I’ve been a pescetarian for many years, eating a vegetarian diet that includes dairy, eggs and some fish.
As a red wine lover, I’m often asked how it’s possible for me to love red wine when I don’t eat the dishes that are meant to accompany red wine.
Call me creative, brilliant or just not very picky, but I’ve never had a problem finding good dishes to pair with the red wines that I love. It helps that I subscribe to the philosophy of pairing what I like to eat with what I like to drink. It also helps that I love everything cheese. Give me red wine, hard cheese and bread, and I’m in seventh heaven.
Going beyond cheese and bread, the name of the game for pescetarians, just like for omnivores, is balance. You don’t want the wine and the food to compete. A lightly dressed garden salad, for example, would all but disappear if served with a big, bad red wine. A richly dressed Caesar salad, on the other hand, could work beautifully with a big, bad red wine.
As a starting point, here are some of the pescetarian dishes that I’ve really enjoyed with five of the most popular red wines.
These pairings are meant to inspire experimentation. I would love for you to add to this table. Please share your pescetarian pairing ideas here.