Whether you’re hosting a tasting party or simply enjoying a meal at home, no culinary experience is complete without the proper food and wine pairings.
From meat and fresh fillets of fish to veggies, the opportunity to create mouthwatering matches is truly endless, but what about shellfish?
Shellfish are traditionally paired with light whites and sparkling wines, but with so many delicious options in our Wine Department, how do you choose?
While a “perfect pairing” is ultimately judged by what you enjoy, the five recommendations below represent a robust selection of some of our current favorite wines to drink with shellfish. Always feel free to experiment and discover your own favorites, too!
1. Codorniu Anna de Codorniu Brut Rosé
A stunning sparkling wine value from Spain, Codorniu Anna de Codorniu Brut Rosé is tremendous paired with spicy treats. A flute of this berry-tinged wine with freshly sucked oysters and a side of spicy cocktail sauce is absolute perfection.
2. Santo Assyrtiko
The very best white wine made on the Greek island of Santorini, Assyrtiko (ah-SEER-ti-ko), this selection practically tastes like the sea that surrounds it. The perfect marriage of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, there’s really no shellfish in the ocean that this wine won’t enhance.
3. Argyle Brut
One of the finest sparkling wine deals in the U.S., this elegant pick from Oregon makes best friends with garlicky shellfish dishes. Wash down a bowl of garlic-steamed clams dipped in lemon butter with this fizzy treat and your taste buds will sing.
4. Bonny Doon Vineyard Picpoul
Fun to say and even more fun to drink, Picpoul (PICK-pool) is an underrated white grape from France that has made its way to California’s central coast. “Picpoul” translates literally to “lip stinger,” as the wine’s bright acidity and savory flavors are perfectly suited for seafood. As said perfectly by Randall Grahm from Bonny Doon Vineyard, “This wine is an absolutely perfect match for all manner of crustacean and molluscan nutrient!”
5. Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling
Complex and powerful, this French Champagne, opens with aromas of white stone fruit and is quickly fHailing from New York’s Finger Lakes region (home to some of America’s best Rieslings), we enjoy this wine’s tart green apple flavors with Asian-inspired mussel dishes. Don’t be afraid to kick up the spice, as the wine effortlessly puts out the fire!