Fishing for the right wine
Fin fish can be characterized into several major groups by texture and flavor. As a general rule white wine pairs well with most fish, but certain white wines go better with certain types of fish.
1. Lean and Flaky Fish
Mild in flavor, white fish, thin filet
Sea Bass, Branzino, Black Sea Bass, Flounder, Perch, Porgy, Sole, Fluke, Tilapia, Wild Striped Bass, Pollock, Haddock
Look for zesty and refreshing whites to balance with the delicate flavors of lighter fish.
Check out Grüner Veltliner, Italian Pinot Grigio, Vinho Verde, Muscadet, Albariño, Cava, French Sauvignon Blanc.
2. Medium Textured Fish
Flaky, but firm and thick.
Trout, Artic char, Catfish, Red snapper, Grouper, Skate, Cod, Hake, Black fish, Haddock, redfish, Halibut, Sablefish, Monkfish, Chilean Seabass, Escobar
Look for medium bodied whites with high aromatics and rich full-bodied white aged in oak.
Check out Chardonnay, Californian Sauvignon Blanc, White Rioja, Semillion, Dry Chenin Blanc, Fiano, Pinot Gris
3. Meaty Fish
Firm and meaty with a steak-like texture
Bluefish, Salmon, Mackeral, Mahi Mahi, Shark, Swordfish, Tuna, Monkfish
Look for rich white wines with lots of flavor and even light reds and roses!
Check out oaked Chardonnay, Viognier, white Burgundy, dry Rose, Italian Chardonnay, white Cotes du Rhone, Soave, dry Riesling
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