Last year a scientific study identified the chemical interactions that happen inside your mouth after each bite of food and sip of beverage. The tests demonstrated how certain pairings actually improve the lingering taste of food in your mouth. Some foods were even better with wine than with water. Fish is deceptively tricky to pair with many wines because of how fish oils hang on your taste buds. Beyond just the choice of fish, the sauce and fish preparation affects what tastes best when pairing wine with fish.
Fin fish can be characterized into 4 major groups by texture and flavor. As a general rule white wine pairs well with most fish, but certain white wines go better with certain types of fish.
Lean and Flaky Fish - Mild flavored white fish with filets that are usually thin. Sea Bass, Branzino, Black Sea bass, Flounder, Perch, Porgy, Sole, Fluke, Tilapia, Wild Striped Bass, Pollock, Haddock
Wine with Flaky Fish - Look for zesty and refreshing whites to balance the delicate fish flavor.
Perhaps you’ve been in this situation before: You’ve been put in charge of picking wine for your date or even more stressful: at a business dinner. How do you order from the wine list and not look like an idiot?
The goal is simple, learn how to order wine that not only pleases your dining partner but works great with the food. Also, avoid embarrassing moments during “The Wine Presentation” by knowing what’s expected of you. Learn how to order wine like a sommelier.
Tip One - Assess The Scene Imagine you’re seated in a steakhouse at a somewhat rigid business dinner. The low-lighting and dark mahogany exudes class and serious business dealings. Is this the place for a lightly frizzante Gruner Veltliner? I think not. Dude. Where are you? Assessing the scene will help you pick a style of wine. The scene goes beyond what you’re eating. Where are you? Who are you with? How do you want to feel. Drinking wine is your opportunity to define the moment. Is this a Chardonnay moment or something more brooding… like Nebbiolo.
The Best Wine For The Mood
“Light & Fruity” - If the sun is still shining and you are just starting the night, a light and fruity wine is perfect because it’s easy to drink.“Light & Earthy” - The intellectuals wine. Light and earthy wines have subtle flavors and complex aromatics. They are great for slow drinkers.“Bold & Fruity” - The classic “Crowd Pleaser” wine. These wines work great to satisfy large groups where preferences are diverse.“Bold & Earthy” - Serious business. The black coffee of wine.
Learn the basic wine characteristics to discover your favorite styles of wine.