Last week I wrote about the wine that started this blog. Today I’m introducing you to the bottle of heaven that started my foray into the world of wine. It’s a beautiful white wine called Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. Now mind you, I’ve had other wines before this one (a bottle of Boone’s Farm back in high school comes to mind). But this wine … this was the one that reached into my soul and stole something that could never be returned.
The first time I enjoyed this crisp and slightly dry white wine was on a date with an emergency room doctor at a posh French restaurant. I had never dated a doctor and assumed he was a man of the world who knew his food and studied his wine. After all, the salad arrived graced with a tiny sunny-side-up softly fried quail egg. To my horror the doctor asked me to select the wine. I panicked. I had no idea what to choose!
I knew I’d be ordering fish or chicken and remembered reading somewhere that a white wine goes best with lean meat. That bit of knowledge helped narrow my choice. My clammy fingers revealed my nervousness as I perused the wine menu, trying to appear like I knew what I was doing. I read the list of whites and settled on the one with the most poetic description:
“Fresh, clean bouquet and a crisp, sophisticated flavor brightened with hints of citrus.”
“Let’s order the Santa Margherita,” the words casually rolled off my tongue as though I were a wine expert. At least I could pronounce it correctly. “Perfect,” he smiled. “I know nothing about wine.”
Great! Wish he would’ve told me that prior to my private panic attack. This wine was so smooth and refreshing, I silently patted myself on the back for making such an excellent choice. And that exact moment is when I vowed to learn more about all the nuances of the fruit of the vine.
I didn’t end up spending the rest of my life with the doctor, primarily because after several dates he revealed that he and his former wife had an open marriage. He just didn’t believe in monogamy. I thanked him for being honest and we parted friends. About a year later he introduced me to his fiancee, who looked remarkably like his former wife. But I digress … back to the bottle of Pinot Grigio.
I’m a red wine person but when I turn to whites, I often choose Santa Margherita’s Pinot Grigio. Word of caution, I’ve noticed this wine can be a bit drier than suggested. It depends on the year it was bottled. This Pinot Grigio comes from Northern Italy and pairs very well with light pasta, chicken, or fish. I think it’s the perfect summertime wine.
I picked up a couple new wine goblets for drinking whites, and was happy to find out the gold hue matched the gold of the Santa Margherita wine label. Because stuff like that is important.
I paired the Pinot Grigio with a honey glazed salmon for dinner.
The recipe is below if you care to try it!
Honey Glazed Salmon
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
two 6-ounce salmon fillets
In a small bowl whisk together honey, soy sauce, mustard, and water. In a small non-stick skillet heat the oil over moderately high heat and cook salmon 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Transfer salmon to 2 plates. Add honey glaze to skillet and simmer, stirring, 1 minute. Pour the glaze over the salmon and enjoy!