Wine can be paired with so many different dishes! One of the most popular dishes to pair your wine with is undoubtedly fish. Yet there are so many different kinds of wines and so many different fish varieties, how can you tell which one goes best with which? Well, we’ve put together a guide to help you pair them perfectly.
Read on to learn more!

Matching Wine to Fish

Whether you’re matching your wine to fish, or your fish to wine, what matters most is that you genuinely enjoy what you’re eating and drinking. If you have a bottle of chardonnay, but aren’t a big fan of sole, then move on to a different pairing! You deserve to enjoy your meal, and the wine too!
In saying that, find the kind of fish you enjoy most, and see if one of your favourite wines is on the pairing list!


Lean and flaky fish usually have thin fillets and offer a mild, light flavour. A few examples include Haddock, Sole, Tilapia, Perch, Sea Bass, and Flounder. They are best paired with:
• Pinot Grigio
• Sparkling Wine
• Cava
• Sauvignon Blanc
• Chardonnay
• Most dry white wines


Very similar to lean and flaky fish, but the texture tends to be thicker and firmer. Try preparing a dish with Trout, Chilean Seabass, Halibut, Cod, Red Snapper, Escobar, Hake or Catfish. These dishes are best paired with medium-bodied whites with a strong aroma or full-bodied whites aged in oak barrels:
• Pinot Gris
• Sauvignon Blanc
• Chardonnay (Oaked)
• Semillon
• White Rioja
• Riesling


Who doesn’t love a strong-flavoured, salty fish now and again? Strong-flavoured fish can range from Mackerel and Sardines, to Herring and Anchovies, and more! Try pairing them with your favourite VQA Niagara wine:
• Riesling
• Cava
• Pinot Noir
• Dry Rosé
• Sparkling Wine
• Grenache Blanc


These dishes are best for those who enjoy a rich and meaty texture, similar to a beautiful steak. They can include Tuna, Salmon, Swordfish, Mahi Mahi, and Bluefish, among others. Try with one of these next wines from your favourite Niagara winery:
• Dry Rosé
• Sparkling Wine
• Chardonnay
• White Burgundy
• Soave
• White Pinot Noir
• White Cabernet Franc

The Sides Matter

Your side dishes can absolutely have an impact on the entire wine tasting experience. So not only should you plan your wine according to your fish, but you should also take your side dish into account for the entire meal! Wow, who knew cooking a delicious meal could be so much work? Good thing the result is more than worth it!
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is best served with sides that include spring vegetables in a crisp, light sauce, or even roasted potatoes, mushrooms and tomatoes. Sparkling wines and Pinot Grigio on the other hand, are best served with a light and delicate side dishes, or even something savory like sliced cheeses and stuffed mushrooms.
Pairing your wine and food perfectly can truly make all the difference!

Booking a Niagara Wine Tour

Now that you have a good idea of which wine goes best with fish and other foods, it’s time to find the perfect bottle. Taking a wine tour can provide you with the perfect opportunity to try, enjoy, and advance your palette with a wide variety of wines right in the heart of the Niagara region! After you find the perfect wine you can enjoy a bottle or two with the family, or purchase in bulk for your next dinner party!
Contact Niagara Vintage Wine tours today to get started and book your next tour! Enjoy the beauty and culture of the Niagara region with the #1 rated wine tour company, as rated by TripAdvisor.