Rethinking Red Wine with Fish

February 23, 2011 10:13 pm - Posted by Roland Hulme in Drink, Learn

Jody considers red wine with fish

Yesterday, Roland posted his article about ‘red wine with fish‘ – which I appreciated, but didn’t necessarily agree with.

It was easy to show him that the pairing we were having that particular lunch time – grilled shrimp with Reserva Rioja – didn’t go together: But I didn’t want to give the impression that ‘red wine with fish’ was some unbreakable rule like Roland suggested it was.

When it comes to wine, I’ve always argued that there are no rules – especially in La Rioja. While it was true that the wine we were drinking at that particular moment didn’t go with that particular dish, that was just my opinion (although one Roland apparently agreed with!)

But even such a simple rule as ‘no red wine with fish’ doesn’t hold water. In fact, here in La Rioja, there’s a tradition of regional reds designed specifically to pair with the local fish and seafood.

Wine is a totally subjective product. What you might love, somebody else might hate – and your dream pairing might be somebody else’s nightmare. The fact is, there’s never any universal answer when it comes to wine because everybody’s experience is different.

That being said, I’d love to know if you’ve ever found a red wine that pairs well with fish – and is it the wine or the food that makes the difference?

2 Responses to “Rethinking Red Wine with Fish”

  1. Exactly, Our motto is Drink What You Like and Like What You Drink.
    If you like the wine and want White with Meat and Red with Fish go for it.
    Wine and Food are for your enjoyment and if you like what you have put together that is all that matters. No ones else’s opinion matters.

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