PAIRS BEST WITH: Crisp whites
ALSO CONSIDER: Aromatic & Rich whites with good acidity
The guidelines for matching shellfish with wine are very similar to those of fish. They can be delicate or highly flavored and light in texture, or quite substantial.
As with fish, good acidity in the wine is very important and therefore Crisp style white wines are generally best.
Bigger flavored shellfish like crab or lobster can match extremely well with Rich style whites, and occasionally an Aromatic white, such as Albariño, can be perfect.
To find a great pairing for a particular dish or an individual wine, see the Food index on Pocket Wine or go to the Food Pairing section of the relevant grape variety.