Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wine and Fish: A Perfect Match

So you’re dining out at your favorite restaurant overlooking the bay, and to complement the seaside ambience, you’ve ordered some choice seafood to enjoy with your special someone. To make things even more romantic, you want to buy the best wine, but you don’t exactly know which one to choose. Here are some tips to help you out:

Mild Fish

For mild flavored fish like sea bass, sole, or striped bass, your best bet would be whites with an explosive zest so you can balance the mild, delicate flavor of the fish. Your choices should include Vermentino, champagne, cava, white Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.

Fried Fish

If you don’t want to wash down the romantic ambience by ordering a tall mug of beer with your fish and chips, opt for sparkling wines instead. Sparklers are best when paired with any fried fish because no other wine retains its flavor when taken with such oily food. Your choices can include champagne, Prosecco, and cava.

Meaty Fish

For extra meaty fish like salmon, halibut, swordfish, mackerel, or even shark, choose rich white wines full of flavor to complement the dish. These include Viognier, chardonnay, soave, Pinot d’Alsace, white Pinot noir, and White Cotes du Rhone.

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