Food Pairings

Lamb Burgers & Wine Pairing

Lamb Burgers are a little lighter in flavour than your typical hamburger but have a gaminess that begs for a fruity Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, Spanish Garnacha, Baco Noir, or Zinfandel to mask the flavour.  You want medium-bodied reds to cover up the gamey flavour, but you don't want the wine to be [...]

2020-10-23T12:44:22+00:00Food Pairings, Lamb|

Brie Cheese & Wine Pairing

Crisp white wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Champagne, along with lighter reds such as Beaujolais and Pinot Noir, pair best with Brie Cheese.  However, most wines will go along just fine with this creamy cheese.  There is a famous phrase with wine that states 'buy on apples, sell on cheese', as the tannin [...]

2020-10-20T12:43:12+00:00Cheese, Food Pairings|

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca & Wine Pairing

Pasta Puttanesca is a pungent tasting dish often referred to as 'whore sauce' as it smells like a brothel.  Full of garlic, olives, anchovies, crushed red peppers, tomatoes and capers, Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca pairs best with red wines with plenty of acidity and earthy notes like Pinot Noir, Chianti Classico, Primitivo, Barbera and Nero [...]

2020-10-18T18:23:57+00:00Food Pairings, Pasta|

Rabbit & Wine Pairing

Rabbit is incredibly lean meat.  In fact, there's a phrase called 'Rabbit Starvation' where people in the Arctic nearly died living off a diet of rabbit.  If you want to know more, I'll let you go down the 'rabbit hole' for that one. As rabbit is lean, and the taste is mild (but a [...]

2020-10-14T12:57:13+00:00Food Pairings, Game|

Coq Au Vin & Wine Pairings

Coq Au Vin is Chicken braised with wine, lardons (thick bacon), mushrooms and herbs, garlic or pearl onions.  Light to medium-bodied but earthy red wines, such as Burgundy, Pinot Noir, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a heavier Beaujolais, or a Côte du Rhône pair best.  If the wine was braised with a white wine, such as an Alsace [...]

2020-10-11T20:19:44+00:00Food Pairings, Poultry|

Pork Schnitzel & Wine Pairing

Classic German and Austrian white wines like Grüner Veltliner, Riesling and Gewürztraminer are our top picks for Pork Schnitzel, but Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc are at home with this breaded pork cutlet.  As for red wine, a fruity Pinot Noir (or Blauburgunder as it's known in Austria) or a Beaujolais are delicious with Schnitzel. [...]

2020-10-05T23:01:41+00:00Food Pairings, Pork|

Petite Filet & Wine Pairing

Petite Beef Filet is a mini version of a Filet Mignon cut that ranges from about 6 to 8 ounces.  Where it differs is that the Petite Filet comes from the chuck (shoulder) region of the cow and is less expensive, and due to its small size, it cooks up incredibly fast.  Similar to [...]

2020-10-01T12:42:19+00:00Beef, Food Pairings|

Ginger & Wine Pairing

Pairing wine with Ginger spiced dishes isn't overly difficult as Ginger is wine friendly.  If the ginger is combined with white meat and vegetables, any sort of aromatic white works well, such as a Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, Voignier, or an off-dry Riesling.  For beef and ginger, go with a spicy Shiraz, or [...]

2020-09-28T23:12:13+00:00Food Pairings|

Filet Mignon & Wine Pairing

Filet Mignon is a tender but lean cut of meat that is focused less on flavour and more on texture.  With a rich and buttery texture, but subtle beefy flavours, Filet Mignon pairs best with red wines that showcase soft tannins such as mature Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Rioja Reserva and Chianti [...]

2020-09-24T12:53:47+00:00Beef, Food Pairings|

Beef Tenderloin & Wine Pairing

Beef Tenderloin is a leaner cut of beef, and less flavourful than prime rib, as it has less fat.  Aged red wines, where the tannin has softened, liked Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Brunello di Montalcino or a Ribera del Duero round up my top pairings with Beef Tenderloin.  Meanwhile, subtle red wines with softer [...]

2020-09-24T12:53:32+00:00Beef, Food Pairings|