Wine and Seafood Pairing Guide


With warm weather comes grilling season.  Not content with everyday fare like burgers or brats?  Have you tried to up your grill game with seafood?  After serving some of the typical grill goodies to the children, settle in for some adult conversation, food, and even some wine.  Not sure how to match wine options to seafood?  We have you some tips to get you started.




When going to a restaurant a lot of people tend to order their favorite meal accompanied by their favorite glass of wine. However, very few people give thought to how the wine complements the food. By considering the two together, you can really enhance your overall dining experience. Keeping that in mind, read on to discover some of the best wines to go with seafood dishes…



What red wines should you drink with seafood?


  •      Pinot Noir – When it comes to red wine and seafood you simply cannot go wrong with Pinot Noir. Bordeaux wine works well too. This wine complements everything from scallops and swordfish to tuna and salmon. It is a wine that is easy to drink, offering beautiful ripe berry and cherry flavors.
  •      Merlot – Merlot wine is generally enjoyed with meat dishes, such as duck or lamb. Nonetheless, it also goes really well with tuna. If you have never enjoyed this popular wine before, you should definitely try it. It is a medium-bodied red wine that has notes of plum, black cherry, strawberry, blackberry, and red berries. There are also hints of fruitcake, chocolate, and cedar.

What white wines should you drink with seafood?


  •      Chardonnay – This wine goes beautifully with practically all types of seafood. This includes oysters, tuna, striped bass, red snapper, scallops, crab, lobster, and shrimp. If you are having a seafood dish and don’t know what wine to go for, Chardonnay is a safe bet. This wine is aged in oak barrels and is known for its buttery taste. It has the ideal balance of lemon, oak, ripe fruit, and other citrus fruits.
  •      Chenin Blanc – Chenin Blanc is another delicious wine that goes really well with seafood. It is best suited to dishes containing mussels, clams, oysters, or shrimp. In fact, this is one of the most popular wines. It is a light bodied wine with beautiful delicate flavors.
  •      Gewürztraminer – When eating smoked fish, Gewurztraminer is the best wine to go for. This wine complements the likes of herring and trout beautifully. The flavors you can expect to taste include rose, pear, apricot, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and honey.
  •      Sauvignon Blanc – Last but not least, the final wine you should consider ordering with your seafood meal is undoubtedly Sauvignon Blanc. This wine goes beautifully with salmon, oysters, clams, scallops, shrimp, swordfish, crab, mussels, tuna, red snapper, and more. The primary fruit flavors found in Sauvignon Blanc include the likes of white peach, passion fruit, green apple, and lime. These are then teamed with herbaceous flavors to create the ideal balance.


All in all, there is a great selection of wines that complement seafood beautifully. If you opt for any of the suggestions that have been mentioned, you are assured to enjoy your meal a lot more than you may have imagined.  Be responsible in your enjoyment and have a designated driver.  

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