Best Wine With – Pairing Guide

Best Wine With – Pairing Guide2020-08-31T22:26:43+00:00

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Greek Salad & Wine Pairing

Greek Salad recipes vary, but you usually can expect Tomatoes, Cucumber, Green Bell Peppers, Feta Cheese, and Olives tossed in a herbal and garlic vinaigrette dressing. Crisp white wines with lots of acidity, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Verdejo, Assyrtiko, Ruedo and Prosecco (a sparkling wine), pair up best with Greek Salad. Red wines will not work with Greek Salad as the dressing and tomatoes' high acidity will make the wine taste sour. If you insist on a red wine, reach for a Rosé instead. However, if you insist on a red, a chilled Beaujolais could work, but it [...]

November 30th, 2020|Salad|

General Tso’s Chicken & Wine Pairing

General Tso's Chicken is a sweet and spicy Chinese food classic where chunks of chicken are deep-fried and smothered in a heavy sauce. Dry and crisp white wines, such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, or Sparkling wine, along with acidic and fruity reds like Zinfandel, Lambrusco, Beaujolais, or Pinot Noir make for fabulous pairings. Zinfandel & General Tso's Chicken Pairing Fruity with notes of blueberry, raspberry and cherry, Zinfandel makes for a great pairing as its fruitiness complements General Tso's Chicken's sweet nature. One of General Tso's sauce's main components is soy sauce, and the smoky kiss that Zinfandel delivers on the [...]

November 28th, 2020|Poultry|

Soave & Food Pairing

Soave is a lean and dry white wine, with a unique smooth oily texture, from Northern Italy made from the Garganega grape. Featuring notes of peach, melon, pear, saline/minerals and chamomile, Soave is the best white wine to drink with Roast Chicken, White Pizza, Scallops, Veal Scaloppini, Fettuccine Alfredo, Chicken Parmigiana, Risotto, Cauliflower Soup and Pasta Primavera. Soave comes in several styles, with Recioto di Soave being a sweet style meant for desserts, and Soave Superiore to indicate the wine was aged for at least eight months and using the best grapes. For the pairs mentioned below, we are excluding [...]

November 26th, 2020|Italian Wine, White Wine|

Muscadine Wine & Food Pairings

Muscadine is an American made red wine that is exclusively grown in North America. The grape skins are incredibly thick, and the grape juice is difficult to ferment, so sugar is often added during the fermentation period making for a very sweet wine. You'll find both red and white Muscadine wines that are sweet, low in alcohol and high in acidity, which pair best with beef brisket, smoked ribs, chicken wings, bbq sausage, spicy pad thai and burritos enjoyed with hot sauce. Red and White Muscadine have bold fruity flavours but have slightly different taste profiles. White Muscadine will feature [...]

November 24th, 2020|Food Pairings|

Vongole Pasta & Wine Pairing

Spaghetti alle Vongole is a classic Italian dish of spaghetti with white wine and clams and pairs best with unoaked white wines such as Soave, Vermentino, Pinot Grigio, Chablis, Muscadet, or Frascati. A dry Rosé also makes for a good pairing, provided it is more citrus-driven than fruity (strawberries and raspberries don't taste great with clams). Stay clear of red wines, which will taste metallic when paired up with the briny clams. Pinot Grigio & Spaghetti alle Vongole Pairing I give Pinot Grigio the highest rating for pairing with Pasta Vongole simply because it is the most accessible and familiar [...]

November 22nd, 2020|Food Pairings, Pasta, Shellfish|

Chocolate Cheesecake & Wine Pairing

Chocolate Cheesecake pairs best with fruity or fortified wines like Recioto della Valpolicella, Tawny Port, Oloroso Sherry, Bual Maderia, and if the conditions are right, Merlot. My preference leans towards fruity red-based wines as I enjoy the combination of cherry or berries and chocolate. Recioto della Valpolicella & Chocolate Cheesecake Pairing Recioto della Valpolicella is a full-bodied Italian red wine that is both sweet and rich in flavour due to its residual sugar. Raisin, black cherry, plum and notes of cocoa, vanilla, and tobacco complement the chocolaty flavours of chocolate cheesecake. You'll also find the velvety texture of this wine [...]

November 20th, 2020|Dessert|

Asian or Thai Beef Salad & Wine Pairings

Thai Beef Salad or Yum Nua consists of mixed greens topped with pan-seared steak. Recipes vary, but generally, the dressing or sauce on the salad is savoury, tangy and spicy with a touch of hot pepper heat. Crisp white wines like Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc work best with the sauce, which is the salad's dominant flavour. For red wine, you'll require something light and with minimal tannin like a Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, or something in between a white and a red like a tart Rosé. Riesling and Thai Beef Salad Pairing Riesling is a crisp and electric white wine full [...]

November 17th, 2020|Food Pairings|