Wine & Lobster

PEI Liquor

Searching for the perfect lobster and wine pairing? PEI Liquor’s product advisor, Trent DeRoche has some helpful tips!

Growing up in Nine Mile Creek on the south shore of the Island, there was never a question about what we were having for dinner on Mother’s Day. Lobster is King. A quick trip down to the wharf usually resulted in a few pounds of delicious of crustaceans.

Homemade potato salad, coleslaw, broccoli salad and of course mom’s homemade bread are all part of the experience. Our family have been fans of the traditional boiled (in briny water) lobster and served chilled with drawn butter on the side for dipping.

For the last number of years, we have seen the wine drinkers among us hunting for the ultimate pairing. Some like the crispness and steely minerality of Chablis, while others preferred a more buttery chardonnay from California. The die-hard Sauvignon Blanc fans were all about Sancerre until a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was introduced. Some of the more mature (in age) among us usually like a Riesling from Germany or Ontario with its great balance of sweetness and acidity. Personally, I love the bone dry fresh acidity of a Loire valley Muscadet with any shellfish, whether it’s lobster, clams or oysters.

Here is a list of Trent’s suggestions for great wines to pair with lobster:

Domaine LaRoche Saint Martin Chablis
An elegant, well balanced Chardonnay with a generous portion of minerality. From Chablis appellation of France.

Hess Chardonnay
A palate of pineapple and tropical fruits are accompanied by aromas of lemon and lime. This Chardonnay is medium bodied and refreshing with subtle oak. From Monterey County, California.

Langlois Château de Sancerre
Expressive aromas of citrus and exotic fruit notes. From Sancerre, France.

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Intense aromas of pink grapefruit, key lime, passionfruit and pineapple. Flavour-packed and balanced with lots of mouth watering acidity and a fresh zesty, lingering finish.

La Sablette Muscadet
Wine offers a fine, intense and delicate bouquet. Slightly smoky with lemon and menthol notes and exotic fruit notes. On the palate it is round, fresh and crisp with a persistent finish.

Anselmann Riesling Kabinett
A refreshing Kabinett offering elegant character. The bouquet is fruity with notes of peaches, apricots, grapefruit and crisp apple. The acidity in this Riesling does a superb job of balancing the residual sugar.