Wine Pairing: What Drinks Go With Seafood?

2018-11-24T19:45:55-05:00November 25th, 2018|Wine|0 Comments

Author: Cassie, best recipes team

Seafood Cob

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Barbecued and grilled fish

Best wine: These can handle a more robust white wine such as a crisp Chardonnay that is light on the oak flavours.

Best beer: Choose a cold pale ale or pilsner which will enhance the flavour of a firm fish.

Sushi and sashimi

Best wine: Opt for a softer white wine with little acidity, such as an older style Riesling. Brut sparkling wine and sake are also ideal.

Best beer: Sashimi and beer is a match made in heaven. Opt for an ice-cold pilsner which won’t overwhelm the subtle flavour of the fish.

Fish and chips, salt and pepper calamari and tempura prawns

Best wine: Opt for a white wine with more acidity, such as a young Riesling. This will cut through the fat from the frying process.

Best beer: Opt for a pilsner, which will enhance the flavours of the fish, calamari and prawns, and will stand up to the fat left in the batters.


Best wine: Don’t overwhelm the subtle flavour of the oysters, instead, opt for a fresh wine such as a Semillon Blanc or a sparkling wine.

Best beer: A strong flavoured stout is an ideal companion to fried or cooked oysters. For freshly-shucked go for a lighter pilsner or pale ale.


Best wine: Choose a lighter, sweeter wine, such as a Pinot Gris, which will balance the dish and won’t overwhelm the mussels’ sweet flavour.

Best beer: Beer is an ideal companion to mussels, so choose from either a dark ale, stout or a pale ale depending on your sauce.

Smoked salmon and trout

Best wine: Here your pairing depends on your choice of garnish. If it’s served with capers and sliced red onion, try a crisp white such as a Semillon; however, for creamy sauces, think Chardonnay.

Best beer: For the beer drinkers, choose a dark ale which can handle the big flavours of smoked fish.

Grilled salmon and trout

Best wine: These darker, oilier fish are complemented perfectly by a light red wine such as Pinot Noir. If you prefer white wines, opt for a Chardonnay.

Best beer: Choose a European-style white or wheat beer, or brown ale which can stand up to the oilier flavour of the fish and cleanse the palate between mouthfuls.