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Deep-Fried Whole Fish with Chilli and Garlic

You may be surprised to hear that a lighter red was the best match we came across for this dish – which on face value would seem like an obvious white wine match. And while it’s worth bearing in mind that a handful of full-bodied whites will rise to the challenge (varieties like Viognier, Marsanne, and Gruner Veltliner) Pinot Noir – preferably from the Southern Hemisphere, and preferably with a slight chill – will do the trick nicely. Producers that should be on your shopping list include De Bortoli, Innocent Bystander, Yering Station and Kooyong.


This is a real favourite of mine, big bold flavours and eat with your fingers type of food. Technique tells me that it could be good to dust the fish in flour or cornflour first before frying to give an easier crispy skin.

If the idea of whole fried fish scares you the head can be removed, or this recipe could be done using fish fillets or why not grill the fish for a really healthy alternative and place the dressing ingredients over the top.

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Andrew Graham

Riesling, Pinot Noir and Rose are the best wines to pair with Deep-Fried Whole Fish with Chilli and Garlic.


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