Pairing Refreshing White Wine With Grouper

Imagine a refreshing white wine during a meal. One that enhances the flavors of the meal. You feel as though you are in the Caribbean at an amazing all-inclusive resort. Yet you open your eyes and you are actually at home enjoying that bottle of refreshing white wine, our very own Tanya Pinot Grigio. This incredible wine arrives on your doorstep along with other wines every single month. Saving you a trip to the nearest wine store and avoiding crowds. 

Why Most People Think They Like White Wines

Before I get into the refreshing review of this white wine, let me tell you why most people think they prefer white wine.  Because they are not drinking PREMIUM wine!  It is truly that simple.  While I was one of those who could not stand the taste of “red” wine.  My first experience years ago at a boss’s home for a Christmas party, I took one sip and it was like I was swallowing cotton.  Can you relate?

Not all red wines are alike, just as not all white wines are alike.  The varietals of the grapes and the combinations of grapes the winemakers are creating seems to be endless.  Believe it or not there are red wines out there that are sweet, refreshing and full of flavor.  And the best thing is that you don’t need to break the bank to buy a bottle of premium wine.  As a result I have even discovered some wines that are in the $15-25 price range even TASTE better than those that are more expensive.

Opening a bottle of refreshing white wine, specifically this Tanya Pinot Grigio and sipping it while unwinding from your day is a great way to end your day.  But wait, you could be opening a door to something even better!

The Beginnings of a Refreshing White Wine

Taken right from our tasting notes that comes in a QR code on every bottle of club wine, the Tanya Pinot Grigio is a one of a kind.  This varietal is popular with those who prefer sweet wines and opens the eyes of those enjoying wines. And that Our amazing Wine of the Month Club is all about enjoying and exploring new wines. Looking to see what wines you can discover? Go >>HERE<<

Bright, juicy, and acidic, the light body and zippy fruit flavors are perfect for everyday sipping on a hot summer day on the deck or patio, even poolside! 

Personally I notice no bitter after taste that I start to notice on white wines we pick up at the local wine store.  It cleanses well and makes it so you may wish to sip more than just a glass.  But that is why it comes in a bottle!

Making a Menu to Match

When you come across a refreshing white wine, you need to have fun with your menu.  Explore the different aromas and flavors, mixing and matching as you go.  If you are like me, a glass or two a night is all you need to relax for the evening.  But maybe you are having friends over!  Oh dear! What to serve them!  Again it’s our incredible Wine of the Month Club to the rescue.  Let’s check out what our Tasting Notes recommends.

Fresh Pan-Fried Grouper

Now this sounds absolutely delicious and easy to make!  Check out the easy to follow recipe!    One thing you will find with me is that while I love to make great tasting food, I do NOT like to spend all day in the kitchen.  I also do NOT like to spend the night cleaning.  The great thing with this recipe is you can apply this recipe to other mild flavored, boneless fish as well.

Ingredients:

  • refreshing white wine
    1-2 lbs Grouper Fillets
  • 1/4 C. Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 3 TBS Fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Egg

Instructions:

  1. First take the egg and beat it in a medium bowl.
  2. Mix the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese together.
  3. Now take the fish fillets and dip them through the beaten egg, then the bread crumb/Parmesan mixture.
  4. Heat up some oil (we prefer olive oil), carefully place the fillets in the pan and fry the fillets! Usually about 4 minutes each side.

Literally in less than 20 minutes, you prepped and cooked a GREAT dinner!  In fact, I just did this with salmon earlier this week and I had friends commenting that they were coming over to eat!  Pair this up with a green salad and refill your glass of wine as you enjoy the decadent blends of flavors!

Blackened Grouper – Bonus Recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄4 cup smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 11⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 11⁄2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 full stick butter, melted
  • 2 pounds grouper fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 lemons, halved crosswise

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to high heat (400° to 450°). Preheat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet on grill 15 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together paprika, thyme, onion powder, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, mustard, and red pepper. Pour melted butter in a shallow dish. Dip each fillet in butter, turning to coat. Sprinkle both sides of fillets with spice mixture; pat gently to coat.
  3. Add olive oil to skillet (oil should smoke); place fish in skillet. Cook, covered, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn, and cook, covered, until fish flakes easily with a fork, 3 to 4 minutes more. Carefully remove skillet from grill.
  4. Place lemons cut side down on grill. Cook, covered, until charred, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with fish.  Add fresh grilled brioche buns with tarter sauce/lettuce/onion/tomato

Home-made Tarter Sauce

I have been making my own tarter sauce for years after watching my mom and trying the store bought stuff.  Give this zingy sauce a try when serving fish (even the out of the box kind).

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBS Miracle Whip (not Mayo)
  • A dash of Paprika
  • 2 tsp Western dressing
  • Small kosher dill or dill pickle diced

Instructions:

Stir ingredients together and serve with the fish.  Need more?  Whip up another batch.  Adjust ingredient quantities to taste preference.

Want more Wine Pairings?  Check out my Wine 101 page.  New reviews and pairings will be getting added as I taste new bottles of wine.

What is Grouper?

Grouper is a lean, moist fish with a distinctive yet mild flavor, large flakes and a firm texture. The Red Grouper has a slightly sweeter, milder flavor than the Black Grouper and is considered to be the better of the two. Grouper’s flavor profile is like a cross between Bass and Halibut.  Many people when they hear Grouper, they think of the Goliath Grouper that are illegal to catch, but amazing to see in the water.

I was snorkeling with our 2 sons in 2011 in the Florida Keys while on a Boy Scout trip.  We had all just gotten back on the catamaran when a Goliath meandered underneath.  We all jumped in to see it.  The thing was the size of a Volkswagen Beetle!  Grouper are not known for their speed, but they are known to be quite large.  Unfortunately for us the time for snorkeling was called due to a storm coming and we only got the one glimpse of the grouper.