When we mention canned fish, many people might conjure images of humble, quick pantry meals. However, with a little bit of creativity and the right wine, these often-underestimated sea treasures paired with Rose wine can be the perfect pairing for an afternoon delight.

I was presented with the opportunity to explore the pairing of canned fish with rosé wine, specifically, Josh Cellars rosé with white tuna in olive oil, and Fleurs de Prairie rosé with sardines in olive oil, both from the premium offerings of Siesta Co. I took to the boat and set sail with fish and wine in hand for the perfect afternoon. Mind you, I’ve waited a long time to do this, the weather just wasn’t cooperating.

Josh Cellars Rosé with White Tuna in Olive Oil

First up is the pairing of Josh Cellars Rosé and Siesta Co.’s white tuna in olive oil. Josh Cellars, known for crafting balanced, high-quality wines, produces a rosé that’s brimming with bright notes of strawberry, white peach, and hint of grapefruit. Its soft refreshing acidity and hint of minerality make it a perfect match for the rich, firm texture of the white tuna.

The white tuna from Siesta Co., preserved in olive oil, provides a flavor profile that’s both savory and slightly sweet, offering a delightful contrast to the crisp, fruity rosé. When you first take a sip of the rosé, the soft flavors prepare your palate for the slightly briny flavor of the white tuna. The olive oil’s smoothness complements the wine’s slight acidity, balancing it out and creating a a nice pairing in your mouth.

Fleurs de Prairie Rosé with Sardines in Olive Oil

Next, we have the vibrant pairing of Fleurs de Prairie Rosé with Siesta Co.’s sardines in olive oil. The Fleurs de Prairie, is from Provence, a region famous for its rosé wines, has an elegant bouquet of wild fresh strawberries, citrus, and hints of lavender. It has a soft crispness with a beautiful, lingering finish that makes it an ideal match for the more robust sardines.

Siesta Co.’s sardines are rich, packed with a delightful oceanic flavor, and preserved in high-quality olive oil. This gourmet delight imparts a dense, texture, with a hint of sea salt that goes nicely with the fruity and floral notes of the rosé. Honestly, this pairing was a bit difficult. I put on my big girl pants and bit into the sardine. It was a first for me and most likely my last sardine. But for the sardine lovers, have at it!

Both pairings demonstrate that canned fish be a highlight of an afternoon on the boat, especially when paired with a well-chosen wine. The play between the fruitiness and acidity of rosé wines and the rich, savory nature of canned fish creates a nice pairing.

Whether you’re planning a casual lunch, a picnic, or boat ride,these pairings travel well. All it takes is a bit of imagination, a nice bottle of rosé, and the premium canned fish offerings from Siesta Co. to enjoy a nice wine and fish pairing wherever you may be.