Scallops & Wine Pairing


With our Scallop pairing, we are going to focus on Scallops seared, grilled, poached or sauteed, as there are hundreds of ways to serve this popular shellfish. Scallops are so mild; you’ll often find it served with a sauce, such as Garlic-Lemon, Cream, Ginger, Thai, Lemon-Mustard, or even just wrapped in bacon.

If other ingredients accompany the scallops, we recommend consulting our wine pairing search engine and search for the dominant ingredient.

Best wines with Scallops

  • Chardonnay
  • Champagne
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Albariño
  • British Porter

Scallops Seared in Butter with Chardonnay


A buttery Chardonnay will complement the buttery flavours in this pairing while the toasty flavours will complement that amazing carmalization of the scallops. You also get vibrant apple, citrus and melon flavours which accentuate the delicate scallop flavours.

Scallops seared

Dry Champagne and Grilled Scallops


Champagne is the ultimate pairing when it comes to Scallops, although you could select an alternative sparkling wine like Cava, and Prosecco, and knock off a star. Why Champagne goes so well with Scallops is that the grilling process brings out the sweetness of the scallop meat. While a dry Champagne is not sweet, the acidity in this wine loves those sweet flavours found in the scallop meat, and pushes them forward.

A Blanc de Blanc Champagne is made entirely from Chardonnay grapes. Thus, you’ll also get those toasty and tropical flavours that make Chardonnay an exceptional pairing with Scallops, in addition to the Champagne’s refreshing bubbles.

Sauvignon Blanc and Seared Sea Scallops


Sauvignon Blanc is a dry white wine that has a dry grapefruit flavoured finish. It’s this acidic finish that makes it a wonderful pairing with the mild flesh of seared sea scallops. The acidity draws out all those subtle meat flavours you would have never noticed before making for one delicious pairing.

Albariño and Raw Scallops


Fresh raw scallops, particularly Diver Scallops (where divers handpick the best of the bounty from the ocean floor) are amazing with a briny Albariño. Raw Scallops already smell like a fresh ocean breeze, and the touch of saline Albariño brings to the table transports this pairing to heaven. Meanwhile the high acidity and apricot/peach flavours cut through the rich scallop textures.

British Porter and Seared Scallops


A dark beer might sound odd with Scallops, but hear us out. A British Porter, such as Fuller’s London Porter, is a rich yet graceful beer. Their silky texture and roasted caramel flavours of the beer echos the caramelized flesh you find with the scallop. Meanwhile the sugar in the beer complements the sweetness of the Scallop meat.

If you’re unable to find a proper British Porter, a British Brown Ale will work as a lovely pairing for similar reasons.

Full Scallop and Wine or Beer Pairings

TypeBeverageFoodRating
out of 5
BeerEnglish PorterGrilled Scallops4.5
White WineChardonnayScallops4.5
White WineBurgundy, WhiteScallops4.5
BeerBritish Brown AleScallops4.5
White WineRieslingScallops Sautéed4.5
White WineMeursaultScallops in a Cream Sauce4.5
White WineRieslingScallops4.5
Sparkling WineChampagneScallops4.5
White WineAlbariñoScallops4.5
White WineChardonnayGrilled Scallops4.5
White WineSauvignon BlancScallops4.5
White WinePinot GrigioScallops4
White WineRieslingScallops / Thai Green Curry Sauce4
White WineGrüner VeltlinerScallops4
Sparkling WineSparkling WineScallops4
White WineAltenberg de Wolxheim Grand Cru - RieslingScallops4
White WinePinot GrisScallops4
White WineChenin BlancScallops / Rosemary Lemon Sauce4
BeerWeissbierScallops4
White WineBordeaux AOC WhiteScallops4
White WineChardonnayScallops Sautéed4
White WineVouvrayScallops4
White WineSoave (Superiore)Scallops4
White WineAnjou-BlancScallops4
White WinePinot BlancScallops4
White WineGrüner VeltlinerScallops with Ginger4
BeerHellesScallops4
White WineChablisScallops4
BeerPorterScallops4
White WineBurgundy, WhiteScallops in a Cream Sauce4
White WineViognierScallops4
BeerWitbierScallops3.5
White WineRiesling, AlsaceGrilled Scallops3.5
White WineChardonnayScallops in a Cream Sauce3.5
White WineChenin BlancScallops3.5
BeerKölschScallops3.5
Sparkling WineSparkling WineScallops in a Cream Sauce3.5
White WinePouilly FuisséScallops3.5
White WineChâteauneuf du Pape, WhiteScallops3.5
White WineChenin BlancSushi Scallops3.5
White WineBurgundy, WhiteScallops Sautéed3.5
White WineRieslingScallops in a Cream Sauce3.5

 

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