So you’ve cooked up the perfect Gulf Coast Seafood recipe: But now, what to drink? We’ve made it easy to pair the fresh flavors of seafood with the right wines and beers. Follow our seafood flowchart below to determine the best drink to go with your Gulf Coast Seafood dish.
A general rule to help pair alcohol and fish: match the texture and flavor of your fish with your drink. So if you’re preparing a hearty fish stew with a flavorful and oily fish, consider opting for a full-bodied red to go with it. On the other hand, a light white wine might be perfect for a pan-fried flaky fish. Similarly, robust beers (such as dark ales) typically pair well with firmer, more flavorful fish; beers like lagers and Hefeweizens generally suit milder fish.
Black drum has a firm texture but mild flavor. If you’re crumbing and frying it, we’d suggest pairing it with a hoppy IPA, pilsner, or tangy Chardonnay. If you’re sautéing your black drum, open up an oaky Chardonnay. If you’re making a black drum stew or sautéing it with a heavy sauce, lighten things up with a dry, fruity white like a Chardonnay or a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc.