Wine and the Fish Taco

I guess that most taco lovers drink beer with their tacos. But for those that love wine, fish tacos are a perfect match with many types of fish tacos. Beer is filling, so leave more room for those delicious fish tacos by drinking a glass of wine.

Wine and the fish taco – which wine to match

Fish tacos are made with various types of fish, such as cod, tilapia, or shrimp, and are typically served in a tortilla with toppings such as salsa, avocado, and sour cream. Pairing wine with fish tacos can be tricky as the flavors of the fish and toppings can vary greatly. However, with some knowledge and experimentation, you can find the perfect wine to complement your fish tacos.

Fish tacos and which wine?

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a popular white wine that pairs well with fish tacos. The wine’s bright acidity and citrus notes complement the tangy flavors of the salsa and lime in the tacos. The wine also has a crisp and refreshing finish, making it an excellent choice for hot summer days.

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is another white wine that pairs well with fish tacos. It has a light and refreshing taste that won’t overpower the delicate flavors of the fish. The wine’s acidity also helps cut through the richness of the toppings, making it a good choice for fish tacos with creamy or spicy toppings.

tocos and wine
Wine and Fish Tacos


Rosé is a versatile wine that can pair well with a variety of foods, including fish tacos. The wine’s fruity notes and crisp acidity can complement the tangy flavors of the salsa and lime, while its light body won’t overpower the delicate flavors of the fish.

Pinot Noir

If you prefer red wine, Pinot Noir is a good option for pairing with fish tacos. The wine’s light to medium body and low tannins won’t overpower the fish, and its earthy notes can complement the flavors of the tortilla and beans. It’s best to choose a lighter style of Pinot Noir for pairing with fish tacos to avoid overpowering the dish.

In conclusion, pairing wine with fish tacos can be a fun and rewarding experience. With the right wine, you can enhance the flavors of the dish and create a memorable dining experience. Whether you prefer white or red wine, there is a wine out there that can complement your fish tacos perfectly. So next time you’re enjoying fish tacos, don’t forget to pair them with your favorite wine!

Some fish taco ideas – Making the fish taco

For the fish, any white fish will do, but we love using Whole Foods frozen wild caught Cod fillets ($25). The fillets are frozen individually in a food-safe wrap. We cut two fillets from the packet to make four fish tacos. They don’t take long to thaw.

You can prepare corn tortillas in several ways. We prepare the tortillas the traditional Mexican way. We fry the tortillas one at a time and fold them into the taco shape. See this YouTube Video

Next, we marinate the fish (slices into one-inch slices). We use a homemade taco seasoning and one tablespoon to two tablespoons of olive oil. There are plenty of store-bought taco spices, but homemade is much better. See link. I go with a light to medium spice. Not too spicy or hot; otherwise, it isn’t easy to match a wine.

Some folks like to beer batter their fish and deep fry. We enjoy a healthier method. We fry the fish in the marinade sauce.

Finally, there are the toppings. We like shredded cabbage, cilantro, avocado, and a mixture of sour cream with mayo and lime. See this recipe for the taco sauce ingredients.

Now it is time to enjoy wine and tacos.