Wine for Salmon with Sriracha Sauce

I recently came across this Salmon recipe by Gwyneth Paltrow in Self Magazine and it’s DIVINE. This fast, flavorful recipe is an all-around crowd pleaser with maple syrup, sriracha, and lime. With all of those ingredients, however, how do you choose the right wine? Let me break it down for you.

Maple Syrup = Sweetness –> The wine should be rather fruit-forward to give the essence of sweetness, even if it’s a dry wine

Sriracha = Spice –> The wine shouldn’t have a high alcohol content because that will add too much heat to the already spicy sauce

Lime = Acidity –> You’ll need a wine with good acidity to match, otherwise the wine will taste flabby

Salmon = Oily Fish –> Here’s a perfect example of how the old wine rules no longer apply! You don’t have to serve white wine with fish. In fact, a Pinot Noir (a lighter red) is generally the best pairing for salmon.

So here’s my pick – a fruit-forward, medium alcohol, freshly acidic Pinot Noir: 2012 Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir