The global wine market in 2015 generated $319,816 million dollars with 24,388.5 million liters consumed. That was 2015 data and I sure, the consumption and revenue generated has only skyrocketed. The world likes its wine! And admittedly, I’ve helped with the revenue and consumption. (Sip! Sip!)

This last weekend, I was lucky enough to sip some complementary San Simeon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. ? I am not too fussy when it comes to wines. I like to try new brands, flavors and varieties. I especially like to try different wine and food pairings. It’s always nice to see what the pros say I should pair with wines but I don’t always listen to that, I try my own pairings with what I like to eat.

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For example, I made an amazing baked salmon in lemon and butter this weekend and served it with organic quinoa that took 5 minutes to microwave (Q Cups™ Organic Quinoa from Now Foods) and a side of grapes. It was the perfect weekend lunch. I sat out on my deck and sipped a glass of the San Simeon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. It was perfect. Even though most wine enthusiasts would recommend ribs, venison, duck or a beef dish because of the complex structure of a good Cabernet Sauvignon and the complementary flavor of the tannin – I am not an enthusiast. I’m an average person and I prefer fish over beef, which means if I’m drinking a red wine it’s probably with a seafood dish. Perhaps it is a personal preference and because I am not fussy but after a few bites of the salmon, quinoa and a grape or two I washed it down with a sip of the San Simeon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and it was delicious. A rich spicy flavor and I could taste the oak from the barrel aging. It was very enjoyable. I can see how most would prefer it with lamb chops or a red meat but I was very happy with my salmon pairing.?

If you like red wines, I highly recommend giving this bottle a spin. It received 91 points in Wine Enthusiast in April 2017 – which is stellar. I am sure they did not try it with salmon but maybe they ought to.? The website describes the wine as having aromas of dark raspberry and black cherry with flavors of spicy plum and currant, complemented by cocoa and cedary oak. I could taste the oaky flavor but I like that.  You can learn more by watching their YouTube video:

What are your favorite wines and unique food pairings?

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