Seafood - A little bit fishy?

Seafood - A little bit fishy?

Published by Francis Elms on 12th Aug 2020

It's very, very've managed to reach the seaside...but the seagulls have already had your chips!

So, what can you do to turn around your day?

A plate of something "fishy" with some delicious, well-chilled #wine springs to mind.

The local restaurant seems to sell almost everything you desire, so what to have?

Let's go through some of the classic pairings for wines and #seafood ...

Louis Roederer Cristal, 2012

Notes of apricot, hazelnut and Danish pastries. Exquisite fruit quality. For the serious party-going yachtie!

Rated: 97/100 Wine Advocate Buy Cristal (2012) for £199/bt

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling, South Australia, 2017 

White flowers, peach, apple, lemon & lime. Really dry and fresh, zesty acidity.

Rated: 93/100 Wine Advocate Buy Pewsey Vale Riesling for £17.99/bt

Yalumba Organic Viognier, South Australia, 2019 

Floral, honeysuckle aroma. Citrus and tropical fruits on a luscious palate. Richly textured to match the lobster flesh.

Buy Yalumba Viognier for £11.99/bt

Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine Sur Lie Domaine Le Fief de la Brie, Loire, 2018 

Light, crisp, neutral-tasting, French dry white that lets the flavour of the mussels shine.

Buy Muscadet Sur Lie for £10.75/bt

Chablis Domaine Samuel Billaud "Grands Terroirs", Chablis, Burgundy, France 2018

Samuel's wines are some of the best in the area. This example uses fruit from three, old vine "lieux-dits" that are situated next to Premier Cru vineyards. Citrus blossom aroma, ripe appley fruit with tingling acidity. Thrilling!

Rated: Previous vintages (and just about every wine made by Samuel), regularly score 90+ Pts

Buy Chablis "Grands Terroirs" for £22/bt

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa 2019 

A classic from the New World. The Hamilton Russell family have been making one of the most consistently brilliant, barrel-fermented Chardonnay wines for decades! Intense pear and lime flavours with a tight, mineral core.

Rated: 93/100 Decanter Buy Hamilton Russell Chardonnay for £35.50/bt

Vina Nora "Nora" Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain, 2019 

An outstanding Albarino from the far west of the "Green" Spain. Aged on its "lees" for greater concentration and depth, there's juicy, melon and stone fruit flavours with complex, orange blossom & floral notes that pair well with white fish. The simpler the better. Just add a squeeze of lemon juice.

Rated: Another wine that often scores 88-90 points.  Wine Advocate & Wine Enthusiast

Buy Nora Albarino for £15.49/bt 

Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry

Very light, with the typical tangy/yeasty character of "Flor" influenced wines. A tapas favourite and a wine that powers through any dish using smoked fish. Drink well-chilled.

Buy La Gitana Manzanilla for £12/bt

Chinon "Les Temps des Cerises" Rouge, Domaine de la Noblaie, Loire, France 2018 

This is the "Red wine doesn't go with fish" versus "Oh, yes it does!" argument. If you're having a meaty-textured fish, then light reds, using varieties such as Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc (Chinon), will be a perfect match with dishes using Tuna.

An easy-drinking red with plump, black-cherry fruit and no oak. Fragrant and bright with an aroma of pencil shavings.

Buy Chinon Noblaie for£14.50/bt

If the seagull comes back, you can always get some more fish & chips with a cold beer!

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