Best Wine With – Pairing Guide

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Cedar Plank Salmon & Wine Pairing

Bold and creamy white wines like Chardonnay and Viognier complement the fattiness of a cedar-planked salmon.  For red wines, a light and fruity Pinot Noir has the perfect structure to jive with the smoky salmon flavours.  A crisp and fruity Rosé or a creamy sparkling wine round up our top five picks for this summer BBQ favourite. Chardonnay & Cedar Planked Salmon Pairing A toasty and buttery Chardonnay wraps itself around the fatty and smoky flavours of a cedar-planked salmon, complementing every bite.  Meanwhile, the signature tropical fruit and crisp granny apple flavours have no issue cutting through the healthy [...]

September 17th, 2020|Fish, Food Pairings|

Chicken Teriyaki & Wine Pairings

Teriyaki is a soy-based sauce that is sweetened with brown sugar, honey and seasoned with garlic and ginger.  Teriyaki adds an incredible amount of flavour and stickiness to chicken and will pair well with light but fruit-forward red wines like Lambrusco, Schiava and Beaujolais, or white wines like Gewurztraminer, Riesling or Torrontés.  While teriyaki is a dark sauce, chicken is a neutral white meat, so you don't want a red wine that is too heavy, or a white wine which is bold as it will drown out any subtle poultry flavours that aren't already drowned out by the Teriyaki sauce. [...]

September 16th, 2020|Food Pairings, Poultry|

Sweet Riesling & Food Pairing

Germany is world-famous for its sweet Rieslings, and these dessert wines fall into four main categories. Auslese Riesling & Food Pairing Auslese means 'selected,' and these Riesling grapes are hand-selected in late autumn from the ripest bunches.  Auslese is much sweeter than the Spätlese Riesling we discussed in a previous blog about Dry and Off-Dry Riesling, as the riper grapes have much more sugar in them.  While sweet, Auslese isn't strictly a dessert wine, as it pairs up nicely with spicy food with lots of heat.  The sugar content of Auslese fans out the fire of hot chillies or peppers, [...]

September 15th, 2020|Dessert, Food Pairings|

Madeira & Food Pairing

Madeira is a fortified wine that is made on the island of Madeira, which is a region of Portugal, and it is situated in the ocean near the top left corner of South Africa.  For single-varietal Madeira, you'll find four styles that range from dry to sweet, which are Sercial, Verdelho, Bual or Boal, and Malmsey. You'll also find blended Madeira, that are often much more inexpensive.  Finest Madeira is meant more for cooking, as is Rainwater Madeira (or for cocktails.  You'll also find Reserve Madeira, Special Reserve, and Extra Reserve.  Finally, you'll find 20 Year old, 30 Year old [...]

September 13th, 2020|Dessert, Food Pairings, Fortified Wine|

What Wine goes with Enchiladas?

An Enchilada is where a corn tortilla is stuffed with rice, meat, veggies and cheese, and then covered with a savoury sauce.  Medium-bodied white wines with tropical flavours such as Vermentino, Riesling, Viognier and Gewürztraminer pair best with Enchiladas, as their tropical notes can hold up to the strong flavours of an Enchilada.  Meanwhile, lighter reds, such as Beaujolais, Barbera and Lambrusco are low enough in tannin, and high in acidity to handle the spiciness of a proper Enchilada.  Sparkling wines like Cava, Sekt, and Prosecco are ideal with Enchiladas as they keep your palate cleansed of all the gooey cheeses [...]

September 11th, 2020|Food Pairings|

Chimichanga & Wine Pairing

A Chimichanga is a deep fried burrito and needs a fresh and fruity red wine with good acidity, such as a Rioja, Tempranillo, Chianti, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir or Beaujolais.  For white wines, a white with a touch of residual sugar, such as a Pinot Gris, Riesling or Gewürztraminer works well with this Tex-Mex treat.  Dark and rich Rosé, typically made from the Shiraz grape, a fizzy Lambrusco, or a sparkling wine like Cava or Prosecco are also excellent choices. Cava & Chimichanga Pairing A Chimichanga is a dense meal as you've taken a burrito, which is already dense, and then [...]

September 9th, 2020|Food Pairings|

Ravioli & Wine Pairing

If the Ravioli is served with a tomato and meat-based sauce and stuffed with beef, mushrooms, sausage, or duck, medium-bodied and acidic red wines like Chianti Classico, Pinot Noir and Barbera pair best.  For Ravioli served in a cream, pesto, or butter sauce, and stuffed with lighter foods like spinach, potato, ricotta cheese, lobster, or chicken, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, or Pinot Grigio make for excellent pairings. Chianti Classico & Ravioli in a Meat/Tomato Sauce Chianti Classico is a medium-bodied red wine from Italy that features bright cherry flavours, along with earthy and herbal notes which gives it a rustic [...]

September 8th, 2020|Food Pairings, Pasta|