This article features in the December 2019 Edition of Welsh Coastal Life Magazine.

To see the recipe this article refers to please click here.

Photo & Recipe: www.abelandcole.co.uk

When it comes to the festive period we all love to have a glass or two of sparkling wine to toast one another and celebrate upcoming events. But why should it stop there? These delicious fish starters are the perfect accompaniment to keep the bubbles flowing…

For roast Trout with a Prosecco, dill and cream sauce the obvious wine choice would be Prosecco but I have opted for Tanners Special Reserve Champagne which has all the mouth-watering citrusy flavours of Tanners Reserve Brut Champagne but the Special also has vintage Champagne blended into it to add a wonderful toasty character and creamy mouth-feel. Alternatively, Château Rives-Blanques Blanquette de Limoux oozes peach flavours entwined with lemony goodness and touch of honeycomb. The Limoux region claim to have been making sparkling wine in the traditional method centuries before they did in Champagne which can often cause some conflict between the two regions! The main difference between Blanquette and Champagne are the grape varieties used; Champagne is created using Pinot Noir, Pinot Meurnier and Chardonnay grapes, whereas Blanquette favours the local Mauzac grape giving a slightly softer and more honeyed style of fizz.

The raisins, almonds and orange juice in the Salmon En Croute adds an exotic sweetness to the recipe meaning that a Brut styled fizz will be too dry to combine with the dish. Confusingly, an extra dry Prosecco such as Amori Prosecco is actually a sweeter style than ‘dry’ and so balances this dish perfectly! If, however, you do prefer dry Prosecco then treat yourself to Fabio Ceschin Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene which comes from the best hillside vineyards within the Prosecco region, boasting flavours of green apples, pears and honeyed peach along with a pretty floral aroma.

Finally, the Smoked Salmon Salad with citrus and spice really does pack a punch with its flavours and needs an equally flavoursome wine. Nyetimber Classic Cuvée is an English sparkling from Sussex that is brimming with toffee apple, lemon peel and a dash of honeysuckle that is full yet refreshing in the mouth.