Best Wine with Crab Legs

I love crab legs. They’re definitely the best part of eating crab, and I always make sure to get them when they’re on the menu. But there’s more to it than just cracking open a crab leg and eating it with your hands, although that is fun. You need some wine to go with those crab legs. In this post, I’ll explore different kinds of wine that go well with crab legs so you can impress your friends at dinner.

Here are six of the best:

Best Chardonnay with Crab Legs

Chardonnay, the most widely planted white wine grape in the world. Used for everything from sparkling Champagne to oak-aged Chardonnays.

The grape is grown in many countries including France, California, and Australia. The flavor of this versatile grape is buttery with a crisp finish. The best part? It’s a great pairing with your favorite seafood.

Chardonnay with crab legs is a classic pairing that works well with a wide variety of wines. Best served chilled with a hint of citrus and tropical notes. The acidity of the wine will cut through the rich sauce on your crab legs, and it’ll also pair nicely with any fresh veggies you choose to serve alongside them.

Here are 4 great examples of a Chardonnay you can seek out to pair with your crab legs:

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.

Best White Burgundy with Crab Legs

White Burgundy is a great choice for pairing with crab legs. The wine’s high acidity and fruit flavors complement the crab’s creaminess and buttery taste, while its light body helps better balance out the dish’s richness. The wine’s citrusy notes also work well with the crab sauce, while its crisp acidity cleanses your palate in between bites.

Three great examples of white burgundy to try:

Drouhin Vaudon Blanc

Drouhin is a Burgundy winery that has been around since the 17th century. Vaudon Blanc is their white wine, and it has notes of citrus, pear, apple, and toast on the nose. It’s aged for 20 months in oak barrels before being bottled.

Domaine Romanée-Conti Blanc Richebourg Grand Cru

Domaine Romanée-Conti is a winery in Burgundy that produces some of the best wines in the world. Blanc Richebourg is their white wine, and it has notes of citrus and pear on the nose. It’s aged for 12 months in oak barrels before being bottled.

Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay

Duckhorn is a California winery that’s been around since 1974. They’re known for their Napa Valley wines, and this one is no exception. It has notes of peach, lemon zest, vanilla bean, and butterscotch on the nose. It’s aged for 12 months in oak barrels before being bottled.

Best Chenin Blanc with Crab Legs

Chenin Blanc, pronounced “shuh-NIN,” is a white wine that grows in France and South Africa. The name comes from the French word for “sugar” (céne), as it’s often sweet. Chenin Blanc has a light, fruity taste with notes of grapefruit or melon. Some say it tastes like pear; others say it’s reminiscent of peach, apricot, or apple.

Crab legs with Chenin Blanc are a classic pairing because the wine’s sweetness helps cut through the crab’s richness. Chenin Blanc also works well with other seafood, such as scallops and salmon. The wine’s citrusy notes complement these bold flavors, while its crisp acidity cleanses your palate in between bites.

These Chenin Blancs come highly recommended:

Aperture Chenin Blanc 2021

This Chenin Blanc has a floral aroma, with notes of cherry blossom and melon. This is a highly-rated Californian wine with hints of pear and lemon.

Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard, 2020 Chenin Blanc

The 2020 Foxen Chenin Blanc begins with hints of honeysuckle and acacia blossoms. This unapologetically fruity nose leads to ripe golden apples, peaches, honey, and plenty more sweet notes.

Lang & Reed 2018 Chenin Blanc (Napa Valley)

The 2018 Lang & Reed Chenin Blanc begins with aromas of ripe peaches, honeysuckle, and a hint of green apple. The palate is full and round, with notes of nectarine and green apple.

Best Sauvignon Blanc with Crab Legs

Sauvignon Blanc, is a white wine grape that can be found in France, California, South Africa, and Australia. It has a light green color and an aroma of green apples, grass, and tropical fruit. Serve a chilled glass with your crab legs and enjoy the tart and juicy notes of this classic pairing. The wine’s acidity helps cut through the richness of crab meat, while its grassy notes pair perfectly with seafood. You should serve chilled so that you can enjoy all of these flavors at their peak.

Some very good examples for you to look out for:

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.

Best Sémillon with Crab Legs

Sémillon is a grape variety that gives off a buttery, tropical fruit aroma. One of the most popular French grapes used in making white wines, Sémillon is also found in South Africa, Australia, and California. Sémillon wines are best served chilled with seafood.

In fact, sommeliers often pair sémillon with crab legs because they complement each other so well. Sémillons tend to have higher acidity levels than other whites; this helps balance out the richness of crabmeat while also cutting through their natural brininess. They’re also very aromatic. A perfect match for shellfish (and even lobster) dishes. So a good choice for your crab legs.

Some nice Semillon examples to seek out:

Andrew Thomas Wines The O.C. Semillon

This Semillon is a refreshing blend of lemon zest and sweet citrus flavors that makes it perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot day. However, if you let this wine age in the cellar you will be rewarded with an even more complex bouquet than what’s in the bottle today.

J. Bouchon Las Mercedes ‘Skin’ Semillon

This Chilean wine provides a complex and well-balanced flavor with a fruity aroma, juicy finish, and salty aftertaste. It’s a great choice for seafood dishes and is best served chilled. The wine has a very smooth mouthfeel and will go well with your crab legs.

Thorne and Daughters Wines ‘Paper Kite’ Old Vine Semillon

This wine is a medium-bodied, crisp Semillon with an aroma of lemon and lime. The flavor has notes of peach, nectarine, and tangerine that make it perfect for pairing with seafood dishes.

Best Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio with Crab Legs

Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are both light, fruity white wines that pair well with crab legs. They both work with crab legs because they have a crisp, dry flavor that can cut through the richness of crab meat. Pinot Gris is a bit more full-bodied than Pinot Grigio and can have a slightly sweet finish; this makes it a great option for pairing with seafood. Both wines are best served chilled with shellfish dishes like crab legs.

If you’re entertaining a group of people who all have different tastes in wine, you can’t go wrong with either one. Both are versatile enough to pair with seafood and other meats as well as salads and pasta dishes. They’re even good enough to drink on their own.

Three excellent Pinot Grigio you should consider:

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.

Conclusion

There are many more wines that go well with crab legs but these 6 wines are my most recommended options for the dish. My personal choice is Sémillon. It is very complementary to the crab meat with enough acidity to balance out the richness of the crab.

If you are looking for more crab pairings, check out my post on the Best Wine with Crab Cakes. You might also like the Best Wine with Surf & Turf.

If you are looking for a reliable recipe for your crab legs, I recommend you check out Sundaysuppermovement.com. They have a simple but excellent recipe for Steamed Crab Legs. Serve with a chilled glass of wine from those recommended above and you have an impressive pairing that shows you know your stuff.