Yesterday, Kara and I had a hankerin’ for some fish.
I thought it would be really neat to prepare it two ways, so I decided to make a Tilapia Ceviche and some Barbecued Shrimp.
Before heading out to get some groceries, I opened up Kevin Zraly’s wine book to get an idea for what types of wine go well with seafood. After flipping through his chapter on the white wines of France, I left for the store with the intention of getting either a Loire Valley white (like Sancerre or Muscadet) or a white Burgundy (Chablis perhaps).
While at Trader Joe’s, I spotted this gem…
The Muscadet region is on the Eastern end of the Loire Valley of France where the Loire River meets the Atlantic Ocean. These wines are made from 100% Melon de Bourgogne grapes. They should always be dry and light in style. See how it says “Sur Lie” on the label? That means that it was fermented on its skins (not really… see the comments below), so it should have a bit more body than a Muscadet that does not read as such. The book says that Muscadet is good with shellfish and fishfish, so I was more than happy to pick this bad boy up for only $6.99.
I’ll get back to the wine in a bit.
Here’s how I make my Tilapia Ceviche…
The key to Ceviche is to layer the flavors.
Here’s a fun game…
Take a sip of wine for each new layer.
While the Ceviche is marinating, we move on to the Shrimp…
While the shrimp is marinating in the fridge, preheat the grill with the burners on high. After ten minutes, set to medium indirect heat.
Grill the shrimp for 3 minutes a side on indirect heat with the lid closed. Be sure to baste the shrimp in the marinade.
The only thing left is to serve,
But let’s get back to the wine…
Color: A nice straw yellow. I was pleasantly surprised by a tiny bit of frizzante action.
Nose: Lemon/lime spritzer with a touch of grass and minerality. Nice.
Taste: I see now why this wine is recommended for lighter fare. It is dominated by its acidity, which pairs well with food. There is a nice floral component, mouth cleansing lime, and a dancing minerality. There is a nice touch of spice. The skins give it a medium to light body. Very cool.
Score: All I’m thinking about this wine is how clean it was. It was fresh. It was vibrant. Every sip made me thirst for another. This wine is a solid 88. Way to go, Chateau Des Cleons!
Back to the food…
The spinach and shallot salad was prepared by Kara. A very clean, palate cleansing bite.
The ceviche was very fresh, with a perfect balance between the acidity of the lime and the fattiness of the tilapia.
But the shrimp…
The SHRIMP was Tha BOMB!
Juicy. Rich. The flesh just pops when you bite into it.
And with the wine?
The clean flavors of the wine just rounded out the fatty richness of the seafood.
Kara and I have been sitting on this Blackberry Wine from Morgan Hill Cellars for about a year.
I’ve been dying for some vanilla ice cream for the last few weeks.
PS – If you ever make ceviche, do yourself a favor… After you serve the ceviche, save the leftover juice from the bowl you marinated the fish in. Peruvians refer to it as Leche de Tigre, and it is known to be a cure for hangovers. I just drink it ’cause it’s awesome!
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