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Fish, chips and Chardonnay? Wine not…

Dec 7 2012

Neil Pinel at Dunell’s Premier Wines knows wine. And he knows his fish and chips, which made him the perfect person to call when Seafish Café needed some top wine choices to sit alongside their gourmet fish and chip menu.

A couple of tastings later, and Neil’s come up with a winner of a wine list to go with your cod and chips. It’s simple and with plenty of easy-to-drink wines, and whether you just want a glass or you’re ordering a bottle, it’s great quality at reasonable prices.

‘This is a perfect wine list for casual meals out with friends. We’ve put together a mix of classics and some of our new discoveries, and they’re all the best quality wines we could find from each variety – some of them are absolute bargains!’

How difficult is it to match wine with fish and chips?

You’d be surprised how easy it is actually, you just need to follow a few simple tips. Delicate white fish needs a delicate wine like the Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. If you like your fish and chips with tartare sauce and lots of lemon, then go for our Australian Chardonnay. This lighter, zesty, citrussy Chardonnay is amazing value – it’s one of our brand new discoveries this year.

So should you only drink white wine with fish?

The problem with red wine is that it tends to overcome the delicate flavour of fish. But it can work in certain cases, and if you want to try a red wine, then our Pinot Noir is light enough to be a good combination, particularly if you’re going for a more meatier fish, or the Seafish Café fish burger.

Which wines do you think will be the most popular?

Definitely the Pinot Grigio. Dry, but with a hint of sweetness it’s such a good all-rounder, with or without food.

And if you’re going for fish and chips, which wines should you stay away from?

I hate to say this, because it’s one of my favourites, but stay away from the Malbec if you’re eating fish! Save it for the homemade beefburger or the meat pie.

Which is your favourite wine on the Seafish Café list?

The Frost Pocket New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It’s so hard to get a really good one, and for the price, this one over-delivers. It’s a real find.

Tasting notes

Don’t feel like a fish out of water when it comes to choosing a glass of wine to go with your cod and chips. Follow these simple tips and it’ll all go swimmingly… cod, whiting, pollock, haddock.

Team these delicate white fish varieties with a delicate Pinot Grigio. If you’re going for grilled fish then the Chardonnay will work really well.

Sea Bass
Try the unoaked fruity Chardonnay to really get the best out of this beautiful local fish.

Salmon or Mackerel
A Sauvignon Blanc has enough acid backbone to stand up to these more oily fish types, but you could also try a Chardonnay or a red Pinot Noir.

Calamari and Scampi
A Sauvignon Blanc or a citrussy Chardonnay would work, or even a glass of sparkling wine.

Battered fish
Surprisingly enough, putting batter and bubbles together does work. Try a glass of the Taltarni or Spanish Cava to give your fish and chips a bit of an upgrade.