Wine and What It Pairs With

Wine and What It Pairs With

If you aren’t very familiar with different wines, you might wonder how to choose the right ones. What would best complement your next dinner? With so many different types of wines, how do you get started? If you have ever asked these questions or just want to have a rounded understanding of pairings, check out this guide, perfect for beginners and useful for the seasoned wine enthusiast, also.

Let’s start with sparkling wine. Sparkling wine is great with meats like fish, shellfish, chicken, and other poultry. It also pairs nicely with salty foods such as fries, potato chips, anchovies, sushi, and popcorn. If you’re looking to snack and drink wine, this is a good choice. This includes most sparkling wines.

Dry white wine is best with vegetable dishes such as salads, sautéed, and roasted vegetables. It also pairs well with flaky fish and chicken. Some examples of dry white wines are Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadet.

Sweet white wines are great with spicy foods like Indian and Thai dishes. They also pair nicely with oily fish and chicken. Some examples are Moscato and Riesling.

Creamy dishes are great paired with rich white wines. Soups, cream-based pasta dishes, French cuisine, and quiche are some examples of creamy dishes. As far as meat pairings go, this type of wine goes with rich shellfish, chicken, and other poultry. Some rich white wines would include Chardonnay and Roussanne.

For more richly flavored foods, a rosé is a great choice. Rosé pairs well with Mediterranean cuisine, Moroccan, and other spiced dishes. Pork loin, chicken, and rich shellfish are also recommended to serve this wine with.  This includes most dry Rosé wines.

Light red wines are good with dishes such as risotto, mushroom soup, and white pizza. They also pair well with pork chops and chicken. Some good choices are Pinot Noir and Carignan.

Medium reds are a good match for roasted foods. These include Italian and Spanish cuisines as well as pizza, roasted vegetables, pork, duck, lamb, and sausages. Some examples are Merlot and Zinfandel.

Rich meats like roasted, smoked, and barbecued dishes pair well with bold red wines. Beef, lamb, and pork are great options to go with. Some wine examples for bold reds are Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.

Saving the best for last, let’s talk desserts. Dessert wines such as Port, Sherry, and Muscat pair well with sweets like cakes, chocolates, pie, ice cream, soft cheeses, and fruit. Now that’s doing dessert right.

The next time you want to take your dinner to the next level, remember these pairing options, and feel free to experiment on your own to find out what tastes best to you. Happy pairing!


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