Introducing our new seriesThe 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 simple pan-fried fish schnitzel (haddock in this case) with Sea-Beet Krautand tartar sauce would also be tops with any fried seafood, from blowfish tails to cod, or with a seafood bake using crumbs and butter, like baked haddock or sole.
MAYHEW WINE SHOP
Failla Pinot Noir or Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay
Failla Pinot Noir is a light Pinot Noir with earthy flavor notes that are perfect for a rustic dish like schnitzel. Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay’s natural acids match well with fish.
BENT WATER BREWING COMPANY
Premium Lager or Pearl Ale
Light-bodied Premium Lager complements fried foods and mayonnaise-based sauces perfectly; American ale Pearl cuts through the fat of fried foods, too.
BEACON HILL WINE AND GOURMET
Barrique Chardonnay or Fly By Chardonnay
Barique Chardonnay has that perfect balance of oak and fruit in a Chardonnay that makes it a straight-ahead pairing. Fly By Chardonnay is an easy drinking light wine that would complement a fish fry.
CASTLE ISLAND BREWING CO.
Candlepin Pale Ale
Candlepin Pale Ale is a classic American pale ale — clean and crisp with a firm hop flavor, but still light enough to let the fish shine through.
MAGNOLIA WINE COMPANY
Open almost any rosé from the south of France (or almost anywhere else in Europe, South America, California, Oregon or Washington) and let the fun begin.
DISTRACTION BREWING CO.
RoslinPale or Bank on Brown
RoslinPale is malty with a pleasant crisp finish, cleansing the palate with each sip. Malty Bank on Brown will accentuate the schnitzel and tartar sauce flavors.