Wine & Food: Irish Wild Salmon with Pesto Sauce & Mendel Semillon

Wine pairing with Wild Irish Salmon and Mendel Semillon


Wild Irish Salmon with Homemade Pesto Sauce and Baby Courgettes.

Semillon, a white grape variety with a growing reputation, is the star of this wine and food pairing. Mendel Semillon from Mendoza, Argentina is a bright and vibrant expression of the grape, with a natural home in the region of Bordeaux. The wine is versatile and goes well with a variety of cuisine, making it a perfect match for the dish of roast fillet of Irish wild salmon, baby courgettes, and homemade pesto.

To make the homemade pesto, blend basil leaves, garlic, parmesan, and olive oil to a wet mixture. Sauté the thin-sliced baby courgettes with lemon-thyme, sea salt, and black pepper. Cook the wild salmon skin side down in a non-stick pan, and serve with the courgettes and pesto.

Roberto De La Mota tasting wines

Roberto De La Mota doing a portfolio tasting.

Roberto de La Mota, a renowned wine maker in Argentina, now head winemaker & founder at Mendel, began his journey in the wine industry during the 1980s when he assisted his father in producing Semillon wines at Weinert winery located in the Uco Valley. Possessed by a deep passion for Semillon wines, Roberto believed in its potential. He was fortunate enough to acquire a plot of land with old Semillon vines in the Uco Valley, located at an altitude of 1100 meters above sea level. The area is considered to be ideal for producing wine, with its cool climate and calcareous soil, allowing for the outstanding expression of the grape. Roberto's commitment to quality has resulted in the production of some of the finest Semillon wines in its price range globally. Semillon wine is known for its versatility and pairs well with a variety of cuisines.

Mendel Semillon's bright and vibrant nature complements the fresh flavors of the salmon and pesto. The wine's acidity balances the richness of the salmon, while its minerality and fresh fruit notes enhance the herbal flavors of the basil pesto.


Wild Salmon Pesto Sauce

Wild Irish Salmon with Homemade Pesto Sauce and Baby Courgettes.


The 2020 Mendel Semillon is available for €24.00 RRP at our online store. You can also find it at Celtic Whisky shop in Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Enjoy this delicious and memorable dish with a glass of Mendel Semillon, a wine that truly shines with its bright and vibrant nature.


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