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What Is The Best Wine To Go With Salmon?

One of the best combinations with salmon is wine, but it can be tough to know which wines to choose. Particularly since our selection of affordable wines pair beautifully with salmon!

Fortunately, we've put together a list of some of the best wines for pairing with salmon. Find out more below!


Different Wines For Different Salmon Dishes

Grilled salmon

Grilled salmon is easily one of the richest and appetising dishes out there. Try these wine pairings to complement a salmon dish:

  • Full-bodied Beaujolais
  • Pinot Gris
  • Dry Riesling


Smoked salmon

A quintessential dish perfect for brunch or as an appetiser, smoked salmon is one of the best dishes to serve with a full-bodied wine. A great wine with salmon pairing would be:

  • Light Red Pinot Noir
  • Sparkling Rosé
  • Oak-aged Chardonnay


Salmon with a cream sauce

White wine and cream sauce are some of the best combinations in the culinary world. Consider trying some of these wines with a creamy salmon dish:

  • Crisp Sauvignon Blanc
  • Oak-aged Chardonnay
  • White Rioja


White Wine

Sauvignon Blanc

Originating from the Bordeaux region of France, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp white wine. It perfectly compliments the richness of salmon and goes great with crispy skin salmon or creamy dishes.

Try: Los Pastos Sauvignon Blanc

Oak-aged Chardonnay

One of the most popular white wines in the world, Chardonnay wine with salmon is an extremely classical wine pairing.

Try: Les Volets Chardonnay


Red Wine

Pinot Noir

Almost all meats go well with Pinot Noir and salmon is no different. The richness of a red Pinot complements raw salmon especially well.

Try: Sileni Cellar Selection Pinot Noir


Believed to be named after the French word for 'blackbird', Merlot is a staple in most wine shops across the globe. Consider trying Merlot with roasted salmon or even a poached salmon appetiser.

Try: Cortefresca Merlot

Rosé And Sparkling Wine

Sparkling Brut Rosé

Although sparkling Rosé wine with salmon may not seem like it should work, it truly does. As long as you pair it with the right dishes, such as smoked salmon or even salmon prepared with a teriyaki glaze.

Try: Le Dolci Colline Spumante Rose

Pinot Grigio Rosé

A nice light Pinot Grigio Rose can pair perfectly with Salmon on a warm summers day. Well grilled or baked salmon on a bed of fresh vegetables or even with a salad.

Try: Cortefresca Pinot Grigio Blush



What kind of wine goes well with salmon?

As salmon is a fairly oily and rich fish, the best pairing wine is typically a full-bodied or oak-aged white wine.

Do you drink white or red wine with salmon?

This depends on how the salmon is served and what works well with the dish. Saucy dishes are perfect with white wines and roasted salmon is delicious with a rich red wine pairing.

Can sparkling wines pair with salmon?

Although it may seem unconventional, sparkling wines can truly work with salmon. It especially goes well with saucy dishes and spicy salmon.