Best wine for Linguine and Clams

Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine wines or just someone who likes to enjoy a glass of wine every once in a while, it’s helpful to know which wines go best with certain types of food. The combination of pasta and clams is one that many people enjoy, but it can be tricky to find the right kind of wine for this pairing.

If you’re looking for the perfect wine companion for your linguine and clams, here are some suggestions:

Chablis

Starting off with the best! Chablis is a white wine from France, made from chardonnay grapes. It is light, crisp, and very dry, making it a good choice for linguine and clams. Although chardonnay is used to make many different styles of wines, the appellation system in France requires that all Chablis be made in the traditional style with no oak influence.

Chablis works well with linguine and clams because it is light enough to not overpower the delicate flavors of the pasta and seafood. Chardonnay is also a good choice for this dish because it pairs well with buttery ingredients, which are often in sauces for linguine and clams.

Chablis is a little more expensive but if you can, you should. I recommend the following outstanding selection:

2018 Simonnet-Febvre Les Clos (France)
Critic tasting note: “A chalkiness on the nose of this wine blends with freshly cut lime zest, creating a vivid mix of aromas. Although the palate tones this down, it still holds immense chalky depth and freshness, despite the vintage’s ripeness. The body is generous but lifted, with a hint of lanolin accentuating the richness. This wine will be even more beautiful and chalky with age. Drink 2022–2040. Anne Krebiehl MW” – 97/100Wine Enthusiast

2019 La Chablisienne Les Clos (France)

Award tasting note: “Almondy character coupled with rich guava and pineapple, mandarin, smoky creamy and earthy herbs with acidity and honey aftertaste. Creamy and dairy notes on the palate.” – GoldInternational Wine Challenge

2019 Domaine Lavantureux Vaudesir

Critic tasting note: “Seductively perfumed, this bracing white opens with scents of white blossom and gun flint. Sheer and mineral in focus despite a remarkably hot vintage, it offers zesty, tart lemon and grapefruit flavors. Matured primarily in seasoned oak (15% new), it carries its smokier, ashen complexities elegantly. Tight in youth, the wine should open from 2025 and improve through 2040. Anna Lee C. Iijima” – 96/100Wine Enthusiast

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a white wine made in many countries around the world. It’s a versatile wine that pairs well with a wide range of dishes, including seafood.

As its name suggests, Chardonnay is made from the grape variety known as chardonnay. It’s one of the most popular white wines around the world and an excellent choice if you’re looking for something to complement linguine and clams.

The reason Chardonnay works with linguine and clams is that it has a high acidity level that helps cut through the oiliness of the pasta and clam sauce. The wine also has some residual sugar, which balances out the tartness of the dish.

I recommend the following Chardonnays with your linguine and clams:

Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay

This vineyard is located in California, and it’s a great place to start your search for a good Chardonnay with crab legs. This wine is made from grapes grown in the Sonoma Valley, where the climate is ideal for growing them. Fermented and aged in French and American oak barrels for richness, toastiness, and complexity.

J. Lohr Chardonnay

This California winery has been making award-winning wines for over 30 years, and this Chardonnay is no exception. They use grapes from their own vineyards in Monterey County, which means that you can be sure the quality is always high. This wine has a rich golden color with notes of citrus and vanilla on the nose.

Ladera Vineyards Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is made from grapes grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands, which is a cool climate area. It’s aged in French oak barrels for about 15 months before being bottled and has notes of vanilla and toasted hazelnuts on the nose.

Hagafen Cellars “Reserve” Napa Valley Chardonnay

Made from grapes grown in Napa Valley. It has a rich golden color with notes of citrus, vanilla, and toasted hazelnuts on the nose. It’s aged for about 18 months in French oak barrels before being bottled.

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is a light, crisp wine with a fruity aroma and flavor. It has a low alcohol content, which means it won’t overpower your dish. Pinot Grigio pairs well with seafood and pasta dishes. The reason it works so well with seafood is that it has a similar flavor profile to the ocean: It’s fresh, light, and delicate.

Pinot Grigio is also fruity, with notes of citrus and pear. If you’re looking for a wine that will complement your linguine and clams without overpowering them, Pinot Grigio is a good choice.

