Sutter Home & Spicy Salmon, a perfect dinner combination!

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Some days after a long work day that’s followed by a heavy traffic commute, I just want to get home, sit in my backyard, enjoy a glass of wine and watch my little boys play hide and seek.

Ideally, my husband would be preparing a lovely dinner for us which would pair nicely with a second glass of wine to be enjoyed before evening mommy duties involving baths, story time and lullabies, take over.

I’m able to daydream about this relaxing scenario because it happened recently and it was amazing!


On a recent Friday evening, I was flustered with the amount of traffic on the I-5 Freeway coming home from Downtown Los Angeles. My work day had been long and stressful with a project deadline that seemed impossible to meet. Nevertheless, I got everything done and was ecstatic about going home.

Upon arriving, I noticed my husband was preparing dinner. I had purchased all the ingredients to make a delicious Spicy Jalapeno Garlic Salmon recipe over the weekend but my dear hubby decided to surprise me with this dish after my long day at work.


Then I realized I had a bottle of Sutter Home White Zinfandel!

I was happy because Sutter Home is one of my favorite, California-based, family-owned wine brands (which also happens to be very reasonably priced).

The Sutter Home White Zinfandel varietal was perfect for making this occasion a little more special! Plus, did you know Sutter Home sweet wines pair perfectly with spicy foods? This is important for me because as a Mexican-American woman who grew up enjoying spicy foods, I always look for drinks that pair well with my love of Latin, spicy cuisine.


Sutter Home White Zinfandel is made with delicate aromas that lead to sweet, creamy strawberry and melon flavors and a crisp finish. If you pair it with the Spicy Jalapeno Garlic Salmon dish, you’re in for an exquisite, easy-to-make meal that’s light and enjoyable.

Here’s the quick recipe for this delicious dish. It requires only five ingredients:

Ingredients (Serves Two):

  • 2 Salmon Steaks (I purchased fresh organic salmon from my local grocery store)
  • 2 Fresh Jalapenos
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 15 Chive strands


  1. Prepare salmon steaks by cleaning them and if you wish, removing the skins (I personally love the skin so we didn’t remove them)

  2. Preheat your oven at 350 degrees.

  3. Dice the jalapenos, garlic and chives. I diced them finely to make it look more like a chunky sauce.

  1. Mix the diced ingredients into a bowl with the soy sauce and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

  2. Marinate the Salmon in the mixture with a spoon (you can also do it with your hands but beware– the spiciness of the mixture is real!!

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  1. Once the salmon is covered in the mixture, set it on a skillet or oven tray.

  2. Bake the salmon for half an hour. It may require less time, depending on the thickness of the salmon filet.

  3. Remove from the oven and serve paired with a glass of Sutter Home White Zinfandel

This particular recipe would also pair wonderfully with Sutter Home Moscato!

After our backyard dinner, everything felt calm and relaxing. While my husband and I enjoyed our Spicy Garlic Salmon, my sons ate fish sticks, strawberries and apple juice…hehe.

These memories are what make family time so special! And speaking of family, did you know Sutter Home Family Vineyards has received over 400 medals? I would be happy to award them with an extra ten medals for helping transform my long stressful workday into an enjoyable evening with my family.

Friends, have you enjoyed Sutter Home wine? What recipes have you paired your favorite Sutter Home Wine with? They have a number of wine varietals for all of your enjoyment and entertainment purposes!

Make sure you visit the Sutter Home website to learn more about the varietals and see more recipe inspiration!

Thanks for reading!


-Anabel M.

Anabel Marquez