Sunday 1 March 2009

Wine with sushi

Had another go at making sushi and sashimi last night. Still haven't quite mastered the "look", but it's not too bad is it? Can't quite get my rolls right, these ones all seem to have smiley faces. Suggestions welcome. On the right is squid sushi and scallop sashimi. I put the roes on sushi too, they were delicious, but pretty intense. The rest is made of salmon and tuna. 
We weren't too keen on the squid.  Fortunately someone has been staying with us this week and he loved it.  Yes, Seamus ate all the squid sushi.....bizarre.
Anyway, what to drink with it? Seamus seemed happy with his bowl of luke warm tap water, but if he'd been offered a glass of 2004 Anjou Domaine de Pierre Blanche he'd probably have taken it. Wise dog. I got it as part of a mixed case from Yapp and it worked a treat. Otherwise it's £7.50 a bottle. It's dry but honeyed with age. Has a lovely acidity and a delicious scent of slightly bruised  apples. That cut through the vinegary sweet rice and it's minerality complemented the raw fish. Not the sort of wine I can ever find in supermarkets or on the high street.   Yapp have some great wines. On the face of it they may seem a tad expensive, but all the ones I've tried have real character. Actually they maybe too tastey! It takes real self control not to pop the cork on a second bottle...... and I'm not very self controlled. 
It's not the first time I've made sushi and wanted to try some good sake but I know next to nothing about it.  If anyone reads this and can point me in the right direction I'd be very grateful.


  1. Hi, just found your site (via blog stats) and think it's great! I recently went to a wine and japanese matching which was very interesting - you can check it out on my blog. I'm so glad you're a champion of Anjou, I love it, too! I'll definitely link to you. Keep on blogging... Cheers!

  2. Hello winesleuth and many thanks for the kind comments. I'm going to check out your blog now! Long live Anjou, best wishes wine splodge.