The Best Wine To Pair With Grilled Scallops, According To A Sommelier

close up plate of grilled scallops
close up plate of grilled scallops - Lauripatterson/Getty Images

Sweet and succulent, scallops are simply sublime when prepared well. They also pair beautifully with wine, though which wine pairing works best will be affected by how the scallops are prepared, which can be done in a variety of ways. While seared scallops tend to be the classic preparation, it's also totally worth it to grill scallops. So what wine should you pair with your grilled scallops?

We spoke with Scott Mattson, co-owner and sommelier at Denver's Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club to get his expert advice on the best wine pairings for grilled scallop dishes. Mattson said, "If you're grilling scallops, go heavy on the herbs and squeeze an ample amount of lemon on them, then reach for a great bottle of dry Chenin Blanc." Grilling scallops often leads to caramelization that works well with a more complex and fuller-bodied white, which is why a Chenin Blanc makes for a good pairing — just be aware that Chenin Blancs come in dry, off-dry, sweet, and sparkling varieties so make sure you grab a dry one. Mattson singles out dry Chenin Blancs from three specific regions in France: Anjou, Savennieres, and Saumur. "Domaine Ogereau, Thierry Germain, and Guiberteau are my three favorite producers in this part of the world," he notes.

Read more: 13 Liquors Your Home Bar Should Have

Other Wines To Consider

scallops with wine and glasses
scallops with wine and glasses - Spayder pauk_79/Shutterstock

While white wine tends to be the go-to pairing for seafood dishes, including scallops, it doesn't have to be the case, as the right red wine can work as well. While you don't want to overwhelm the delicate scallops with a full-bodied and assertive Cabernet Sauvignon, you can pair grilled scallops with a lighter and fruity red. According to Mattson, "If you are set on red, a lighter cru Beaujolais is a classic go-to and works well." With its notable fruity flavors and soft tannins, a Beaujolais will complement rather than overwhelm the scallops.

Mattson also recommends a Grignolino from the Asti province in Italy, served chilled. "It is especially fantastic with grilled scallops," he said. For those who can't find an Italian Grignolino but who happen to be in California, Mattson recommends tracking down a Grignolino from Heitz Cellars in the St. Helena region of Napa Valley, a wine he describes as "super fun." Light-bodied with flavors of fruit, Grignolino is a red wine that will also complement grilled scallops, making it an ideal pairing.

Read the original article on Tasting Table