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Sep 16, 2006 01:42 PM

Sushi dinner - What to order?

What is your favorite wine to go with sushi?

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  1. Champagne or its bubbly cousins.

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    1. re: frenetica

      Champagne/Sparkling Wine is an amazing match with sushi. One of, if not the absolute best, wine and food pairing on earth. Accept nothing less.


        1. re: MaggieMuffin

          Don't sleep on the artisan sakes that are now available in the US. Glorious, complex, and great with food. Oddly enough, the importers going out of the way to position them in non-sushi places, but that has less to do with them not going well with it and more to do with hoping to earn a spot alongside wine on fine lists.

          1. re: detlefchef

            Detle. I wish I could enjoy them, but I can't. I've tried dozens and dozens of kinds at all price points, and I just can't get into sake. Maybe it will come...

        2. To elaborate on my first answer: for sushi (meaning with rice) I think you need something fairly full-bodied or the vinegary rice will make it seem watery - a Vouvray maybe.

          If you are eating US-style sushi with all the bells and whistles - spicy tuna, roasted eel and so on... then it can stand up to a fruity spicy Gewurztraminer. Esp. if you are big on wasabi. Albarino/Alvarinho could be good, too.

          If it is purist sashimi, no rice - then a Sicilian grillo: clean, lots of lemon and lime.

          1. I ate out last night and went with a Gewurztraminer. Thanks for the rec, it went perfectly with the varied sushi/sashi assortments we ate with dinner.

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            1. re: MaggieMuffin

              I'm curious if this was a dry gewurtraminer or something sweeter. I've done Champagne with sushi once and found the yeasty flavor was a good match. I'd like to try something else.

              1. re: SteveTimko

                It was moderately sweet, but not off the scale. It is definately worth trying.