Best Wine with Fish

Who doesn’t love a good wine and fish pairing? I know I do (even though I won’t be eating this barracuda). I went fishing the last time I was in Bimini, which got me thinking about all the types of wine with fish pairings out there. One solid rule is to pair wines based off the fish texture and flavor.

Lean and Flaky Mild Fish

We’re dealing with branzino, tilapia, sea bass, etc. For these, you’ll want zesty and fresh whites. Some examples include Pinot Grigio, sparkling wine, Albariño, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Medium-Textured Fish

When you’re eating red snapper, catfish, or trout, you’ll want to look for medium bodied whites with strong aromas and rich full-bodied whites. Some examples include California Chardonnay, Fiano, Sémillon, and dry Chenin Blanc.

Meaty Fish

For meatier fish like salmon, tuna, mahi mahi, swordfish, you can have a little untraditional fun. These fish are steak-like and can hold up to fun stuff (like reds and rosés). Some examples are Viognier, White Burgundy, dry rosé, Marsanne, and Roussanne.

Strong-Flavored Fish

For mackerel, sardines, anchovies, etc. you’ll have a certain intensity and boldness brought into the mix. You can get a little wild here. Some examples are crémant, Lambrusco, rosé, Pinot Noir, and Gamay.

What’s your favorite wine with fish pairing?

My family on a boat ready to pair wine with fish

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