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White Wine and Seafood

A Perfect Pairing

When pairing wine with seafood, white wine is often the go-to choice. This is because white wine tends to have a lighter body and acidity that pairs well with the delicate flavours of seafood.


More well-known wine varieties like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio are popular choices, not to forget some of the lesser-known varieties like Verdelho and Gema Wines’ Vinho Verde, Alvarino.


But Why Exactly Does White Wine Pair So Well With Seafood?


One reason is that seafood often has a subtle, delicate flavour that can easily be overwhelmed by bold, tannic red wines. White wines, on the other hand, have a more restrained flavour profile that allows the flavours of the seafood to shine through. Additionally, the acidity in white wine can help cut through the richness of certain seafood dishes, such as creamy lobster bisque or buttery scallops.



Another factor to consider is the temperature of the wine. White wines are typically served chilled, which can provide a refreshing contrast to the warmth of a cooked seafood dish. Plus, the cool temperature can help balance any spiciness or heat in the dish.


If you're looking for a specific white wine to pair with seafood, consider Gema Wines Alvarino. Our Portuguese white wine is known for its crisp acidity, citrusy notes, and mineral undertones, which make it a great match for seafood dishes like grilled shrimp or seafood paella.


As wine expert Karen MacNeil says, "Albariño has an innate sea-salty, briny character that gives it an affinity for seafood."

White wine is a great choice for pairing wine with seafood. Its light body, restrained flavour profile, and refreshing acidity make it a natural match for the delicate flavours of seafood dishes.


If you're looking for a specific white wine to try, give Gema Wines Alvarino a taste - it just might become your new favorite seafood pairing.




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