Sushi is one of the most popular foods on the planet, it’s just sophisticated, fresh and always beautiful, what’s not to love? And let’s not get started with sashimi, precise slices of fresh fish that are the very essence of the delicious sea bounties.
Sushi and sashimi are both based on the same principle — high-quality ingredients make for better sushi and sashimi. Think about an exclusive sushi dinner at a five-star restaurant, but in essence, all sushi is about fresh fish and pearly white rice. So, how to pair sushi and sashimi with wine?
Popular Types of Sushi
There are more sushi types than you can imagine, from the tight maki sushi rolls with an outer seaweed layer to the rice-side-out uramaki rolls. From pretty nigiri rolls, pillowy rice balls topped with fish, to temaki seaweed cones stuffed with goodies.
Sashimi is a type of sushi too, but it’s just the fish, so no rice in these. There are many types of sushi-grade fish you can enjoy on their own, from salmon to tuna, but you have shrimp and octopus, too!
The good news? You don’t need a different type of wine to enjoy every kind of sushi; a few wine categories are just perfect for them all.
The Right Type of Wine
Because sushi and sashimi are all about the purity of flavors, we don’t want our wine to be overwhelming. Instead, we want a subtle companion to cleanse your palate after each bite.
White wines fermented in stainless steel tanks that were never aged in oak barrels are particularly fruity and crisp. The wine category’s acidity is just charming with sushi and sashimi, genuinely letting the delicate seafood preparations shine.
Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, Vinho Verde, Un-oaked Chardonnay, dry Riesling, Pinot Grigio and Trebbiano are all magnificent sushi wines, especially when served chilled.
Sparkling wines are gorgeous with sushi, too! They’re some of the most acidic wines out there, and it’s that tanginess that can help you cut through the sushi’s intense and precise flavors.
What about Red Wine?
Red wines are often bold and too fruity to escort the delicate flavors of sushi. Yet, the most elegant and vibrant wines made with Pinot Noir might work just fine as long as you pair them with the right sushi.
Sushi made with oily fish like tuna and salmon, and other hearty specialties like unagi (eel) and octopus will rise to the occasion and work with Pinot Noir marvelously.
You better keep those robust Cabernet and Shiraz for another occasion. Perhaps a backyard grilling party! For sushi, you won’t find anything better than an elegant, thin-skinned Pinot.
Is it Sushi Night Already?
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