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PairCraft-Tested Wines

Our sommeliers taste thousands of wines, making detailed notes on all of them. *Perfect Pairing* wines were chosen by our experts as a top match for a dish
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AA Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc

Region: South Africa, Swartland
Vintage Tested: 2019
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Christy says: "Though starts out fruit driven on nose, the wine is dry and saline with a bit of tannin on the finish that cleans up the crab flavor. And some spice in the wine gives some lift to crab cake. But I'm not coming away with a wow. The crab cake is just too generous for the wine."
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quince paste
baking spice

Flavor

quince paste
spicy
tannic
saline

Texture

smooth

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ABV: 12.50%
Oak: Some
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Brokenwood Semillion

Brokenwood Semillion

Region: Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
Vintage Tested: 2019
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Semillon
Christy says: "The wine is fun, lemony and zesty, but it is kind of lightweight for this intense crab cake. If you are buying crab, you want to buy a wine that matches."
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herbal
celery
lemon zest
sea salt

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lime
white grapefruit
honeydew melon

Texture

lacy

Manzanilla Callejuela Sherry

Callejuela Manzanilla Sherry

Region: Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Jerez, Spain
Vintage Tested: NV
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Palomino
Christy says: "The sherry tastes blah and flat with the crab cake. The wine and crab have some sweetness to them, but they're almost different genres."
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yellow plum
yellow tomato
Saltines
Marcona almonds

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salty
savory
Brazil nuts
chicken stock

Texture

silky smooth
plump

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ABV: 15%
Oak: Some
Oxidation: Extensive
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Pinot Blanc, Rayon de Lune Charles Frey

Charles Frey "Rayon de Lune" Pinot Blanc

Region: Alsace, France
Vintage Tested: 2019
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Pinot Blanc
Christy says: "The wine is tight and wound-up, so it serves as a contrast to this rich, succulent dish. Also it has a bit of tannin that cleans up the crab cake on your palate. It is not my first choice, but it works."
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chalk
pink grapefruit

Flavor

yeast
chalk
pink grapefruit

Texture

terrycloth

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Oak: Some
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Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves

Chateau Gaville-Lacoste Graves

Region: Bordeaux, France
Vintage Tested: 2019
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Muscadelle
Christy says: "Maybe for a casual terrace wine, it works for refreshment. But the pairing does not work. The wine is too light."
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ream of paper
peaches
floral tones
spring

Flavor

grapefruit rind
unripe strawberry
thyme

Texture

papery

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ABV: 12%
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CVNE Cune Rosado Rioja

CVNE Cune Rosado Rioja

Region: Rioja, Spain
Vintage Tested: 2020
Type: Rosé, Still
Christy says: "This is an interesting value wine. With how expensive the crab cake ingredients are, you can save some coin on the flip side. The weights are equal. Each have a savory element that works. The wine is probably a little light in complexity, but it's a fun, boisterous, juicy bottle that stands up well to the richness of the crab cake."
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watermelon

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strawberry
watermelon

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smooth
mouthcoating

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DeWetshof Estate Lesca Chardonnay

DeWetshof Estate "Lesca" Chardonnay

Region: Robertson, South Africa
Vintage Tested: 2018
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Chardonnay
Christy says: "This is a brilliant pairing. The wine is swank. It's generous. It's been aged in oak barrels. Like the crab cake, it has toastiness, an unctuousness. They're both full-throttle. There's nothing I ever learned about wine pairing that would have led me to think that oaked wines would be best for the pairing, and they are."
Perfect Pairing for: Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
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melted butter
baked apple
apple pie
crust

Flavor

apple pie
cinnamon
concentrated fruit
toasted oak

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smooth but chunky

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ABV: 14%
Oak: Some
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Vin de Savoie Abymes Domaine Labbé

Domaine Labbé "Abymes" Vin de Savoie

Region: Savoie, France
Vintage Tested: 2019
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Jacquère
Christy says: "You think it is going to be nice and refreshing, but then the wine is underweight in comparison to the crab cake."
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fresh herbs
donut peach
spring flowers

Flavor

slate
minerality
grapefruit
peaches
green apple

Texture

tight
grippy

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Fausse Piste Mineral Selection Viognier

Fausse Piste "Mineral Selection" Viognier

Region: Washington, USA
Vintage Tested: 2016
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Viognier
Christy says: "There is an unctuousness and generosity of fruit in the wine, but it needs more acid. The crab cake needs more support. "
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dried orange peel
broth

Flavor

savory
salty
orchard fruit
toasted nut

Texture

pleather
smooth but clingy

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Oak: Some
Oxidation: Mild
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Albariño Fefiñanes

Fefiñanes Albariño

Region: Rías Biaxas, Spain
Vintage Tested: 2019
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Albariño
Christy says: "Even though the candied notes of this rather sweet wine kind of work, I did not love this pairing."
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spring flower bouquet
persimmon
cantaloupe
hand soap

