Dec 25 2014

As the evenings are becoming lighter, brighter and warmer fish becomes a more popular dish for sitting out in the garden and watching the sun go down. Fish can be a very nutritious and healthy idea for BBQs and dinner parties too.

Some people do choose to avoid pairing wine and fish as they find it tricky due to the oils of the fish that can stay on your tongue, and then you have the sauce that goes with the fish and how the wine can match that too. Choosing the right wine to go with your fish can be a bit of a minefield so we have created this guide for your wines and fish which should help you at your next BBQ or dinner party.

You will find that wines from the south of France, Portuguese wines, Verdejo or Champagnes go well with flaky or delicate fish like sea bass, perch, sole, pollock or even haddock. You may even like to try Greek wines or a Grüner Veltliner because it’s a very mild flavoured fish. Many people choose to match a medium bodied or oaky white wine with fish that has a flaky texture but is a slightly heavier or firmer texture than a delicate fish. We recommend that you match fish like trout, cod, halibut or monkfish with wines like a white Rioja, a Chenin Blanc, a dry Riesling, maybe a Pinot Gris, a Chardonnay or even a bottle of your favourite Sauvignon Blanc.

When it comes to the meatier fish you really want to consider richer white wines or even some reds. So, when you are serving fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel or swordfish that have a meatier or steak like texture to them then you may want to look at grabbing a bottle of oaked Chardonnay, Champagne or Pinot Noir from your wine rack.

If you have friends round for strong flavoured fish you need to make sure your wine racks are fully stocked as the stronger flavoured fish is saltier and taste more like they are fresh from the sea. We mean fish like sardines, smoked mackerel, herring or even anchovies that can be very strong. This fish and wine pairing can be pretty tricky so you can chose to stock your wine racks with the following wines to make sure you get the pairing just right. You want to try Champagne, a dry Rosé, maybe some Greek red wines, Riesling or a Grenache Blanc which pair well as they are very prominent flavours.

Do you have any top tips for pairing wines and fish that you would like to share with us?