Wine Pairings: What Should I Drink with Shrimp Scampi?

Picture this: a warm spring day, robins chirping, jonquils, snapdragons, bacopas, zinnias, verbenas, and petunias in full bloom under a breathtakingly-blue, cloudless, impossibly-sunny sky. What could complete this imagery? If you were thinking a healthy, delicious Shrimp and Broccoli Scampi dish, we’re on the same page. And to complement that succulent entrée, you’ll need a refreshing bottle of white wine. For the perfect pairing, we traveled to the opposite ends of Italy—the sun-kissed isle of Sardinia in the southwest, where the Argiolas family has been revolutionizing wine since the beginning of the 20th century, and to Fruili in the northwest, an area predominantly considered to produce the pinnacle of Italian whites—to bring you two of our favorites. –MM


Photo: Randy Mayor; Food Styling: Kellie Gerber Kelly; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower

A light, dry white
Taut, zippy white wine contrasts tender shrimp while cutting its richness with crisp acidity. Pinot grigio from Italy is great with scampi, which has both richness from butter and pungency from garlic and lemon juice. A resolutely dry pinot grigio will match the dish on both fronts. Scarpetta Pinto Grigio, Italy, 2012 ($14)

A rich, minerally white
Medium- to full-bodied white wine stands up to the sauce and shrimp. Try vermentino, one of Italy’s most compelling whites, with rich texture and flavor. It’s also crisp, citrusy, and minerally, which refreshes the palate after each bite. Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna, Sardinia, Italy, 2012 ($11)

Avoid oaky white, like most chardonnays, as the vanilla sweetness will conflict with garlic. Almost any red will clash, too. — Wine selections by Jordan Mackay


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    How could you miss picking a brut champagne or cava? Cuts the richness nicely without any oak.

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    For the most part I agree with the types of wine that you said pairs with shrimp scampi since whites pair best with seafood, but in the end it has to do with your pallet, I’ve paired reds with seafood including scampi and they’ve been excellent combinations. But thanks. I will try these recommendations.

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