All you party hosts out there are constantly raising the question of, "What dish can I serve that can pair well with any wine?" Salmon is your go-to dish that can be served in so many different ways and therefore match with an array of wines. From whites to reds, and even rosé, salmon is one of the most versatile foods to serve no matter what kind of wine you like - and it's healthy! To find the best wine with salmon, it is important to pick your wine depending on how your salmon is prepared. Here are some tips on how to pair your wine and salmon dish, and some recipes to help you out with the cooking side of things!
Best White Wine With Salmon:
White wines are great for salmon dishes, because they can pair with many different types of seasonings and creamy sauces, in which a typical salmon dish contains. A crisp, citrus, herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc will leave you satisfied with a salmon recipe that is full of fresh herbs. If the salmon dish has a butter or cream sauce in the recipe, it is best to pair it with a full-bodied, oaky Chardonnay that will complement the rich flavors of your salmon dish. The famous Ina Garten has a roasted salmon with green herbs recipe that is easy to make, and will be delicious with a Sauvignon Blanc. If you're preparing a spicy salmon dish that has a bit of a kick, give Viognier a try - a lesser known wine that often combines aspects of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling.
Best Rosé Wine With Salmon:
The characteristics of rosé wine are dry, fruity, and just enough acidity to be a match made in heaven for a wide variety of salmon dishes. Whether you want to grill, smoke, or poach it, rose is often best wine with salmon. If you want to step up your game a notch, try a Sparking Brut Rosé with bright acidity to balance out the rich, oily layers of the salmon. McFadden Vineyard produces a beautiful, organic Sparkling Brut Rosé that we highly recommend. If you are looking to prepare a healthy and simple salmon recipe, poached salmon is the way to go!
Best Red Wine With Salmon:
All you Pinot Noir lovers will be overjoyed when I tell you that it is the number one red wine pick to pair with salmon. With the characteristics of red fruit, faint tannin, acidity, and sometimes earthy tones, Pinot Noir could not be a better choice when you are cooking up your grilled, herb crusted, or simply baked salmon. A dish that will make a great tandem with Pinot Noir is Claire Robinson's easy-to-make herb crusted salmon recipe from the food network. Other red wine options for a blackened, smoked, or pan-seared salmon recipes include Zinfandel and Grenache that have the smoky and spicy notes you need to perfect this pairing. These wines pair really well with this simple cedar plank salmon recipe that our resident grill master prepares on a regular basis.
No matter what wine someone brings to your table, you'll have some recipes up your sleeve to please your guests with the best wine with salmon pairing they have ever come across. Cheers!
By Sharon Haag