Perfect Pairs: Sushi

September 15, 2015
sushi and wine

When it comes to sushi and wine, many assume that whites go best, however, recently some contemporary chefs are saying that it is now ‘in fashion’ to pair red wines with sushi.

Making home made sushi

Making home made sushi.

We decided to try this out for ourselves during the many Sushi Saturdays when we make our own sushi. We found that not only can you actually pair well some red wines with sushi, especially with red tuna, but also some crisp rosés go well with sushi’s fishy flavours.

Below are some of our favourites to pair with sushi.


We recommend


Young Red Wines with sushi

The key when pairing a red with fish – which is a bold move, is to not go too bold! Think young red wines that aren’t too heavy or smokey in flavour. A good quality young red wine can go well with strong fish flavours such as tuna and swordfish.

We recommend: Poggio Bonelli chianti classico, price is about 12 Euro.


White Wines with sushi

For sushi, you can go two ways with white, either wines from coastal areas to match with the salty and fresh flavours of the fish, or wines from cooler regions (i.e. Alps, Germany, Sud Tirol) whose flavours are not too fruity or overbearing.
We recommend:

Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino 2014

Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino 2014

Rosé Wines with sushi

The important thing here is to find a rosé wine that is actually a wine not a sugary juice. Look for a dry rose from central Italy or the south of France. Make sure it’s fruityness is suble or else it will overpower some of sushi’s delicate flavours.
We recommend:

Sushi and rose wine

Antinori – Guado al Tasso Scalabrone Bolgheri Rosato 2013.