Drinking and Pairing Sémillon with Food

Sémillon is an important grape varietal used in the production of Sauternes and Barsac, the great sweet wines of Bordeaux which are blended with Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. It is very susceptible to botrytis, the "noble rot" responsible for concentrating the sugars in sweet dessert-style wines. Sémillon is also having some success as a varietal wine in certain parts of Australia, California, and the Pacific Northwest. As a dry wine, Sémillon displays a fat, beeswax character with notes of figs and melon.

Sémillon possesses relatively low acidity, making the dry versions somewhat difficult to pair with food. For this reason, varietal Sémillon often works with the same foods as Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. Pair Sémillon with simple preparations of chicken, fish, and shellfish.

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Sémillon pairs well with:

Light Fish

Shrimp

Japanese cuisine

Foods cooked via Poach/Steam

Served Cold dishes