The Best Wines you should pair with Ahi Tuna

Ahi Tuna is a delicacy and one that many people enjoy eating. The fish itself is not very expensive and is widely available, but finding the right wine to pair with it can be tough. There are many factors in choosing a good wine for your meal, including the type of food you’re eating and your personal tastes. Fortunately, we’ve done the research on what wines go well with Ahi Tuna so all you have to do is choose which one works best for your budget.

Ahi Tuna and Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a versatile wine that goes well with a wide range of foods. It’s good to pair Sauvignon Blanc with light, delicate fish and seafood, such as Ahi Tuna.

Why does Sauvignon Blanc work with Ahi Tuna? Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, dry white wine that has notes of citrus and herbs. It has a slightly acidic taste with hints of green apple that makes it a great match for seafood. The acidity in Sauvignon Blanc helps cut through the richness of Ahi Tuna while still complementing its flavor profile.

Here are my three most recommended Sauvignon Blancs for Ahi Tuna:

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.

Ahi Tuna and Chardonnay

Chardonnay, a white wine, pairs well with Ahi Tuna. Chardonnays are good choices if you worry about the wine overpowering the tuna. They have a buttery, creamy taste that goes well with the tuna and makes it more palatable to some people who do not normally like fish.

Chardonnays are also wines full in body, which means they have a lot of flavors. This is another reason why they go well with tuna. The acidity in the wine helps to offset some of the fatty taste of the fish and makes it easier to eat.

I recommend you try the following selection of Chardonnays with your Ahi Tuna:

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.

Ahi Tuna and Rosé

For red wine lovers, I recommend rosé. Rosé is a light-bodied and refreshing red wine that pairs well with seafood and tuna. Rose also tends to be less expensive than other red wines, so there’s no need to break the bank on this one.

It is not too tart or dry, so it won’t overpower your taste buds and it’s not too sweet either. This makes it an ideal choice for people who are looking for a balanced wine that doesn’t distract from the main event.

I suggest you select from the following rosé:

RUMOR Rosé (Provence, France)

This is a very elegant, drinkable blush pink rosé. It has light red berry fruit and sharp citrus aromas, with a crisp, dry refreshing finish. It pairs with cured meats, fish, pasta, salads, and shellfish.

Sonoma-Cutrer Rosé of Pinot Noir (California)

This Pinot Noir blush from the Russian River Valley is a welcome change from the standard Grenache-based rosés you are probably used to. It has a bright acidity with hints of red berry fruits, pear, and stone fruit flavors. 

Whispering Angel Rosé (Provence, France)

This is an award-winning benchmark dry rose from Chateau d’Esclans in Provence.  It has notes of strawberry, raspberry, and peach with refreshing citrus and a smooth, dry finish.  Goes very well with fish dishes such as the Ahi Tuna.

Ahi Tuna and Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a light red wine, and because of this, you can pair it with white meats. The flavors in Pinot Noir complement the tuna well because of the wine’s lighter nature. The darker qualities of Ahi Tuna work with the darker flavors and tannin levels in some Pinots.

However, not all wines are equal. Some cheaper wines tend to have more fruit flavor than tannin content and this might mask some of the fishy flavors that you’re trying to work with here.

Select from these Pinot Noir and you’ll have an excellent pairing with Ahi Tuna:

2016 Domaine Lecheneaut Les Pruliers

This is towards the more expensive end of the price range but no doubt this is an exceptional wine. Les Pruliers has a strong color. The wine offers aromas of fresh red fruit, wild prunes, and licorice. As it ages, it adds depth and roundness. It has aromas of cocoa, and smoked meat.

2019 Fanny Sabre Bourgogne Rouge

More affordable is the Fanny Sabre Bourgogne Rouge. This is an organic pinot noir that’s delicate, easy to drink, and naturally delicious. It has a fresh, crunchy, summer pudding fruit flavor with crisp acidity and just lip-smacking moreishness. And because it’s low in sulfur, it’s great for summer or winter drinking.

2018 Corazza Pinot Nero

At the lower end of the price range is the Pinot Nero. This is a unique wine from Friuli, a region in northeastern Italy. It’s made from the pinot noir grape and is unlike other pinot noirs you might be used to. It’s light, bright, and easy to drink.

Ahi Tuna and Gewurztraminer

Gewurztraminer is a sweet wine, so it’s an ideal match for spicy foods. Ahi tuna is a fresh fish with a strong flavor that can overpower delicate wines. This is where the Gewurztraminer comes in. The key to pairing this wine with your meal is to find one that balances the spice of the food with its sweetness and fruitiness.

An aromatic nose and palate will give you hints of lychee, apricot, jasmine flower, ginger root, and rose petals while still allowing you to enjoy your meal without being overwhelmed by it.

Here are some really nice examples. Two from Alsace and one from California:

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. 

Conclusion

When you come to selecting a wine pairing for your Ahi Tuna much will come down to personal preference and the type of wine you enjoy best. Many will favor a sharp Sauvignon Blanc and others will tilt towards rosé.

I have focused on the varieties that work best with Ahi Tuna so that you can select your favorite from there. There is something for everyone on the list. My own preference is for rosé and the Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir rosé delivers a special pairing with Ahi Tuna.

There is one outstanding recipe I found that is highly recommended for Ahi Tuna. Elizabeth Lindemann’s Six-Minute Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks. It’s simple and really can be on the table in just a few minutes.

If you enjoyed this article, check out my other recommended pairings and the best wines for swordfish.