There is nothing better than a delicious dinner of fresh, Maine lobster; except for a lobster dinner accompanied by the perfect bottle of wine. Finding the right wine for any meal can be tricky, but with the bold and succulent flavor of lobster to contend with, finding the right wine is even tougher.
The most important thing to consider is richness of the meal you are making. As a rule of thumb: The acidity of the wine should be greater than the acidity of the dish, preventing the wine from tasting watered down.
Here are five wine pairings we love with lobster; each suited for a different recipe.
With a broad variety of flavors, Chardonnay grapes are the most widely planted wine grape in California. And if you are looking for a crisp pairing for your boiled or steamed lobster, then look no further than California Chardonnay. With hints of apple and citrus flavors, this highly acidic wine can hold its own against the buttery flavor and delectable texture of boiled Maine lobster.
Although lobster is better suited for white wines, red wine is always the preferred choice when enjoying a dish covered in tomato sauce. To match an acidic food like the tomato, the Italian wine Chianti is a delicious and flavorful choice. Made from Sangiovese grapes in Tuscany, Italy, Chianti has notes of dried oregano and espresso with flavors of bitter herbs and balsamic vinegar. Sounds like an incredible match for an Italian pasta dish, doesn’t it?
A summer favorite here in Cape Porpoise, Maine, grilled lobster adds a toasty flavor, perfect for pairing with butter, lemon and an oaky Chardonnay. Medium in acidity with a creamy taste, a Chardonnay that has been oak-aged will have hints of vanilla, butter, caramelized sugar and coconut.
Are you a fan of creamy dishes like lobster mac and cheese? A Chardonnay like white Burgundy is a tasteful choice with the texture and acidity needed to match your rich dish. There are a wide range of flavors to choose from in this category, but we recommend herbal or vanilla notes along with a hint of honey or lime.
A bubbly and fun option perfect for the summer and holiday seasons, sparkling wine’s unique texture and sweetness make it the perfect partner for an Asian-inspired lobster dish or a seafood salad. There are many options to choose from in this category, but we recommend choosing a wine with light and crisp flavors like apple and lemon.
Now that you know our five favorite wines for pairing with lobster, it is time to decide what you would like to eat for dinner this week. For fresh lobster caught right off the coast of Maine, Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. is the place to visit. Order online or by phone at 1-800-967-4268. Free overnight shipping is included with every purchase, which means it’s time to head to the liquor store and find your perfect wine pairing!