Vinho Verde

Fish Tacos with Wine

Boats and I don't rock well together.  As much as I can see myself vacationing on a yacht in Southern France, my stomach turns at the thought of it.  I've been on cruise ships, catamarans and even speed boats.  I'm fine at first, but if the waves get to be too much, my head is hung over the edge.  My trip to Aruba in the summer of 2007 was no exception.  I love adventure.  I'll try almost anything as long as it doesn't involve jumping off the side of a bridge or out of an airplane.  We scheduled an array of activities while on the island.  ATV-ing, parasailing, horseback riding and last but not least, snorkeling.  Snorkeling is extremely boring to me but because I didn't want to upset my boyfriend, I participated.  Did I mention there is a boat involved with getting out to the coral reefs?  If the boat ride wasn't enough, the waves were high that day and my head was bobbing around like a beach ball on top of the water.  I felt the urge to throw up but held it in.  Then some insane woman next to me pulled a bagel out of her swimsuit and shredded it into pieces underwater.  Next thing I know, what seemed like a million fish swarmed past me.  I screamed so loud you would have thought a shark had attacked me!  I swam to the boat as fast as I could and once on-board, held my head in my hands.  Fish tacos were being served for lunch but I wasn't having any of it.  I won't say that I'll never get on a boat again but remind me to pack Dramamine and check bathing suits for hidden bagels!

Pra Soave Classico is one of my favorite summertime sippers.  Soave is a white wine from the Veneto region of Italy.  The wine is full of stone fruit and citrus with a beautifully crisp mineral finish.  Pra is slightly fuller-bodied than your usual Soave and has an incredible balance.  And for the price, (around $15) you can't beat the quality.  Whether you prefer your fish tacos grilled or fried, the wine will work beautifully.  I personally enjoy fried fish tacos, but to each his own.  After a bite of the taco and then a sip of the wine I notice the wine act somewhat as a lemon.  It adds that fresh spritz of citrus that squeezing a lime or lemon on the taco does.  The weight of the wine holds its own against the tortilla and batter fried fish so that neither one gets lost.  Finally the crisp acidity stands up to the sour cream sauce, mimics the crispness of the cabbage and helps to cleanse the palate in-between bites.  Absolutely delicious!  Other wines to try with fish tacos are Assyrtiko (Greek white wine), Sauvignon Blanc (esp. New Zealand), Albarino, Vinho Verde, Chardonnay (esp. for grilled fish tacos), Rose (esp. Navarra region of Spain), Pinot Grigio, Riesling (esp. lighter/crisper versions) and Prosecco.  Cheers!