Perfect Wine Pairings

June 2016
Written By: 
James Ginley

These summer whites will complement your favorite seafood dishes

Dry Creek Wilson Ranch Dry Chenin Blanc 2014

California, $11

Since 1972, Dry Creek winery has consistently produced a great Chenin Blanc at a reasonable price. Fermented in stainless steel with Granny Smith apple aromas and pure tropical fruit character. Brisk acidity, dry yet luscious, it goes with most all seafood dishes. 13 percent alcohol and rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast.

Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2014

Washington State, $11

Peach and apricot aromas fill your nose, then the crisp acid notes and subtle dryness take hold and, voila, you have a perfect wine for grilled seafood. The grapes are harvested from a rocky, single vineyard. Since 2005, Smith has created reds and whites that are hard to resist. Wine Advocate gave this Riesling 90 points. 12 percent alcohol.

Domaine de Begrolles Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2014

Loire Valley, France, $12

The go-to wine for any oyster dish as well as scampi, stuffed flounder and baked halibut. The Melon de Bourgogne grape is only used to make Muscadet and should not be confused with Muscadine grapes. The best are bottled sur lie, or on the lees (sediment) for a richer flavors. Light and dry, with alcohol low at 11.5 percent. Drink within three years.

Sauvion Sancerre 2014

Loire Valley, France, $18

For many wine drinkers, Sancerre is the epitome of the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Like the Muscadet, it comes from the Loire Valley. This example comes from 30-year-old vines, which helps develop the subtle acidity for a perfect match for seafood, grilled light fish and goat cheese. Rich and well balanced on the palate, with floral and quince flavors.

Bramito Chardonnay 2014

Umbria, Italy, $12

Fermented in oak and then stainless steel so it develops aromas of tropical fruit, pineapple, hazelnut and vanilla. Elegant with a good structure, it offers vibrant acidity and, like a young Chablis, it can be enjoyed over the next couple of years. Pair with fish dishes, shrimp and lobster in buttery sauces. A super food wine with a low price.