Shrimp cocktail is a classic starter, often served to introduce a gourmet dinner it is a dish that is simple and at the same time refined, and onethat can be presented in various ways. Fresh and light, it makes an ideal appetizer during warmer months. But, which wines pair with shrimp cocktail? Here are the three wines suggested by Sensorial Wine Analyst Luca Maroni.
Shrimp Cocktail with a Vermentino – Vermentino Le Coste Federici
“Of exceptional analytical and sensorial quality is the selection of Federici wines. Le Coste Vermentino is a great wine, of exceptional stainless and spicy fragrance, with its dense pulp and its stupendous gustatory persuasiveness“.
Distinguished by a golden yellow color, the wine releases a wide bouquet characterized by notes of caramelized almond together with pleasing nuances of spicy tones, honey, ripe pineapple and apple. To the palate it is dry, persistent and well balanced, perfect to exalt the delicate taste of shrimp cocktail.
Shrimp Cocktail with a Vernaccia – Vernaccia di San Gimignano Borgo alla Terra 2019 Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico
“Not only a series of reds all of high analytical and sensory value, but also a 2019 Vernaccia di San Gimignano Borgo alla Terra of excellent caliber presented by Agricoltori del Chianti Geografico. A great wine of enveloping gustatory persuasiveness and admirable enological executive purity”. It has an extremely subtle, elegant, intense and persistent bouquet for Vernaccia, which exudes notes of white flowers and citrus fruits on the nose. On the palate it is rich and crisp, with a slightly bitter and characteristic aftertaste.
Shrimp Cocktail with a Gewürztraminer – Gewürztraminer Terminum Cantina Tramin
The third and last wine suggested by Luca Maroni for the pairing with shrimp cocktail is Cantina Tramin’s Gewürztraminer Terminum, a precious blend of aromas which is created in the very first days of winter, in one of the rare places where nature allows the formation of the precious noble rot which gives this wine an unmistakable character.
The particularity is given by the vineyard itself which, although being on a hill, is not influenced by the wind coming from Lake Garda, because it is located in a small basin. In the case of Terminum this is a great advantage: only in this way can the precious noble rot evolve. The result is a wine with a deep golden yellow color, intense aromas of peach, apricot, lychee, mango, orange peel, honey, and lily. On the palate it expresses an intense aromaticity of ripe yellow fruit and spicy butterscotch. Elegant notes of botrytis underline the exceptionality of this wine, with an excellent balance between freshness and sweet and fine minerality.