To taste or devour, we bring together 33 wines chosen by professionals with just the right acidity, sometimes tense to accompany the seafood. The sommelier is the boss and success at the table is guaranteed.
We asked seven sommeliers to choose up to 5 wines capable of pairing with different seafood dishes.
Natural oysters, boiled prawns, clams in the cataplana or duck, scallop kernels or grilled limpets, sea urchins, barnacles and even boiled lobster. This list follows to illustrate the diversity of seafood that can be found on the table and on the plate — differences in taste aside, the heat that is felt calls for a break and invites the harmonization of seafood with wine, be it fresh, tense , mineral or marked by a throbbing acidity. Or all of this in one bottle.
To avoid arguments in the supermarket lines or even when pulling the cork, we asked seven sommeliers — Nádia Desidério (Belcanto), Rodolfo Tristão (teacher at the Estoril School of Hotel and Tourism), André Figuinha (Feitoria), Pedro Ramos (Alma), David Teixeira (Largo do Paço), Quinti Deceuninck (Lisbon Cavalry) and João Pombo (Ofício) — to choose up to five wines capable of a happy marriage with seafood. And in the midst of so much label — there are more than 30 — there were only two repetitions: we spoke of Arinto dos Açores, with the signature of winemaker António Maçanita, and of the sparkling Ninfa Blanc de Noir, from the Tagus.
The wines presented spring from clay-limestone, volcanic or granitic soils, have an Atlantic or mountain influence and all promise to be a success at the table. Vibrant, fruity, marked by salinity, with an exciting finish, with a well-defined maritime presence, silky, full, voluminous, even syrupy, with a light smoke, assertive, with citrus touches, complex and, of course, gastronomic are some of the highlighted characteristics by the seven sommeliers. And if the biggest challenge when it comes to harmonizing is the existence of iodine in the seafood, “which normally manifests itself through a 'metallic' taste that can be unpleasant”, assures João Pombo, the solution involves the presence of tannins, structure and good acidity. And for this photo gallery too.
1. Ninfa Sparkling Blanc de Noir 2016 Pinot Noir (24.90 euros - choice of Nádia Desidério and Quinti Deceuninck)
2. Giz Nature Cuvée de Noirs 2017 Baga (26 euros - Nádia Desidério's choice)
3. Arinto dos Açores António Maçanita D.O Pico 2018 (19.90 euros - choice of Nádia Desidério and Pedro Ramos)
4. António Madeira Branco 2017 Dão (field blend of around 20 varieties; 14 euros - Nádia Desidério's choice)
5. Our Limestone Filipa Pato 2018 Bical (22.50 euros - Nádia Desidério's choice)
6. Hugo Mendes 2020 rosé (25 euros - choice of Rodolfo Tristão)
7. Corral de Atlantis 2019 (28 euros - choice by Rodolfo Tristão)
8. Texture of Serra da Estrela 2018, Dão (18 euros - choice of Rodolfo Tristão)
9. Cabo da Roca Reserva Arinto 2017, Bucelas (8 euros - choice of Rodolfo Tristão)
10. Partners of Creation DOTE 2018 (20 euros - choice of Rodolfo Tristão)
11. Sidónio de Sousa Reserva 2019 Bical (10 euros - André Figuinha's choice)
12. Casa do Capitão-Mor About Lias 2018 Alvarinho (28 euros - choice of André Figuinha)
13. Titan do Douro Vale dos Mil 2018 field blend (34.90 euros - choice of André Figuinha)
14. Barbeito Verdelho Dop 2018 (19.90 euros - André Figuinha's choice)
15. Les-a-les Arinto de Pedra e Cal 2018 (15.50 euros - André Figuinha's choice)
16. Ninfa Maria Gomes 2019 (9.80 euros - João Pombo's choice)
17. Gouvyas Moscatel Galego Branco 2016 (20 euros - João Pombo's choice)
18. Dona Paulette 2017 Quinta de Lemos (35.50 euros - chosen by João Pombo)
19. Soalheiro Terramater 2019 Alvarinho (15.45 euros - João Pombo's choice)
20. Wait 2019 Bical and Arinto (14.90 euros - João Pombo's choice)
21. Château de Béru Côte aux Prêtres 2017 Chablis (40 euros - choice of Quinti Deceuninck)
22. Clos Lentiscus Perill Blanc Àmfora 2018 (21 euros - Quinti Deceuninck's choice)
23. Quinta do Ameal - Loureiro 2019 (8.90 euros - Quinti Deceuninck's choice)
24. Shack 'Vignamare' Bianco Terre Siciliane 2019 (16.50 euros - Quinti Deceuninck's choice)
25. Aveleda Loureiro 2020 (5 euros - choice of Pedro Ramos)
26. Kompasus Blanc de Noirs 2015 (14 euros - choice by Pedro Ramos)
27. Atlantis Rosé Tinta Negra 2019 (8-9 euros - choice of Pedro Ramos)
28. Vicentino Pinot Noir Naked red 2020 (9.75 euros - choice of Pedro Ramos)
29. Quinta do Monte D'Oiro Reserva 2018 (20 euros - choice by David Teixeira)
30. Quinta da Calçada Loureiro Alvarinho 2020 (9 euros - choice by David Teixeira)
31. Quinta de Cottas Reserva Branco 2010 (30 euros - choice by David Teixeira)
32. Druid Encruzado Reserva 2019 (18 euros - choice of David Teixeira)
33. Marquês de Marialva Arinto Grande Reserva 2015 (19 euros - choice by David Teixeira)