“Red wine with fish. Well that should have told me something.”

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Words uttered by James Bond to Donald “Red” Grant, after the latter – who had been posing as a British agent – revealed himself to be an imposter.

From Russia With Love was released in 1963.  The world, and the wine industry, has changed dramatically in the last half century.  So does 007’s red-with-fish prejudice still apply?

Bond Grant Dinner2 Grilled Sole with Chianti?  007 is unimpressed.

Sommelier Paul Grieco of award winning New York wine bar Terroir believes the old conventions of red-with-meat and white-with-fish are obsolete. “The last time this expression held true, Nixon was still in the White House!” he told Serious Eats.

So what Red varieties would work with fish?  It all comes down to the texture of the fish:

Heavier, meatier, fish such as Tuna, Swordfish and Salmon work well with light, low-tannin, red wines such as Kiwi Pinot Noir or Beaujolais.  Light Provençal Rosé also…

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