In this recurring feature, members of the Court of Master Sommeliers, an international association of wine experts, suggest pairings for popular menu items. The sommeliers do not have a financial interest in any of their recommendations.
Here, Thomas Price, head sommelier of Metropolitan Grill in Seattle, selects a bargain and premium wine to go with a variety of seafood dishes.
Bargain wine: Château Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington
Grape variety: Riesling
Taste profile: Peach, lime, tangerine, red apple, pear, honeysuckle and jasmine aromatics, medium-plus acidity, medium bodied, light residual sugar
Pairings: Shellfish, finfish, and spicy Latin, Cajun and Asian preparations
Average wholesale case price: $68
Premium Wine: 2010 Roero Arneis, Vietti, Piedmont, Italy
Grape variety: Arneis
Taste profile: Lemon, orange, grapefruit, honeydew, white pepper, almond, floral aromatics, medium-plus acidity, medium bodied
Pairings: White fish, shellfish, veal and pork dishes, and cream sauces
Average wholesale case price: $192