PAIRING SUSHI AND WINE
Whether you’re going out for a posh dinner with your belle or beau, or maybe to a swanky business dinner with VIP clients; when it comes to sushi and wine, there are a few things you can pick up to make sure your taste buds are as happy as your conversations throughout the night.
Pink on Pink
A rosé, rosado, or rosato (Portugal, Spanish-speaking countries, and Italy, respectively). It’s considered to be one of the oldest types of wine, and is typically pale peach to an almost pinkish-purple in color, depending on which variety of grape it’s made with. They can be made still, semi-sparking, or sparkling, with a wide array of sweetness levels.
If you’re going for nigiris or rolls with pink fish like salmon, you can pair them with pink wines like a dry rosé. Not only do they look absolutely pretty together, but they also complement each other in terms of flavor.
Spicy on Spicy
The Gewürztraminer is a wine grape variety, typically used in white wines. The grape’s pink or red skin color makes it a “white wine grape”, compared to grapes with blue or black skin which are considered to be “red wine grapes”. These grapes are naturally high in natural sugars, have a spiciness to its flavor, and are aromatic (smells typically associated with young wine).
The Alsatian Pinot Gris is also one of those spicy wines that are typically medium to full-bodied in flavor, with a rich a slightly floral bouquet. As a grape variety, it’s considered to be a clone of the pinot noir variety, and can range from having grayish-blue to black, to brownish pink, to even almost white in skin appearance.
For exotic flavors in your mouth, try a Gewürztraminer or a Pinot Gris with Unagi or eel Nigiri. Eel on its own has an earthiness to its flavor, coupled with the spicy sauce in unagi nigiri, matched with the spiciness of the these wines will definitely give you an explosion of flavor in your mouth.
Big on Big
The Riesling is a white grape variety that’s aromatic and has high acidity. It’s typically used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and sparkling white wines.
When you want to go big on sushi flavors, you need, in terms of flavor, an equally big wine. The Riesling’s flavors fill every nook and cranny of your mouth, and has flavors that are just big enough to stand up to the spiciness of a spicy tuna roll.
If you’re going to order several kinds of sushi for dinner, but don’t want to keep switching wines; one of your safest bets for wine is the Cremant or sparkling wine. The reason for this is the fact that, despite their complexity in flavor, they cleanse your palate with each sip. This way, you can focus your tastebuds on the quality of the sushi that you’re taking.
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