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Open Tins of Fish
Thomas J. Story

Did you hear? Tinned fish is in. While it’s not exactly a new invention—originally created as a wartime food to sustain the French military in the 1700s—these tins are being spotlighted everywhere, from restaurants, bars, grocery stores, parties, and more. Sure, they can be eaten straight of the can for a quick meal or snack, but we highly recommend building your own “seacuterie” board. Yes, that’s right, move over cheese boards, the tinned fish board is ready for its moment.

Tinned Fish Board with Wine

Thomas J. Story

But if building your own tinned fish board puts you out of your element, we’re here to help. Here are some tips on building the ultimate seacuterie board this summer, plus the best wines to pair them with. All of these wines are featured in our recent Sunset Wine Club box—learn more about the club and how it’s the best deal around if you’re a wine lover here.

Build a Tinned Fish Board with These Elements

Perfect Pairings

We selected the ideal bottles to serve with a tinned fish spread, and they’re available to members of our wine club. Sign up for quarterly deliveries of the best wines in the West at

2022 Martin Ray Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Martin Ray Rose

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Few wines are as versatile as rosé, and Pinot Noir is a grape with an affinity for salmon and other meatier fish. 

2022 Martin Ray Rosé of Pinot Noir, $38

2021 South Coast Winery Sauvignon Blanc Musque CloneTemecula Valley

South Coast Winery Sauvignon Blanc

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Like a squeeze of lemon as the finishing touch on a seafood dish, this wine adds a refreshing counterpoint to the salt and oil of the fish board.

2021 South Coast Winery Sauvignon Blanc, $24

2021 Private Property GrenacheSanta Lucia Highlands

Private Property Grenache

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This fruity and fresh Grenache will perfectly contrast the rich, smoky fish, and the dill of the relish matches with the herbal tones of the wine. Grenache is one of the most popular grapes of Spain, where it can commonly be found served chilled alongside an array of seafood tapas such as preserved seafood. 

2021 Private Property Grenache, $30

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