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Salmon and Pinot Noir wine

Which wine with fish? Which fish with wine?

The classic pairing of fish and red wine is salmon and Pinot Noir. I still remember the first time I tried this happy combination which flew in the face of that famous rule white wine with fish, fish with white wine. I was young enough to be surprised and old enough to truly appreciate. But that's just me. What counts is what works for you and yours. There is nothing fishy about it.

Choosing a Wine to Match Your Fish Dish

Does a Bandol Rosé really compliment a Bouillabaisse? Alas, Marseille is so, so far. If I remember correctly that marvellous grilled fish we enjoyed on the shore in Istanbul was accompanied very well by a modest house wine. The physical and emotional surroundings are quite important. And don't forget to take the sauce, vegetables, and condiments into consideration when decided which wine to enjoy. Whether you select your wine or your fish dish first, check our tables to get a great match that brings out the best in the fish and the wine. There's nothing like the right wine and food marriage.

Wine fish information guide icon The following table presents fish and wine pairing information, sorted by fish dish. When you click on any fish dish a new page pops up telling you more about that dish and providing additional wine suggestions. Wine fish information guide icon

Fish Dish Recommended Wines
Bass Soave, Viognier
Blackened Fish Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Riesling
Bouillabaisse Bandol Rosé, Cava
Catfish Lambrusco, Pinot Gris, Vouvray
Cod Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
Fish Stew (not tomato-based) Muscadet, Sauvignon Blanc
Fish Stew (tomato-based) Chablis, Cote Rotie, Pouilly-Fumé
Flounder Chablis, Pinot Blanc, Valpolicella
Fried Fish Soave, Sparkling Wine, Vinho Verde
Grilled Fish Rosé Champagne
Halibut Chardonnay, Condrieu, Rousanne
Monkfish (Lotte) Italian Tocai, Merlot
Red Snapper Chablis, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
Salmon (Grilled) Bourgueil, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Provencal Rosé
Salmon (Poached) Bordeaux (White), Burgundy (White)
Salmon (Poached) Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir
Sardines Sancerre, Vinho Verde
Sea Bass Pinot Noir, Sancerre
Sole Chablis, Graves (White), Riesling, Semillion
Swordfish Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling (Brut)
Trout Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
Tuna Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Vin Gris


Wine fish purchase guide iconThe following table presents wine and fish pairing information, sorted by wine, rather than by fish dish. When you click on any wine a new page pops up telling you what you need to know about that wine. This short page makes specific purchase recommendations, usually in three price ranges. Wine fish purchase guide icon
WineWine Type Recommended Fish Dish
Bandol RoséPowerful French Wine Bouillabaisse
Bordeaux (White)Classic French Wine Salmon (Poached)
BourgueilFruity French Red Salmon (Grilled)
Burgundy (White) Classic French Wine Salmon (Poached)
CavaSpanish Sparkling Wine Bouillabaisse
ChablisClassic French White Fish Stew (tomato-based), Flounder
ChablisClassic French White Red Snapper, Sole
ChardonnayWhite Variety Halibut, Salmon (Grilled)
ChardonnayWhite Variety Swordfish, Tuna
Chenin Blanc White Variety Blackened Fish
Condrieu Classic French White Halibut
Côte RôtieClassic French Red Fish Stew (tomato-based)
GewurztraminerWhite Variety Trout
Graves (White)Classic French Wine Sole
LambruscoFizzy Italian White Catfish
Merlot Red Variety Monkfish (Lotte)
MuscadetClassic French White Fish Stew (not tomato-based)
Pinot BlancWhite Variety Blackened Fish, Flounder
Pinot GrisWhite Variety Catfish, Cod, Red Snapper
Pinot GrisWhite Variety Salmon (Poached), Tuna
Pinot NoirRed Variety Salmon (Grilled), Salmon (Poached)
Pinot NoirRed Variety Sea Bass, Tuna
Pouilly-FuméClassic French White Fish Stew (tomato-based)
Provencal Rosé French Wine Salmon (Grilled)
RieslingWhite Variety Blackened Fish, Sole, Trout
Rosé Champagne French Sparkling Wine Grilled Fish
RoussanneWhite Variety Halibut
SancerreClassic French White Sardines, Sea Bass
Sauvignon BlancWhite Variety Cod, Fish Stew (not tomato-based)
Sauvignon BlancWhite Variety Red Snapper, Swordfish, Trout
SemillonWhite Variety Sole
SoaveLight Italian White Bass, Fried Fish
Sparkling (Brut)Dry White Wine Swordfish
Sparkling Wine(not too sweet) Fried Fish
Tocai Fruity Italian White Monkfish (Lotte)
ValpolicellaFruity Italian Red Flounder
Vin GrisPink but not Rosé Tuna
Vinho VerdeLight Portuguese White Fried Fish, Sardines
ViognierWhite Variety Bass
VouvrayClassic French White Catfish




For my food pairing experiences with French wine read

My French wine articles

For my food pairing experiences with German wine read
My German wine articles

For my food pairing experiences with Italian wine read
My Italian wine articles


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