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The Rising Cost of Seafood Won't Stop Us

One of our favorite ways to enjoy wine might be in some trouble. While the restaurant industry got hit hard due to the pandemic, seafood prices have been soaring in the last year.

It's another tale of employment shortage, transportation problems, consumer demand, and lack of product. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the wholesale price of finfish and shellfish has jumped 18.8% since June 2020. Other seafood like halibut went from $16 a pound to $28 and blue crab increased more than 140% from $18 to an impressive $44. Yikes. No more crab cakes and football.

Some owners were able to adjust their menu prices based on demand, but others reportedly had to say buh-bye to the pricier items to avoid insulting their customers. Market Price (MP) is a like a casino game now. 

This week, we're gobbling up all the seafood we could find to create a memorable wine pairing experience before it’s too late (and too damn expensive). Here are 7 Wines Fit for a Seafood Feast.

WHAT WE'RE DRINKING
 01   2011 Castillo Clavijo Rioja Gran Reserva
Tempranillo from Ríoja, Spain 🇪🇸
$19.95

This Tempranillo blend, with low-med tannin is awesome with more savory seafood dishes. The acidity keeps every sip super fresh while the velvety, spicy spine gives it enough bass to stand up to a myriad of exotic flavors. A giant pan of paella or cioppino seafood stew with its savory, saffron, wine, and tomato-based broth coating all the chunky pieces of fish and shellfish is the perfect introduction to red wine + seafood for any newbies that have never experimented.   7.8 



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 02   2018 Baladiña Rías Baixas Albariño
Albariño from Rías Baixas, Spain 🇪🇸
$21.00

Hailing from an area often referred to as “Green Spain” in the foggy coastal land of Galicia, this late bottled Albariño is beguiling. Just when you think the lemon citrus and key lime zestiness is going to steal the show, a wave of seashell-like minerality comes on the scene. It finishes with a sneaky cameo of smokiness that calls for a richer meatier fish that has seen a smoker or grill. A fuller-bodied style of Albariño which makes it the perfect option for a heartier seafood feast. Sip on this during a weekend brunch with smoked salmon lox, or alongside a grilled whole snapper with a lime-cilantro drizzle. Drool emoji.   7.9 



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 03   2017 Regis Minet Pouilly-Fume
Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly-Fume, France
$24.99

Racy, steely, grapefruity, crispy Sauvignon Blanc. The Regis Minet has all the slated goodness we love from the Kimmeridgian soils with a surprising roundness that's more Burgundian in style. Balance is king in this Sauvy B and one glass simply won’t do. Fresh summer salads full of seasonal produce, a not-so-modest sprinkle of goat cheese, topped with poached lobster meat, and vinegar-based salad dressing are all you need. Look for classic light French seafood fare to accompany your Pouilly-Fume.   7.9 



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 04   2014 Trimbach Pinot Blanc
Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France 🇫🇷
$20.99

Sushi rolls, Nigiri, Sashimi, Poke, Tartar…get the picture? A perfect blend of Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois introduces itself as a Granny Smith apple and leaves you reminiscent of a Georgia peach. 13 generations of winemakers have crafted the best from the abundance of limestone, sandstone, marl, and clay soils. A classic expression of how outstanding the Alsace terroir is for these 2 grapes. The finish is long and lingering, adding body and weight contrast to very lean Japanese sushi.   8.1 



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 05   2017 Château Graville Lacoste Graves
Sémillon from Bordeaux, France 🇫🇷
$19.95

If you're all about fresh briny oysters, stone crab claws, naturally sweet king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, and plump scallops on a bed of powdery crushed ice... this Bordeaux Blanc needs to be on your radar. A super refreshing blend of 75% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, and 5% Muscadelle, sourced from one of the best terroirs in Bordeaux (Haut Barsac), this wine screams summer. The lip-smacking acidity, ripe lychees, lovely rounded mouthfeel, and grapefruit flavors will walk hand and hand with the best raw bar offerings.   8.2 



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 06   2017 Thirsty Owl Wine Co. Riesling
Riesling from Finger Lakes, New York 🇺🇸
$14.99

One whiff is a tropical explosion. You may temporarily think you were transported to the most exclusive private island. Apricot, dragonfruit, and mango waft up to your nose just daring you to take a sip. Coming in at only 10.9% abv this off-dry expression has an elegant honeyed flavor with a linen clean finish. Whisk together fresh lime juice into some fresh local honey, sprinkled with a few red pepper flakes drizzled over Sea Bass, Langoustines, or Branzino, and enjoy the vacation in your mouth.   8.2 



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 07   Champagne de Sousa "Caudalies" Grand Cru Extra Brut Cuvee
Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France 🇫🇷
$73.99

Blended from the over 50-year-old reserve, solera aged wine, this 100% Chardonnay is righteous. Brioche and almonds get straight A's, providing the foundation for very delicate white blossom and apricot notes. These organic and biodynamically farmed De Sousa bubbles effortlessly execute precision, gastronomy, and intense fruit. Simply put, this Champagne brings superbloom joy. Amazing price point for a Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc. Enjoy with caviar for a very classic pairing or keep it casual with an old-fashioned fish fry. All will be right in the world.   8.5 



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FORTUNE
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HUFFPOST
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THIS WEEK'S CONTRIBUTORS
IF YOU DON'T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW


According to a 2009 study conducted by Japanese research group Mercian Corp., it was determined that naturally-occurring iron in wine is a key factor in causing a fishy aftertaste from certain wine and food pairings—demystifying the idea that red wine and fish can't be paired together. In other words, the notion of "white wine with fish, red wine with meat" is more rule of thumb than ultimate truth.
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