It seems there are almost as many recipes for shrimp as there are fish in the sea. From tropical coconut shrimp to spicy shrimp tacos, each one has its own signature taste. Pairing your favorite recipes with wine that complements the flavors you love can make for a truly memorable meal. At Biloxi Shrimp Co., we'll explore Gulf shrimp and wine pairings and how to produce the best combinations.
Wine 101: White, Rosé, and Red
Sweet, dry, earthy, fruity — when it comes to wine, there's a little something for almost every taste. Wine is typically classified into three categories: white, rosé (blush), and red. Within each of these categories, you'll find dry, semi-dry, sweet, semi-sweet, sparkling, and other options. Developing your sense of taste can take time. Once you've cultivated your palate, you'll be able to discern between the fine flavor distinctions of each bottle and how they complement the flavors of your favorite meals.
Pairing Wine with Seafood
Cater to your cravings with a delightful pairing of your favorite vintage and a savory seafood entrée. Whether you're complementing a hearty seafood platter on a hot summer's night or a spicy gumbo on a cool winter's eve, the right bottle can enhance the flavor of your dish.
The secret to finding the perfect wine for your meal is no mystery. The answer lies not just in what your main course is made of, but also in the flavorings of the sauce and seasonings that stand out on your palate. Shrimp are in the category of foods that can be cooked in many ways, taking on the flavors of your ingredients well. Here are some suggestions for pairing wine with Gulf shrimp:
White Wine: The Traditional Choice
When it comes to food and beverage combinations, white wine and seafood make the classic pair. For your next get-together, try steering away from the Riesling and experimenting with unfamiliar white wines found on the shelves of your local liquor store. Here are some wine and flavor combinations that are sure to delight:
- Chardonnay: Rich, buttery sauces
- Sauvignon Blanc: Tangy flavorings
- Pinot Grigio: Mild and lightly spiced dishes
- Sparkling white: Fried seafood
Rosé Wine: Versatile Flavor Profiles
For seafood dishes, a blush might be the ideal choice. It's not as overpowering as some of the more robust reds, yet not as sweet as some white wines. Because it's so versatile, blush makes a great catch-all for many seafood dishes. Here are a few pairings to try:
- Dry rosé: Rich, cheesy recipes
- Light rosé: Grilled shrimp skewers, tomato-based seafood soups
- Medium-/full-bodied rosé: Bold, heartier meals
Red Wine: A Bold Alternative
Does pairing red wine and seafood sound too risky a choice? It's time to toss the wine-pairing playbook out and dig into your more adventurous side. Impress your guests and try out some of these combinations during an upcoming get-together:
- Pinot Noir: Earthy flavors, like mushrooms and truffles
- Cabernet Sauvignon: Spicy, buttery, and Cajun flavors
- Malbec: Sweet and spicy barbecue flavors
- Syrah: Cumin and other robust spices
Produce a Perfect Wine and Gulf Shrimp Blend
Bon appétit! Let us help you craft a match made in heaven. At Biloxi Shrimp Co., we offer more than just fresh Gulf shrimp — we also offer several delicious shrimp recipes to try for your next date night, family dinner, or special occasion.