THIS IS A GUIDE TO SOME BASIC FOOD AND WINE PAIRINGS.  HOPEFULLY THIS WILL HELP YOU MAKE THAT SELECTION WHEN YOU JUST CAN'T DECIDE! 
 
 
 
 
 

Platters of gourmet food w/champagne

 
 
 
 
 
FOOD TYPE               WHITE WINE                   RED WINE   

Mexican/Spicy              Riesling; Chenin/Chard             Grenache/Garnacha
                                 Sauvignon Blanc, Wh. Merlot      Blush or Rose

Sushi                          Sauvignon Blanc, Sake               Grenache/Garnacha
                                  or Chardonnay 

Thai                            Moscato or Riesling,                   Zinfandel
                                  possibly Chardonnay

Asian (gen.)                 Sauvignon Blanc,                       Zinfandel
                                   Pinot Grigio/Gris

Seafood (gen.)             Dry: Sauvignon Blancs,              v. light fruity Reds
                                  Rieslings, Italian whites   

Cheddar Cheese          Chardonnay                               Cabernet Sauvignon

Swiss, Gruyere,           Sauv. Blanc, Chard.                    Pinot Noir
or Edam

Brie, Camembert          Viognier, Riesling                      Barbera, Pinot Noir

Trout                           Sauvignon Blanc,                      Sangiovese,Grenache  
                                   Chardonnay 

Shellfish                      Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon,               no reds      
                                   Moscato

Chicken                      Sauvignon Blanc,                       Zinfandel, Barbera
                                  Rielsing, Pinot Grigio/Gris 

Turkey                        Sauvignon Blanc,                      Pinot Noir, Zinfandel  
                                  Riesling, Viognier

Pasta                         Chardonnay                           Sangiovese, Syrah, Malbec

Tomato Sauce,            Chardonnay                     Sangiovese, Barbera, Grenache
Pizza                                                               Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

Buffalo                        none recommended                     Any full-bodied red
or Steak                                                          Cab, Bordeaux, Cote du Rhone 

Pork                          white Supertuscans,                 Grenache, Tempranillo,
                                 Riesling                                      Pinot Noir, Merlot

Venison                     none recommended                    Barbera, Tempranillo,
                                                                                 Merlot, Syrah

Veal                          Chardonnay                              Grenache, Sangiovese,
                                                                                 Tempranillo, Pinot Noir

Mid Eastern               none recommended                    Grenache/Garnacha

Semi-Sweet Dessert,   Sweet Riesling or                           A fruity red. 
Salty Cheeses               Gewurtztraminer

Sweet Dessert             Champagne!


In general:

1. Oaky Chardonnays or elegant reds are not good with very spicy foods.
2. Simple sauces are best with strong reds.
3. Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah/Shiraz go well with peppered dishes.




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