Entertain/Food / January 6, 2016

Fireplace Reds and Winter Whites

Winter Seafood Recipes with Middle Sister Wine Pairings

Middle Sister wines and recipes for the heart of winter 

Heavy stews and braised meats are meals that immediately come to mind to warm up a cold winter’s night. But after weeks of merry-making, a seafood lightens it up in a delicious way. We’ve collected some of our favorite hearty and healthy seafood recipes and paired them with Middle Sister wines to satisfy all winter long.

Find the wines featured in this post! Locate Middle Sister at your favorite retailer or at our on-line wine shop. Cheers!

Lemongrass Shrimp from Kroger
Photo via Kroger


Middle Sister Sweet &Sassy Moscato with Curried Lemongrass Shrimp & Brown Rice and Jamaican Curry Shrimp

Shrimp is so versatile—it’s an ingredient in many quick and easy Asian, Latin and Caribbean recipes. Sweet & Sassy Moscato has delicate floral notes, bright flavors of peaches, pears and citrus and a touch of sweetness tame the heat often found in these culinary traditions. Here are two delicious shrimp recipes to match with Sweet & Sassy: one Asian-inspired and one with roots in the island of Jamaica.

We love this recipe for Curried Lemongrass Shrimp & Brown Rice from Kroger

Curry Shrimp from Cook Like a Jamaican
Photo via Cook Like a Jamaican

And this recipe for Jamaican Curry Shrimp from Cook Like a Jamaican.

Jambalaya Recipe from Food Network
Photo via Food Network


Middle Sister Rebel Red Blend with Jambalaya

This classic one-dish meal calls for a hearty wine that won’t be overpowered by the food. We like Rebel Red Winemaker’s Blend, a Zinfandel-based blend that stands up to the bold Creole seasonings and spicy andouille sausage in this sassy recipe.

Try this recipe for Jambalaya from Food Network

Cioppino from Food Network
Photo via Food Network


Middle Sister Forever Cool Merlot with Cioppino

This rustic Italian fish stew is a San Francisco tradition around the holidays. It’s earthy, soulful and satisfying. Giada De Laurentiis’ recipe calls for ½ cup of white wine. If you prefer to use white, we recommend Middle Sister Drama Queen Pinot Grigio. Use a bit in the dish, and enjoy the rest with your meal. However, you can easily substitute a red wine instead, such as Forever Cool Merlot, like we did when we served this dish on Christmas Eve.

Find Giada’s recipe for Cioppino on the Food Network

Grilled Salmon from All Recipes
Photo via All Recipes


Middle Sister Goodie Two-Shoes Pinot Noir with Grilled Salmon

Most everybody agrees that Pinot Noir is a great wine to pair with salmon. Here’s a super-simple salmon recipe that takes minutes to prepare and will go beautifully with Goodie Two-Shoes Pinot Noir. If you can’t fire up the grill due to wintry weather, use a cast iron skillet brushed with olive oil. Get the pan super-hot for good sear on each side, then pop in a 350° oven to finish to your taste.

Try this recipe for grilled salmon from All Recipes

Mussels from Food & Wine
Photo via Food & Wine


Middle Sister Surfer Chick Sauvignon Blanc with Steamed Mussels & Garlic Toasts

With its bright citrus flavors and crisp texture, Surfer Chick Sauvignon Blanc pairs perfectly with shellfish of any kind. Here’s a recipe from Food & Wine for mussels steamed in sauvignon blanc—better grab two bottles!

Tilapia recipe from Epicurious
Photo via Epicurious


Middle Sister Drama Queen Pinot Grigio with Tilapia with Chile Lime Butter

Tilapia is a mild and flakey white fish that adapts well to any number of flavors and seasonings. The chiles in this preparation gives it a zesty kick! We love Drama Queen Pinot Grigio with all seafood, and this dish is no exception.

This recipe for pan-seared tilapia from Epicurious looks delicious!



Don’t forget! Find Middle Sister at your favorite retailer or at our on-line wine shop.


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