Best Wine for Sushi

Ah, sushi. The Japanese food that has been taking the world by storm for decades. The tasty rolls of rice and fish are perfect on their own, but they’re even better when paired with the right wine. But what’s the best wine to pair with sushi? It depends on what kind of sushi you’re eating. Luckily for you, we’ve done all this research so you don’t have to!

Before we get started, let’s talk about sushi.

Sushi is the Japanese word for rice, which is made with vinegar, sugar, salt, and seaweed and is combined with various ingredients such as raw fish, vegetables and/or omelet. The fish pieces are also very small—only about three inches long—to match their delicate flavour profiles. The food is often served with wasabi (a spicy green paste) and soy sauce, which you can use to season your sushi to taste.

These days it’s pretty common for people to pair wine with their sushi at home or in restaurants. But while there are lots of options out there—and even more opinions on what works best—it can be really tough to decide what kind of wine pairs best with a particular kind of sushi!

But don’t worry: We’ve got you covered! If you’re looking for some guidance on which wines pair well with different kinds of rolls (and why), check out our list below:

Here are some great options:


We have to start with Sake. No grapes here but there is a reason the Japanese drink Sake with their food.

Sake is a wonderful pairing for sushi. It is light and easy to drink without overpowering the delicate flavors of your meal. Sake can be enjoyed chilled or warmed slightly, depending on your preference. If you’ve never had sake before, try a dry version first to get an idea of what it tastes like; then move on to a sweeter variety if you’d like something more indulgent.

Sake is best served chilled and in small glasses. It pairs well with sushi that has a salty or umami flavour (think salmon, tuna, and mackerel).

The best Sake for Sushi is a dry and light sake that is not too sweet. The best are made with rice and water only; no additional ingredients are added during the brewing process. There are many types available today, including those made from different grains (such as buckwheat or brown rice).

Have a look for Yamahai, Honjozo and Genshu. These are all dry styles that work well with sushi. They have a milder flavour than sweet sakes and don’t overpower the delicate flavours of your meal.

Here is a brilliant sushi dish that pairs perfectly with Sake!


If you’re new to sushi, we recommend trying it with a dry wine. The sweetness of the rice will be balanced by the acidity and tannins in the wine. Our favourite pairing is Semillon from Australia—it has a tropical flavour profile that pairs perfectly with salmon or tuna rolls!


Riesling is a good choice for sushi that has a lot of sweet sauce. Rieslings are known for their crisp, clean flavors and high acidity, which make them an excellent pairing with fresh raw fish. Since they’re also quite fruity and floral, the wine’s bright fruitiness helps to balance out salty and creamy sushi flavors like spicy tuna rolls.

The best way to enjoy Riesling with sushi is to serve it before your meal. This allows the wine’s acidity and fruitiness to cut through any fat that you might be eating, like fried tempura or cream cheese-based sauces.

White Burgundy

White Burgundy is a good choice for sushi. The high acidity level of White Burgundy allows it to complement the fish, vegetables, and rice in sushi. The wine’s crisp, dry flavor profile helps to balance out the saltiness of soy sauce, while its earthy and mineral notes will go well with the smoky flavors found in smoked salmon.

Since White Burgundy is a great wine for sushi and salmon, you may want to have a look at our Salmon article!

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a versatile wine that pairs well with many types of sushi, including those with spicy sauces such as spicy tuna or spicy tuna roll. The wine is also a good choice for pairing with nigiri and sashimi. The wine’s tart acidity level helps to cut through the fattiness of fish, while its tropical fruit flavors will complement the sweet sauces found in many rolls.

Sauvignon Blanc is a good choice for sushi because it has high acidity and low oak content. This makes the wine very refreshing, which pairs well with sushi’s light flavor profile.

Pinot Grigio

This crisp white wine pairs well with sushi due to its high acidity level and fruity flavor profile. Pinot Grigio has a crisp flavor that complements the light, fresh taste of sushi. Pinot Grigio is also a good choice for pairing with nigiri and sashimi because it has high acidity levels. The wine’s tart acidity level helps to cut through the fattiness of fish while its fruity flavors will complement the sweet sauces found in many rolls.


Rosé is a great choice for sushi. It is made by blending red and white wines, making it light and refreshing—exactly what you’re looking for when eating sushi. Not only that, but rosé also has a nice flavor profile that makes it good with sushi. It’s not too sweet like some other reds can be, so it will pair well with the fish in your nigiri or sashimi pieces.

If you want to try different rosés from around the world (and you should), look for ones from Spain, Italy or France if possible!

White Zinfandel

White zinfandel is another good wine to drink with sushi. It has a nice fruity flavor profile that will go well with the sweet sauces found in many rolls. It’s also not too dry, which means it won’t overpower your meal. If you want to try different types of white zinfandel, look for those from Napa Valley. These wines have a fresh, fruity flavor that’s perfect for sushi!


There are many wines that pair well with sushi. If you really want an authentic experience, you have to try Sake. Go for the dry versions of light sake that are not too sweet and won’t overpower the sushi.

If sake is not your thing, look for dry white wines, like Rieslings and Sauvignon Blancs. These wines will go well with your meal because they won’t overpower your taste buds.

If you are new to sushi then try the more accessible white zinfandel or a rosé. These wines have a sweeter, fruitier flavor profile than dry whites but still work well with Sushi.

If you enjoyed this, check out my other posts such as the Best Wine with Chili con Carne.