9 Essential Wine & Seafood Pairings

9 Essential Wine & Seafood Pairings

by McWilliam's Wines, 09 October 2017

Matching fresh seafood with the right wine is guided by the characteristics of the seafood. See the best seafood & wine pairings to ensure the perfect match.

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and Fish & Chips

This light and refreshing wine will cut through the oil and batter perfectly. A textural wine complemented with an acid backbone, it works wonderfully with fish and chips.

SHOP: Inheritance Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Moscato and Prawns

A dose of Moscato is like adding a fresh spritz of lemon dressing to your prawns. Enjoyed both chilled on a hot summer’s day!

SHOP: Fruitwood Moscato

Shiraz and Swordfish

Heavier, meatier seafood dishes, like grilled swordfish, hold up well with red wines like a medium bodied, fresh Shiraz.

SHOP: McW 480 Hilltops Shiraz

READ MORE: Wine & Chocolate Pairing

Sauvignon Blanc and Scallops

Sauvignon Blanc allows the distinct grassy and buttery notes of the scallops to shine through.

SHOP: McW 480 Tumbarumba Sauvignon Blanc

Pinot Noir and Salmon

Pinot Noir stands up to the richness of the salmon while still being light and bright enough to pair with fish.

SHOP: McW 660 Reserve Tumbarumba Pinot Noir

Vermentino and Squid

A soft, creamy and medium bodied Vermentino is the perfect pairing for pan-fried salt and pepper squid.

SHOP: Hanwood Estate 1913 Series Vermentino

READ MORE: The Best Wine for Burgers

Pinot Grigio and Sea Bass

A milder fish, Pinot Grigio provides a brightness that allows the subtle flavours to come forward.

SHOP: McW 480 Tumbarumba Pinot Grigio

Rosé and Crab

Crab delivers a rich sweetness that goes perfectly with a subtly sweet Rosé.

SHOP: On the Grapevine Rosé

Chardonnay and Trout

Trout delivers great flavour that goes well with the roundness and acidity of a good Chardonnay.

SHOP: Single Vineyard Tumbarumba Chardonnay

READ MORE: Wine & Cheese Pairing

This is an edited version of a story that first appeared on VinePair.


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