There’s no denying my love of white wine. For me, I find white wine so exciting. It can be made from so many different grapes and made into so many different styles. Naturally when I am dining on seafood, it’s the ultimate choice for that wine and food combo that’ll have me weak at the knees.
With Easter just around the corner, and the loom of winter snipping at our toes, it seems a great time to feast on seafood and white wine if you ask me.
Recently the lovely folk at Dan Murphy’s sent out a media pack with this exact idea in mind – ‘Delicious Seafood and White Wine Pairings for the Ultimate Easter Feast’. It included the below 6 wines and suggested seafood pairings.
I saw that as a bit of a challenge and decided to try my hand at them. Well all except the last bottle. The suggested ‘crab and prawn ravioli in seafood bisque sauce’ sure did sound nice, but after a hectic day, the food match turned into fish’n’chips. We did order a couple of crab sticks, so there was some crab in the ‘dish’ ;)
On that note, let’s get stuck into it:
Pinot Gris & Thai Green Fish Curry
This is an incredible match, definitely a favourite of mine now!
I have never ever considered chowing down on a fish curry – but oh my, this homemade Thai Green Fish Curry was awesome! And then teamed up with this bottle of Isabel 2017 Pinot Gris from Marlborough, NZ ?? It’s going to be one of my stand out wine & food matches of the year, I’m sure. This bottle is part of the Dan Murphy’s ‘Seafood and White Wine Pairings for Easter’ promo. At $29 it’s a cracker of a PG – I know there’s a number of Pinot Gris haters out there, but seriously, NZ producing some quality tipples. It’s a light lemon colour in the glass with a slight peachiness to it. The nose is fruity and floral with fresh apple and quince dominating. In the mouth it’s full of juicy pear, slices of nectarine and a hint of honey and grapefruit acidity. Perfect match to the zing of a Thai Green Fish Curry ? All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #sample #tcweekdaywine #tctastingnotes
Chilean Chardonnay & Salmon
The next white wine and seafood match for Easter is this 2017 Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay made by Concha Y Toro in Chile ($14) with salmon & kale slaw ? It’s a brilliant yellow-gold colour in the glass. The nose is a touch bready with spiced apple/pear and a hint of minerality. In the mouth it’s full of juicy peach, a squeeze of lemon, a sprinkling of nuts and a pinch of white pepper. All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #winesample #tcweekdaywine
McLaren Vale Chardonnay & Tuna Nicoise Salad
And the next white wine and seafood match for Easter is the Craftsman ‘Smooth & Buttery’ McLaren Vale Chardonnay ($15, Dan Murphy’s own brand) and a tuna Niçoise salad – fresh, vibrant and tasty! The Chardy is a glistening yellow colour in the glass. While on the nose it has a creamy banana sundae smell to it and with hints of lemon zest, and milk arrowroot bickies. In the mouth it’s rather smooth as the label suggests with decent acidity and it has a moist lemon sponge flavour to it. All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #winesample #tcweekdaywine
French Chardonnay & Creamy Seafood Pasta
For anyone who was wondering, yes the @gourmettraveller’s ‘Prawn, lemon cream and prosciutto tagliatelle’ was delish! It’s super easy to make and it goes down an absolute treat with a glass of Chardy! I made this recipe as part of the Dan Murphy’s Delicious Seafood and White Wine Pairings for Easter – and I’ll definitely be having this combo again. The Chardy is from the Burgundy region in France and retails for $20. It’s a warm golden sunrise colour in the glass with a lovely creamy nose full of hints of nuts, butter and peach. In the mouth it’s fresh and fruity and made me think of mango yoghurt with a few slices of fresh pear in there and some refreshing citrus. Fab match to the creamy seafood pasta ? All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #winesample #tcweekdaywine
Riesling & Vietnamese Prawn & Rice Noodle Salad
Continuing on with our seafood and white wine pairings for Easter. Next up we have the Baily Baily Venture Clare Valley Riesling from Dan Murphy’s ($10) matched with a Vietnamese Prawn & Rice Noodle Salad. I loaded it with chilli and it still went brilliant with the Riesling ?? It’s a lemon yellow shade on the eye with lime, honey blossom and Grammy smith apples on the nose. In the mouth it’s über refreshing with crisp acidity and it has a rather creamy fruity texture. All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #winesample #tcweekdaywine
Eden Valley Chardonnay & Fish’n’Chips
And the 6th white wine and seafood pairing for Easter is Cat Amongst the Pigeons Eden Valley Chardonnay & fish’n’chips. It was meant to be matched with a crab and prawn ravioli in a seafood bisque sauce but alas I’ve had one of those days where I struggled to find time to breathe let only create a masterpiece in the kitchen. Next time as that does sound delightful! This light and crisp Chardy is $20 a bottle and it’s a pale crystal clear yellow on the eye. The nose has hints of minerality, apples, lemon and florals. In the mouth it’s crisp and clean which matched with the fish’n’chips well to cut through the grease. A satisfying meal after a busy day! All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! #winesample #tcweekdaywine
So there you have it, 6 wine suggestions to match with seafood dishes. Obviously this is on a smidgen of the ideas out there. So therefore, let us know by commenting below what your absolute favourite wine and seafood pairing is…