Sea Bass is an ocean fish that is lean and flaky with mild flavours.  Zesty and fruity unoaked white whites, such as Pinot Grigio, Albariño, Chablis, Vermentino, Vinho Verde and sparkling wine make for the best pairings with Sea Bass.  If you are  a red wine drinker, Pinot Noir makes for a suitable pairing, but it is not nearly as delicious as the white wines mentioned above.

Chablis & Sea Bass Pairing

When dining in at a restaurant, Sea Bass is rarely sauced and served quite simple.  Sea Bass is also not an oily fish, so it has subtle flavours that could easily be overshadowed by a bold white wine.   As such, a crisp unoaked Chardonnay, such as a Chablis, makes for an excellent pairing.

Chablis has a chalky mineral flavour to it that is lovely with the ocean kissed flavours of your Sea bass.  On top of this, you’ll find crisp apple notes that keep the dish simple while keeping you interested in your meal.

Pinot Grigio & Sea Bass Pairing

Out of all the wines mentioned on this page, Pinot Grigio is the wine you’ll most likely find offered by the glass in a restaurant.  Pinot Grigio is also a safe wine as it is consistent across brands, so you’ll rarely be surprised by anything unusual.

With an Italian Pinot Grigio, expect light but fruity notes of lime, lemon, pear and apple.  The wine will not taste sweet at all, but instead will be dry with bright acidity that elevates the subtle white flakes of Sea Bass.  An American Pinot Grigio will be a little more bolder in flavour than an Italian Pinot Grigio, but not enough to overshadow your Sea Bass.

Albariño & Sea Bass Pairing

Albariño is a white wine that is adored for its refreshing lemon, grapefruit and nectarine flavours that are delicious when paired up with the mild flavours of Sea Bass. When young, Albariño may be slightly fizzy, which helps lift up the whole dish even further.

On the finish, you might find a bitter but saline flavour which complements the Sea Bass ocean flavours.

Vinho Verde & Sea Bass Pairing

Vinho Verde is a white wine from Portugal that is a blend of six grapes, including Albariño (or as it’s called in Portugal – Alvarinho).  Expect a slightly fizzy and tastes like lemonade, melon, and gooseberry.

The fizzy and fruity flavours elevate the Sea Bass without overpowering the tender meaty flakes, making for an enjoyable meal.  As a bonus, the wine is rarely expensive, making it the perfect wine to drink on a sunny patio near the sea.

Pinot Noir & Sea Bass Pairing

There are better wines to pair up with Sea Bass than Pinot Noir, but not everyone is a white wine drinker.  Pinot Noir, with its light and fruity strawberry flavours, is light enough not to bury the mild fish flavours of the Sea Bass.  With Pinot Noir, you’ll also find earthy flavours of forest floor or barnyard, which adds a little more interest when paired up with this ocean fish.


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