Whenever spring/summer is within sight, we start looking forward to dining alfresco with a beaded glass of crisp white wine in hand. While you may know your favorite whites by now, what you may not know is which foods pair best with them. To help you navigate warm weather party season, we turned to Brooke Matthias to spill the details on the best foods to pair with sauvignon blanc, aka the light, flavorful, citrusy varietal that's essentially spring in liquid form.
Meet the Expert
Brooke Matthias is a professional wine consultant and previously served as Winc's longtime wine director.
The wine expert reveals three of the best bottles and divulges the perfect food pairings for each. Spanning spicy Thai food paired with a light Chilean sauvignon blanc to briny oysters paired with a citrusy Marlborough, there's a combination to please every palate.
Light and Flavorful Sauvignon Blanc
The Wine: "This is a light and flavorful Chilean sauvignon blanc that is truly unique with tasting notes of bell pepper and melon," explains Matthias.
The Pairing: Thai food
Why It Works: "A lean, dry and exotic style of sauvignon blanc, this bottle will perfectly complement the various spices and flavors found in different Thai dishes," offers Matthias.
The Recipe to Try: Saucy 30-Minute Thai Basil Salmon Curry
The Pairing: Garlic prawns
Why It Works: "This bottle's generous tropical flavors give it a kick that make it a nice match for dishes with garlic or herbs," says Matthias.
The Recipe to Try: Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp in Coconut Milk
The Pairing: Sushi
Why It Works: "Crisp, cool climate white wines always are my go-to pick for sushi," divulges Matthias. "They accentuate the flavors without overpowering them."
The Recipe to Try: Korean Avocado Tuna Sushi Roll
Aromatic and Crisp Sauvignon Blanc
The Wine: "Aromatic and crisp, Diviner has bright green fruit notes and a refreshing minerality," recommends Matthias.
The Pairing: Grilled veggies and swordfish
Why It Works: "Diviner is light and fresh and is great with food pairings that accentuate its delicate flavors," says Matthias.
The Recipe to Try: Spicy Fish Tacos With Tequila Lime Pickled Pineapple
The Pairing: Arugula salad with goat cheese
Why It Works: "The acidity in Diviner matches the acidity in this particular cheese," reveals Matthias.
The Recipe to Try: Super Green Sun-Dried Tomato Herb Salad With Crispy Chickpeas (Editor's note: Swap feta for herbed goat cheese.)
The Pairing: Crab cakes
Why It Works: "Mineral-based undertones go with the richness of crab cakes," Matthias explains.
The Recipe to Try: Crab Cake Sliders With Pineapple Kiwi Salsa
Citrusy Sauvignon Blanc
The Wine: "Outer Sounds has citrus flavors along with the classic green, grassy highlights that are so characteristic of wines made in Marlborough," says Matthias.
The Pairing: Oysters
Why It Works: "This light and dry wine will go hand-in-hand with the briny flavors found in oysters," Matthias explains.
The Recipe to Try: Roasted Oysters With Melted Compound Butter
The Pairing: Asian salad with citrus dressing
Why It Works: "Citrus brings out the bright acidity in this New World bottling," explains Matthias.
The Recipe to Try: Thai Steak Salad With Sweet Spicy Tahini Dressing
The Pairing: Rosemary chicken
Why It Works: "The fattiness of the chicken allows the wine's acidity to shine through beautifully," Matthias says.
The Recipe to Try: Slow-Cooker Herbed Chicken and Rice Pilaf