Classic White Wines and Seafood Pairings

Warm weather will be here before we know it! With this in mind, we thought we would whet your appetite with some classic white wines and delicious seafood dishes to match.

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  • Don Olegario Albariño 2015 (SRP $19.99) pronounced “Alvarinho,”  is 100 percent Albariño grapes, a light, elegant varietal with great acidity. The grapes are beautifully aromatic, with white pear, apple and floral undertones. It is late ripening grape that grows in moderately cool to warm climates.  The Bodega Don Olegario Albariño is medium-bodied that shows opulent, powerful aromas and flavors of citrus and flowers, with tropical notes.

o   With the versatility to pair with a wide range of dishes, Albariño is the perfect match. The classic pairing is with various seafood (due to its origin), Albariño’s crisp, clean flavors compliment sushi perfectly, which is commonly known to be difficult to pair with wine.

  • Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (SRP $21.99) is produced in Martinborough Zealand, the higher-elevation of Te Muna Road Vineyard is harvested about a week later than other sites, resulting in grapes with terrific freshness and acidity. The vineyard’s lower terrace has stony soils with limestone, excellent for Sauvignon Blanc. White wines from this vineyard show a distinctive fine, subtle and elegant texture. This pale lemon straw colored wine has complex aromatics of white peach, lime, lemon blossom and Thai basil. The palate is refreshing with nectarine and citrus notes that carry long across the palate to a refined, chalky-dry finish.

o   This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc would pair nicely with citrus dressing or garlic marinated oysters, scallops, crab, clams, or lobster. The flavors will be a crowd pleaser as well as make the flavors of the wine stand out.

  • Fernando Pighin & Figli Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave 2016 (SRP $17.99) is produced in the Friuli region of Italy. Known for its advanced technology in wine making Fernando Pighin Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave shows slightly candied aromas with notes of banana and pear on the nose and palate, with bright acidity and medium body. It is crafted without oak contact or malolactic fermentation in order to retain the grape’s freshness, minerality and bright acidity.

o   This is considered to be the classic “fish” wine. It pairs well with fried or grilled fish, crab or shrimp salads along with light pasta dishes.

  • Maison Louis Jadot Mâcon-Villages 2015 (SRP $14.99) is the classic expression of a Chardonnay from Burgundy. Produced from the famous Maison Louis Jadot, this wine embodies traditional style and quality. The wine shows bright white flower, apple and citrus aromas and bracing, fresh, clean fruit on the palate, with mineral notes.

o   It pairs well with shellfish, grilled firm-fleshed fish such as swordfish accompanied by luscious salads.