Best Seafood and Wine Pairings to Try This Summer

July 11, 2022

Best Seafood and Wine Pairings to Try This Summer

Summer is perhaps the best time to pair seafood with wines to woo your family and your friends at your next dinner party. However, pairing wines with seafood can be a bit tricky. From freshly shucked oysters to salmon, white wine with seafood is often believed to be a match made in heaven.  But that's simply not always the case. Seafood can be paired with all types of wines, whether it's white, red, orange, or sparkling. It's seafood's texture, taste, and aroma that plays a key role in choosing the right wine. 

If you are wondering how to pair seafood and wine, here are some great combinations you must try at your next dinner party. 

  • Raw Oysters

  • The salty taste and creamy texture of oysters have something that makes them a great opening statement for any occasion. Nothing is more refreshing than sipping wine or champagne with grilled oysters with herb butter on a hot summer day. However, one can associate oysters with white wine like Chablis, California Brut Rose, Muscadet, and Sancerre, pairing this ocean delicacy with rosés can be a winning combination. You can mix and match the smooth velvety texture of five major varieties of oysters (Atlantic, Pacific, Kumamoto, Olympias, and Belongs) with the tangy flavor of different wines. 

  • Grilled White Seafood

  • This utterly delicious recipe is prepared with white fish such as halibut or sole or things like shrimp, lobster, and scallops. Preparing it is simply easy. Just grill the fish and serve it with light seasoning or just lemon. It can be paired with white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato, Riesling, or Viognier as it doesn't include heavy sauces or seasonings that overpower delicate flavors.

  • Sushi 

  • Pairing wine with sushi can be a frustrating task. However, there are certain ways you can find the best match. Raw fish pairs well with white wines that are dry, austere, and crisp, like Sauvignon Blanc.  Avoid pairing red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux blends, Barolos, or Brunellos with sushi as they can overpower the flavor of the dish. If you really want to try red wine with sushi, red Sancerre can be your safest bet. The smooth, silky texture of this wine doesn't clash with the rich flavor of the sushi.

  • Fish Curry

  • Craving a curry but don't know which wine to choose? Fish curry is the trickiest dish to pair with because of its strong flavors combining savory and sweet spices such as cumin, black pepper, ginger, clove, and more. Pairing curry with the best wines with a hint of residual sugar helps balance the effects of excess curry species. For best results, try pairing it with wines like an Alsatian Pinot Gris, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc.

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