Best Wine for Swordfish


Swordfish is a deliciously meaty fish, but it can be difficult to pair with wine. Swordfish is not as flaky as halibut or cod, and the oiliness of the fish means that many wines will overpower it. That’s why I’ve put together this list of my absolute favorite wines for swordfish.

Swordfish is a lean, oily fish. It is best to pair it with wines that don’t overpower the meatiness of the fish. If you’re looking for an easy rule of thumb, just remember to avoid wines with high alcohol content and oak aging.

These wines are perfect for pairing with all kinds of seafood. They’ll complement the robust flavor of swordfish without overpowering it or muddying up its delicate texture.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine grape, the main component of Sauvignon Blanc wine and varietal wine. It’s also a dry white wine and one of the most popular styles of wine in the world.

Sauvignon Blanc grapes grow in several regions, including France (Bordeaux and Burgundy), Chile, New Zealand, and California.

It works with Swordfish because it’s a dry white wine and has a grassy, herbaceous flavor that pairs well with the fish. Sauvignon Blanc has high acidity levels and fruity flavors, such as citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon. It also has notes of green pepper, mint, and herbs like thyme or sage.

I recommend you pair the following Sauvignon Blanc with your Swordfish:

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.


Chardonnay is an excellent wine to pair with swordfish. Chardonnay’s full-bodied flavor and rich aromas complement the fish well, while its buttery texture and long finish add to the experience. Chardonnay is an elegant white that pairs well with seafood, poultry, and vegetables.

Chardonnay is a versatile white wine that pairs with many different foods. It is a good choice because its flavors work well with almost any dish.

Try pairing the swordfish with these Chardonnays:

Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay

This vineyard is located in California, and it’s a great place to start your search for a good Chardonnay with swordfish. 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 Blanc

Pinot Blanc is a white wine grape variety. It produces dry, off-dry, and sweet wines. The grape grows in many regions around the world, including France, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Croatia. In California alone, there are over 1,000 acres of Pinot Blanc.

Pinot blanc pairs with swordfish and salmon. It is also a great match for turkey and chicken dishes. Pinot Blanc is a versatile wine that pairs well with many different kinds of cheese and desserts as well. I’ve also found that it pairs very nicely with a dish consisting of mushrooms, shallots, and butter.

I recommend these Pinot Blancs with swordfish:

2019 Trimbach Pinot Blanc (Alsace)

This French Pinot blanc has a beautiful nose with hints of green apples and pears. On the palate, it is dry with a medium body and acidity. Perfect for swordfish.

2019 Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Blanc (Alsace)

This wine has aromas of orchard fruits such as pear and apple, with floral notes that smell like jasmine. It is medium in the body but moderately acidic; it’s dry for an Alsace wine but leaves a hint of sweetness on your tongue when you finish drinking.

2019 Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvée les Amours

This wine is crisp, with pleasantly tart lemon acidity that makes it ideal for serving with fish and seafood. The ripe white fruits of apple, pear, and peach aromas make this one of the classic examples of dry Alsace Pinot Blanc.

Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio)

Pinot Gris is a white grape from Germany and France used to produce wine since the early 19th century. Known as Pinot Grigio, which means “grey” in Italian. The name comes from the skin of this grape that turns grey when ripening.

This wine has a fruity taste with notes of melon and citrus fruit such as lemon or lime, but it can also have floral flavors like buttercups or violets.

Pinot Gris pairs well with seafood dishes like swordfish, lobster, or scallops because it complements their strong flavors without overpowering them.

I recommend one of the following as a reliable pairing with swordfish:

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 is dominated by 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.


Gewurztraminer is a white wine grape. Known for its spicy aroma and high sugar content, it will pair well with seafood. This is why it works with swordfish.

The Gewurztraminer grape originated in Germany, but it has been cultivated in France for centuries. One of the best examples of this wine comes from Alsace, France, where it is produced using traditional methods that have been passed down through generations of winemakers.

I recommend you search out these:

Domaine Specht 2019 (Alsace)

The wine’s color is pale straw. The nose has aromas of hazelnuts and mint, with a hint of minerality. When tasted, this wine is very floral with notes alluding to minerals.

Joseph Cattin 2020 Hatschbourg Grand Cru (Alsace)

The nose of this wine has a touch of peach and honeysuckle. The palate deepens the fruitiness first found on the nose but finishes slightly sweet. This wine shows balance and concentration throughout

Grgich Hills 2020 Miljenko’s Selection, Gewurztraminer, Napa Valley

Outside of Alsace this time. This wine is produced in California. It is pale straw in color with a lychee aroma with a medium body; this wine has light floral notes of jasmine green tea. A richly textured California ‘Napa Valley’ wine that could use some more time in the bottle to develop complexity.


The most important thing to know about riesling is that it’s a sweet wine. If you’re used to drinking dry white wines like chardonnay or sauvignon blanc, then riesling will be unfamiliar territory for your palate. However, if you’ve come to enjoy the taste of dessert wines such as sherry, port, and marsala (the latter being an Italian fortified wine similar in style and flavor profile), then riesling should fit right in with your preferences.

Rieslings pair well with seafood because they are refreshingly crisp but also have a bit more body than most whites, much like swordfish does. This makes them ideal for balancing out rich flavors found in many seafood dishes such as shellfish or salmon. Additionally, since they tend towards the sweeter end of the spectrum (and often contain residual sugar), rieslings pair well with desserts too.

Check out these Rieslings to pair with the swordfish:

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.”


When selecting a wine to pair with swordfish, always bear in mind that is a lean, oily fish. This means that it’s best paired with wines that don’t overpower the meatiness of the fish.

These six wine varieties discussed in this article are some of the best wines you will find to pair with swordfish. They complement the swordfish’s delicate flavors and lush texture and this makes for an excellent pairing.

If you are looking for a fresh recipe for your Swordfish, I recommend you try out this one from It is a simple recipe but is bursting with flavor.

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