If you’re in the mood for a relaxing salmon dinner, make sure to complement your meal with these 5 best wine pairings with salmon. A nice bottle of wine will bring out the flavorful cuisine of the salmon, turning a meal from good to excellent. Take care to find the right type of wine, however, since salmon is lighter than red meat, but heavier than other white fish varieties. These five wines below are light enough to be paired alongside salmon but still hold their own flavor when served with the fish.
- Pinot Noir: This is one of the lighter red wines, so it pairs extremely well with foods like salmon. It is often too heavy for white fish and too light for red meat, but salmon finds the perfect balance when paired with this wine. A Pinot Noir served with herb-grilled salmon will taste especially flavorful. And make sure not to pair your salmon with any heavy red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. The Pinot Noir is by far the best wine pairing choice.
- Chardonnay: Pair this richer white wine with buttered salmon. Chardonnay is a full-bodied wine that is full of flavor. A plain white fish would be completely overshadowed by this powerful white wine, but when served with buttered salmon, the Chardonnay only further complements the creamy flavor of the fish, making it one of the best wine pairings for salmon.
- Riesling: This crisp, acidic wine pairs best with the richer flavor of salmon. Good Riesling will also give off a citrus lime flavor that complements salmon. It also pairs well with spicier cuisine, so if you want to try cooking up a more exotic-flavored salmon recipe you might want to pair the concoction with a glass of Riesling.
- Pinot Grigio: This white wine carries a more succulent flavor like the Riesling with hints of pear and peach. Pinot Grigio is a full-bodied wine that could overpower white fish or shellfish but pairs very well with salmon, particularly smoked salmon. It also goes well with various side dishes.
- Sauvignon Blanc: This wine goes a well with a number of different entrees, since it is light, refreshing and a bit acidic. The combined aromas of Sauvignon Blanc can bring out the taste of lemon-flavored salmon quite well. It also pairs well with sushi, if you’re in the mood for baked salmon rolls.