Flavor

flower bouquet
persimmon
cantaloupe
hand soap
crushed slate
graphite

Texture

silky

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ABV: 13.50%
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Touraine Sauvignon Blanc Gaspard

Gaspard Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Loire, France
Vintage Tested: 2019
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Christy says: "The wine is a similar weight to the crab cake. Both have oomph. But the wine is rather grapey in flavor. The crab cake cancels it out."
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grapey
lavender
dried sunflowers

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orange peel
grape
orange water

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oily

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ABV: 12.50%
Practicing Organic
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Gonzales-Byass Una Palma Fino Sherry

Gonzales-Byass "Una Palma" Fino Sherry

Region: Jerez, Spain
Vintage Tested: NV
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Palomino
Christy says: "This works well in terms of flavor and aroma, and there is a seamlessness in the salinity of the sherry and crab cake. But this sherry is a bit overpowering in body and alcohol. The crab cake needs center stage, not the wine."
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celery salt
saffron
Marcona almonds

Flavor

celery salt
saffron
Marcona almonds
sea salt

Texture

smooth

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ABV: 15.50%
Oak: Some
Oxidation: Extensive
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Vin Blanc La Patience

La Patience Vin Blanc

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Vintage Tested: 2019
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Vermentino
Christy says: "This wine has an overly forward, verbose, fun flavor that does not really match the crab cake. But its texture works, so it is good in a pinch."
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verbena
lemon peel
chalk

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chalk
cantaloupe
quava

Texture

brushed cotton

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ABV: 13%
Certified organic
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Lioco Chardonnay Sonoma County

Lioco Chardonnay Sonoma County

Region: USA, Sonoma County, California
Vintage Tested: 2018
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Chardonnay
Christy says: "Despite the high flavor and acidity, in the wine, the crab cake has more generosity of flavor, sweetness, and body. The wine falls short."
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lemony
herbal
celery
broth
yeasty

Flavor

yeasty
chicken broth
citrus
salty

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silky smooth

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ABV: 13%
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Diego Los Bermejos

Los Bermejos Diego

Region: Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Vintage Tested: 2020
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Diego
Christy says: "There is a good contrast between the citrus flavors in wine and the generosity of crab cake. The seashell salinity of the wine matches nicely with the shellfish, and both have flavor intensity and a satiny texture. But the wine is too light in body to fully carry the dish."
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nectarine
pink grapefruit

Flavor

nectarine
pink grapefruit
herbal

Texture

voluptuous
satiny

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Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett Schömann

Martin Schömann Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett

Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
Vintage Tested: 2019
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Riesling
Christy says: "The wine is stunning, but it is too petite. The crab cake needs more body and some oak."
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flowers
apricot peel
nectarine
minerality
crushed slate

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baked peach
persimmon
gingerbread
cardamom

Texture

creamy

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ABV: 10%
Biodynamic
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Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Trocken Schöman

Martin Schömann Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Trocken

Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
Vintage Tested: 2019
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Riesling
Christy says: "There is a nice, cleansing finish to the wine, but that is not enough. Its hyper-floral aromatics are an unpleasant contrast to the crab cake."
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kumquat
mandarin orange
herbal
thyme

Flavor

nectarine
yellow grapefruit
lychee

Texture

tacky
some grip

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ABV: 12.50%
Biodynamic
Oak: Some
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Mayu Pedro Ximenez

Mayu Pedro Ximenez

Region: Elqui, Chile
Vintage Tested: 2020
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Pedro Ximenez
Christy says: "The wine can't hold up. It is light, bright, and pretty with high intensity and acidity, and it does not have the textural depth for the crab cake."
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grapefruit
lime
honeydew
flowers

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sea salt
celery
yellow plums

Texture

light
grippy

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Riesling Terres d'Etoiles Mittnacht

Mittnacht "Terres d'Etoiles" Riesling

Region: Alsace, France
Vintage Tested: 2019
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Riesling
Christy says: "The dish trumps the wine. You really need a robust wine to keep track of the crab."
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crushed white pepper
yellow plum

Flavor

grapefruit
lemon zest
bay leaf

Texture

smooth

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ABV: 13.50%
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Onabay Vineyards 22Yellow Crown 22 Chardonnay

Onabay Vineyards "Yellow Crown" Chardonnay

Region: North Fork, Long Island, USA, New York
Vintage Tested: 2018
Type: White, Still
Varietal: Chardonnay
Christy says: "The wine has a pungent, saline profile that meshes with the salinity in the crab cake. Its flavors weave a nice, fruity contrast to the umami of the crab. But the wine is a bit light in body, so the pairing is not perfect."
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white peach
donut peach
bouillion cube

Flavor

yeast
yellow apple peel
green tea
salt

Texture

tacky

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