Best Wine With – Pairing Guide

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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|

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.  For red wine, Valpolicella or Ripasso will pair well with the creamy sauce. Gnocchi in Tomato Sauce & Pinot Grigio Pairing This rating is for a fresher style tomato sauce, such as a fresh cherry tomato and basil sauce (Pomodorini e Basilico).  A dry Italian Pinot [...]

September 4th, 2020|Food Pairings, Pasta|

Vegetarian Stir Fry & Wine Pairings

Brightly coloured veggies plus the variety of seasonings and sauces you toss in the stir fry can make for some interesting wine pairings.  Our favourite wines to go with Vegetarian Stir Fry include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, Gewürtztraminer, Albariño, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Chardonnay & Vegetarian Stir Fry Pairing If you are doing a classic soy sauce and rice stir fry with mushrooms, broccoli, slivers of celery and carrots and onions, select an oaky Chardonnay.  Oak gives Chardonnay a toasty or nutty flavour that will go well with the smokiness that soy sauce imparts on this dish.  Chardonnay [...]

September 2nd, 2020|Food Pairings, Vegetable|

Vegetarian Pizza & Wine Pairing

Crisp white wines with lots of acidity and versatility like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Fiano, Unoaked Chardonnay, Prosecco and Rosé, pair best with Vegetarian Pizza.  For red wine, Cabernet Franc has plenty of tart green notes that make it exceptional with Vegetarian Pizza featuring green bell peppers or green olives. Sauvignon Blanc & Vegetarian Pizza Pairing There is no standard Vegetarian Pizza, which makes this pizza a beautiful thing.  You can expect a rainbow of colours, such as white or red onions, broccoli, green bell peppers, Jalapeño pepper, banana peppers, roasted red peppers, green olives, black olives, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes.  [...]

September 1st, 2020|Food Pairings, Pizza, Vegetable|