Having said “yes” to the opportunity to receive fresh, live snow crabs from Aqua Best Fish and Seafood in New York City for review, and given marching orders to “cook them any way I would like”, last week we were greeted at the door by a big box from FedEx, filled with crawling creatures from the sea.
Friends arrived, and fresh crabs were simply boiled, butter drawn, colorful vegetables roasted, and saffron rice prepared.
The snow crabs were soft, sweet and succulent and if you have never had uber-fresh seafood (i.e. live one minute, not so much the next) you need to stop purchasing “frozen fresh” seafood chillin’ on ice, and find a market which offers live crustaceans – then cook them yourself.
Paired with the snow crabs were two delicious Sauvignon Blanc wines sent to me as samples from different regions of France and with distinct tastes. The wine paired perfectly with the meaty crabs dipped in warm butter and my guests loved each wine for various reasons.
A few details on the wine:
2011 La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc – This wine from the Central Loire was my personal favorite. its crisp minerality, pear, peach, apricot, and flowers were evident in both aromas and tastes.
I loved the full body and balance of acidity and fruit and its finish was just long enough when sipped after a taste sensation of juicy snow crab. Comments from the guests? “We should drink this wine more often!” “Light and crisp!” Are you salivating yet? This is a fantastic value for less than $12.00.
Le Jaja de Jau 2010 Sauvignon Blanc – Jaja is an old French slang word for “glass of wine” or “everyday wine”. From the Cotes de Gascogne, I enjoyed this 100% Sauvignon Blanc wine for its aromas of flowers, pear, citrus, and minerality, and tastes of pink grapefruit dominating other citrus notes.
The medium finish was pleasant and I understand why Le Jaja de Jau could be a go-to wine after a day of…crabbing! Guest comments included “crisp yet full bodied” and “I love the grapefruit tastes!” Cost is no more than $10.00.
Snow crabs paired with two different Sauvignon Blancs from France? But of course! Put these choices on your list to try at home, and check out Aqua Best or your local fresh caught seafood shop for a treat that’s good any time of the year!