Cool Kitchen Seafood Rolls for an Easy Summer Supper #WinePW

Easy no-cook seafood rolls pair with Villa Maria Sauvignon Blancs at

Seafood rolls with a choice of two Villa Maria Sauvignon Blancs for an easy summer supper.

Kicking Back for an Easy Summer Supper with Wine Pairing Weekend
Members of our Wine Pairing Weekend group work pretty hard to pair great foods with great wine choices. Sometimes, though, it’s fun to just relax and take an easy path to dinner. The food still needs to taste great and pair with some nice wine, we’re not that lazy! The theme for our July meet-up is “easy summer supper”. For me, there’s nothing easier than a meal that doesn’t require turning on a stove or burner.

Seafood roll featuring crab and shrimp

Seafood rolls are a popular treat in New England, our old stomping grounds

The Dish: Meredith Deed’s Crab, Mango & Avocado Salad
We’re old school, we still get the daily Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper so Julie can do the crossword puzzle. Thursdays include a “Taste” section which usually features a couple of timely recipes. A few weeks ago, Meredith deeds featured this recipe for: Crab, Mango & Avocado Salad. It reminded me of our days many years ago back in New England, and I knew we would both love seafood rolls as an easy Friday evening treat.

I followed the recipe closely, except for using both crab and shrimp together and in a bit higher proportion to the other ingredients, about 12 oz total, instead of 8oz. For the photo, I accidentally omitted the layer of lettuce I intended to put between the bun and the seafood salad, so don’t make that mistake. And finally, you don’t see many “lobster roll” buns in Minnesota, so I jury-rigged a couple of hot dog buns by slicing from the top so the salad would sit nicely in the bun.

Villa Maria "Bubbly" Carbonated Sauvignon Blanc

Villa Maria “Bubbly” was fizzy and fun, don’t overthink it!

Villa Maria Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (sample, SRP $xx)
Confession: I wouldn’t normally purchase a “carbonated” wine, preferring natural production of bubbles.  I have to admit, this wine was delicious, uncomplicated and perfect for the deck.

Everything you expect in a typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, super fresh, bright grassy & grapefruit aromas and flavors. The lightly fizzy bubbles contributed bright acidity and just a touch of residual sugar balanced the flavor nicely.
Eye: Pale yellow-green with light fizz, but large bubbles
Nose: Clean, super fresh, bright grassy & grapefruit aromas
Mouth: Dry, lively high acidity, medium- body with refreshing finish

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc “Private Bin” 2016 (sample, SRP $xx)
Universally available, Villa Maria makes a very nice Sauvignon Blanc in the bright/grassy/herbal/grapefruit classic New Zealand style.
Eye: Clear, pale yellow-green
Nose: Grassy, herbal green aromas with grapefruit mixed in
Mouth: Dry, tart, mouthwatering acidity with fresh tropical fruit flavors and a fresh finish.

Bubbly and Still Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc wines

Bubbly or still, Villa Maria makes great choices for your summer-on-the-deck wines

Summer Supper Ideas from Our Wine Pairing Weekend Friends
Take a look at all the great summer supper ideas offered by my Wine Pairing Weekend friends.  If you see this post soon enough, feel free to join our discussion on Twitter, on Saturday July 8 at 10am CDT. We post including the hashtag: #WinePW

Disclosure: The Villa Maria wines were provided as samples for a Snooth Virtual tasting event. All opinions expressed are mine.

23 Responses to “Cool Kitchen Seafood Rolls for an Easy Summer Supper #WinePW”
  1. This post has me refreshed just looking at the food and wine! Sounds perfect for a hot summer night.

  2. I am so glad you used this pairing. When I saw your photo of it a couple weeks ago I knew it was ideal for the theme. It looks so good and I bet it paired great with the Villa Maria wines.

    • Thanks Michelle! I had been on international business travel and thought I was too busy to put together a post for this month until you suggested this one. Photos were already in the bag, food had been eaten. All that remained was a little writing!

  3. Perfect summer fare. It all looks and sounds delicious!

  4. Sounds delicious. I’m with you on not using the stove or oven in summer. This sounds like the perfect Summer Supper. And the wine…can’t miss with Villa Maria. Cheers!

  5. Wendy Klik says:

    I have never heard of a carbonated wine, I guess it’s not much different than enjoying a wine spritzer. I can’t wait to try the seafood mango salad. YUM

    • Hi Wendy. Carbonated is usually reserved for very very inexpensive wines, so I was aware, but had never tried one. I think you explain it perfectly – think of it as a wine spritzer! And it was refreshing, so no complaints here.

  6. Jane says:

    Long time Villa Maria fan and perfect summer pairing with crab, mango, and avocado salad. Yes, it screams summer!!!

  7. Looks like the perfect summer meal and wine pairing. My husband loves sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. I need to look for this for him. Thank you for the warm welcome to the group. Happy to be here with such nice people.

  8. Always looking for something that won’t heat up the kitchen this time of year and this looks great. There is a sparkling Sauvignon Blanc made here in Oregon. it is good. It tastes like SB with bubbles but not sure it was greater than the sum of its parts. Someone got some underripe SB and “made lemonade.”

  9. Oh wow, that sounds good! I think I might want to try it in a homemade corn tortilla for Taco Tuesday! And having tasted those wines I can imagine how wonderful that pairing is!

  10. I really enjoyed that tasting. I’ve always been a fan of New Zealand. Looks like an easy and enjoyable pairing,

  11. reocochran says:

    Delicious sounding and gorgeous appearance! Smiles, Robin 🌞☀️

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