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Old 01-06-2007, 07:24 AM   #1
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Wine Pairing with Shrimp Scampi

Hi, I am new to this site and am hoping someone can help me find a good wine to be served with Shrimp Scampi. Bringing a bottle to a friend's house tonight and he suggested that I might want to bring a red since the shrimp is "very garlic-y."

I could only find one wine pairing with shrimp scampi online and that recommended Sauvignon Blanc.

So, I'm wondering - shoudl I do white or should I do red? And if it's red - what kind?
Thoughts from any of you would be appreciated! Thanks.

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Old 01-06-2007, 07:28 AM   #2
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i'd get a sparkling white, or a german sweet white, and to keep red heads happy, a pinot noir.

(i am far from an expert, so that's just my taste. looking forward to expert recommendations here.)

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Old 01-06-2007, 07:45 AM   #3
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a chablis is good with scampi - just stay away from oaked wines, imo
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Old 01-06-2007, 08:01 AM   #4
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thank you!
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Old 01-06-2007, 08:37 AM   #5
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Shrimps are generally too delicate for a red wine. Sauvignon is Ok, but also a Vermentino. You can use a very light red, or pinky wine if you have shrimps with some sort of tomato sauce. Or even for shrimps in sweet sauces.
But, for grilled or boiled shrimps....White, please.....
Boiled shrimps, rouille sauce, and....champagne? My God......Something worthy to kill for.....
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Old 01-06-2007, 08:39 AM   #6
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lol, i knew i liked you rdg.

many people say "to die for". to me, your family and your country are the only things "to die for".

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Old 01-06-2007, 01:05 PM   #7
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I'd go for a sauvignon blanc as well. For a red, a montepulciano may be a good idea. Tom's suggestion of a pinot noir is also a good one.
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Old 01-06-2007, 01:57 PM   #8
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My favorite wine with any shrimp dish (regardless of garlic) not in a red sauce is Pinot Grigio. (Although I have to admit that I'm biased because that's my favorite white wine anyway - lol!)

Anyway, I find it light, crisp, yet still assertive enough to carry its own.
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Old 01-06-2007, 03:23 PM   #9
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For me, shrimp and garlic equals something light to medium bodied and crisp with very little oak and tannis. That would usually equate to either a Pinot Gris/Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or Trebbiano. An interesting Italian wine that would go well with it would be a Gavi if you can find it. A young New World Pinot Noir or Sangiovese would work best for a red because of the medium to medium-plus acidity and the usually low oakiness and tannins.
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I will go along with Ironchef's suggestions and consider Gavi as my top choice although I would prefer the nearly impossible to find Greek wine Kallisti from the vineyards of the island of Santorini.
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