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- hockeyb - 02-11-2011 05:34 AM

What wine suggestions do you have to go with seafood appetizers?

- wondersofwine - 02-11-2011 11:14 AM

Hi, welcome hockeyb. It depends somewhat on the type of seafood and how it is prepared. With shrimp in a red sauce, you may want a different wine than say with fried clams or mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat. Generally a Muscadet or Chablis is nice with oysters, clams, mussels and the like. Chablis is from the Chardonnay grape and usually is fermented without oak barrels so an unoaked California or Australian Chardonnay might also work with those seafood items--especially if the wine is on the crisp, slightly acidic side. A Spanish Albarino is another white wine that pairs well with shellfish. Pinot Noir can be a good match with salmon. Look for a lighter style of Pinot Noir, not too high in alcohol or with deep color and flavor from extended contact with the grapeskins.
Do you have specific seafood appetizers in mind?

- winoweenie - 02-11-2011 11:14 AM

Welcome to the board hockeyb. Do you any price range? Also as Foodster asked what specific appetizers are you planning on serving?WW

- Kcwhippet - 02-11-2011 04:50 PM

I tasted a really nice wine recently that would go very well with seafood apps or mains. It's the 90+ California Pinot Grogio. It's quite unlike Italian PG - sort of half way from that to an Alsace Pinot Gris. Lots of nice fruit with a wonderful layer of of acidic, citrusy notes. If yo can find it, it should be about $11 - $12.

- hockeyb - 02-12-2011 03:46 AM

Oh my, I've got lots to learn about wine! Appetizers are smoked salmon and cucumber, shrimp kababs, bacon wrapped scallops and mushroom stuffed with crab. No tomato based sauces in any of these. Does that help with the wine suggestions? Thanks for your ideas!

- Kcwhippet - 02-12-2011 08:30 AM

I'll stick with my choice, but you can't get it everywhere, as I said. However, you don't say where you're from, so it's possible 90+ wines aren't available to you.