Food Pairings

Butter Sauce and Wine Pairings

Butter sauce is a sauce made from melted butter, and sometimes thickened with egg and/or flour, or blended with lemon juice, water, and even wine.  Butter Sauce typically accompanies seafood, fish or vegetable dishes, such as lobster, scallops, mussels, sole, trout, roasted cauliflower, or peas and carrots.  You might also see pasta tossed in [...]

2020-09-23T16:49:51+00:00Food Pairings, Sauce|

Clam Chowder & Wine Pairing

For clear clam chowders, such as a Connecticut- style clam chowder, crip white wines like Pinot Grigio, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc are your best pairs.  Richer and creamier Clam Chowders require full-bodied white wines like an oaked Chardonnay or a rich Viognier.  Finally, tomato-based clam chowders, a fruity but slightly earthy Beaujolais-Villages, Pinot [...]

2020-09-21T13:06:05+00:00Food Pairings, Seafood|

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 [...]

2020-09-17T21:59:20+00:00Fish, 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 [...]

2020-09-28T16:42:56+00:00Food 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 [...]

2020-09-15T22:54:16+00:00Dessert, 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, [...]

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 [...]

2020-09-11T12:54:56+00:00Food 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.  [...]

2020-09-10T13:03:25+00:00Food 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, [...]

2020-09-29T12:52:59+00:00Food Pairings, Pasta|

What Wine goes with Gnocchi?

Pairing wine with Gnocchi, which is a denser pasta, depends more on the sauce than the actual Gnocchi.  Gnocchi in tomato sauce calls for white wines like Pinot Grigio, Fiano, and Pecorino, or red wines like Chianti, Etna Rosso, or Barbera.  Meanwhile, Gnocchi, in a creamy sauce, demands a richer white wine like Soave.  [...]

2020-09-05T13:22:10+00:00Food Pairings, Pasta|