Looking for an impressive dish to serve that isn’t as difficult as it looks? If so, you’ll want to check out this White Wine Steamed Mussels recipe from Nicole at Prevention RD. From start to finish, you can prepare this main dish in just about 10 minutes. Add a few delicious side dishes and you’ve got a feast. Try pairing the mussels with one of these wines.
Recipe and Wine Pairing
Selecting a wine to pair with mussels will depend on which wine you chose to cook them in. We recommend you cook mussels with the same (or similar style) wine you drink it with so the flavors are consistent. Several white wines work excellently with mussels, especially a basic mussels recipe such as this one, including: Muscadet, Chenin Blanc, Albarino, even sparkling wine, to name a few. But for this recipe we’re focusing on Sauvignon Blanc – a fresh, dry, and zesty choice for Mussels. Plus it reminds us of summertime, and aren’t you craving a bit of summer right about now? Here are a few recommendations from New Zealand and California.
Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc ~$10
For a great value, look for this widely available sipper from New Zealand. Bright citrus, grapefruit, and lemon aromas along with a light, crisp, clean, and smooth mouthfeel.
Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc ~$11
Another value option from New Zealand is the popular Brancott Estate. Sweeter fruit on the nose with pear, lime zest, bright grapefruit, and tropical aromas, yet remains light and crisp in the mouth.
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc ~$11
Our third pick from New Zealand is this light bodied and brightly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh citrus, tropical fruit, and peach along with some herbal and mineral notes, the zesty wine is crisp, clean, and refreshing.
Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc ~$13
Moving to California, where the variety is often called Fumé Blanc, we suggest this crowd pleasing choice by Ferrari-Carano from Sonoma. Less citrus focused than its New Zealand counterparts, you’ll find more fruity peach, mango, pear, and pineapple aromas to balance out the grapefruit notes. Still bright and zesty in the mouth, it has a mild creaminess to it that will compliment the mussels quite well.
Honig Sauvignon Blanc ~$16
Another favorite from California (this time Napa) is this selection from Honig for its juicy and refreshing nature. A nice balance of tropical (mango, kiwi), citrus (grapefruit), and juicy peach fruit aromas lead to a medium bodied wine with a smooth, long, and crisp finish. This is an elegant choice for the mussels.
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