldn’t find at the store that day). While that was marinating I made a slaw. Honey, vinegar and olive oil whisked together and then drop in some slaw blend. Mine had carrots, purple cabbage, green cabbage and broccoli stems. If you are making this same day you can leave it on the counter, or you can make it ahead and throw it in the fridge overnight. Heat your oven to 350 degrees, put the fish on a sheet pan on parchment and wrap your tortillas in foil (or in a damp towel on a plate, which is what I like to do) and toss them in for 8 to 10 min.
When you pull them out, put a piece of fish on the tortilla, top with a sauce if av0cado and finish with the slaw. Voila! Fish Taco!
I did a rice with cilantro, lime juice and a little butter on the side and some chips and salsa.
Both wines went well. The Gruner had a little more sweetness and was a little rounder with the fish tacos, where as the Verdejo had a little more pronounced acid.
Regardless, it was a tasty and fairly quick dinner with a happy pairing. This is quick and easy to cook at home, but….keep in mind, fish tacos are a great food truck find. So stash a bottle of Gruner or Verdejo and the next time you see a fish taco food truck, pick up and few and dash home to try the pairing yourself!
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