Wine Style: Dão White Blend
Pairing: Grilled Shrimp and Squid with Garlic
Sommelier: Krystina Roman, Ontario

About the Pairing: There's more to Portugal than just Port, with vibrant reds to refreshing yet full-bodied white wines, the famed Dão region located in central Portugal is producing some of the finest wines in Western Europe.

A hidden gem that is gaining in popularity, the rich yet crisp white wines from Dão, led by the delicious Encruzado grape are becoming more well known as excellent food pairing wines. Known for their fresh lemon citrus notes with dry, smooth and rich mouthfeel, the white wine blends of Dão with their fresh stone fruit and white wildflower aromas and are a perfect pairing with grilled seafood and vegetable dishes like grilled shrimp and squid with garlic. Add a spritz of lemon and the dish will explode with flavour along with the wine.

Grilled Shrimp and Squid with Garlic

4 to 6 Servings

4 squid tubes, washed, dried on paper towel
24 medium count shrimp, peeled, deveined
3 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1 lemon, juice
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Lemon wedges, to serve

Directions: Place squid and shrimp in a bowl. Add olive oil, garlic and chili flakes and toss. Set a large grilled pan over medium-heat. Grilled squid and shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes per side. Add lemon juice at last moment and season with salt and pepper. Set on a platter. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with extra lemon wedges.