Here, the cardinal rules for matching up wines and food, from dry rosé and cheesy dishes to malbec and sweet-spicy barbecue sauces.
- 1 of 15. Pinot Noir: Is great for dishes with earthy flavors.
- 2 of 15. Chardonnay: For fatty fish or fish in a rich sauce.
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What goes well with wine?
11 Appetizer Pairings To Serve At Your Next Wine Party
- Smoky Three Cheese Fondue.
- Baked Brie With Figs & Walnuts.
- Roasted Fruit & Cheese Plate.
- Popcorn With Sesame Glazed Pistachios.
- Buttered Parmesan Crostini.
- Shrimp Scampi Dip.
- Homemade Cheese Straws.
- Baked Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups.
7 Rules for Perfect Pairing
- Serve a dry rosé with hors d'oeuvres.
- Serve an unoaked white with anything you can squeeze a lemon or lime on.
- Try low-alcohol wines with spicy foods.
- Match rich red meats with tannic reds.
- With lighter meats, pair the wine with the sauce.
- Choose earthy wines with earthy foods.
- For desserts, go with a lighter wine.
- Beef and lamb: Select red wine for beef and lamb dishes.
- Chicken: White wine is the usual pick.
- Fish and seafood: Select a white wine for fish and seafood.
- Spicy: Choose Riesling and sweet Gewürztraminer if your meal is spicy.
BASICS TO PAIRING WINE WITH CHICKEN. White Meat vs Dark Meat – As a general rule, white meat such as chicken or turkey breast pairs well with white wines like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, while dark meat like duck and other game go well with medium bodied red wines such as Pinot Noir or Zinfandel.
Match white wine with food
- Chilli prawn linguine. Speedy spaghetti with clams.
- Roast chicken drumsticks with parsley & garlic.
- Try a dry Chenin Blanc alongside straightforward roast pork, or pork with prunes.
- Goat's cheese, herb & lemon patties.
- Kerala prawn curry.
- Honey roasted fig & almond tart.
- Soy roast duck with hoisin gravy.
- Thai chicken curry.
- Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon is the name of both the grape and the wine it produces.
- Italian Chianti. Chianti is a strong, bold red wine that is perfectly suited for flavorful, well-seasoned sauces.
- Pinot Noir.
- Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris.
- Chocolate Chip Cookies – Cabernet Sauvignon. PIN IT.
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Pinot Noir. PIN IT.
- Brownies – Merlot. PIN IT.
- Vanilla Cake – Chardonnay. PIN IT.
- Red Velvet Cake – Red Velvet Wine. PIN IT.
- Chocolate Cake – Cabernet Sauvignon. PIN IT.
- Cheesecake – Riesling. PIN IT.
- Pumpkin Pie – Sherry. PIN IT.
Yep. It's a spritzer — light, refreshing, and totally perfect for day-drinking by the pool. To make, mix 2 parts super-cold wine and 1 part sparkling water (or flavored soda) over ice, add a squeeze of lime, and serve. Giving wine the sangria treatment can make almost any vintage taste splendid.
The best cheeses to pair with red wine are hearty ones - semi-firm, firm and aged hard cheese. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Tempranillo and Sangiovese are but a few of the red wines that pair well with aged Gouda and Cheddar, aged Manchego or Pecorino and other similar cow, goat or sheep milk cheeses.
Stick to these top wine varietals. Sauvignon Blanc(white) for light foods, fish, chicken; good cocktail wine. Easy rule: Sauvignon Blanc goes with most light meals. Pinot Noir goes well with lots of red meat dishes, chicken, and salmon.
Some Tested Nuts & Wine Pairings
- Pistachios and Cashews with Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris/Grigio.
- Hazelnuts or Almonds with Chardonnay or Champagne.
- Pecans with Riesling.
- Walnuts with Pinot Noir.
- Chestnuts with Merlot.
18 Best Cheese and Wine Pairings
- Cabernet Sauvignon and Extra Sharp Cheddar.
- Merlot and Garlic and Herb Cheese.
- Malbec and Vintage or Reserve Cheese.
- Zinfandel and Jalapeno or Hot Buffalo.
- Pinot Noir and Vermont Sharp Cheddar or Gruyere.
- Chianti and Tomato Basil or Tuscan.
- Red Blend and Sharp or Smoked Cheese.
- Syrah/Shiraz and Aged Cheese.
Merlot Food Pairing. Merlot wine matches with a wide variety of foods because of its position in the middle of the red wine spectrum. In general Merlot pairs well with chicken and other light meats as well as lightly-spiced dark meats.
Wine with Pizza
- Cheese Pizza. WINE: GSM or Montepulciano WHY: Cheese Pizza Wine Pairing.
- Pepperoni Pizza. WINE: Sangiovese or Cabernet Franc WHY: Pepperoni Pizza Wine Pairing.
- Margherita Pizza. WINE: Garnacha or Dry Rosé WHY: Margherita Pizza Wine Pairing.
- Sausage Pizza.
- Hawaiian Pizza.
- White Pizza.
- Barbecue Chicken Pizza.
- Salad Pizza.
Wine and food matching is the process of pairing food dishes with wine to enhance the dining experience. In many cultures, wine has had a long history of being a staple at the dinner table and in some ways both the winemaking and culinary traditions of a region will have evolved together over the years.
Smoked Salmon or Trout with Wine. Richly smoked fishes are a little drier and need wine pairings that quench them. Garnacha rosé, Vintage Champagne, Rosé Sparkling Wines, Dry Riesling, Dry Furmint (Tokaji) and White Pinot Noir will pair well.
Strangely, the same wines that go with Thanksgiving dinner also go with corned beef and cabbage. If you prefer red, go with Beaujolais, Grenache (a Rhone varietal), or a light Zinfandel if you can find one. A light Pinot Noir, like from Anderson Valley, might also work. Steer clear of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Basics to Pairing Wine with Ham. Fruity Wines – Ham, with its sweet-and-salty richness, pairs best with wines that have a touch of sweetness, plenty of acidity and bold fruit. Great ham-wines include Riesling, Moscato, Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Lambrusco, Grenache, and Zinfandel.
Wine goes with Lamb!
|Preparation||Suggested Wine Accompaniment|
|Lamb Shanks||Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir, Zinfandel, Merlot|
|Lamb Stew||Rioja, Pinot noir, Zinfandel, Chianti, Syrah|
|Leg of Lamb||Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Malbec, Pinot noir, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Roast Lamb||Malbec, Pinot noir, Aglianico, Rose Champagne|
Roast Lamb - you've many great wines to choose from - classic minty Cabernet Merlot from Australia is a firm favourite but almost any medium-bodied red will do. Braised Lamb Shanks - go for a rich Shiraz, Grenache or Cabernet - there are some great Australian reds to choose from.
This is more robust treatment than the above which would work better with a younger, more fruit-driven wine such as a younger red Bordeaux, Cabernet or Cabernet/Merlot blend, a Rioja reserva, a Chianti Classico or a northern Rhône red. (The same goes for lamb shanks cooked in red wine.)