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OUR GUIDE TO FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

Searching for the perfect wines to pair with your favorite foods, or the right dish to bring out the unique qualities of a particular wine ? Be it a festive feast with family and friends or a simple weekday dinner alone, our food and wine pairing guide features plenty of helpful pairing suggestions to add a special spark to your next meal ! Discover some of our top favorite dishes to enjoy with wines like Pinot Noir from Oregon or Burgundy, Barbera, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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The right wine and food pairing can create a thrilling culinary experience, a single delicious whole that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. From a classic cheese board to your next Thanksgiving feast, take a look at our wine pairing recommendations, chosen to best match your favorite dishes ! These carefully chosen food and wine pairings focus on some of our favorite dry wines, including various white wine types and red wine types. You will also discover pairings with dessert wines, likesweet white wine and our best sweet red wine varieties from Portugal and Madeira.

guide food and wine pairing

More often than not, the Thanksgiving meal is a celebration of diversity – the diversity of the different dishes covering the holiday table and the diversity of the different palates of your guests sitting around it. And while it may seem simple to pair wines with a specific dish or wine preference, it can prove a bit challenging to find wines that match such a wide array of different flavors, textures and personal tastes. For example, while white wine may pair better with the turkey itself, a red wine from Bordeaux or California may go better with some of the side dishes. Some of your guests may prefer white, while others may only drink red. To help you select the best wines for Thanksgiving dinner this year, we have put together a guide of our favorite Thanksgiving wines and the dishes with which to enjoy them.

Hosting a get-together with friends and looking for something simple and satisfying to serve them ? You cannot go wrong with a thoughtfully arranged cheese board paired with a well-chosen bottle of wine. But cheeses (and wines) come in a wide range of styles, textures and flavor profiles and finding the perfect wine and cheese pairing can pose a challenge. To help you create mouthwatering pairings, we have put together a quick guide, featuring some of our favorite cheese styles and the wines with which to enjoy them.

Hosting a get-together with friends and looking for something simple and satisfying to serve them ? You cannot go wrong with a thoughtfully arranged cheese board paired with a well-chosen bottle of wine. But cheeses (and wines) come in a wide range of styles, textures and flavor profiles and finding the perfect wine and cheese pairing can pose a challenge. To help you create mouthwatering pairings, we have put together a quick guide, featuring some of our favorite cheese styles and the wines with which to enjoy them.

pairing wine with steak

One of the most satisfying wine pairings out there, steak & red wine is the kind of “yang” to the “ying” of fish & white. And while a juicy cut of beef with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon seems to fit the bill more often than not, pairing wine with steak can be a more complex endeavor. As is true with all food, the specific characteristics of your ingredient and the way it is prepared will influence the style of wine that matches it best. To help you learn to choose the perfect wine for your steak recipe, we have listed various steak styles and recommended wines with which to enjoy them.

Duck is a fascinating ingredient in that while it is technically considered a poultry, it can also be classified as a dark meat for its bloody, firm texture and gamey flavor. As any other meat, duck can be prepared in a myriad of ways, with various recipes highlighting its different qualities. These diverse duck recipes lend themselves to a wide range of wine pairings, from fruity, light-bodied red wines to the most luscious dessert wines. This simple guide offers a few expert tips on pairing wine with duck, listing some of our favorite duck dishes and the wine styles that best match them, including a Pinot Noir with earthy duck dishes or a Chianti. A general rule of thumb is to choose a wine with high acidity to balance the naturally fatty, rich meat of the duck.

Duck is a fascinating ingredient in that while it is technically considered a poultry, it can also be classified as a dark meat for its bloody, firm texture and gamey flavor. As any other meat, duck can be prepared in a myriad of ways, with various recipes highlighting its different qualities. These diverse duck recipes lend themselves to a wide range of wine pairings, from fruity, light-bodied red wines to the most luscious dessert wines. This simple guide offers a few expert tips on pairing wine with duck, listing some of our favorite duck dishes and the wine styles that best match them, including a Pinot Noir with earthy duck dishes or a Chianti. A general rule of thumb is to choose a wine with high acidity to balance the naturally fatty, rich meat of the duck.

pairing wine with turkey

While this hearty poultry makes for a great club sandwich, savory soup or even meatballs, turkey no doubt shines brightest as the centerpiece of a festive Thanksgiving feast with family and friends. The internet serves as a great resource for a myriad of delicious turkey recipes. Nevertheless, you may be asking yourself, “What wine goes with turkey?” In fact, the answer to this question depends – as with all food – on the cooking techniques used to prepare the ingredient and on the form it takes on your table. For example, while a bright and mineral white wine (like Sauvignon Blanc with tart flavors or Pinot Grigio from Italy) will go well with lemon and garlic turkey, a bolder, spicier red wine may taste better with a smoked turkey, for example. To help you choose the right wine for your favorite turkey dishes, we have put together a guide with different styles and the turkey preparations with which to enjoy them.

