Wine & Seafood Pairings Guide

Wine & Seafood Pairings Guide

Katrina Crowell

"What wine goes with lobster?" "What is the best red wine with seafood?" We hear questions like this often, and as fine Maine lobster and premium seafood purveyors, we know that finding the perfect wine and seafood pairing can instantly upscale your meal. 

Finding the perfect pairing can often seem daunting, but we are here to help with our informative Wine & Seafood Pairing Guide.

Maine Lobster Wine Pairing
Maine lobster is loved around the world because of its rich flavor with naturally sweet notes, so when searching for wines that go with lobster, consider a wine that pairs well with sweeter fare. Lightweight, highly acidic and crisp, a Chenin Blanc wine is absolutely divine paired with Maine lobster. Chenin blanc is a white wine typically from the Loire valley in France. It tends to be affordable and yummy.

Best Wine with Scallops
Extraordinary plump and juicy, the richness of Maine Scallops lends itself well to a nice light Chardonnay. This is because scallops are chiefly known for their deep, rich flavor - and searing scallops releases a hint of sweetness that makes these scallops irresistible. Adding a light Chardonnay with a slightly oaked finish to your scallop feast is guaranteed to make your tastebuds sing.

What To Pair With Live Oysters
For the best wine to serve with Fresh Maine Oysters, we recommend going with a dry, light bodied wine that lets the natural flavors of the fresh live oysters shine through. In the same way you might squeeze some lemon into your oyster before enjoying, a citrusy wine such as a Muscadet (also from the Loire valley) will provide the perfect note to your meal without overpowering the plush Maine Oysters.

What Wine Goes With Fish?
We'll break this down to a few of our most popular fresh fish selections. Bluefin Tuna is a darker, meatier fish, so it is suited to flavors that buttery Pinot Noir (for all you red wine-lovers out there), or medium bodied French Viognier can provide. Beefy and flavorful, Swordfish is similar to tuna in what wines to pair with it. For wine and swordfish pairings, a medium or a full bodied wine is probably the way to go. The flavors in the fish will be heightened by the flavors in the wine.

A flaky fish such as Halibut is a bit lighter in texture and taste, so it is typically best with a bright, crisp Washington Sauvignon Blanc or a fresh and fruity French Rosé.

The most important thing when pairing wine with seafood is to remember to have fun and expand your palate! With this guide, we hope we've inspired you to experiment with your wine and seafood pairing, now that you have a few wines that will definitely complement your meal nicely.