Introducing our new series The Perfect Pair exploring wine and beer pairings for seafood dishes of all kinds.
A great dish becomes even better when you have just the right pairing to make the flavors sing. Wine shops and breweries in the Boston Area give ideas and inspiration for what to drink with fish-focused meals.
Their recommendations for a fresh and citrusy salmon crudo would also play well with redfish ceviche, a piece of grilled halibut with lemon, or swordfish topped with puckery salsa.
MAYHEW WINE SHOP
Stolpman Vineyard’s Love You Bunches or Beni di Batasiolo Gavi
Both Love You Bunches from Southern California and Gavi from Northen Italy have bright, fresh acidity that make for delightful crudo pairings you didn’t know you needed in your life.
BENT WATER BREWING COMPANY
Endless Rays White Ale or Suborbital IPA
Fresh and light, Endless Rays highlights the acidity in a citrusy vinaigrette. Suborbital’s orange and floral notes will elevate light, bright flavors.
BEACON HILL WINE AND GOURMET
Keuka Lake Vignoles or Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc
Keuka Lake Vignoles has good minerality and a light floral nose that will enhance the citrus flavors in any dish. Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc has a slight hint of lemon that would pair beautifully with a cool, citrusy crudo.
CASTLE ISLAND BREWING CO.
Our White Ale, a Belgian-style wheat, is brewed with Valencia oranges for an extra citrus punch to this delicate fish dish without being overpowering.
MAGNOLIA WINE COMPANY
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or French Sancerre (100% Sauvignon Blanc)
Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or France, with lots of natural acidity and grapefruit aroma, is perfectly suited to this kind of dish.
DISTRACTION BREWING CO.
Daily Distraction IPA or Belgrade Tripel
Our bright, juicy New England IPA is perfect with a dish of fresh, raw fish and crispy vegetables. The sweet and subtle spice of Belgrade Tripel will enhance a crudo’s lightly sweet and citrusy profile.
Fresh & Citrusy is the first in a series of six pairing ideas. Coming next week, get recommendations for sushi and poke.
Mayhew Wine Shop in Fort Point, Boston
Bent Water Brewing Company in Lynn
Beacon Hill Wine & Gourmet in Melrose
Castle Island Brewing Co. in Norwood
Distraction Brewing Co.in Roslindale
Magnolia Wine Company in Watertown