Grilled, roasted, steamed or smoked… There is perhaps no fish more versatile than salmon. This is a rich, oily fish by nature, with pink to orange flesh revealing tons of great flavor. Salmon is delicate enough to enjoy simply baked in foil with lemon and herbs, but hearty enough to stand up to a number of more rigorous preparations. And while rich, full-bodied dry white wines pair well with most salmon recipes, some preparations may be more interesting when served with sparkling wine, rosé or red wine. When selecting a wine pairing with salmon, it is crucial to consider the preparation technique of the fish, as well as the seasonings and sauces used to add flavor and texture. To help you make the right choice about a wine that pairs well with salmon, we have put together a simple guide with some common salmon preparations and wine styles with which to serve them. In general, you cannot go wrong with a dry white wine with fish, especially a Chenin Blanc from France or Gruner Veltliner from Austria.

Grilled, roasted, steamed or smoked… There is perhaps no fish more versatile than salmon. This is a rich, oily fish by nature, with pink to orange flesh revealing tons of great flavor. Salmon is delicate enough to enjoy simply baked in foil with lemon and herbs, but hearty enough to stand up to a number of more rigorous preparations. And while rich, full-bodied dry white wines pair well with most salmon recipes, some preparations may be more interesting when served with sparkling wine, rosé or red wine. When selecting a wine pairing with salmon, it is crucial to consider the preparation technique of the fish, as well as the seasonings and sauces used to add flavor and texture. To help you make the right choice about a wine that pairs well with salmon, we have put together a simple guide with some common salmon preparations and wine styles with which to serve them. In general, you cannot go wrong with a dry white wine with fish, especially a Chenin Blanc from France or Gruner Veltliner from Austria.

pairing wine with pork

Somewhere between a red meat and a white meat, pork is one of the most versatile proteins in the culinary world. A “nose-to-tail” philosophy suggests that each part of the pig can be transformed into a delicious dish, yielding everything from crumbly pork sausage to barbecued pork ribs and roast pork loin. The general rule of thumb when choosing wine to pair with pork is to look for a rich, fuller-bodied white wine or a juicy, fruit-forward red wine, which will complement the delicate sweetness that tends to characterize this meat.
As with all food, however, the specific wine style will depend on the preparation of the dish, as well as the seasonings and sauces used to flavor it. To help you select the perfect bottle of wine for your pork feast, we have put together a Pork and Wine pairing guide with some of our favorite wine and food pairings.

Be it a humble weeknight delivery with friends or a date-night dinner at a special pizzeria, nothing elevates a slice of pizza quite like the perfect glass of wine to enjoy alongside it. But with so many topping and sauce options, choosing the right wine pairing can pose a challenge. A savory red pizza with pepperoni or sausage may go better with a red wine, while a creamy white pizza could be better matched by a full-bodied white wine. A pizza with more delicate flavors, meanwhile, could pair nicely with a rosé wine.

Be it a humble weeknight delivery with friends or a date-night dinner at a special pizzeria, nothing elevates a slice of pizza quite like the perfect glass of wine to enjoy alongside it. But with so many topping and sauce options, choosing the right wine pairing can pose a challenge. A savory red pizza with pepperoni or sausage may go better with a red wine, while a creamy white pizza could be better matched by a full-bodied white wine. A pizza with more delicate flavors, meanwhile, could pair nicely with a rosé wine.
Overall, the best wines to pair with pizza tend to be fruity, lighter-bodied red wines and fuller-bodied whites with plenty of character. Some Italian wines seem to work particularly well across the board, including Lambrusco, Barbera d’Asti, Gamay from Beaujolais and lighter styles of Sangiovese. But the exact wine will depend on your pizza of choice. To help you select the perfect wine pairing, we have put together a simple guide with some of the most popular pizza styles and the wines that go best with them.

pairing wine with pasta

Flour, olive oil, egg, salt – these four easy-to-find ingredients are used to make the base for one of the most versatile dishes in the culinary world: pasta. And while pasta is pulled, folded, stretched and sliced into a dazzling variety of shapes and sizes, its diversity of flavor comes from the myriad of tart dressings and sauces, toppings or stuffing choices applied to its blank canvas. When pairing wine with food like pasta, we recommend considering the flavors of these ingredients to determine the style that best matches them.
For example, while a medium-bodied red wine (such as a Zinfandel, Sangiovese or Grenache) may go better with a tomato-based pasta recipe, we would recommend a full-bodied white wine (like an oak-aged Chardonnay) for pasta with a creamy cheese sauce. To help you make the right wine and pasta pairing choices, we have chosen some of our favorite pasta styles and added our pairing suggestions.

OUR GUIDE TO PAIRING WINE WITH LAMB

Lamb is a flavorful meat that lends itself readily to a wide array of cooking techniques and seasonings, which explains the equally wide range of lamb wine pairings available. This meat is versatile, ranging from leaner and milder milk-fed lamb to bolder and gamier mutton. It can be served pink, slow-roasted, braised in a stew, minced and formed into patties, curried or even mounted on skewers. Be it for your Easter centerpiece or a weeknight indulgence, the best wine to pair with any lamb dish will depend on the cut and preparation you choose. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite lamb recipe and the best options for pairing food and wine, including full-bodied red wines, to pair with these recipes. These will include red wines from Spain, Agrentina and Piedmont.

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