Liquid nirvana with a touch of white pepper… oh and some prawns too

I’m a huge advocate for different and interesting wines. I love it when people bust out of the ordinary for the extraordinary! One of my favorite white wines is Albariño. Albariño is Spain’s most popular white wine, and is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most loved white wines, and qualifies in my wine lexicon as extraordinary! It is a bright crisp, aromatic style wine with peaches and apricots being the typical fruit characteristics. It also has a touch of white pepper, usually found in the mid-palate. This delicious wine is considered to be just about the most perfect pairing for shellfish! So I’m suggesting you go to your local wine store, buy a bottle or two, stop at your local market, pick up some nice prawns, head home to make the extremely simple cocktail sauce I’ve included and have your self a little Albariño and shrimp cocktail celebration this weekend!!!

Cocktail Sauce

  • 1 cup organic ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons pure prepared horseradish (you can use the creamed that’s all that available)
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh tarragon – minced (this adds a wow factor to the sauce)
  • Lemon Juice to taste


Blend the horseradish, fresh tarragon and lemon juice into the ketchup and adjust ingredients based on your preference. I suggest you make this and let it chill for about an hour before serving to allow the flavors to open up and harmonize.


3 Responses to “Liquid nirvana with a touch of white pepper… oh and some prawns too”

  1. February 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Patrick,

    Great blog! So happy to find someone who has an interest in unusual varieties! Yay! There is now a California estate bottled Albarino. Dancing Coyote Wines has one along with other unusual varieties, Gruner Veltliner and Verdelho.

    Thanks again for a review about this unusual wine and the shrimp picture is making me hungry!


    Susan Doris

    • 2 Patrick Bartlett
      February 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for your comments! I LOVE GRUNER!!!! It is, bar-none, my favorite white wine. When I lived in Vancouver BC and was completing my WSET wine program I used to eat at a fantastic Indian restaurant, Gruner is a wonderful foil for the spicy powerful flavors in Indian cuisine. I have a client in Temecula who has Verdelho, and Albarino, and White Garnacha planted for his future winery. Should be fun!!!


  2. 3 Brian Reid
    March 1, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    We tried your recipe and a couple of different Albariño wines this past weekend. First off, the cocktail sauce was a winner. We loved the addition of the tarragon. The two wines we tried seemed to have more lemon and pink grapefruit characteristics–not a whole lot of peach and apricots. They were good, though, and worked well with the shrimp. One of the wines was a little more tart than the other. We found the less tart one paired better with the shrimp. All in all, it was fun to try some new wines. Thanks for the suggestion.

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