We love: Greg Norman Estates Santa Barbara County Chardonnay (about $15)
Chardonnay is a lovely accompaniment to crab, which has an inherent sweetness and delicate flavor—big, bold wines will not do here. Citrus notes lend bright acidity and echo the lemony tartar sauce, and hints of vanilla balance the anise touch from the fennel. A mallet, a corkscrew, and plenty of napkins, and dinner is served.
Other can’t-miss matches: Sauvignon Blanc, sake, brut sparkling wine