Fish & Wine: 5 Common Pairings and Tips you Could Use

There’s hardly anyone who is not familiar with the rule that says “white wine goes with white fish”. That’s not always the case, though. What’s more, there are so many types of white wine and there are also thousands of ways to cook fish. This means you can easily get into a trap in case you simply stick to the rule.

So, today we’re going to talk about what kind of fish goes well with what type of wine. Plus, expect some interesting tips you could take advantage of!

1. Raw fish

In case you’re a huge fan of Japanese style food like sushi, sashimi or else, then we suggest you go for a wine with intense bouquet flavour. You may take white wine with an exquisite acidity, let’s say.

TIP №1: For an extra special pleasure, try combining raw fish with a sparkling wine.

2. Salty fish

Don’t forget that most sorts of fish are thought to have high salt content. This automatically makes it inappropriate for red wine’s tannins. So, if you happen to have a fish with more salt, then you should choose strong wines. Such are Port, Sherry or Madeira wine.

TIP №2: Always remember that the taste of fish should be the dominant one.

3. Freshwater fish

Freshwater fish like carp, bream, sheatfish, perch and others tend to have a very delicate and soft taste. Trout, for example, which also goes in this category, may be great for Merlot.

TIP №3: As a whole, semi-sweet wines (white, rose and red) are said to complement the taste of freshwater fish quite well.

4. Sea-fish

In case you prefer fish from the sea like anchovy, pilchard, herring, mackerel or something similar, then you might wanna try another kind of wine. Specialists say this food fits to white Riesling wine or to Pinot Noir (red one).

TIP №4: The loftier the outward appearance of a fish, the more complex and intense flavors should the wine have.

5. Red fish

For salmon, which is the most common type of fish that has orange to pinky-red color, you may choose both red and white wine. This puts you in some tangle, doesn’t it? Well, it all depends on the brand of wine, on the sauces and the way the fish has been cooked.

TIP №5: When you don’t know what to decide on, choose something universal. In this case, dry rose wine with a fine fruity taste, slight acidity and mineral aftertaste would suit great!

Hey, do you like combining fish with wine? Share with us what you think!

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