Here in Australia, we are lucky to have a bounty of top-quality and deliciously fresh seafood to feast on all year round. We’re also blessed to have some of the best wines in the world. And when the two come together, it’s truly magical.
When it comes to matching seafood and wine, the style of wine you choose to pair with your seafood dish is dictated by its delicacy. From the classic combination of a Pinot Gris with the sweet flavour of mussels to grilled shellfish with a modern Chardonnay, and the not so classic match of salmon with Pinot Noir, there’s a vast array of wine and seafood-matching opportunities.
Here, we highlight the best wine with mussels and how to take your winter mussel meals to the next level with perfect wine combinations.
Just as with every other ingredient, the ideal wine pairing for mussels depends how you cook them.
If your mussels are cooked Thai style with coconut, lime and coriander, then this recipe goes well with Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Gris or New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Mussels topped and baked with garlic and breadcrumbs suit a crisp dry white like a Pinot Grigio or other Italian white, but an unoaked Chardonnay or fruity Sauvignon Blanc such as Sauvignon de Touraine will match well, too.
Alternatively, if your mussels are stuffed with sausage meat and served with a rich tomato sauce, you’ll find an inexpensive Languedoc red or strong southern French or Spanish rosé will probably be a better match than a white.
With mussel and saffron or a curry soup, try an oaked white Bergerac or Bordeaux or a Viognier.
Our Australian blue mussels make a meal you can afford to make over and over. That’s because mussels are one of the best value seafoods you can buy. And you can grab a packet on your next trip to the local supermarket – it’s never been more convenient than to cook with mussels.
And convenience isn’t the only benefit of mussels. They’re also a protein-rich meal, overflowing with nutrients you and your family need. Mussels are rich with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and B12, zinc to build a strong immune system, iodine and selenium.
At EP Seafoods, we have a wide range of winter recipes to help you enjoy your mussels during winter. If you’re cooking spicy, fragrant and full of flavour Thai mussels with sweet potato, you’ll be licking your lips from the get-go.
Or if you’d rather enjoy your mussels drenched in sweet tomato juices with the heat of chilli and the richness of chorizo, our chilli steamed mussels are perfect.
Or if you’re looking to entertain your guests and family with a warm meal, our mussels topped with a delicious combination of garlic, breadcrumbs, parmesan and parsley is a sure crowd pleaser.
Pick up a packet and whip up a healthy and nutritious meal… in minutes. Take a look at our list of retailers here. Look for our premium brands – Kinkawooka Shellfish, Boston Bay Mussels and Spencer Gulf Mussels.