Pairing of the Day: May 23-27, 2011
Salmon with Red WineBalsamic Sauce
Greek Fish Stew
"On the Greek island of Kalymnos, fishermen make a stew with shellfish, whole fish, lemon, onion and water," says Andrew Zimmern. "They eat it straight from the pot with their hands—no bowls. It tastes of sweat and iodine, but it is easily one of the best soups I've ever had. I make my version with halibut, throwing in mussels at the end."
Pairing: Vibrant Greek White: 2010 Gai'a Notios or 2009 Domaine Skouras White.
Asparagus with Watercress and Brown Butter Potatoes
Fried Chicken Tacos
"Right in Tijuana's red-light district sits Kentucky Fried Buches, where cooks fry chicken necks, skin on, to fill soft corn tortillas. I can't stop eating them," says Andrew Zimmern. "At home, I fry skin-on chicken thighs until they're supercrisp, then eat them with avocado-tomatillo salsa, my family's favorite."
Pairing: Light-bodied Beaujolais: 2009 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie or the sweet-berried 2009 Villa Ponciago La Réserve Fleurie.