We are headed for Matlacha, Florida this weekend for a vacation of trout fishing, eating seafood and
lots of cold white wine to go with our bountiful seafood feasts. I will have to skip next week's report,
but when we return, I will have detailed reports as to which wines went best with which fish or shellfish,
whether at home, or at any of the area's fabulous restaurants!
We are Back! And, Here is the Report!
First the fishing report. The trout were "short biting", so we only hooked a few, but we also caught
catfish and Ladyfish, which are like miniature Tarpon. We enjoyed fresh Shrimp from The Gulf to our
plate in one day! With our boiled shrimp feast we enjoyed a bottle of one of our all time favorites,
the Simi Russian River Chardonnay, which made the boiled shrimp a luxury meal.
We dined at our old standby Moretti's, which still has the best fried Calamari west of the Meditterian,
and finishes it off with terrific pasta. The Frie Brothers Charddonay, turned out to be a great choice
for our dinner at Moretti's which is a Matlacha favorite!
A little farther out on Pine Island is Red's Fresh Seafood House and Tavern, in Bokeelia, where the
owner Bud Locicero treated us like visiting royalty, and even made a special dessert for our 20th
Wedding Anniversary Dinner! We ate at Red's more than once and enjoyed Pine Island Steamed Clams,
Shrimp grilled in butter and garlic, and on our anniversary a fantastic Seafood Casserole featuring
lobster, shrimp, and scallops! The best wine at Red's and of our restaurant dining was the 2008 Chateau
Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, which the Wine Spectator scored a 90,
and I rate at 92!
This wine is fantastic with any seafood dish, especially those involving butter and garlic. It displays big
bold fruit flavors of melon and lime, backed by a faint sweet citrus finish. You don't have to go to Fl.
to enjoy this special treat, but it sure helps!
Score - 92 Price - $12 - $15