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Wine and Food Pairing

Wine and Food pairings is an individual choice. Every person’s sense of taste is different. In general, each person should decide for him or herself what combinations of wine and food taste good – don’t worry about what anyone else says should work. However, I understand this is difficult when a wine drinker is just starting out. Hence, this listing.

Remember – these are only guidelines! You will figure out quite quickly that your own tongue has its own idea of what goes well with what. Trust your own judgement, and eat and drink what you enjoy!

Typically, you want to drink light-to-dark, just as when you plan a meal you start with delicate tastes and work towards heavier tastes. For this reason, Champagne tends to go very well with appetizers or opening courses in a meal. White wine is usually a match for salads and lighter dishes, while red wine works perfectly with steaks and heavier meat sauces. A port is often the perfect end to a meal, sipped with a piece of chocolate cake.

For a good introduction to the subject be sure to read The ABCs of Wine and Food Pairing.

Below are some guidelines what what foods typically go well with foods.

Sparkling Wine Pairings

Foods Extra Dry Brut Blanc de Blanc Blanc de Noir
Mild Cheese
Strong Cheese
Appetizers
Shrimp, Crab, Lobster
Shellfish
Seafood w/Light Sauce
Seafood w/Cream Sauce
Grilled Fish
Pasta w/Cream Sauce
Pasta w/Red Sauce
Asian Food
Poultry
Pork
Beef
Fruit/Dessert
Chocolate

Red Wine Pairings

Foods Beaujolais Pinot Noir Merlot Cabernet Zinfandel Port
Mild Cheese
Strong Cheese
Appetizers
All Seafood
Pasta w/Cream Sauce
Pasta w/Red Sauce
Asian Food
Poultry
Pork
Beef
Fruit/Dessert
Chocolate

White Wine Pairings

Foods Chenin Blanc Gewürztraminer Dry Riesling Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Off-Dry Riesling
Mild Cheese
Strong Cheese
Appetizers
Oysters
Shrimp, Crab, Lobster
Shellfish
Seafood w/Light Sauce
Seafood w/Cream Sauce
Grilled Fish
Pasta w/Cream Sauce
Pasta w/Red Sauce
Asian Food
Poultry
Pork
Beef
Chocolate
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