Tanji Talks Texas Flavors: Seafood Meets Wine Pairings

It’s still over a hundred degrees here in Texas, and I don’t know about you but I’m craving the crisp, refreshing flavors of seafood paired with white wines. Nothing screams end-of-summer or Texas more than fresh Ahi tuna stacks with jalapeños or Cajun spices paired with a glass of wine.   I’m picking a couple of my favorites summer spots to pair with a few of my H-E-B top wine picks.  Today I shared two Texas staples, BB’s Cafe and a’Bouzy’s with my friends at KPRC. Check out the full segment by pressing “play” or clicking the link here.

a’Bouzy is a lively spot, a place is full of fun, flavorful seafood dishes.  One of the most popular on the menu is the Salmon and Ahi Tuna Tartar served with spicy aioli and some peppers to pack a punch. My personal favorite is the Avocado Crab Salad, with a bright and zesty jalapeño vinaigrette that meets jumbo-lump crab meat and glorious chunks of a Texas favorite, avocado.

 

Nothing screams craveable more than Cajun flavors. BB’s is known to host family recipes from grandma, “Ma Ma’s” Shrimp and Grits is one of my favorites, but this Rockdale Redfish covered in Andouille cream sauce and topped with blackened shrimp is not to be missed. And, let’s not forget about Crawfish Étouffée, a house favorite that tastes like “Ma Ma” made herself.

 

Let’s not forget about some wines to go with these mouth-watering dishes. You can find these right now at your local H-E-B.  Look for the bubbles that come from Crémant de Limoux, not to be confused with a Champagne.  Some Champagnes are worth every penny, but others fetch a premium just because they’re labeled Champagne. Comparatively speaking, wines from other French regions can be a real bargain — which is why  the Crémant de Limoux sparklers are an ideal alternative for this time of year.  Another one of my recent favorites is this Bordeaux Blanc, Château Saint-Sulpice Esprit de Saint-Sulpice Bordeaux Blanc. This French-made white wine is a perfect match for seafood (think raw oysters) and any patio on a hot summer day.  Finally, a New Zealand wine.  The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc, pairs well with grilled fish, crab, light or heavier seafood dishes and is perfect for sipping during a long summer sunset.  The Crossings is my go-to Sauvignon Blanc–you’ll see it on a lot of restaurant menus.

 

My Wine Finds

Crémant de Limoux
Château Saint-Sulpice Esprit de Saint-Sulpice Bordeaux Blanc
The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc

Special thanks to my friends at news channel 2, KPRC for all the fun today.  

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