Man, I love me some fish tacos!  They are light, healthy, and full of a range of great flavors.  I love the way the smokey flavor of a grilled fish plays with the sweet, tangy, fruity and/or spicy flavors of an accompanying salsa, vegetables or slaw.  And the crunchiness of something like peppers, onions or cabbage is a nice contrast to the soft, delicate fish.

You can do many different styles of fish tacos.  I like them topped with a fruit salsa utilizing melon, mango, onions, peppers, and tomatoes (they’re a fruit, you know).  Or, you can try them topped with pickled onions and fresh cucumbers or with a more traditional tomato salsa with garlic, onions and fresh cilantro.  Or try them with a black bean and corn relish.  But, maybe my favorite preparation is dressing the taco with a spicy, Asian-inspired slaw.

When pairing a wine with this dish you need to keep it delicate and crisp!  Perhaps no wine is better suited to delicate, but sometimes spicy dishes than a good off-dry style Riesling.  I like the stuff from Germany best, but lately I have found the quality of Washington Rieslings to be on the rise.  Try this on for size:

Fish Tacos


Tuna filets or Tilapia filets

small, white corn tortillas

Season and grill the fish and set aside ( if using tuna, grill to rare).  Divide the fish into pieces.  Place some fish atop a tortilla, cover with slaw and enjoy!

For the slaw:

1/2 head of cabbage or a bag of shredded cabbage

3 whole medium green onions chopped

2  medium carrots shredded (omit if already in bagged cole slaw cabbage)

2 tbs chopped cilantro

2 tbs fresh, grated ginger root

1 tbs finely chopped sweet pickles

juice of 2 limes

1 tbs sugar

2 tbs mayonnaise

1 tsp of peanut butter

2 tsp Thai chili garlic paste (Sriracha sauce)

Combine the ginger, pickles, lime juice, sugar, mayo, peanut butter and sriracha in a small bowl and stir to mix.  Pour over the cabbage, carrots, and onions and toss it until evenly covered.

Wine Suggestions:

HD Riesling, Mosel     $11.79

Louis Guntrum Royal Blue Riesling, Rheinhessen     $11.79

Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Washington     $12.99

Thomas Fogarty Gewurztraminer, Monterey     $16.99

Acrobat Pinot Gris, Oregon     $13.79