Pairings | Oaked white wine
The best wine pairings with monkfish
Monkfish (or lotte, as the French call it) is a meaty fish that is often roasted so pairs equally well with red wine as with white. In fact a lightly chilled red wine would generally be my preferred match, particularly if it’s wrapped in pancetta or bacon
Wines to drink with roast monkfish
I’d choose a pinot with some fresh acidity rather than too much sweet fruit so a pinot from Burgundy, Germany (where it’s known as spätburgunder), Sonoma, Oregon or the Marlborough region of New Zealand rather than Central Otago or Chile
A fashionable red from the north of Spain that tastes a bit like a cross between pinot noir and Loire cabernet franc (which you could also drink)
A full-bodied oaked white wine such as a Douro white (there’s a good story about this one!) or an oaked white rioja.
Again from Spain this fresh-tasting white is always a safe bet with seafood, and would be a good choice if the monkfish is served with a lemony sauce
Monkfish with Provençal flavours like tomatoes and saffron
Try a strong southern French rosé such as Bandol or a good Languedoc rosé
I’d choose a more full-bodied red like a merlot
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