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Grilled Mahi Mahi and Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc

I was given wine samples to try but all opinions are my own.

The most interesting thing about having a hobby such as wine is that you never know it all.  Wine has a way of expanding and growing while the world turns.  So, when I am invited to do a wine event with a winery like Yarden Wines, I jump at the chance to connect and learn more about this lovely thing called wine.

Our group, called #WinePairingWeekend, was fortunate to be asked to do an event with Yarden Wines. Each of us received two bottles, to taste and pair their latest vintages. Yarden Wines is composed of both Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery, which are imported to the U.S. by Yarden Wine Imports.  The wines are made with great care for the environment, capturing the best of their terroir.

I received two bottles from Yarden Wines: a Gilgal Sauvignon Blanc 2019 and a Galil Cabernet Sauvignon 2018.  We will talk about the Cabernet Sauvignon in another post.

Galil Mountain Winery was established as a joint venture in 2000 by Golan Heights Winery and Kibbutz Yiron, Gal ii Mountain Winery unites the best of tradition and technology. Located in the Upper Galilee mountain range, one of Israel's best winegrowing areas, the winery is revitalizing a rich winemaking history that extends over 2,000 years.

Winemaking has been happening in Israel for thousands of years.  Israel's latitude is as far south as you can go for grape growing and in high altitude, thus experiencing cooler overall temperatures.

Wine Geek Info:

For my palette, I tasted melon and light florals. It isn't at all sweet, though, it is refreshing like lemon and lime.

Price:  around $20 a bottle
Variety:  Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Galilee, Israel
Winery: Galil Mountain Winery
Alcohol: 14%
Importer: Yarden Wines
Eye: a pretty pale yellow, platinum
Interesting fact:  Considered Kosher

What we decided to pair with this wine is a Mahi Mahi fish.  We love this lean fish for its slightly sweet flavor and large flakes.  We made a pineapple salsa to top it with, and that's the recipe I am going to share with you!

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

Yield: 12
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 25 M
A light and tasty topping for any fish!


  • 1/2 c pineapple chunks (fresh is best)
  • 1/2 c canteloupe chunks
  • 1/4 c red onion, chopped fine
  • 1 T minced cilantro
  • 1 T olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients together well.
  2. Let sit on the counter for 15 minutes.
  3. Refrigerate after 15 minutes.
  4. Top cooked fish with 2 T of salsa.


Any melon can substitute for the canteloupe.
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Take a look below, our wine pairing weekend buddies have some great ideas to try with Yarden Wines. Why not join our conversation on Saturday, May 23 10:00-11:00am CDT? Just look us up at #WinePW on Twitter and jump in the chat!

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  1. Mahi Mahi with pineapple salsa is one of the dishes I had to make for my exams in cooking school! Great choice with the sav blanc too. :)

  2. I went for mahi mahi with the Sauv Blanc too! Sounds great with the pineapple salsa.

  3. Ooh, I like the sound of that pineapple salsa! That's a keeper. The pairing seems spot-on - you have excellent instincts!

  4. Your fish sounds great with the Sauvignon Blanc!

  5. We make a mango salsa for fish tacos, but I definitely want to try this!

  6. Your first paragraph encapsulates one my very favorite things about wine -- there's always more to learn! The pineapple salsa is bringing all kind of tasty, summery thoughts!


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