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Wine & Food Pairing

When it comes to wine and food pairing, there is some science to it and a few guidelines will put you on the right track. Beyond that, it’s all about what you like. And while we all strive for that perfect combination that can really elevate the wine and food, it may take a bit of trial and error. It’s all in the name of learning and improving. So, have fun with it and try the wine and food that are meant to pair together right along with those that aren’t. Decide for yourself!

RIESLING

Wine & Food Pairing

This white wine is unique because it's produced across the spectrum from dry to very sweet. This means food pairings will change as it moves across the sweetness spectrum. While any Riesling is easy to sip on its own, it’s truly a great food wine! Keep in mind a slightly sweet wine pairs nicely with spicy food.

FOOD PAIRINGS

Dry Riesling (Kabinett)​​

  • Seafood: White fish, shrimp, scallops

  • White meat: Chicken, turkey, pork

  • Vegetables: Roasted red onion, eggplant, bell pepper, squash, carrot

  • Lightly seasoned dishes along with complex asian spices (not hot)

Off-Dry / Semi-Sweet Riesling (Spatlese)​

  • Seafood: White fish, lobster, scallops, shrimp

  • White meat: Chicken, turkey, pork

  • Spicy dishes, smoked meats

Sweet (Auslese)

  • Seafood: Crab, shrimp, lobster

  • Red meat: Venison

  • White meat: Duck

  • Rich dishes such as Foie Gras

  • Savory and sweet such as duck breast with fruit sauce

  • Savory and spicy such as Indian or Thai curry

Super Sweet (Beerenauslese And Trockenbeerenauslese):

These are very sweet wines and are considered dessert wines. As you may have guessed, they go well with any sweet dessert. They also pair nicely with blue cheese.

 

SAUVIGNON BLANC

Wine & Food Pairing

This is a dry white wine with high acidity making it the perfect wine to enjoy on a hot, sunny day. It pairs well with seafood and white meat that are lightly seasoned.

FOOD PAIRINGS

  • Seafood: White fish, shrimp, lobster, scallops, oysters

  • White meat: Chicken, pork

  • Green vegetables: Asparagus, artichokes, salads

  • Simple seasonings like butter and herbs

CHEESE PAIRINGS

  • Asiago

  • Camembert

  • Colby

  • Fete

  • Goat (Ideal pairing)

  • Gouda

  • Gruyere

  • Monterey Jack

  • Provolone

  • Roquefort

  • Sharp Cheddar

 

CHARDONNAY

Wine & Food Pairing

Chardonnay is a full-bodied white wine produced in 3-styles: oaked, unoaked, and sparkling. We'll identify food that pairs with Oaked Chardonnay (aged in oak barrels) and Unoaked Chardonnay (aged in stainless steel tanks).

OAKED CHARDONNAY  & FOOD PAIRING

  • Seafood: Salmon, white fish, shrimp, scallops

  • White meat: Roast chicken, turkey, pork

  • Vegetables: Corn, butternut squash, sweet potatoes

  • Earthy sides like mushroom risotto

  • Creamy sauces like muchroom alfredo

UNOAKED CHARDONNAY & FOOD PAIRING

  • Seafood: White fish, shrimp, scallops, oysters

  • White meat: Chicken, turkey

  • Vegetables: Squash, zucchini, asparagus

  • Simple seasonings like butter and herbs.

CHEESE PAIRING

  • Brie

  • Goat Cheese

  • Gouda

  • Gruyere

  • Provolone

  • Swiss

 

PINOT NOIR

Wine & Food Pairing

Pinot Noir is a light red wine with light tannins that goes with practically everything. You can confidently pair it to beef and poultry. Because it is a light red wine it will even pair nicely with fish.

FOOD PAIRINGS

  • Seafood: Salmon, white fish

  • Red meat: Steak, burgers

  • White meat: Chicken, duck

  • Vegetables: Grilled or roasted onions, summer squash, beets, figs

  • Earthy seasonings and sauces like Chicken Marsala

CHEESE PAIRINGS

  • Gruyere

  • Brie

  • Camembert

  • Swiss

 

MERLOT

Wine & Food Pairing

Merlot is a medium to full-bodied red wine with black fruit notes. It's a great food wine that pairs well with a variety of red and white meats, red sauces and earthy flavors like mushrooms.

FOOD PAIRINGS

  • Red meats: Steak, short ribs, lamb, cured meats

  • White meats: Chicken, pork

  • Root vegetables: potatoes, carrots

  • Earthy seasonings 

CHEESE PAIRINGS

  • Camembert

  • Parmesan

  • Gruyere

  • Smoked Cheddar

  • Blue Cheese

  • Gorgonzola

 

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Wine & Food Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied, dry red wine that pairs well with fatty meats. It's high tannins wash the fattiness right down, providing a nice balance between the dish and the wine.

FOOD PAIRINGS

  • Red meats: Steak, lamb, burger

  • White meats: Pork, duck

  • Vegetables: Roasted or grilled portobello mushrooms, eggplant, tomato, bell pepper, potatoes

  • Complex spices and herbs

CHEESE PAIRINGS

  • Blue Cheese

  • Brie

  • Camembert

  • Mild, Sharp, or Smoked Cheddar

  • Colby

  • Gorgonzola

  • Gouda

  • Havarti

 

SYRAH / SHIRAZ

Wine & Food Pairings

Syrah is a full-bodied red wine produced in two styles: Syrah (French style) and Shiraz (Australian style). Syrah is a bit more subtle while Shiraz is big and bold with stronger fruit flavors and higher alcohol content.

FOOD PAIRINGS

  • Red meats: Steak, lamb, burger, cured meats

  • White meats: Pork, duck

  • Vegetables: Grilled or roasted peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant

  • Bold spices and flavors like BBQ 

CHEESE PAIRINGS

  • Asiago

  • Sharp or Smoked Cheddar

  • Gouda

  • Manchego

  • Monterey Jack

  • Muenster

 

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