Try one of these for a solid pairing:

2021 St. Michael-Eppan San Michele Appiano Pinot Grigio Sudtirol – Alto Adige

This wine has grown in popularity and is appreciated for its freshness, nice acidity, and pleasant, lingering aftertaste. Well worth seeking out.

2021 Pradio Priara Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave

From the Pradio Italian family estate, this Pinot Grigio presents as pale yellow in color. Notes are blended wildflowers and ripe fruit (apple, pear, banana). This wine has a long finish that is fresh and lingering on the palate.

2021 Cantina Zaccagnini Terre di Chieti IGT Pinot Gris

The color is straw yellow with a very pleasant aroma. It has clear fruity notes of pear and green apple, as well as slight hints of aromatic herbs. The taste dominates with freshness and savoriness; it’s light enough for crisp white fruit but still flavorful enough to appeal to those who prefer something on the sweeter side.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine with a grassy flavor that pairs well with seafood. It’s also great for cooking, and if you’re going to make clam linguine, this is a perfect choice. It works so well because it has a high acidity level, which helps cut through the richness of the dish. It’s also light enough that you don’t need to worry about overpowering your meal. Try one of the following with your clams:

Bread & Butter North Coast Sauvignon Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc has bright aromas of lemon zest and hints of tropical fruit, lively flavors with citrus notes followed by a rich texture and a clean finish.

2021 Decoy California Sauvignon Blanc

Aromas of pineapple, lemon, and green apple lead the way for this crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Underneath those fresh scents is a layer of lime zest that adds another exciting dimension to what you taste, which lingers in your mouth long after each sip.

Lieu Dit Sauvignon Blanc 2017

This Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of ripe kiwi, lemon, and lime accented by hints of green apples. The palate is full and creamy with a rich mouthfeel that is balanced by crisp acidity.

Riesling

Riesling is a classic with linguine and clams. It pairs well with the saltiness of the clams, though you may want to kick it up a notch by adding a little extra lemon juice.

Riesling can be served chilled or at room temperature, but remember that it’s not as versatile as Chardonnay when it comes to food pairings. So if you’re having trouble deciding on whether or not your main dish will work with your wine choice, go for Chardonnay instead.

If you decide to go for a Riesling, I suggest one of the following will work best with linguine and clams:

Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Riesling Kabinett 2017

This Kabinett is a fresh, crisp wine with lingering sweetness balanced by tart lemon-lime acidity. Delicate wisps of smoke and earth lend touches of complexity throughout, adding dimensions to its fruity character.

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

Spätlese Riesling is richer and more intense in flavor than Kabinett. It comes with a lively minerality that perfectly balances the bright white peach and lemon fruit you’ll find here. Worth seeking out.

Ransom Sunnyside Vineyard Riesling (Willamette Valley of Oregon)

From the vineyard themselves, “This single vineyard, old vine bottling from the South Salem Hills is a classic, terroir-revealing Riesling. Opening with fresh fruit aromas of key lime and pineapple, the palate offers vivid acidity and flavors of Meyer lemon zest and candied ginger wrapped around a mineral vein. The wine finishes fresh and bright, with a beguiling note of honeysuckle blossom. A delight to drink now, but also exceedingly age-worthy.” 

Conclusion

There are a number of wines that pair well with linguine and clams.

  • Chardonnay is a popular choice as it has high acidity, which helps to cut through the richness of the dish.
  • Sauvignon Blanc has similar qualities and also pairs well with seafood in general.
  • Riesling is another good option due to its sweet notes, which complement the lightness of this pasta dish.
  • Pinot Grigio works well too; it’s one of my favorite white wines and is great with linguine and clams.
  • Finally, if you really want to make an impression, try out a Chablis. It might be expensive but most people wouldn’t mind splurging for something special like this.

As you can see, there are many wines that pair well with linguine and clams. It’s a great dish to try out if you’re looking for a new way to enjoy this classic seafood pairing.

If you are looking for a good linguine and clams recipe, I recommend Tastingtable’s Quick Linguine and Clams. It uses simple ingredients, it’s fast and full of flavor.

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