June 24, 2024 by Arden Montgomery

Best Wine for Surf and Turf

Summer is the season for fun in the sun and sensational meals that bring together the best that land and sea have to offer. Summer is the season for surf & turf. Whether you’re firing up the grill for the 4th of July or hosting a summer soirée, choosing the right wine can elevate your culinary creations to new heights. We’re excited to guide you through the best wine pairings for your favorite surf and turf dishes, featuring some of our favorite seasonal selections.

Who would have thought that delicate fruit de mer would go so well with a robust cut of red meat. A most unexpected match, a surf and turf dish is nonetheless one made in heaven. An exquisite combination of flavors and textures, and a most decadent vehicle for serving melted butter, when crustacean and mammalian meet together above a white tablecloth, sparks fly, and good times are guaranteed.

The next question then becomes how to select a beverage worthy of accompanying such an extraordinary feast.

How to Choose Wine for Seafood and Steak

Surf and turf, when seen on menus, most commonly includes a succulent cut of beefsteak, typically filet mignon, and either shrimp, crab, or lobster – home chefs can feel free to interpret either aspect of the entree any way they like. And while these elements pair amazingly well with one another, they sit opposite each other on the scales of both flavor and texture, which makes wine pairing a little complicated.

Dry, heavy-bodied red wines are the go-to for serving red meat, as their bold flavors and relatively high tannins give them the strength they need to stand up to weightier dishes which center beef.

Seafood, on the other hand, usually wants something lighter, sweeter, and more acidic as its pair: light bodied whites are less likely to overwhelm the delicate and nuanced notes carried by seafaring fare. Finding a middle ground to match either aspect of the dish is no easy feat.

While not all red wines are ideal for red meat, it’s difficult to find one which is just plain incompatible. So, finding a red wine that pairs well with seafood is a good place to start. Pinot Noirs, light-bodied reds that have distinctive but not overwhelming flavors, are a safe bet. Strong whites, too, such as a good Champagne, have the power to chew the fat offered by beef while also uplifting the subtleties of your seafood.

When all else fails, don’t be afraid to have one white and one red at your table for good measure…a bottle of rosé isn’t a bad idea either!

Let’s take a look at some of our seasonal favorites for your surf & turf in summertime…

The Summer Spritz Kit

When the summer heat calls for a refreshing and vibrant drink, our Summer Spritz Kit is your go-to. This kit is perfect for those balmy afternoons and evenings, offering a versatile and bubbly companion to a variety of dishes. The Argaux Summer Spritz is the perfect match for moments firing up the grill, enjoying a cheese & charcuterie board before dinner, or when you’re looking for something refreshing to cool down with.

2023 Caruso e Minini Frappato Organic Rosé ‘Frappo’

For a rosé that sings of summer, look no further than the 2023 Caruso e Minini Frappato Organic Rosé ‘Frappo’. This organic Sicilian gem is bursting with fresh red berries and a hint of floral notes, making it an ideal match for succulent crab legs and grilled shrimp. The crisp acidity cuts through the richness of seafood, offering a beautifully balanced experience.

2022 Moreau-Naudet Chablis

Chablis and seafood are a match made in heaven, and the 2022 Moreau-Naudet Chablis is no exception. Its minerality makes it the perfect companion for grilled scallops and lemon-butter lobster. The wine’s clean and elegant profile enhances the delicate flavors of the sea. There’s no better match for the surf to your turf than Chablis!

2022 Sette Barbera d’Asti DOCG Nizza Monferrato

When it comes to pairing a red wine with not only your grilled meats, but something that can also carry well as you’re going back and forth from your turf to your surf, the 2022 Sette Barbera d’Asti DOCG Nizza Monferrato stands out. Its fresh and vibrant for warm summer nights, and its subtle spice notes complement the robust flavors of grilled steak and ribs. Although this wine is soft and low in tannin, it’s a versatile choice that holds its own against smoky, savory dishes.

Looking for something more hearty for your meat? See notes on Wonderland Cabernet below.

Celebrate the 4th of July with American Wines

As we gather to celebrate Independence Day, there’s no better way to toast the occasion than with exceptional wines from the USA. Here are our top picks for the best red, white, and rosé wines – plus a nod to some classic American beers.

Best Rosé: 2021 Railsback Frères ‘Les Rascasses’ Rosé

For a rosé from the USA that embodies the spirit of summer, try the 2021 Railsback Frères ‘Les Rascasses’ Rosé. This elegant rosé offers delicate strawberry and raspberry notes with a crisp finish, making it a delightful match for seafood salads, grilled vegetables, and lighter fare. Its versatility and refreshing profile make it a crowd-pleaser at any summer gathering.

Best White: 2020 Evening Land ‘Salem Wine Company’ Chardonnay

A well-balanced Chardonnay is a quintessential choice for summer, and the 2020 Evening Land ‘Salem Wine Company’ Chardonnay is an excellent option. With bright acidity and notes of apple and pear, it complements grilled fish, crab legs, and even grilled corn. This Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley is known for its perfect harmony of fruit and oak.

Best Red: 2021 Wonderland Project ‘No. 9’ Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon

When it comes to a well balanced, flavorful red, the 2021 Wonderland Project ‘No. 9’ Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon is a top pick. Bursting with rich dark fruit flavors and a hint of spice, it pairs beautifully with barbecue ribs, grilled sausages, and even spicy grilled chicken.

Best American Beer: Craft Brews

No 4th of July celebration is complete without some ice-cold beer. Look for American craft brews that offer a range of styles, from hoppy IPAs to smooth lagers. Our ‘gaux-to? Topa Topa.

Conclusion

This summer, elevate your surf and turf meals with the perfect wine pairings from the sommeliers at Argaux. Whether you’re indulging in grilled lobster, crab legs, or a perfectly seared steak, our curated selection ensures that every bite is complemented by an exquisite sip. And as you celebrate the 4th of July, raise a glass to the rich flavors and traditions of American wines and craft beers. Here’s to unforgettable summer feasts and making every moment a toast-worthy occasion!


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