Pairing Wine With Fish And Chips | A British Classic

Harry Lambourne
1st December 2023

Who doesn’t love Fish and Chips? It is a British classic and some of the best comfort food you can hope to find. Yet, it only gets better with wine. We’re here to provide you some tips when pairing wine with fish and chips.

Whether you’re out at a restaurant and trying to pick the best option from the wine list, or you’re planning on picking up a bottle on the way to the chip shop, we’ve got you covered. You can also get one sent from us on next-day delivery…

We will take you through the key things which you should look for when pairing wine with fish and chips. Then, we’ll leave you with some recommendations from the Savage Vines cellars. Any of these will work a treat if you’re looking at pairing wine with fish and chips.

Let’s get into it and learn some top tips for pairing wine with fish and chips.

What To Look For When Pairing Wine With Fish And Chips

Pairing Wine With Fish and Chips
Pairing Wine With Fish and Chips

Now, when pairing wine with fish and chips you will want to stay clear of red wine. Even the lighter red wines, such as Beaujolais and Pinot Noir, will likely overpower the delicate flavours of the fish. Then, more tannic grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon would completely wipe it out.

Instead, look for more delicate and acidic white and sparkling wines. You want it to be light. Even a full bodied white wine could be far too much for that wonderfully flaky fish and crispy batter.

Acidity is perhaps the most important factor here. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, acidity works fantastically with fatty foods. The fish is coated in the wonderfully fatty batter and the acidity in the wine will help to cut through this rich coating and cleanse the palate of the greasy goodness. Tartar sauce is also fatty due to the mayonnaise, so you’re covered there.

Beyond that, acidity will likely have a role to play in the chips. If you know what’s good for you, then you will have chucked a good amount of vinegar onto your chips, you will probably squeeze some lemon onto the fish as well. Both these are deeply acidic foods. While this may seem innocuous it could have a big impact on the wine that you’re drinking.

The rule of wine pairing is that you need the wine to at least match the acidity in the food. If you don’t match the acidity with your wine, then the acidity in the food can make the wine seem bitter and lacking in fruit flavours. If you opt for a low acid white wine, (such as Gewürztraminer), then the vinegar and lemon could really dull the delicious qualities that you were hoping to experience.

Another feature of fish and chips is salt. Luckily, salt is one of the most wine-friendly components of food. Salt has the power to accentuate the fruity notes in a wine, so make sure you load up your chips with some salt. It’ll really help when pairing wine with fish and chips.

So, you’re looking for white and sparkling wines which are light and fresh with a good amount of acidity. We also think strong citrus notes are a great way to go here. With that in mind, let’s take a look at our recommendations when pairing wine with fish and chips.

Our Recommendations For Pairing Wine With Fish And Chips

Di Giovanna Grillo

We are starting off with a Sicilian staple from one of Sicily’s oldest viticultural families – Di Giovanna. Their organic vineyards are nestled into Monte Genuardo, on a protected nature reserve. They produce a mix of of indigenous and international grape varieties and they do it all spectacularly.

In terms of pairing wine with fish and chips, we are going for their Grillo. The wine has a subtle minerality, then gives way to notes of lemon, lime, peach and melon. There is also a whisper of salinity that we think really lends the wine to seafood dishes. Then, it has that booming acidity which is the most crucial factor when pairing wine with fish and chips. This one will be fantastic alongside some fish and chips.

Bodegas Menade Verdejo

Next up, we have an organic and vegan Verdejo from the talented people at Bodegas Menade. This wine comes from the Rueda region of Spain and is fermented using wild yeasts.

This is another wine with a biting acidity, that is sure to compliment the dish well. In terms of tasting notes, expect to experience flavours of lemon, yellow peach and apricot. Then, just whispers of pineapple and lychee. The wine also delivers some attractive herbaceous notes of laurel, thyme and fennel. These could work particularly well when pairing wine with fish and chips if you love a side of mushy peas.

Domaine Baumann-Zirgel Crémant d’Alsace Blanc de Blancs Brut

We couldn’t leave you without one sparkling wine. Just because you’re eating the fish and chips straight from the paper, doesn’t mean you can’t crack open some fizz!

We’re heading to Alsace and the family winemakers at Domaine Baumann-Zirgel. They are experts at Crémant d’Alsace and they’ve produced an absolutely world-class Blanc de Blancs here. Blanc be Blancs wines are produced from purely white grapes and this particular offering is 100% Chardonnay, so you get a taste that is very familiar to Champagne. Crémant is a wonderful way to get complex French sparkling wine, without the Champagne price tag.

The wine is deeply complex and displays concentrated flavours of white flowers, butter, toast, citrus and stone fruits. The finish is wonderfully long and will be a treat to sip alongside a delicious dinner. The structural elements also mean that is is ideal when pairing wine with fish and chips. It is light, fresh and has a lovely layer of acidity that compliments this dish perfectly. If you’re looking to really treat yourself, then this is an excellent way to go.

Now that you’ve got our helpful hints, pairing wine with fish and chips will be easy. Stick one of these wines on a next day delivery order and you could be having a delicious chippy tea, (with the perfect wine pairing), by tomorrow!

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