Best Wine With – Pairing Guide

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Chicken Shawarma & Wine Pairing

Crisp wines such as Sparkling Wine, Rosé, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc pair best with Chicken Shawarma stuffed in a pita. If the Shawarma has a bit of a kick to it with some heat, go for off-dry (slightly sweet) versions of these wines. If the Chicken Shawarma is heavy on the garlic sauce, dry versions of these wines will fare better. Shawarma is going to vary from place to place. Some restaurants might allow some customization where you build your Chicken Shawarma like a sub at Subway. Other Shawarma joints will be more traditional, and the extra ingredients included may [...]

January 16th, 2021|Food Pairings, Middle-Eastern, Poultry|

Pike & Wine Pairing

Pike pairs best with a rich oaky Chardonnay from either California or Australia.  A White Rhône, such as a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, an aged white Rioja, Gavi di Gavi, Greco di Tufo and Soave are other excellent choices to enjoy with Pike, particularly if it is baked.  Rounding up are pairings would be a dry rosé, particularly if the pike dish features herbs. In Ontario, Canada, when we are fishing at the cottage, we filet pike and the bread it, before frying it up.  The toasty notes of Chardonnay complement the breaded flavour, while the tropical fruit flavours of Chardonnay [...]

January 13th, 2021|Fish|

Pho Bo & Wine Pairing

Pho Bo is a Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup that is rich, simple, and delicious.  Pho Bo is delicate in flavour and pairs best with crisp white wines such as Chablis, bone-dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Soave.  Crisp white wines have plenty of zip to handle the salty, sweet, and earthy Pho Bo flavours.  Pinot Noir also pairs up nice with Pho Bo, but you want to ensure it is not oaked as tannin and Pho do not mix very well. Pho Bo is extremely popular in North America as you often get a large portion size for [...]

January 5th, 2021|Food Pairings, Soup|

Escargot & Wine Pairing

Escargot in a rich butter and garlic sauce calls for an oaked Chardonnay, a dry Rosé, or a Pinot Noir.  For Escargot cooked in a chicken stock, a crisp unoaked Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine, or a Pinot Grigio are beautiful matches.  Finally, for Escargot in a lemon sauce, a citrusy Sauvignon Blanc or a Riesling will make a fine partner. Snails were favoured in the Prehistoric age and Ancient Roman era but are less popular today.  France has a historical relationship with the Burgundy snail, where snails are raised in vineyards and fed grape leaves.  Escargot is simply the French word [...]

January 1st, 2021|Food Pairings|

Paella & Wine Pairing

Paella is a Spanish rice dish prepared with squid, lobster, prawns, mussels, clams, rabbit, chicken, and Chorizo. You'll also find vegetables such as red peppers, butter beans, and the rice is often doused with Saffron.  Recipes vary, however, the seafood ingredients of Paella impart an iodine flavour on the dish, while the meat, red peppers, and Saffron flavoured rice make Paella quite savoury. Mixed Paella or Seafood Paella pairs best with rich white wines, such as Roussanne, Marsanne, Trebbiano, Chardonnay and Viognier.  Meanwhile, Light to medium-bodied red wines such as Garnacha, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir and Rioja make excellent drinking partners [...]

December 31st, 2020|Food Pairings|

Salisbury Steak & Wine Pairing

Salisbury Steak is a ground beef patty flavoured with minced onions, bread crumbs and other seasonings before being broiled or fried and served with gravy. Salisbury Steak pairs best with medium to full-bodied red wines such as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz and Petite Sirah. If your Salisbury Steak is in a mushroom gravy, Pinot Noir makes for an exceptional pairing. I give all of these wine pairings a 4 out of 5 as Salisbury Steak recipes vary, as does its quality.  A homemade Salisbury Steak will feature higher quality ingredients a deserves a higher quality wine.  Meanwhile, a frozen [...]

December 29th, 2020|Beef|

Goat Cheese and Wine Pairing

Crisp white wines with a touch of tang, such as Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis, and Pouilly-Fumé, pair best with Goat Cheese.  If your goat cheese is scattered across a salad, all of the previously mentioned wines will work, as will an Albariño, Sparkling Wine, or dry Riesling.  For aged goat cheese, a creamy Chardonnay that is delicately oaked such as a White Burgundy, Pouilly-Fuissé, or Macon-Villages are delightful.  Finally, for red wine, a tangy Cabernet Franc or a Pinot Noir complement the squeaky flavours of goat cheese (also known as chèvre). Sancerre & Goat Cheese Pairing Goat Cheese and Sancerre [...]

December 24th, 2020|Cheese|