The perfect Food & Wine Pairing

Serving the perfect wines for your dinner or cocktail parties can be challenging. There are so many selections and distinct flavors. This quick  basic guide will assist you in making all the right decisions for delighting the palates of you and your guests.

RED WINES

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cab is great for a dinner party. Full flavored, medium tannic wine with dark fruit flavors.

Flavors: black currant, chocolate, cedar, tannin, black pepper, black cherry, licorice

Pair with: Beef, Duck, Roasted Chicken, Mushrooms, Squash

Do not pair with: Seafood unless its a meaty fish like Tuna

 

Malbec

Malbec is similar to Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a rich, medium to full body, semi tannic wine. A good choice for a weekend BBQ.

Flavors: plum, earthy, wood, raspberry, blackberry, black cherry

Pair with: lamb, beef, bbq sauce, stews, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, strong and rich semi hard cheese, earthy spices such as parsley, sumac, thyme, rosemary, smoked paprika and more.

Do not pair with: Seafood

 

Merlot

Merlot is the softer relative of Cabernet Sauvignon.This wine is better paired with more mild dishes which can give you more variety.

Flavors: black cherry, plum, raspberry,  light vanilla oak

Pair with: tuna or salmon, beef, duck, squab, mild cow & goat cheese, roasted tomato

Do not pair with: seafood, citrus, pork

 

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a medium bodied, elegant red wine. It pairs well with lighter more mild prepared red meats and dishes that are grilled, roasted or sauteed.

Flavors: strawberry, black cherry, earth, smoke, violets

Pair with: tuna or salmon, mild beef, ham, duck, quail, basil, lavender, mustard, thyme, green veggies, mushrooms, cabbages, potatoes, cheese like gruyere, cheesy pasta

Do not pair with: heavy red meats, lamb, sweet veggies like pumpkin or sweet potato

WHITE WINES

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Chardonay

Chardonnay is a full flavored and rich white wine. Goes well with full flavored dishes that have been grilled roasted or sauteed. Perfect for an upscale meal.

Flavors: apple, oak, vanilla, honey, lemon, pineapple

Pair with: Lobster, sea bass, shrimp, chicken, turkey, pork, basil, avocado, spinach, squash, garlic, safron, cheesy pasta

Do not pair with: tuna, beef, lamb, anchovies, BBQ, lime, high acidic foods

 

Pinot Grigio

This white wine is light, semi fragrant with a citric flavor. Due to the lightness of Pinot Griogio, the wine is great for a casual affair like a summer pool party.

Flavors: lime, lemon, pear, white nectarine, apple

Pair with: Light fish, oysters, chicken, ham, veal, seafood pasta, ravioli

Do not pair with: salmon, tuna, red meats, duck or other game birds, heavy creamy sauces

 

Sauvignon Blanc

A light, crisp wine that goes well with delicate flavored foods or foods that are            slightly acidic.

Flavors: grapefruit, lemon, fresh grass, apple

Pair with: shellfish, crab, oysters, shrimp, scallops,  smoked seafood, chicken, pork, citric sauces, pesto, herb pasta

Do not pair with:red meats, heavy creamy sauces

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If you want to read more about the language of wine click here.

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