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Nov 3, 2007 03:38 PM

Fun Pairings with Seafood!

I love trying new wine, and Thanksgiving is such a wonderful oppurtunity to splurg! My Grandmother is shipping in fresh east coast seafood as our app's, and I would love to complement them as best as possible.

Any suggestions?

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  1. "Fresh east coast seafood" covers alot of ground, and leaves the question of how you intend to prepare it...

    Here are some generalizations that may help:

    SHELLFISH: If I can only pick one varietal, it's probably Chardonnay. But sauvignon blanc, muscadet, riesling (kabinetts especially) are all very nice matches. Viognier can be a particularly nice match with lobster and crab... Chardonnay-based champagne is very nice here also.

    FLAKIER FISH: Chardonnay again... sauvignon blanc, kabinett are all great...

    OILY FISH: This is where reds can work quite nicely... Pinot Noir especially.

    Hope this helps.

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    1. re: Chicago Mike

      Also, depending on the seafood/recipe, a Sancerre can be nice.

    2. For simple shellfish preparations, Albarino or Verdejo are great matches. Even better, they are generally inexpensive :)


      1. REALLY need more info... but "East Coast seafood" to me, means Maryland blue crabs. IF that is what you mean, then a lightly oak trated Sauvignon Blanc may be your best bet. A good White Graves, for example.

        1. if by "new" you refer to a wine varietal that you have not had before, try (the spelling may be off) a Spanish white from the Basque region: getariako txakolina txomin extaniz. under $20 and makes a good pairing (broad generalization acknowledged) with seafood

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          1. re: ibstatguy

            "Distinctive smoky, slightly yeasty nose. The palate is slightly spritzy, refreshing and quite elegant with smoky fruit and a rounded texture. Savoury and full flavoured, intense and aromatic"

            the above is a compilation of tasting notes about this wine, Are you sure you want to drink this with seafood?

            is it readily available? IOW, how many stores in your locale carry it? I haven't been able to find it locally to me.

            1. re: FrankJBN

              Where do you live, Frank? You can certainly find it in a number of locations here in Berkeley, CA -- let alone Oakland, San Francisco, Palo Alto, and the rest of the SF Bay Area . . . .

              1. re: FrankJBN

                > Are you sure you want to drink this with seafood?

                Grilled seafood? Absolutely.

                Braised or buttered? Perhaps not so much.

                But there may not be a better match in the universe with Basque-style garlic shrimp a la plancha.

              2. re: ibstatguy

                Definitely second this one, especially with shellfish.

              3. I was looking for something different not to long ago and went with a Greco di Tufo from Mastroberadino and and it was really nice.

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                1. re: mac8111

                  Love Greco. Other Italian options great with sea food that come to mind are vermentino, gavi, verdicchio, and cinque terre.

                  1. re: vinosnob

                    Don't forget vernaccia, falanghina and grechetto!