Sushi with Wine?! Oh, the Humanity!
Let’s face it, sushi and beer make an awesome pairing. My go to beer at Japanese restaurants has always been Asahi Super Dry because despite being mass produced, it always seems to pair well with sushi. My other go-to Japanese beer is Hitachino Nest Beer white ale, a tasty Belgian style wit. Unfortunately it is rarely seen in sushi joints.
But last night I opted out of the beer category and put on my fancy pants! I decided to take home a bottle of white wine to pair with my roll. What?! Yep, I had read in several publications that it works and I was willing to give it a try. One of the most recommended wines to pair with sushi is grüner veltliner, an Austrian white that is known for its spicy, dry, citrus notes. Hmm, sounds similar to South African chenin blancs I thought to myself. I felt that an African wine sounded more exotic than one from Austria so I took home a bottle of 2016 M•A•N Vineyards Chenin Blanc from the coastal region.
I stopped by Fjord Fish Market in Greenwich where I picked up what’s called a UFO Roll. The components of this oddly named roll are shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber and spicy mayo. I just love the combination of spicy tuna and avocado! Being a full on fresh seafood mart, Fjords also has a dedicated space where one can watch a sushi chef create some great delicacies. Therefore the quality and freshness of the product is never in doubt. I highly recommend Fjord for all your seafood needs.
This evening there was no waiting around for tarts to heat up! I was in business as soon as I got home. First sip of the wine? Crisp, clean and easy drinking. It showcased the expected citrus flavor of grapefruit that was backed by the right amount of acidity and minerality. I knew that I had chosen the right wine to pair with my UFO roll!
The tuna roll showcased spicy notes that were balanced by the avocado and cucumber. Everything was fresh, tasty and delicately put together. Not bad for takeout. The only thing that I felt was out of place was the shrimp tempura. There were only two pieces and they almost felt like an afterthought. I would have felt just fine without them.
The wine/sushi pairing was wonderful with the citrus notes of the wine offsetting the spiciness of the tuna and ginger. I feel confident that in the future I can set the beer aside and order a glass of wine to go with my roll. Speaking of the wine, I love it. It has exactly what I look for in my whites and I feel like it is an extremely tasty everyday wine that can also be enjoyed all by itself.
What do you pair with your sushi? Willing to give wine a chance? Any sushi places in the Tri-State area that you recommend? We would love to hear from you! Leave your comments below!