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Laura Pearse
26 March 2024 | Laura Pearse

Reeling in Fish and Wine Pairings

What wine taste best with fish? Matching wines with fish

Picture this: a table adorned with the freshest catch of the day, from delicate sea bass to succulent salmon, each dish meticulously prepared to perfection.

Now, imagine complementing these delectable seafood delights with the perfect glass of wine.

So grab a seat at the table, pour yourself a glass, and let's dive into the wonderful world of pairing wines with fish!

1. Lean and flaky fish: choose zesty and refreshing

When it comes to delicate and flaky fish like sea bass, whiting or flounder, aim for wines that are zesty and refreshing to complement their subtle flavours. Picture yourself savouring a perfectly grilled sea bass fillet or flounder alongside a glass of Sparkling Chardonnay. The effervescence and crisp acidity of this wine will enhance the lightness of the fish. If sparkling isn't your style, try the Verdelho, Gig White, or Unwooded Chardonnay which are equally delicious choices that will elevate your seafood experience to new heights.

2. Medium-textured fish: strike a balance between fresh & complex

Moving on to medium-textured fish varieties such as trout, snapper, salmon, or hake, you're looking for wines that strike the perfect balance between freshness and complexity. Our Verdelho and Unwooded Chardonnay fit the bill perfectly, with their vibrant fruit flavours and lively acidity. These wines will complement the slightly firmer texture of these fish, enhancing their natural flavours without overpowering them. For a touch of elegance, consider indulging in the Reserve Chardonnay, with its nuanced layers of fruit and subtle oak influence – a match made in seafood heaven!

3. Meaty Fish: calls for bold & fuller flavoured wines

For those indulging in meaty fish delights like tuna, salmon, or mackerel, we're stepping up our wine game with bold and flavourful options. The Reserve Chardonnay, whether from the current vintage or the museum collection, is the perfect choice to accompany these rich and robust catches. Its creamy texture and complex palate will complement the meatiness of the fish, while adding a touch of sophistication to your dining experience.

4. Strong-flavoured fish: Go crisp & lively or rich & robust

Last but certainly not least, there are the strong-flavoured catches like anchovies, sardines, and herring. These briny delights demand wines with character and depth to stand up to their intense flavours. Our Sparkling Chardonnay is a stellar choice, with its lively bubbles and crisp acidity cleansing the palate between bites. Alternatively, consider reaching for The Gig Grenache, a rich red wine with robust fruit flavours and a hint of spice – a surprising yet delightful match for strong-flavoured seafood dishes.

Whatever you choose, we hope your fish feast is an unforgettable culinary adventure. 


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