If you don’t often pair food with wine, the idea might seem complex, but the more you learn about the art, the more you’ll realize how fun and rewarding it is. You don’t even have to be a professional sommelier to kick your meal up a notch—just start with the basics. For example, one of the first things people often learn about wine pairings is that white wines tend to complement seafood.
The next time you stop by Barefoot Island Grill in Orange Beach, AL, consider one of these pairings:
1. Chardonnay & Oysters
If you have a big appetite, consider ordering the Captain’s Platter. This phenomenal meal features beer-battered grouper filet, Gulf shrimp, oysters, and hush puppies, and a side of French fries and cole slaw. Those oysters will taste especially filling when they are paired with a glass of chardonnay, one of the more fuller-bodied white wines.
2. Riesling & Spicy Shrimp
Are you craving a little spice? The Shrimp & Grits dish features delicious Gulf shrimp, Andouille sausage, veggies, and deep fried cheesy jalapeño grits. If you pair it with a sweet white wine, such as Riesling, you’ll experience a unique marriage of flavors.
3. Sparkling Wine & Butter Fried Shrimp
Few things hit the spot like fried and breaded food, provided you enjoy it in moderation. If you’re craving the popular menu item, Surf & Turf, with jumbo butter fried shrimp, get it with sparkling wine or champagne for a decadent dining experience. For a lighter meal, pair sparkling wine with the Shrimp Platter, fries, hush puppies, and coleslaw.
4. Pinot Grigio & Oyster Po Boy
Dry and crisp Pinot Grigio tends to pair nicely with white fish and oysters. For a filling and delightful meal, consider pairing a glass with the Oyster Po’ Boy, which comes on a 10-inch French bread baguette, with lettuce, tomato, and homemade remoulade sauce.
5. Pinot Noir & Ahi Tuna
It’s usually white wines that go best with seafood, but there are notable exceptions, such as pinot noir, one of the lighter red wines. You might enjoy this flavorful wine with one of the more succulent fish species, like tuna. Why not try the Ahi Tuna Salad with a glass? (For the best experience, avoid pairing red wines with spicy foods.)
For delicious seafood, cocktails, and more, stop by Barefoot Island Grill. The island-themed restaurant is family-owned and -operated in Orange Beach, AL, and aims to please every customer with their innovative and inspired dishes. For questions or to make a reservation, give them a call at (251) 256-0055. More information, including menus, is available online.