Sushi And Wine Pairing

written by Wendy Watta 30th June 2015


Raw fish has such an amazingly delicate flavour, particularly when paired with condiments like wasabi and ginger. From coastal wines from Italy to palate-cleansing sparklers from France, fragrant white wines are definitely the answer. Here are some great suggestions of bottles you should consider popping with your sushi. Just be sure to tone down the heat of your wasabi and amount of soy sauce for a more enhanced pairing experience.

This benchmark bubbly is a beautiful harmony of lengthy Chardonnay and fragrant Pinot Noir. It’s perfectly woven with leesy warmth and gentle ripe grape flavours. Its light yeasty aromas, good fruit on the nose and rich creamy complexity on the palate pairs it beautifully with sushi. Fine mousse gives freshness and finesse. The award winning wine was selected by Michelle Obama during Barack Obama’s acceptance speech. It was also the bubbly of choice during the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. Available from Wines of the World

This is a high quality sparkling 44. German wine with very full rounded flavour. It has fine pieces of 22-carat gold-leaf designed to highlight its natural effervescence in the bottle, as well as hints of pears and ripe peaches on the nose. It is ideal for sushi because its semi-sweetness compliments the saltiness of the soy sauce, creating a beautiful balance of umami on the palate. It is also ideal for special occasions, celebrations or even just for fun! Available from MIA Wines

Viognier and Roussanne are unique grape varieties in the Nairobi wine scene. Viognier is best known  or producing full bodied white wines while Roussanne is known for its rich flavours of honey and pear. This particular blend exhibits sun- dried apricot and petal aromas, with rosemary and marzipan undertones. The wine has excellent texture and complexity; a perfect  accompaniment for sushi and mildly spicy Thai dishes. Available from MIA Wines

This wine embodies the elegant and racy style of a classic Mosel Riesling. An intense  experience on the nose and palate, it is semi-sweet and opens with a bouquet of yellow flowers, stone fruit and musk against a backdrop of chalk and minerals. It is quite refreshing and richly fruity, with a sharp, honed acidity that’s shocking and penetrating. It finishes long, with an elegant honeyed touch. The grapes used to make it come exclusively from traditional vineyards with steep slopes and slate soil. By working closely with a select group of growers on long- term contracts, brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen are able to ensure excellent quality in every vintage. Available from The Wine Shop

This varietal is brilliant with a green tinge, and is made entirely from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. It  has melon and herbaceous nuances with gooseberries and a hint of green figs, as well as distinctive tropical fruit which make for a pleasant
lingering finish on the palate. It is excellent served with sushi, salads,chicken, veal and other light meals. Available from Nederburg

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