Wine Pairing 101

The term “wine pairing” has a special way of striking fear in the heart of a hostess. What if you get it wrong? Will my wine snob friends call me out? White wine with chicken but which white? Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, oh my! Worry no more. I have created a super easy cheatsheet to make you look like a pro!

RAW & LEAFY VEGETABLES

Dry White: White Table Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio

Sparkling: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava

ROASTED VEGETABLES

Dry White: White Table Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio

Light Red: Pinot Noir, Gamay

Medium Red: Red Table Wine, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Grenache, Merlot

CHEESE

Sweet White: Moscato, Riesling

Rich White: Chardonnay, Viognier

Sparkling: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava

Medium Red: Red Table Wine, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Grenache, Merlot

Bold Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah

FISH

Dry White: White Table Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio

Rich White: Chardonnay, Viognier

Sparkling: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava

SHELLFISH

Light Red: Pinot Noir, Gamay

Rich White: Chardonnay, Viognier

WHITE MEAT

Rich White: Chardonnay, Viognier

Light Red: Pinot Noir, Gamay

Medium Red: Red Table Wine, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Grenache, Merlot

RED MEAT

Medium Red: Red Table Wine, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Grenache, Merlot

Bold Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah

CURED MEAT

Sweet White: Moscato, Riesling

Light Red: Pinot Noir, Gamay

Medium Red: Red Table Wine, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Grenache, Merlot

Bold Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah

SWEETS

Sweet White: Moscato, Riesling Dessert: Late Harvest, Ice Wine, Sherry, Port, Sauternes