Tired of Turkey?

Tired of Turkey?

By Beth P. Heiserman


I always have someone asking me can you drink red wine with fish…YES!  a red/pink fish can be paired with a red wine, like salmon or ahi tuna. I love having Zinfandel with salmon. Our 2013 Zinfandel has won silver medals in the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition,   plus 87 points in the 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition,  and in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Plus a bronze in the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

This California old vine Zinfandel has aromas of boysenberries, cocoa and nutmeg. It has distinct flavors of blood orange, pink peppercorns, and boysenberries for a fruity finish. Pairs well with a grilled skirt steak and bbq corn, aged gouda or boysenberry pie. You can also enjoy it with poached salmon.

Here is a recipe that everyone keeps asking me for. Salmon is one of my favorite fishes. I prefer using Coho or Sockeye. Farmed Salmon can contain dioxins, so when I prepared this I did use pacific wild-caught salmon and it didn’t have color added to the flesh. I have also purchased Scottish salmon, it was one of the best tasting salmons I have had. It even had a tag on it, when it was caught, so you knew how fresh it was.

I always get the salmon with the skin because it seals the moisture in when searing it. When you bake it, the skin is optional. Salmon is an oily fish, so you don’t need that much oil, just enough to lightly coat it, so the seasoning sticks to it.  It’s a very versatile fish. There are so many ways to prepare this; you could serve it every day for a month and never twice the same. This has been featured at many Reyes Winery events.. It is always the favorite of the day.




1 lb of salmon filet (4 4oz pieces)

3 tsp of olive oil

½ cup Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin

2 tsp garlic, chopped

Juice of one lemon and an orange

2 tsp adobo seasoning

2 tsp parsley, chopped

1 ½ tsp of kosher salt

2 tsp of seasoned pepper





  1. In a 9×9 baking pan, spray the whole pan thoroughly so that the salmon won’t stick.
  2. Rub the salmon with olive oil.
  3. Season the top with adobo, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.
  4. Add Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin, a juice of lemon and orange to bottom of pan.
  5. Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes covered.
  6. Uncover and broil for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve