What to drink with Fish Pie?





Fish Pie is a quintessentially British recipe. Easy to make and absolutely delicious, it is also a great dinner party dish - with a limited amount of last minute preparations needed it’s a winner in my book! However, where do you start when matching a fish pie with wine?
 
As usual, it inevitably will depend on the recipe you’ve chosen.

A traditional fish pie, with mashed potato and white sauce makes for a relatively easy wine match. A dry white wine like Chablis, a Sauvignon Blanc or even a Picpoul de Pinet would be an excellent choice.
 
 
Domaine Sainte-Anne Picpoul de Pinet 2014 £9.99
France | Languedoc-Roussillon
 
A classic Picpoul with an abundance of citrus fruit and green apples and a wonderfully balancing dry and acidic finish. This Picpoul is an excellent choice for fish pie – it is easy drinking, vibrant and an extremely versatile food wine.
 
 
 J. Moreau et Fils Petit Chablis 2013 £14.99
France | Chablis

A classic Chablis sourced from the outlying parts of this iconic region. This dry, white wine is similar in style to its more famous brothers in Southern Burgundy, only a little lighter due to the fact that the Chardonnay grapes are grown further north in a cooler climate. The smooth, dry quality of this Chablis makes it the perfect match for fish pie.
 
 
Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2013 £19.99

France | Loire
 
A classic example of how superb Sancerre should be from one of the truly great producers, with a beautifully structured palate and elegantly long mineral finish. Concentrated gooseberry fruit flavours commonly associated with this iconic region are prevalent here, along with clean zesty lemon notes and a dry acidity. A firm favourite match for fish pie and a truly special wine.
 
 
 
 
However, step up the ingredients of your fish pie a little bit and the wine matching becomes a little trickier. A richer Fish Pie would drown out the delicate flavours of the wines above. Add lots of cream, salmon or more exotic fish and you need to adjust the wines to match.
 
 
 
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2014 £9.99
South Africa | Stellenbosch
 
A multi-award winner from the powerhouse that is Kleine Zalze, this Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc is simply delicious. Rich and creamy, it is very expressive with lovely flavours of tropical fruit, honey and spice and works very well with an extravagant fish pie. The 2014 vintage won a gold medal at the 2015 Sommelier Wine Awards, where Kleine Zalze also won the New World Producer of the Year accolade. A real favourite among staff, critics and customers alike.
 
 
Domini Villa Lanata Gavi di Gavi ‘La Toledana’ 2014 £13.99
Italy | Piedmonte
 
A beautifully aromatic Gavi that is a real champion with fish pie. With a similar flavour profile to Chablis, but perhaps with a little more weight, this elegant white wine is vibrant and fresh. Deliciously dry and smooth, its acidity pairs beautifully with the creamy flavours in a rich, fuller flavoured fish pie.
 
 
 
Jean-Claude Boisset Saint-Véran 2012 was £20.99 now £16.99
France | Burgundy
 
Pale greenish gold in colour with buttery yet aromatic notes on the nose, this is an excellent quality Burgundy. Wonderfully rich in flavour with a touch of oak leading to a long, full and elegant finish its rich flavours works extremely well with a rich fish pie.
 
 

Written by: Lucy Prosser

Lucy Prosser 

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