Best Wine with Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits is a dish that deserves a good wine pairing. It lifts an already full-flavored dish to another level. There are some great options that pair very well with shrimp and grits. I’ve put together a list of my favorite wines so that you can enjoy your next meal at home or out on the town.

Simple Pairing

When it comes to pairing wine with shrimp and grits, you can’t go wrong. The dish is classic southern comfort food that’s as simple as it is delicious. It’s also a great way to make use of leftover shrimp or grits. So if you’re looking for an excuse to use up some leftovers in your home (or if you just have a lot of shrimp on hand), this recipe will be perfect for you. Shrimp and grits are delicious no matter what type of grits you choose: regular white hominy grits, yellow cornmeal grits, or even polenta will work beautifully.

Chenin Blanc

A crisp white wine like Chenin Blanc has a nice acidity that pairs perfectly with the rich, buttery sauce in shrimp and grits. Chenin Blanc is made from the Chenin Blanc grape, which originated in France but is now grown all over the world. It’s also known as Vouvray, as well as Pineau d’Aunis. The acidity of a Chenin Blanc complements the rich shrimp dish by bringing out its flavors and balancing out some of its fat content.

The wine is also very light-bodied, meaning that it doesn’t have a lot of weight or body to it. This makes it easier to drink with food than other wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. In fact, Chenin Blanc goes well with seafood because of its crisp acidity and subtle flavor notes.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a white wine that pairs well with Cheddar cheese grits, which are a creamy and luscious addition to any bowl of shrimp and grits. The acidity of Chardonnay complements the rich shrimp dish by bringing out its flavors and balancing out some of its fat content. The crisp white wine pairs nicely with Cheddar cheese grits, which are a creamy and luscious addition to any bowl of shrimp and grits.

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio pairs well with shrimp and grits because it has a crisp flavor that helps cut through the heaviness of the dish. The wine is light and refreshing, which makes it easy to drink while you eat. Pinot Grigio also goes well with Cheddar cheese grits, which are a creamy and luscious addition to any bowl of shrimp and grits. The Pinot Grigio itself is also creamy, which pairs well with the shrimp and grits. It has a crisp flavor that helps cut through the heaviness of the dish. The wine is light and refreshing, which makes it easy to drink while you eat.

If you’re looking for a dry Pinot Grigio, try Elouan Pinot Gris from Oregon.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc pairs with shrimp and grits because it has a similar flavor profile. It’s also a great pairing for cooking with butter and herbs, which are common ingredients in shrimp dishes. It is is light-bodied, so it won’t overpower the flavor of the grits or other components in the dish. This makes it an excellent pairing because you won’t have to worry about fighting one wine with another when you’re eating them together.

Sauvignon blanc is a versatile wine that goes well with many different types of dishes. It’s crisp and refreshing, which makes it a good choice for seafood dishes like shrimp and grits. This wine has subtle fruit flavors and crisp acidity, so it pairs well with buttery herbs like parsley and tarragon.

Think about the flavors

My advice is to pick wines that are similar to the flavors of the food. For example, if your shrimp and grits have a lot of saltiness from bacon or cheese, then choose something light and crisp like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. If there are some earthy notes in your dish from wild mushrooms or truffles, consider choosing an earthy red. Or if your shrimp and grits have spicy notes from chilies or jalapeños, opt for a lighter white such as Pinot Gris or Riesling instead of heavier whites like Chardonnay.

Think about the weight of the wine If you’re pairing a dish with shrimp and grits, think about how you want the wine to feel on your palate. Do you want something light and refreshing like an effervescent sparkling wine or rosé? Or do you want something heavier that will stand up to all those flavors in your food?

Still not sure? Try these

The wines listed in this post are from a variety of countries and regions. There’s no one specific style that will pair best with shrimp and grits, but each wine is a good choice nonetheless.

If you’re looking for something light, try the 2014 Chateau St Jean Rose du Lot Rosé. The wine has an almost flowery, fruity taste that makes it great on its own or paired with seafood like shrimp and grits.

The 2013 J.Klein Brut will also pair well with your shrimp dinner if you prefer something bubbly; it’s crisp and dry, perfect for washing down this Southern dish!

Considering other options

There’s no wrong way to pair wine and shrimp and grits. This dish is a classic, so it pairs well with many wines. You can’t go wrong with a crisp white wine like Chenin Blanc but the rosé is a neat choice if that is your preference. If you are feeling special, the Champagne is also joyous.

Conclusion

So let’s get down to business: how do you pair wine with shrimp and grits? First off, you should be aware that there are no hard and fast rules. A lot will depend on your personal preference. Remember that it’s all about balance. You want something acidic enough to cut through the richness while still being creamy enough not to overpower any flavors found in either dish. My recommendation is Chenin Blanc. The crisp, freshness and acidity works so well to counter the buttery taste of the dish.

I hope this post has given you some ideas on how to start pairing wines with shrimp and grits based on what kind of wine would be best suited for your taste buds.

If you’re feeling adventurous, make your own Shrimp and Grits with this recipe from the NYT.

If you love your shrimp, check out my post Best Wine for Shrimp Scampi.