4 Wines to Enjoy with Fish this Christmas

Wine with fish

Fish is at it’s very best in the winter

It’s easy to forget that in the winter, many fish and shellfish are in plentiful supply (and at their best) with the following particularly good and sustainable examples:

  • Sea Bass
  • Farmed Sea Trout
  • Brill
  • Turbot
  • Lemon Sole
  • Plaice
  • Gilt Head Bream
  • Hake
  • Monkfish
  • Mackerel
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Crab
  • Scallops
  • Clams

Salmon – There is always the option to do salmon wrapped in pastry. Also look out for recipes to cure your own salmon – the beetroot and tarragon option looks and tastes spectacular.

Salmon en Croute
Salmon en croute

I think the recommendations are quite straight forward – mainly white wines and unoaked and crisp for plainly cooked fish; but richer, and oaked Chardonnay based wines (as a substitute to list below) with fish with butter-based sauce (beurre blanc/noir, hollandaise). The other element is to consider Rosé wine with oilier fish as an option – again dry and crisp.

However, if you do like red wine with fish, I would recommend looking at lighter bodied and lower tannin reds.

3 stunning wines that enhance fish

Ponte del Diavolo Pinot Grigio

Crowd Pleaser: Pinot Grigio Ponte del Diavolo Grave Friuili Italy

Crisp, unoaked, authentic apple and pears, with a lovely touch of spice

Amalaya Torrentes Riesling

Try Something Different: Amalaya Torrontés | Riesling Salta Chile

Zesty, clean unoaked with an exotic perfume and a citrus fruit kick

Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay

Treat: M3 Chardonnay Shaw & Smith Adelaide Hills Australia

The balance between delicacy and richness is amazing here and the lacy oak is so well integrated that you hardly notice it. It has pristine stone fruits and a fuller bodied but not remotely heavy style. It’s a perfect match with richer fish dishes and those with a butter-based sauce.