What to drink with fish?

What to drink with fish?

We’re often asked, what is the best wine to drink with fish.  We offer some advice:

For SHELLFISH, you’ll want a zesty, vibrant, crisp wine – perhaps a bit of salinity:

  • Spanish Albarino
  • French Chablis
  • Unoaked Chardonnay
  • French Muscadet
  • Sancerre
  • Dry Riesling
  • Champagne and Cava
  • And if you’re serving butter (lobster), a buttery California Chardonnay or French Chablis would be delicious

For light, lean and FLAKY WHITE fish (seabass, sole and tilapia), you’ll want a light crisp wine, with plenty of acid:

  • New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
  • Spanish Albarino
  • Austrian Gruner Veltliner
  • Dry German Reisling

If the fish, is white but THICKER AND FIRMER (cod, halibut), you can increase the flavor of the wine:

  • Viognier
  • French Chablis
  • Unoaked Chardonnay

For fish with STRONGER FLAVORS (tuna, salmon, swordfish) or a strong sauce, you might consider additional whites or lighter reds

  • Vouvray
  • most California Chardonnays
  • Rose
  • Pinot Noir (particularly with salmon)
  • Beaujolais
  • Some lighter Grenaches