Crab cakes, Maryland’s culinary claims to fame, are a staple of summer dinners throughout coastal areas. The cakes are made of sweet crab coated with rich creamy sauces and lightly fried in patties for a phenomenal gastronomic experience. Looking for the perfect wine for your summer seafood? Start with medium-bodied whites and sparkling wines. These wines will complement the delicate flavors in your crab cakes without overwhelming your palate. If any wine is described as buttery or oaky, cross it off your crab cake wine pairing list. In general, avoid wines that are too sweet or sugary and opt for something light and crisp.
Champagne or Cava
Sparkling wines are a great match for fried food in general, and these pair particularly well with crab cakes. Champagne has notes of bready and eggy brioche, making it an excellent accompaniment for the crispy breading and mayonnaise-based sauces in your crab cake.
Pinot Blanc white wines that come from the Alsace region in France, California, or Oregon, have flavors with apple, pear, peach, and citrus notes. As a whole, they do not have an overly acidic taste. Their texture is smooth and soft. Pinot Blanc is a nice alternative to a basic Chardonnay and a great way to break out of a wine rut.
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Prefer your crab cakes with tons of herbs or with exotic or fruity dipping sauce? Going for an Asian-influenced or spicy version? The tropical fruit notes of Sauvignon Blanc will work perfectly. Unlike pinot blanc, sauvignon blanc has higher levels of acidity that will help cut through the outer fried flavor and work well with the creamy crabby middle.
Bonus Red Round
While white wines are the go-to option for any and all seafood pairings, it is possible to drink a red wine with your crab cakes without feeling like a fool. Try a Sangiovese red blend. These are light blends with fruity undertones and herbal notes, perfect for red wine lovers that don’t want to put down the glass before dinner.
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