Wild caught sockeye is in frequent rotation at our house, and we've been pairing it with cru Beaujolais.
In case you didn't know, Beaujolais Nouveau is totally out, and cru Beaujolais is in. The 2009 Beaujolais received raves last week from British wine queen Jancis Robinson, whereas poor fool Jay McInerny is being brutalized in the comments by wine geek snobs for recommending Georges DuBoeuf (the
Red Lobster of Beaujolais) and for misspelling Fleurie. (We Like Jay's wine writing and think he was probably drunk in the Hamptons when he wrote it or had his assistant write the column. We forgive you Jay.)
There are ten cru "classified growth" Beaujolais, the important ones being Moulin-à-Vent, Morgon, Fleurie, and Brouilly. Moulin-à-Vent is supposed to be one of the more complex ones, (and favorite of Rush singer and bass player Geddy Lee). The Henry Fessy Moulin-à-Vent is a Chairman's Selection and at $13.99 is priced lower than the average of ($17.90) at CellarTracker and lower than the prices ($17.99-$22.00) on wine-searcher.com.
This wine has a clear ruby color and light fruit--strawberry and raspberry--on the nose. Very fresh and mouthwatering, some wet stone and a short but earthy finish. A great summer wine and good pairing with salmon and also with fresh raspberries and chocolate. There are still a few bottles at the 19th and Chestnut store. The Régnié by this producer is also good, and if you can find that still available for $9.99 we recommend that as well.