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Turmeric-Kissed Salmon, Coconut Rice, and a Pinot Noir from Victoria #WorldWineTravel

This month, the World Wine Travel group is looking at red wines from Victoria, Australia. Jeff of Food Wine Click! is leading the discussion.

If you are reading this early enough, feel free to join our live chat on Twitter: Saturday, April 23rd at 8am Pacific. Follow the hashtag #WorldWineTravel and be sure to add that to anything you tweet so we can see it. Here are the articles and pairings from the group...

A Pinot Noir from Victoria

Within the Victoria wine region of Australia, the Yarra Valley lies along the Margaret River, a rural area with a cool maritime climate. With its long growing season, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay do well in the region.

Winemaker Kate Goodman moved to Yarra in 2000 and she has been crafting wines from the region for the past two decades. She has worked with Dalwhinnie, Seppelts and Wirra Wirra wineries; she even started her own eponymous label. In addition to Goodman Wines, she produces Nikkal.

I have definitely been known to buy wine for its label and this one was one of those. I would love to have this artwork on my wall! Then I did some reading as to who or what Nikkal is and I was doubly entranced. Nikkal is the Phoenician goddess of fruits and harvest, the Phoenician Demeter if you will! And she is the perfect representation of this wine that celebrates the fruitful generosity of the Yarra Valley vineyards!

The grapes for this wine were sourced from three Yarra vineyards: Upper Ngumby, Steels Creek; Gist, Christmas Hills; and Willowlake, Gladysdale. Each vineyard's grapes are fermented separately and matured for between six months to a year. Then Goodman blends the three to create this delicious, succulent Pinot Noir.

This wine pours a light ruby color with an almost rose gold rim. On the nose, the wine is full of ripe red fruits - think cherries, berries, and a tight note of rhubarb. Unlike its light shade, the wine it richly flavored with a silky mouthfeel that mirrors the fruits with the addition of cinnamon and herbs as intriguing layers. This wine is lively and balanced, but it did not match well with my first pairing attempt. I had tried an Australian pickled fish dish that was just plain off-putting. 

I still went with seafood and opted for a roasted salmon topped with some pickled turmeric-kissed veggies. A coconut rice tempered the acid in the food and charred broccolini added an earthiness that rounded out our plates.

Turmeric-Kissed Salmon

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • salt (I used a Maldon smoked sea salt)
  • pepper
  • turmeric balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil (I used a co-milled lemon olive oil)
  • piccalilli for serving
  • Also needed: baking sheet, parchment paper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place salmon on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt. Drizzle with vinegar and oil. Roast for 12 to 15 minutes, depending on thickness of fillet.

Remove from oven and top with piccalilli. Serve immediately.

This pairing was much better balanced than my first! And this is a wrap on the #WorldWineTravel group's April event. We'll be back next month with the same region, but Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm is pointing us to the white wines this time. Stay tuned.


  1. The dish has my mouth watering, so many flavors on this plate, all to add up to the perfect compliment to the wine. I admit I had to look up Piccalilli, as I had not heard of that before, and tumeric balsamic vinegar is new to me also. These sound delicious!

    I love the label on the wine and the backstory. Your note on rhubbarb in the wine, will have my nose searching to find that in my next glasses of Pinot!

  2. This dish sounds like the perfect accompaniment to Pinot, especially with the notes you describe in this Nikkal. Love the backstory, too!

  3. I admire your sticktoittiveness with coming up with pairing number two for your wine. Bravo!

  4. I wonder if Goodman has this label art for sale as a poster?!? If yes, perhaps a swap, poster for recipe recommendation!

  5. That salmon looks amazing and I love the inspiration for the name and artwork of this wine as well.


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