#NWTW: Torrontes

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Familia Meschini Torrontés: our new wine this week

Familia Meschini Torrontés: our new wine this week

This week, we’re on Torrontés.  We’ve had a few Torrontés before, but it’s not a regular varietal for us.  Since we have a local Minnesota family who own a winery in Argentina, we had to give the Famiglia Meschini Torrontés a try!  Only doing a bit of research beforehand, I decided to pair the wine with a quick Friday evening dinner: skillet roasted walleye on a bed of oven roasted vegetables.

Fish on roasted veggies - a healthy Friday dinner choice

Fish on roasted veggies – a healthy Friday dinner choice

Not really knowing what to expect, I was a little surprised when I opened the wine and saw the fizz!

Famiglia Meschini's Torrontes is frizzante (a bit fizzy)

Famiglia Meschini’s Torrontes is frizzante (a bit fizzy)

Famiglia Meschini Torrontés 2013 ($10 locally at France 44)
Eye: Barest hint of yellow, perfectly clear.  SURPRISE! It is a bit frizzante when you open the bottle, definite fizz.
Nose: Rich nose, fresh peaches, mangoes
Mouth: Frizzante and sweet with very good acidity.  Blind, I would have pegged this as Moscato d’Asti.  This wine would be a fine apertif or after dinner.  It was nice with the fish today, but the next time I serve it, I’ll go with something really spicy.  With food, this wine wants to counteract some heat!  Note: not all Torrontés are fizzy and sweet.  Our notes on the few others we have had did not indicate either.

Skillet Roasted Walleye with Oven Roasted Vegetables

  • Servings: 2
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Not really a recipe, this was an attempt to quickly put a healthy meal on the table.  Be creative with the fish and vegetable choices. Note: no time for photos if you want dinner on the table in 35 minutes.
Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 8 oz. Walleye fillets
  • 4 Carrots – sliced lengthwise for quick cooking
  • 1 Zucchini – diced roughly
  • handful of mushrooms, sliced – I’m partial to shiitake
  • 1/2 red onion – diced roughly
  • handful of brussels sprouts, cut in 1/2
  • 1 Tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 Tsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tsp crumbled feta cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 45oF
  • Prep the veggies, toss into a bowl
  • Toss the veggies with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to your taste
  • Spread the veggies in a single layer in a 9×13 inch pan, and put in the oven
  • The veggies need to cook for about 25 minutes, set the timer
  • Chop the fresh herbs and set aside.
  • 10 min from the oven veggies completion, pre-heat a cast iron skillet on med-high
  • 5 minutes from the end, drizzle just a bit of extra virgin olive oil in the skillet and add the fish fillets
  • Turn after 3 minutes, and finish cooking for two more minutes.
  • Sprinkle the fresh herbs on the veggies, and reserve some to sprinkle on the fish
  • Top with crumbled feta cheese
  • Plate the food, serve the wine!

Quick, healthy Friday evening meal with a New Wine This Week

Quick, healthy Friday evening meal with a New Wine This Week

Did you try a new wine this week?  Why not?

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