Updated: Jun 2, 2019
You want to know what wine to drink with your salmon? I’ll give you the full scoop and at the end, I will give you my Wine Pairing chart that will be your ultimate guide to wine pairings.
There are a few considerations when pairing wine with salmon:
1. Intensity - Salmon is rich, intensely flavored fish so if I go for a watery wine, I might not taste the wine very much. So in general if you wish to taste the wine, go for something that packs a punch like a Sauvignon Blanc, a Pinot Noir or a Gruner Veltliner. These are all grape varieties with a lot of flavor. 2. Flavors - Speaking of flavor, The 2nd thing I consider for choosing wine for salmon is the flavor of the salmon and any ingredients in the preparation. A classic flavor pairing for salmon is lemon, so I think about what wines have a lemony flavor to them and I go to wines like Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc. Now before you begin to think this is complex - We all make these kinds of flavor choices when we choose whether we want ketchup or mustard on our hot dogs but for some reason, when it comes to wine we freak out.
By the way, let me know - what do you like on your hot dogs in the comments below!
So to help keep you from freaking out when it comes to wine, I created a simple "Choose Your Own Wine Adventure" wine pairing chart that can help you easily pair flavors so that you can really enjoy your meal to the maximum and keep calm when choosing wines.
3. The 3rd step in choosing what wine to drink with salmon is - the MOST important step. What kind of wine do you like? You can always find a wine within your wine type that will match the food. Say you like bold reds - try one without too much tannin, you know the graininess that dries out your mouth that you find in black tea - that is tannin. Stick to wines with low tannins like Pinot Noir, Beaujolais or Valpolicella.
More of a sweet wine lover - you can go to Riesling or a French Pinot Gris for a great pairing. And don’t forget about rosé. French, Italian or California rosé will all pair great with just about any salmon if you like them!
So this gives you a few wine options. If you want to narrow those down and choose one, go with Pinot Noir - it is my ace up the sleeve for winning at wine pairing.
If you want to choose one of these fine wines and ace the art of pairing wine and food, I’ll give you my free chart that will help you do all your food and wine pairings easily. Click on the link here and I will send it to you. It is going to give you everything you need to enjoy your wines.