Updated July 19th 2023
Wine with sushi is a great combination. A light white wine will enhance the delicate flavours of the dish. Sushi is one of the most popular dishes in the world and a perfectly matched wine will will make this Japanese dish taste even better. In this guide you will learn what wine to pair with sushi.
Sushi has become increasingly popular and is now available in almost every country in the world. Japanese cuisine is diverse and it can be difficult to know what to drink with Japanese food. Drinks at Japanese restaurants usually include sake and Japanese beer, but wine is also a good pairing with sushi. There are many different types of sushi. It can be a salmon roll, a tuna nigiri or many other variations - sushi almost always contains raw fish. This ingredient needs to be carefully taken into consideration when paired with wine.
Overall it is almost always a safe choice to select a dry and light-bodied wine with high acidity for your sushi. Ideally, choose a crisp white wine with mineral flavours to balance the fat and the salt from the fish. Pinot Grigio with sushi is a great match, but an unoaked Chardonnay with sushi will not make you disappointed. A wine with high acidity also pairs well with tempura sushi because the acidity in the wine will cut the fat from the tempura. Some great white wines for sushi are:
If you don't feel like a white dry wine, there are some other good alternatives. It is important to choose a wine with low or no tannins not to overwhelm the flavours from the food. Sparkling wine with sushi is always a good idea. Prosecco with sushi is a very popular paring. Good wines for sushi include: