Your Wine Pairing Guide for Seafood this Summer

The perfect wine and seafood pairing is an elusive idea. Just think about it. Who’s to say what goes well together and what clashes? Of course, all that really matters is what tastes right to you. If you’re looking for a little more guidance, we’re here to help. Believe it or not, it’s totally possible to strike the perfect balance of flavors during your summer meal. Check out this easy-to-follow guide on how to order like a pro next time you visit Marker 32.

Crispy Calamari with a Sonoma Chardonnay

Perfectly fried calamari is one of the most popular seafood dishes for restaurants of all kinds. At Marker 32, we serve ours a bit differently than the rest. Instead of marinara sauce or banana peppers, our calamari is paired with a Vietnamese ginger cilantro dressing, mint and roasted peanuts.

 

If you opt to pair this starter with wine, your best bet is an unoaked Sonoma Chardonnay. The buttery flavor profiles of Chardonnay blend perfectly with the Asian-inspired influences in Marker 32’s calamari.

Oysters with Sparkling Wine

The traditional, age-old pairing is oysters with Champagne. If you’re more of a Prosecco or Cava drinker, the flavors still fit the bill for the pairing. Raw and broiled oysters alike have completely unique flavors that can easily clash with your beverage.

 

Instead of competing with the mild flavor of oysters, sparkling wine adds a complimentary taste profile. The bubbles are a crisp and refreshing addition to the texture and flavor of an oyster. Most importantly, the acidity of sparkling wine brings out the delicate flavors of your oysters.

Wood-Grilled Atlantic Salmon with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Grilled, seasoned salmon boasts incredible flavors that beg to be paired with the right drink. The perfect wine — in this case a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc — elevates each individual layer of spice that coats the fish.

 

The crisp acidity of a Sauvignon Blanc perfectly brings out the sweet flavors of the fish and spicy flavors of the seasoning. While it may seem impossible for a dish this good to taste even better, a great Sauvignon Blanc will make your entree that much more enjoyable.

Experience Your Favorite Food and Wine Pairings at Marker 32 this Summer

Sample these pairings and more at Marker 32 this summer. Try out our seasonal seafood offerings, unrivaled wine list and irresistible desserts before the season comes to an end. Be sure to make a reservation here. We can’t wait to serve you!