First night of crabs I was looking for something a little bit on the sweet side, so I opened up a Glenora Wine Cellars Riesling 2012.($13) Not sweet enough!! Can you believe that I am saying "not sweet enough?" Well this was more of a semi-sweet wine, but after a few sips with the crabs, I was thinking that a very sweet (like late harvest Riesling) would have paired better. After a few exchanges of crab and wine I changed my opinion. Yes, a nice sweet and maybe Sparkling wine may have paired better, but the Glenora Riesling was falling right in place with the spicy crab. Now, would a drier white wine also fair well with these spicy crabs?
Second evening I opened a Heron Hill Eclipse White 2011($14), a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc grape varietals. A little drier, but still a very nice pairing. This blend is very versatile in terms of food pairing, from shellfish, grilled fish, poultry and spicy Maryland crabs. The wine is also a perfect patio wine for just sipping on it's own.
We are heading back to South Carolina in October and planning to stop at Price's on our way home to New York. Another bushel of crabs and a few more Finger Lakes wines.
P.S. Finished crabs on third night with a Hazlitt Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2012. Just keeps getting better.