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Wining with Sauvignon Blanc!

June 21, 2011

 I apologize for not posting yesterday. It was Flag Day here in Argentina, which means it was a holiday. So I followed suit with the rest of the Argentines and decided to take the day off.

Today I am going to a Bikram yoga class (which I haven’t done in about three weeks) so todays dish and wine pairing is going to light and healthy. Last week we talked pizza, steak, Cobb salad and fish tacos so going light, fresh and healthy seems like a good move.

I ended last week talking about the Tapiz Malbec.  This week I want to talk about the Tapiz partners: Zolo. Zolo is produced at one of the most technologically advanced wineries in Argentina. It selects grapes from estate vineyards throughout the different key regions of Mendoza. Located at various altitudes, each of these terroirs provides a different expression of fruit and varietal concentration. The winemaker is Fabian Valenzuela, the vineyard manager is Carlos Correas, and the owners are the Ortiz family.

One of the amazing aspects about the Zolo/Tapiz winery is that they are the only winery in Argentina with a Bucher pneumatic press. Check out the video: (http://www.youtube.com/argentinewine#p/u/0/bMID7l-pDMg) Which is only used for white wine and it prevents the juice from ever coming in contact with any oxygen and it bolsters the aromatics of the wine. Truly AWESOME.

The purpose of the winery’s Zolo classic line is to create a family of fruit-forward, great value wines, which can be enjoyed with a wide range of food or by themselves. The Zolo Reserves, with their ultra-high concentration, long ageing in new French oak, and aromatic complexity are made for those special occasions when one needs a wine to “blow your hat off.”

Zolo Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Notes:

The wine has a pale yellow hue. With a scent of grapefruit and orange with a touch of spice on the nose. After soft swirls and deep inhales the wine shows it has a juicy side. On the palate, this wine does not disappoint with its refreshing flavors which are fairly intense yet harmonious and well-balanced, with ripe acidity framing and lifting the slightly exotic orange and white peach flavors … Excellent value at an SRP of $11! This combination together with adequate acidity makes this a fresh young wine with an exotic touch.

Sauvignon Blanc is a grape, like Pinot Noir, that takes on a strikingly different character depending on the climate where it is grown. But no matter where it comes from it delivers a special punch and is always food friendly especially with seafood.

The dish I have scheduled for today is easy, fast, fresh and healthy and pairs wonderfully with this wine. I am talking about Tilapia with a Chilean Salad.

                 

Ingredients for simple Garlic Lemon Tilapia 

4 tilapia fillets  

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (more lemon juice for the salad too)

1 tablespoon butter, melted (you can go with Olive Oil and it’s a bit healthier)

1 clove garlic, finely chopped 

 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 

Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Rinse tilapia fillets under cool water, and pat dry with paper towels.

Place fillets in baking dish. Pour lemon juice over fillets.

Then drizzle butter on top.

Sprinkle with garlic, parsley, and pepper.

Bake in preheated oven until the fish is white and flakes when pulled apart with a fork, about 30 minutes.

While the fish is baking prepare the Chilean Salad (Ensalada a la Chilena).

 

Ingredients Ensalada a la Chilena

3 cups sliced tomatoes (or tomato chunks) 

1 cup finely sliced sweet onions or 1 cup red onion

Salt & freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (or to taste)

Directions:

1 Mix tomatoes, onion, salt and pepper together on a platter.

2 Combine oil and lemon juice and pour over salad.

3 Sprinkle with coriander leaves on top. 

      

The Zolo Sauvignon Blanc works harmoniously with the fish and Salad is quite transcendent.  You should be able to find the wine for about $11. I hope you enjoy.

Cheers.

Also you can follow the wine importer of all these wines on Twitter @vinodelsol.

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One Comment
  1. Victoria permalink

    Excellent site, will make this recipe today! I loved it!

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