Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre Wine and Salmon Salad

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Pairing wine with salmon needn’t be difficult. In this video Annabelle McVine compares two possible choices, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, and a Sancerre wine from France. Both the NZ Sauvignon Blanc Matua and the Roger & Didier Raimbault Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc are 2016 vintage. The Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is in the new world style, and the Sancerre Blanc is in the old world style. Which wine pairs with the salmon salad that Annabelle is preparing for lunch? And, stick around to the end to find out the secret to pairing wine with fish.

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Video Transcript: Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre Wine and Salmon Salad

Today we are comparing two 20 Euro bottles of Sauvignon Blanc, ideal for a special occasion. The first is a 2016 New World Matua from Marlborough; the second again a 2016 Old World wine, a Sancerre Blanc, from Loire Valley in France. It’s my friend’s birthday, and we want to find out which wine best pairs with the avocado salmon salad I have planned for lunch, and make sure you stick around until the end for my hot tip on how to pair wine with fish.

Hey Tasters, this is Annabelle McVine. Welcome to the WineScribble Youtube Channel, the home of “Wine Applied”.

The Salmon Salad

So first, let’s talk about this avocado salmon salad. This is a light, fresh salad, perfect for lunchtimes. It is made with pan seared salmon fillets, crispy cucumbers, crunchy lettuce and creamy avocado. All dressed with a lemony dill vinaigrette. The recipe is from a food blog I enjoy. I have left a link for you in the Description below.

So, how will my salmon salad pair with these two wines?

The New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

The New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, has fewer earthy and mineral aromas. It tastes much fruitier. The vines are on a sandy soil, which results in a softer wine, with slightly lower acidity. On the nose, this New World wine smells herbaceous but is also overflowing with sumptuous tropical fruit. Rich aromas of passion fruit, pineapple and white peach dominate. This wine tastes fresh and crisp, less lemon juice, more lemon peel. It has an aroma distinctly reminiscent of freshly mowed lawn and a refreshing finish.

The French Sancerre Wine

The Sancerre wine, a type of French Sauvignon Blanc, on the other hand, is mineral-rich, expressing the chalk and gravel of the soil it was grown in. It tastes earthy, crisp and refreshing with a hard bass note reminiscent of flint or slate. This is slightly lower in alcohol. This time, the lemon and lemon pith aromas dominate and there is only a mild hint of grapefruit.

The scent of citrus in the Sancerre matches the herbal lemon dressing and salad greens of this salad very well and cut through the richness of the avocado and salmon. Much as I love New Zealand Marlborough, with this salad I prefer citrus to tropical fruit.

The Sancerre Blanc from France has an Old World style label, while the New Zealand one has a New World style label. If you are interested in wine labels, we also have a video that clears up which label is actually the front label of your wine. I have left the link in the Description below.

If you are passionate about finding the right wine to accompany your meal, you should definitely check out the WineScribble Guide to Wine and Food pairing. The link is in the description below and while you are there, grab a copy of our free PDF “The WineScribble Tasting Sheet”, that will empower you to make notes while you taste wine, for you to come back to time and time again.

The Secret to Pairing Wine and Fish

Here’s the secret to successfully pairing wine with fish: You have heard the rule that you should always drink white wine with fish and red wine with red meat. It’s a helpful starting point but do not treat is as an absolute rule. Are you serving lean white fish or rich, meaty fish? Lemon sole or salmon? Think of wine as food, a side dish that accompanies your entree. Whatever wine you choose, the rule is simple: For lean fish choose something rich and buttery like Chardonnay and for meaty fish choose something acidic and sharp. This is why a Pinot Noir would work just as well as an Old World Sauvignon Blanc with this salmon salad.

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