Tempura and eel sushi roll w/ wine - thegrape.com

Food & Wine Friday: THEGRAPE’s Sushi and Wine Pairing Guide

This Week In Food & Wine: THEGRAPE’s Sushi and Wine Pairing Guide

Do you love Sushi? Well, we do too so this Food & Wine Friday we’re giving you five (basic) sushi and wine pairing suggestions for your next Japanese dining experience. Oh, and feel free to share your favorite restaurant, rolls and their creative names! A favorite of ours is The Three Amigo’s roll from Tokyo Express in San Francisco. Delicious!


Tuna sushi - thegrape.comSushi: Spicy Tuna

Grape Suggestion: Pinot Noir or Riesling

Wine SuggestionSokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2013 or Eroica Riesling Gold 2013

Pairing hint: One of the most popular sushi choices, you’ll want a medium-bodied red wine or full-bodied white wine for such a meaty fish. Pinot Noir is a great choice because of its smooth, balanced flavors, which won’t overpower the flavors of your tuna. In fact, the fruit forward flavors, like cherry, blueberry and more, will only serve to enhance your tunas flavors. Riesling is an ideal suggestion here because of its mouth filling qualities and sweet fruit notes that hold up to the spice and a mineral combination. Additionally, the Riesling compliments the acidity of the nori giving the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.


Sushi roll with salmon and wine - thegrape.comSushi: Salmon

Grape Suggestion: Dry Rosé or Chardonnay

Wine SuggestionJam Cellars Butter Chardonnay 2014

Pairing hint: Pink on pink is ideal here; however, even if the colors didn’t match, the salmon makes the tart cherry and citrus in the wine really stand out while its mineral qualities turn to a tartness with sweet backing.


sushi and wine pairing - THEGRAPESushi: Crab

Grape Suggestion: White Blend or Chardonnay

Wine Suggestion:  Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay 2012 or La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2014

Pairing hint: With sweet crab, the citrus or buttery flavors of a smooth white wine will bring out the natural flavors of this shellfish. The deeply appreciated and highly acclaimed 2012 Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay, demands you kick back, relax and swirl your way to heaven as you take in notes of sweet white peach, orange blossom, and cool nectarine with hints of toasted hazelnuts, clove, and allspice. The aromas are fresh, pure and clean, firing up those salivary glands. Enjoy mouthwatering flavors of baked peach, toasted hazelnuts and succulent notes of honey with hints of graham cracker. The finish is clean with echoes of spice notes and stony minerality that quenches and excites the palate. The highly acclaimed, 2014 La Crema Russian River Chardonnay lures with fresh aromas of yellow apple and stone fruits highlighted by baking spice and vanilla tones. Flavors of ripe pear and honeydew melon are emphasized by toffee and hazelnut notes. This wine is a rich mouthful that is beautifully balanced by juicy acidity and great concentration, exhibiting a lush impression on the palate with a lingering finish.


Shrimp sushi and wine - thegrape.comSushi: Shrimp

Grape Suggestion: Pinot Gris

Wine SuggestionSeven Hills Pinot Gris 2014

Pairing hint: Apple and aromatic stone fruit in the wine are perfect compliments to sweet shrimp. With a hint of citrus serving as a spritz of lemon the Pinot Gris gives the perfect combination of sweet and sour. The 2014 Seven Hills Pinot Gris is a delightful match with seafoods and vegetable dishes, and my favorite: grapefruit-avocado salad. This Pinot Gris is made to drink young, and is at its best within two years of the vintage.


Eel sushi and wine pairing - thegrape.comSushi: Unagi (Eel)

Grape Suggestion: Gewürztraminer or White Blend

Wine SuggestionBrassfield Estate Serenity White Blend 2013 or Murrieta’s Well The Whip White Blend 2012

Pairing hint: This is an exotic match, with the spiciness of the wine matching the spicy sauce on the sushi and setting off the earthiness of the eel. The ginger on the plate helps bring to life the wine’s bouquet of aromatics. The 2013 Brassfield Estate Serenity White Blend a blend of 46% Pinot Grigio, 33% Sauvignon Blanc and 21% Gewürztraminer. It’s smooth, crisp… [and] a tempting mix of apricot, honey and lemon meringue. The 2012 Murrieta’s Well The Whip White Blend is describe by Wine Enthusiasts as follows, “A full-bodied white blend composed largely of Chardonnay with smaller percentages of Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Orange Muscat, Viognier, Pinot Blanc, Sémillon and Muscat Canelli. The aromas and flavors lean tropical, ensconced in crisp vanilla and lemon-lime. A versatile wine for a myriad of foods. Rich seafood dishes will work particularly well.” We believe both of these white blends will pair exceptionally well with you Unagi (or Eel) sushi or sashimi.


We hope you enjoyed this Friday’s food and wine pairing. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Sushi and Wine Pairing Guide but we’re also excited for you try the Grape Certified white wine recommendations. We would love to hear any suggestions on how we could better pair sushi and wine for you in the future! If you enjoyed this post please don’t forget to like it and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Food & Wine Friday. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below and at www.thegrape.com. Thank you and Kampai!

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