Our series The Perfect Pair explores 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.
MAYHEW WINE SHOP
Beck Pink Rosé or King’s Carey Semillon
Judith Beck’s Beck Pink from Austria has great minerality to complement the dish’s richness. Californian King’s Carey Semillon will give your risotto a nice added citrus zip.
BENT WATER BREWING COMPANY
Endless Rays White Ale or Sluice Juice New England IPA
Endless Rays White Ale cuts through a creamy sauce, complementing seafood with its lemony notes. Citrusy, mildly bitter notes in Sluice Juice enhance the food’s acidity and pair well with a buttery dish.
BEACON HILL WINE AND GOURMET
Alex Gambal Meursault or Luc Cholot Chardonnay
Meursault is the big boy of white Burgundy, rich enough to complement but not overpower. Luc Cholot Chardonnay makes for a pretty pairing, plus it’s a lot of wine for short money.
CASTLE ISLAND BREWING CO.
Our American Lager is light enough to balance out the hearty risotto while contributing lovely maltiness to complement the toasted rice.
MAGNOLIA WINE COMPANY
Soave or Lugana
Whites from northern Italy (where risotto is also a regional specialty), like Soave and Lugana, with their soft, elegant flavors, would be perfect.
DISTRACTION BREWING CO.
Belgrade Tripel or RoslinPale
Belgrade Tripel‘s malty sweetness and spice will complement the natural sweetness of the shellfish. RoslinPale’s crisp, refreshing profile counterbalances the dish’s rich profile well.
Rich & Creamy is the final in a series of six pairing ideas.