I recently did an article about a home cooked short rib dinner, paired with a wonderful Shiraz, courtesy of Direct Cellars representative Meredith Magoon. A few days ago, we prepared a Scottish salmon appetizer and dinner at home. Meredith had also given us a white wine to try, and now was the perfect time to open it up. I’m glad we did.
We had our very good friend, Shawn Murray, over for dinner. Shawn is the owner of a fantastic art gallery in Philadelphia, Twenty-Two Gallery. Please be sure to visit whenever you can. It’s a wonderful gallery, and he’s expanded it so now he will be able to have two openings a month instead of one.
The menu would consist of an appetizer of thinly sliced Scottish salmon, along with a French baguette, rosemary crostini, and a Dijon mustard and dill sauce. Scottish salmon has become our favorite salmon. It has a fantastic mild, fatty, but flavorful profile. It takes well to acidity and strong spices, but can paired with lighter spices and sauces.
We opened up a bottle of 2017 Talbingo Hills White Blend Big Rivers Australia wine, and it was delicious. It was smooth, refreshing, but not too sweet. It paired perfectly with the salmon, bread and crostini. It was so good in fact, that the three of us finished the bottle before our main course was ready!
The main course consisted of a two pound piece of Scottish salmon that we seasoned with fresh dill weed, Serrano hot peppers, fresh garlic, salt, black pepper, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. We let it marinade overnight to let all the spices really soak into the fish.
For our side dish, we made a roasted beet salad, mixed with a wonderful Andazul goat cheese from Spain, freshly cooked spinach, cucumbers, and carrots. I tied it all in with a tzatziki dressing. I have to say, everything was delicious.
Unfortunately, we forgot to take pictures of our main course and side dish! My apologies. We will make this again very soon, and I promise we will remember to take pictures. That’s what happens when you’re having a good time with good company.
I’d like to thank Direct Cellars representative Meredith Magoon once again for letting us sample a wonderful wine. Please make sure to click on her link. Direct Cellars is a wine club that deliver good wines to you every month. They are different because they find wines that you can’t in your local state store. Some other great perks include their replacement bottle guarantee, and customers can earn free wine. I can’t wait to try some more of their wines!