Pairing Wine With Tuna

Tuna is a versatile fish; it can be served as a steak, eaten as a sandwich, or added to a casserole.  For people who don’t like the fishiness of fish, Tuna offers a great alternative as it has all the health benefits of eating fish (Tuna is high in omega 3, high in protein, has no carbs or sugar).  In fact, canned Tuna has been a weightlifter’s staple since Arnold Schwarzenegger made bodybuilding famous.

Tuna can be enjoyed in several delicious ways, such as in a sandwich, as a grilled steak, or in a Casserole. No matter how you decide to enjoy tuna, you’ll require a red low in tannin, such as Pinot Noir, or Beaujolais, or else the Tuna will taste metallic. For white wine, crisp acidic white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Unoaked Chardonnay are your best choices.

Tuna Sandwiches and Rioja Crianza

Pairing Tuna and wine together makes a great meal, as they both have a lot of health benefits many people are lacking, such as the antioxidants in wine, and the omega 3 fats in fish.  If you are have a tuna fish sandwich, chances are you are eating lunch, and a light red, such as Beaujolais, or a Rioja Crianza is a great pair. 

Tuna Salad Sandwiches and Beaujoulais

Like the tuna fish sandwich, Beaujolais is a classic picnic staple as it’s light, fruity and easy to drink. 

Any sort of dry Rosé, or easy drinking white wine like Pinot Grigio will go well with Tuna Fish Sandwiches as well. Both wines have a crisp acidity that will cut through the mayonnaise used in the salad dressing, while offering a bit of fruit flavour to foil the slight fishy taste of Tuna.
Tuna Steak

Grilled Tuna and Pinot Noir

For a grilled Tuna steak, we would suggest and Oregon Pinot Noir for red wine. It’s a bright wine, with tangy cherry flavours, and a pleasant earthiness. An Oregon Pinot Noir is fish-friendly as they are low in tannin and high in acidity.  The earthiness of the wine goes great with the charred nature of the Tuna Steak.   For similar reasons, a Barbera, or a beefier Syrah will go nicely as well with grilled fish.

If you are a white wine drinker, go for an oaked Chardonnay .  The toastiness of the oak will mesh quite well with the charred flavours of Tuna. 

For pairing beer and Tuna Steak, our favourite pairing with grilled foods is a stout.  These flavourful beers will hold up to the grilled nature of the bbq while bringing out the best flavours in both the Tuna and the beer.  Amber ale is another wise choice.

Tuna Casserole and Chardonnay

Many see Tuna Casserole or Tuna Bakes as comfort food.  These creamy dishes are rich and full of buttery textures, and we’d pick Chardonnay, the ultimate white comfort wine to pair it up with.  Although you could choose something oaky to complement the buttery flavours of this dish, we’d suggest pairing tuna casserole with a Chardonnay that is mildly oaked.  Our reason is that tuna casserole is a heavy dish, and pairing it with a wine that is heavy as well might make the whole combination seem overwhelming. 

While we give this rating 3.5 stars out of 5, rest assured, that this is a great pairing that you will enjoy. Tuna Casserole can be so varied in its preparation, making it difficult to make a concrete recommendation.

In regard to pairing beer and Tuna Casserole, crisp beers, such as Pilsner or a Lager will go great with this dish as they will refresh the palate from the creamy and salty goodness of the Tuna Bake.

Tuna Tartare and Sauvignon Blanc

Tuna Tartare is essentially raw Tuna.  White wine is your best option, and we’d suggest something dry but with a mineral aspect to it, such as a French Sauvignon Blanc, or a lightly oaked Chablis.  If you are in a sushi house, why not try a well-chilled sake.
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