Last modified on 5 November 2010, at 15:44

Wine/Food and Wine Pairing

Wine has always been a drink to match with food. An ideal pairing of the wine's unique characteristics can help make a truly memorable meal.

Some examples of wine and food pairings include:

  • Riesling with a spicy dish. The sweetness and acidity of the wine matches perfectly with the spice in the food.
  • Hearty red, such as cabernet sauvignon with steak or lamb. Always a classic - the two are a classic combination.
  • Sauvignon blanc with a fish; the clean taste of sauvignon blanc matches well with a simply prepared fish dish.

The following table will show some of the styles of wines, the styles attributes and finally a classic food match. The next section will describe additional matches that can be made for specific types of food.

Wine Style Food Match
Sauvignon Blanc - Bordeaux White Clean taste, moderate acidity Simple Fish Dishes, as an aperitif
Cabernet Sauvignon - Hearty Red Deep flavor, some tannins, ripe fruit Roasted, grilled meat

Cheese and wineEdit

Cheese Wine
Asiago Cabernet Sauvigon, Merlot, Shiraz
Bleu Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel
Brie Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sparkling wine, Ice Wine
Cheddar Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Shiraz
Gouda Riesling, Beaujolais, Merlot, Zinfinadel
Gruyere Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz
Monterey Jack Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Beaujolais, Merlot
Parmigiano Reggiano Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Carbet Sauvignon, merlot, Shiraz
Swiss Sauvignon Blanc, Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir

Generally, the stronger the cheese, the stronger the wine should be.