Concha y Toro

Concha y Toro 30/01/2014

Fresh wines for light preparations


Some typical dishes that people eat in summer are seafood and light meals in general. Therefore, the ideal wines to pair those preparations are light-bodied, fruity, with high minerality, good acidity and mild to moderate tannins.

A foolproof recipe for summer is raw fish in its different versions, a fresh and easy to prepare option. For recipes like sashimi, sushi and ceviche, made with reineta or corvina –i.e. lean fish– Soledad recommends Sauvignon Blanc: “Terrunyo and Marques de Casa Concha Sauvignon Blanc are ideal for these preparations, because they have high acidity and freshness, which goes well with these dishes. Now, if the budget for wine is lower, I recommend Trio in the same variety, a wine that pairs well at a more affordable price”. Ceviche1-298×300

And if, for example, we add tropical fruits like mango and pineapple to these recipes, the best option would be a Riesling. “Terrunyo Riesling is elegant and fresh, very fruity, mineral and with good residual sugar. Its composition makes it ideal for more tropical preparations”, says Soledad, adding: “This ultra premium Riesling also goes perfect with sea urchins, which I imagine being prepared with onion, cilantro and a lot of lime”.

But considering preparations based on shrimp, tuna, salmon or other fatty fish, then we favor Marques de Casa Concha’s Pinot Noir or Chardonnay: “The elegance, typicity and freshness of these wines, make them ideal for pairing with stronger fish, enhancing its flavor in the mouth”.Atún-envuelto-en-sésamo-y-lentejas-hindú-298×300

Another unavoidable recipe in summer are fresh salads, enjoyed by men and women thanks to its versatility and easy preparation.

If it is a light green salad the sommelier recommends one of our Sauvignon Blanc, like Gran Reserva Serie Riberas. But if the dressing is creamy, has yogurt or a bit of mayonnaise, then we must choose a Chardonnay “to balance the oiliness of the dish”.

If you prefer a fresh salad with some lean or white meat such as chicken or turkey, the best companion will be a Rosé, a Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir or even a Riesling. Soledad explains that he Rosé of Casillero del Diablo Reserva, for example, “is a refreshing Syrah, with good acidity and at a very good price. It goes well with light salads that include lean meats, and green and light ingredients such ascucumbers and radishes”. Ensalada-de-prosciutto-298×300

But if the salad has more sophisticated meat like roast beefprosciutto or ham, then the Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir will be a good companion, “even if we are talking about more complex salads with ingredients like plums stuffed with bacon”. In the case of Amelia, the ultra premium Chardonnay of the winery, it goes equally well with this type of salad.