Manassas, VA
City Square Cafe- Manassas, VA (*this restaurant is now permanently closed*)

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my very first blog post! I am very excited to share my food and wine pairings with you.  For the next few entries, I will be posting previously made/ordered pictures. That will give me some time to create some new pairings so that I can get caught up!

This beauty of a meal is from July, 2015 from City Square Cafe in Manassas, VA (*sad sidenote, the restaurant has since closed). My husband, Jack, and I were camping in Manassas, and decided to go to one of our favorite restaurants in the area. It was a perfect day, warm, but not as humid as DC can get. The restaurant was right next to the train tracks, and Jack loves listening to trains. Everything was peaceful and calm, minus the train noises.

There were so many wonderful items on the menu that I had not idea what to get. After the waitress gushed over the salmon, I decided to order it with a salad. The salad came came with spinach, grilled zucchini, yellow squash, sun dried tomatoes, fresh corn off the cob, a poached egg, and, of course, a wonderfully moist piece of grilled salmon. The salmon was seasoned with salt, pepper, and a few Italian herbs. The dressing was a sun dried tomato vinaigrette.

Since the salad was fresh and there were very few spices on the salmon, I decided to go with a white wine. The day was also warm enough that I didn’t want a red as we sat outside. Salmon is a fish that can pair well with many types of wine, both red and white, depending on how it is prepared. I went with a New Zealand (NZ) Sauvignon Blanc (SB), though I don’t remember the label. NZ SB’s tend to be much more acidic and grassy than other Sauvignon Blancs. Lemongrass and grapefruit are two flavors that appear frequently.

This pairing was a splendid one. The wine was full enough to stand up to the steak-like fish, and flavorful enough that it didn’t get lost in the sun dried tomatoes/vinaigrette. The grapefruit complimented the acidity of the tomatoes and the lemongrass preserved the overall freshness of the meal.

All in all, I give this pairing 5/5 grapes. I am so sad this restaurant closed 🙁

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