Best Wine With – Pairing Guide

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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 a smoky but fruity Zinfandel.  Finally, for ginger desserts, sweet Rieslings, Muscat, or sparkling wines make for exceptional pairings. Gewürztraminer & Ginger Stir-Fry Pairing Gewürztraminer is an aromatic white wine that has a ginger bite found within its spicy flavours that will complement the ginger found [...]

September 28th, 2020|Food 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 Classico.  When seeking these wines out, aim for reds that are less fruit-forward, and deliver earthy flavours such as mushroom, cigar box, pencil lead, tobacco, or leather. Bordeaux & Filet Mignon Pairing I'm hesitant to recommend a Bordeaux with Filet Mignon, just because there's a lot [...]

September 24th, 2020|Beef, 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 tannin such as Pinot Noir, Malbec and Chianti also make for excellent choices. You may also see Beef Tenderloin be referred to as Filet (UK & France), Filetto (Italy) and Solomillo (Spain).  Filet Mignon is a cut of steak from the Tenderloin region, featuring lean and [...]

September 23rd, 2020|Beef, 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 butter sauce, such as ravioli, or linguini.  A buttery Chardonnay, White Burgundy and Viognier are our top choices to complement this flavourful sauce. Chardonnay & Butter Sauce Pairing When it comes to pairing up wine with any food in a butter sauce, a Chardonnay is king. [...]

September 22nd, 2020|Food 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 Noir, Chianti or a Rosé Connecticut Clam Chowder & Pinot Grigio Pairing Connecticut style clam chowder refers to a clam chowder with a clear broth.  You may also see it as Rhode Island clam chowder in cookbooks or under various other guises.  Essentially, it's a clam [...]

September 21st, 2020|Food 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 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|