What Wine Goes with Salmon?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What wine goes with salmon? Big question indeed.

Few days ago –

I read an article that stated a simple equation. An old school formula has been discussed there that-

White wine goes with white meat and the red wine pairs with the red meat. But then somebody raised a confusion regarding brown meat!


In this article, we will discuss the subject matter in a broader way.

Pairing with Salmon

Generally, rich oily fish such as salmon pairs wonderfully with full-bodied white wine. Some notable full bodied white wine includes – oak-aged Chardonnay, Viognier, Marsanne, White Rioja, White Burgundy and White Pinot Noir.

Still, the pairing requires a bit extended knowledge & technical ability due to the variation of cooking process, serving temperature and different kind sauce has been used.

Pairing according to recipe

Poached Salmon

Full bodied white wine works great with poached salmon. oaked Chardonnay, white Burgundy, or Sancerre will match the weight and mouthfeel.

what wine goes with salmon

Tip: Heat wine and water over medium high temperature and apply the poached salmon recipe of sliced meat in a non sticky pan.

Salmon with red wine Sauce

Usually, red wine brings the sizzling red and smoke flavor up. We have found the Pinot Noir pairs awesome with the smoke meat. It’s The silky, subtle tannin structure bring out the savory flavors in herb-crusted salmon recipes or cedar plank grilled salmon.

what wine goes with salmon

Recommended Wines: Beaujolais, Zinfandel (especially with blackened salmon set up) and Grenache are found to be the best pair along with Pinot Noir.

Tip: Use ½ cup of Pinot Noir or anything such as recent vintage from either California or Oregon and chill it for fifteen minutes before serving. (Recipe courtesy: food and wine)

The taste of wine varies depending on the wine cellars you are using.

In our previous case study on wine refrigerator – we have discussed some amazing facts & top tip regarding wine coolers wit various versions such as single zone, dual zone and thermoelectric etc.


Salmon Paired with Rose Wine

Rise wine actually has barrier of pairing. You can use it at any kind of salmon recipe. No matter whether the recipe is grilled, smoke, poached or even medley of red fruit.

what wine goes with salmon

Some other examples

Roasted Salmon

works great with dry white wine. You can also add some lemon butter sauce for amazing taste with another variation of salmon recipe. You can try the following

what wine goes with salmon

  • Oak aged Chardonnay
  • Australian Sémillon
  • Trebbiano blend from Sicily
  • Warm climate Sauvignon Blanc (such as Napa)
  • Grüner Veltliner (lighter, more herbal match)
  • Vermentino

Slow baked salmon

pairs great with light red wine along with honey. Try the following here

what wine goes with salmon

  • Sparkling Rosé Wine
  • Bolder Rosé Wines


You can also use full bodied white wine with Pan-Seared Salmon. Do not forget to use lemon for better taste. Try –


  • Trebbiano/Chardonnay blend from Italy (particularly Sicily)
  • Falanghina from Italy
  • Fine White Burgundy or oak-aged Chardonnay from the Jura


Mastered wine sauce also works great for the grilled salmon. Our research suggests, following wine works great for this recipe.


  • Lambrusco (Amabile or off-dry)
  • Bolder Rosé Wines
  • Muscat Blanc (aka Moscato)
  • dry Riesling
  • Torrontés
  • Gewürztraminer
  • White Pinot Noir (there is such a thin


If I have missed some of your favorite recipes!


Don’t worry if I have missed some of your favourites. There are hundreds of variation and its very difficult to state exact reference for each.


Remember what I told earlier in this article?


White wine goes with white meat and red goes with the red. If you can still get stuck with that point – you will no longer encounter any problem at all.


We hope you can still try following –

The identical form of wine pairing

  • Oak-aged Chardonnay (perhaps try one from California, Washington, Argentina, Chile or Australia)
  • Viognier
  • Sémillon (a richer style, perhaps from Australia)
  • Trebbiano/Chardonnay blend from Italy (particularly Sicily)
  • Falanghina from Italy
  • Fine White Burgundy or oak-aged Chardonnay from the Jura

Additional Choices

  • Mâconnais from Burgundy (a lighter more floral style of Chardonnay)
  • Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley, New Zealand, Chile or Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy
  • Vermentino from Sardegna, Italy
  • Gros Manseng and other white wines from South-West France

Our special thanks to external resource pages that include winefolly and thespruce.


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Megan Litty

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