Stuck on choosing a wine for dinner? Avoid looking like a novice with these six options for pairing wine with shellfish.
#1 Pazo Señorans Albariño 2013, Spain
With notes of white peaches and honeyed apricots, zesty acids and wet stones, this medium-bodied, fresh, lively white may benefit from six more months of age. Robert Parker: 89 points.
#2 Lis Neris Lis 2009, Italy
An oak-fermented blend of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the 2009 Lis is a monumental wine of beauty and intensity, with an extra silky mouth-feel. Pair with lobster or other crustaceans. Robert Parker: 94 points.
#3 Isole e Olena Chardonnay 2013, Italy
Golden in colour with a rich yet minerally perfume on the nose, with aromas of grilled almonds and butter. Full and intense on the palate, with a perfect balance between ripe, yellow fruit and buttery biscuits.
#4 La Manufacture Chablis 2013, France
The colour is rye-straw with some greenish hints; aromas are of white flowers mixed with citrus notes (lemon, grapefruit) over a mineral bas. Fresh and vivid – a delight for any palate.
#5 Pieropan Calvarino Soave Classico 2012 Italy
Impressive for its depth and supreme quality of fruit. Smooth and silky in texture, aromatic highlights include peach, honey, orange peel, pressed jasmine and crushed mineral. Robert Parker: 93 points.
#6 Yves Cuilleron Viognier IGP Collines Rhodaniennes 2013, France
Light gold, with ripe tangerine, pear and nectarine aromas, and a sexy floral note emerging on the finish, which shows excellent focus and fruit-driven persistence.