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 proteins to veggies, the opportunity to create mouthwatering matches is truly endless, but with the summer season in full swing, it’s only right that we dive into the world of 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? Eliminate the guess work and check out our hand-curated list of 12 wines that pair perfectly with any of the fresh, globally responsible shellfish from our Seafood Department.
From oysters and clams to mussels, shrimp and scallops, this list is your ticket to an incredible tasting adventure!
1. Chateau La Freynelle Bordeaux Blanc (Bordeaux. France)
A blend of Sauvignon, Muscadelle and Semillon, this intensely aromatic and rich wine carries notes of lemons, grapefruit, peaches and honeysuckle.
2. Domaine des Quatre Routes Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine, Sur Lie (Loire Valley, France)
Made entirely from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, this French selection is delicate and crisp with balanced notes of citrus and pear.
3. Domaine Paul Thomas Sancerre Les Comtesses (Loire Valley, France)
Creamy in texture and driven by flavors of jasmine and almond, this French Sauvignon Blanc is complemented by bright undertones of apple and grapefruit.
4. Dopff & Irion Crustaces (Alsace, France)
Featuring a unique blend of Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc grapes, this fresh and lively white is redolent of green apples, white elderberry flowers and dill with an unmistakable white pepper finish.
5. Drappier Carte d’Or Brut (Champagne, France)
Complex and powerful, this French Champagne, opens with aromas of white stone fruit and is quickly followed by a spicy hint with characteristics of quince jelly.
6. Drouhin Vaudon Chablis (Burgundy, France)
Dry and fruity on the palate with mineral notes and fresh lemon and grapefruit aromas, this chardonnay is slightly herbal and easy-to-drink.
7. Hakutsuru Sho-Une Junmai Daiginjo Saké (Kinki, Japan)
Velvety smooth and full-bodied with soft aromas of pear and flickers of white peach, this unique selection, made from Yamada Nishiki Rice, is slightly dry and very complex.
8. Herdade Rocim Mariana Rosé (Alentejo, Portugal)
Voluminous and fresh with distinct minerality and fresh red fruit flavors, this South American rosé is best known for it’s gorgeous pale pink hue.
9. Jadix Picpoul De Pinet (Picpoul De Pinet, France)
Fresh in the mouth with good acidity and a unique hint of salinity typical of the Picquepoul grape, the intense fruity bouquet of citrus and exotic fruit flavors in this wine are remarkable.
10. Roederer Estate Brut (Anderson Valley, California)
Made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this bubbly is crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice and hazelnut flavor. Light and refreshing, each sip leads to a greater depth of flavor.
11. St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley, California)
Lime and grapefruit combine in this bright white with threads of caper and anise and a zesty finish.
12. Stoller Family Estate Chardonnay (Dundee Hills, Oregon)
Initially vibrant with notes of mandarin orange, baked apples and ginger, the finish of this Pacific Northwest Chardonnay is long and soft.