Food and wine pairing, which wine to drink with paella?
But with it, of course ! And now that you master the Paella recipe perfectly, and your friends are invited, you need to know the right wine & paella pairing… Ludovic Bigel, sommelier teacher, enlightens you…
Quel vin servir avec Une Paella ?
To make a good food/wine pairing, you have to start by taking into account, obviously, the dish but also the productions linked to the region of origin of the dish and, as very often, these are pairings that work rather well.
Let’s start by analyzing the dish:
Aromatically, it is a « fragrant » dish! Olive oil, sweet pepper, saffron, rosemary…
So forget Sauvignon, Viognier and other dry Muscats…
A White D.O. (Denominacion de Origen) from Valencia!
They are generally bright & transparent, with yellow tints tinged with green and golden reflections… Other grape varieties used are Malvasía, Macabeo & Verdil, typical of Valencia.
And recently Chardonay and Semillon.
More information on the official website of the D.O. of Valencia
No matter what!
A white one according to your region!
You don’t live near Valencia or you can’t find this wine?
Here is a list of wine suggestions for Paella according to your region of origin:
avoid red wines
you only need white with a paella?
For beer fans:
Then nothing prevents you from tasting something else but the agreement will be different.
Try white beers, not too bitter and don’t hesitate to add a slice of lemon with it (the beer, not the Paella!)
Teacher in sommellerie in the following subjects:
Oenology, Sensory analysis, Knowledge of beverages, Knowledge of vineyards.