What to ‘B’ to A Salt & Battery


Every week or so in “What to B When You BYOB,” a local wine shop recommends a few good wines under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant.

This week, Lisa Schock, the director of tasting events at Chelsea Wine Vault, discusses what to bring to nearby fish and chips joint A Salt & Battery.

A quick call to the restaurant revealed that, “technically, no,” they don’t allow BYOB, but that, “Yes, bringing a bottle should be fine.” It seems to be the running theme of the BYOB experience these days.

For Schock, pairing wines with such casual, greasy foods can be fun. “It’s fish, but it’s fried… It’s oily but it’s also light,” she says. “So, I’d probably go for whites and roses.”

Domaine de l’Abbaye Cuvee Benjamin Rose 2008, France ($12.99)
“This light-bodied rose is a Grenache blend from Provence. It’s subtle and elegant, yet highly acidic. High acidity is so great with fried foods. It cuts right through the oil and fat.”

Domaine La Croix Belle Champs des Grillons Rose 2008, France ($11.99)
“This is a Grenache and Syrah blend, so it’s more of a medium-bodied rose. The fruit is more upfront. It’s a little richer, with more weight to it. It’s also more structured than the first one.”

Anton Bauer Gmork Gruner Veltliner 2007, Austria ($11.99)
“Gruners have very high acidity, and this one is also really citrusy and crisp with good minerality. So, the acidity goes well with the oiliness of the fish, while the minerality is great for the lightness of it.”

Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Crianza Tempranillo 2004, Spain ($15.99)
“A Crianza, which is not aged as long as a Rioja, is great [with one of the heavier dishes, like the steak and kidney pie]. It’s got bright fruit and good weight to it, but also has a mellow earthiness.”