A Beginner’s Guide to Wine and Seafood

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It’s National Drink Wine Day (hurrah!) and so we wanted to share with you some guidelines for pairing wine with our delicious Scottish Seafood.

When it comes to meat we know the general rules – red wine with red meat and white tastes nice with chicken but when it comes to seafood, it can seem more complicated. Is that really the case? We had a chat with Gordon Davidson of Corney and Barrow, one of the UK’s oldest independent wine merchants, to find out what his recommendations are for wine and seafood.

Gordon has provided some easy to remember guidelines so read on if you want to know what pairs best with your Amity haul! 
 

WHITE FISH

White fish cooked simply pairs well with a classic dry French white – Muscadet, Chablis or Sancerre,” explains Gordon, “something interesting from the Arinto Grape in Southern Portugal, or the fascinating white from Southern France – Picpoul – is the immediate through but there are loads of wonderful ‘seafood friendly’ whites from there.”

And for fans of Rosé he has this suggestion: “Don’t forget the Provencal rosés!”

However, heavily seasoned white fish requires further consideration when it comes to wine selection: “The more flavours (herbs and spices) you add to white fish, the more weight in the wine so Viognier, Riesling, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and New World lightly oaked Chardonnays work best.”
 
For those that enjoy a luxurious creamy sauce with their white fish Gordon says “White Burgundy or Semillon is a classic match.”

However, we were surprised to discover when it comes to white fish, its not all about white wine!
 
“If you start working with tomatoes, then a light red with crunchy fruit and acidity would be a match – look at young pinot noirs (very lightly oaked and no more than that!) from Burgundy and the southern hemisphere
and also Beaujolais.” You learn something new every day!
 
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OILY AND SMOKED FISH

For oily fish and in particular salmon or mackerel, Gordon recommends German or Antipodean Rieslings: “That
packs lots of citrussy (lemon and lime) and apple-y (green) fruit and acidity that will cut through and balance the oily texture and weight”.
 
Fans of Salmon in particular take note: “Arinto is very good with lighter smoked salmon, as is Gewurztraminer with the more heavily smoked/robust salmon.”
 
SPECIAL OFFER: 2 for £5 on Fresh Salmon

WHAT ABOUT A FISH SUPPER? 

Wine pairing does not just extend to fine dining! Did you know fried fish and fizz is a classic combination that works brilliantly with batter and vinegar? Consider pouring yourself a refreshing glass of prosecco
the next time you are having one of our Fish Supper Boxes!
 

SHELLFISH

And for Shellfish and in particular? “Langoustine and Lobster scream out of the classics!” Gordon says excitedly: “Muscadet, Chablis, Sancerre again – and again, Picpoul and Arinto – and also don’t forget the other Iberian seafood classic Albarino!”
 
What about prawns? “Any white (still or sparkling) is just perfect! Good Chardonnay always works, but
proper white Burgundy from good producers is the ultimate match!”
 

SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION:

When asked about what he would recommend in particular, Gordon offers this piece of advice: “I almost forgot one of the great recent finds for combining with smoked salmon and mackerel – and also some of the more complex white dishes: A Hungarian Dry Furmint, curiously named Egy Kis! This is too good not to give a special mention!”

And what about budget? There are options starting from £8.25 on the Corney and Barrow site.
 
So there you have it, the perfect guide to pairing great wine with your Amity order.

 

FOR OUR CUSTOMERS:

If this piece has inspired you to source some beautiful wine to pair with your Amity haul, Corney & Barrow are offering FREE DELIVERY on any bottle of wine purchased from their selection. Simply call 01875 321921 and quote ‘AMITY’ to take advantage of this offer or visit www.corneyandbarrow.com to find out more. For more offers like this, don’t forget to sign up to our Weekly Wave Emails at www.amityfish.co.uk
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You can change your box whenever you want by logging into your account or by contacting us directly. You can change the frequency, change the box type or even cancel.

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Each box can be purchased as a one time purchase or why not choose to have it delivered every week, every 2 weeks or every 4 weeks for hassle free From Shore to Door fish deliveries. Our subscriptions have excellent savings and can be cancelled anytime.


Choose Box

We have 9 fish boxes available to suit everyone, whether it’s the Family Favourites, the Fish Supper or Luxury BBQ Fish Box, each one is great value for money.

Or why not choose the Skippers Choice Taster Box, you select which fish you don’t like then let us handpick a selection of products from our wide range of best selling Scottish seafood. We will try and give you a different selection each time.