4 wines that pair perfectly with seafood

January 30, 2015

Wine can compliment any meal, but when it comes to seafood there is an opportunity to find the perfect match. Here are some wines that will work best with your next seafood meal.

4 wines that pair perfectly with seafood

1. Chardonnay

  • Chardonnay is a full-bodied white wine with hints of butter and a particular grassy flavour that makes it great for pairing with a wide variety of seafood dinners.
  • Chardonnay pairs well with crab, lobster and raw oysters.
  • Hearty white fish are another fine match for chardonnay.
  • Try pairing a glass with a well-prepared bass or swordfish.

2. Sauvignon Blanc

  • Usually dry and light, this is the wine that goes with everything from salmon to clams, as well as a wide variety of white fish, including halibut.
  • Sauvignon Blanc also matches well with most salads and sides that are served with seafood dishes.
  • The fresh, crisp taste pairs perfectly with most vegetables and even fresh fruits such as strawberries.

3. Pinot Noir

  • Pinot Noir is just the right red wine, a light variety that goes amazingly well with a wide selection of seafood dinners.
  • Pinot Noir matches best with full-flavoured items, such as scallops and shrimp, but it can also be enjoyed with hearty fish cuts, such as swordfish and tuna.
  • This is also the wine of choice for tomato-based seafood dishes, like cioppino, an Italian stew of mixed shellfish and white fish in a garlic and tomato broth.

4. Champagne

  • Sparkling wines, such as Champagne, are an excellent choice for seafood brunches and go exceptionally well with raw seafood dishes.
  • Try some bubbly with sushi, sashimi and tuna tartar.
  • Champagne is also the perfect companion to a plate of raw oysters on the half shell.
  • Champagne can also be paired with a variety of lighter white fish dishes, such as cod or halibut, for a refreshing combination.

Because shellfish, caviar and fish all have unique tastes, it's important to pair the wine for the meal the right way. By digging a bit deeper into the philosophy and science of wine pairings, you'll create a memorable and delicious meal.


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