Cline Viognier 2010 and Salmon Sausages

Yes, you read that right. Salmon sausages. I’m lucky enough to live in a small town that has a butcher and a fish monger. In the same building.

So when their email came out yesterday, and I saw they had salmon sausages for $5+ a pound, I gave a head’s up to the hubby. We’d both been kinda hankering for sausages – especially on the July 4th weekend – so the salmon seemed like a great compromise. Light in calories (comparatively speaking) and healthy to boot.

When hubby went in to pick some up, he was told they’d been flying out of the stores, to OceanFresh’s gratification. It seems we weren’t the only ones who thought the idea a wonderful one.

The sausages were delicious – like eating salmon filet without the worry of how to cook it. (I barbecued – oh SO yummy!) A roasted mix of veggies added just enough substance to the meal without making it heavy.

But what about the wine? After all, it IS wine Friday!

Cline Viognier North Coast 2010 Sonoma, California $14.99 a bottle but on special for $9.99 at Vons. Alcohol 14% by volume.

On the Label: “Family owned and operated since 1982. Viognier is most famous for producing the rich and exotically perfumed white wines of the northern Rhone’s Condrieu and Chateau-Grillet appellations. A variety characterized by low yields and small planted acreage, Viognier is one of the world’s most rare and treasured wines.

Cline’s Viognier is loaded with pineapple, peach and apricot flavors accented by floral and citrus notes. Perfect as an aperitif with Gruyere or Camembert, this wine also pairs exceptionally well with curried shrimp or Asian fusion cuisine. Serve lightly chilled.”

This was almost the perfect summer wine. Fragrant, with just a hint of sweetness, it paired with the salmon sausages and roasted veggies beautifully. It’s a terrific sipping wine, too and does go well with cheese (I had to taste test, you know!).

The meal itself would have been fun to serve at a dinner party, the sausages so delightfully different and the wine an awesome pick. A blood orange sorbet was the perfect ending to the meal.

My rating: ~Stay Away! This is my wine, you slut!~

Grab a few bottles for summer, take it to share with friends – you’ll be set! Remember – your taste buds may vary. Over the July 4th weekend, and always, please Drink Responsibly!

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7 Responses to Cline Viognier 2010 and Salmon Sausages

  1. shawn says:

    The sausage sounds delicious. I’ve never heard of salmon sausage. Is the place you mentioned the only place that sells it?

    • Christine says:

      Shawn, I don’t have a clue – it’s the first time I’ve heard of them. But I’d say they’re definitely worth the hunt, especially if you live in a big city. If you find any, let me know!

  2. I have never heard of salmon sausages before. Sounds wonderful. Now I’m going to have to do some research on where to find them. :-)

  3. Catie Rhodes says:

    I’ve never heard of salmon sausage before, either. It sounds like y’all made a good meal of it. I’m always in awe of your cooking creativity. I’m a good cook, but I use bacon grease, real cheese, and milk in my food. Your low-calories subs actually sound good.

    • Christine says:

      Catie, I admit I use real cheese and full-fat cream in my cooking, too. And butter – I’d be totally lost without butter! But the salmon sausage was aMAZing…so moist and tender and yummy!

  4. Christine,
    The salmon sausages sound yummy. A nice change from the usual. The wine you chose sounds like a perfect companion to your meal.

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