For this dish I spent some time choosing the wine pairing, and no wonder, try Googling Spanakopita and the suggestions run from Sauvignon Blanc to a Beaujlais. I think I found the perfect balance with the Stag’s Hollow Pinot Noir.
The flavours in this dish make it a challenging wine pairing. Nothing steps up to the challenge like a rich, smoothly deep red wine from the Similkameen. The juicy balance of ripe fruit just cries out for a challenge.
This is a dish I served family during the holidays. It is not only very tasty and satisfying it is also simple to make. You can make it ahead the day before, set your oven on auto start and laze in bed until you get hungry! A win, win!
The tomato base is alive with great quantities of garlic, subtler herbs such as thyme, celery (substitute for fennel) and saffron. But it is the inclusiion of the aioli and rouille (if using) that take this dish over the top.
As a new convert to this delicately flavoured fish it is fast becoming one of my favourite dishes. Seared, baked or steamed this fish keeps it’s firm texture and retains its moistness. Delicious no matter how it’s prepared or served.