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Great Sushi Matches: Pairing with Sushi Can Be Tricky-Wasabi and Ginger?-But Fragrant Whites Are the Secret

Magazine article Sunset

Great Sushi Matches: Pairing with Sushi Can Be Tricky-Wasabi and Ginger?-But Fragrant Whites Are the Secret

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Spicy tuna roll

THE WINE Very barely off-dry Riesling

PAIRING HINT You need a big-bodied white for the meaty fish. Riesling is mouth filling, with sweet stone fruit to stand up to the spice and a mineral edge that loves the brininess of nori.

OUR PICK Dashe 2009 McFadden Farm Dry Riesling (Potter Valley; $20). Bright stone fruit, pink grapefruit, and guava wrapped in jasmine.

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Shrimp nigiri

THE WINE Pinot Gris

PAIRING HINT Apple and aromatic stone fruit in the wine are perfect links to sweet shrimp, with a hit of citrus serving as a spritz of lemon.

OUR PICK Morgan 2009 R&D Franscioni Vineyard Pinot Gris (Santa Lucia Highlands; $17). Layers of citrus, Asian pear, tart apple, and crisp white peach.

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Salmon roll

THE WINE Dry rose

PAIRING HINT Pink on pink--too fun to resist. But even if the colors didn't match, the salmon makes the tart cherry and citrus in the wine pop and its minerality turn to sweet brininess. …

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