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Food and Wine Pairing Guide

As intimidating as it might seem, pairing food and wine is quite easy—if you keep a few basic principles in mind.


  • Look for complements. Consider the flavor and texture of your food and choose a wine with similar characteristics. For example, a light-tasting fish calls for a white wine, like Chardonnay. Heavier red wines, like Syrah, go better with heartier food like a meat-topped pizza.
  • Contrasting flavors can work. Try a very sweet wine with an extremely spicy dish. Just be careful not to let the food overpower the wine or vice versa.
  • Try similar regions. You can also let the wine’s region of origin provide some clues. If your meal is Tuscan-inspired, for instance, pick a wine from that area.
  • Go with your instincts. Taste is individual, so experiment until you find a fantastic combination of your own.


To help plan a meal with the right wine pairing, here’s a guide on what foods and wines go best together.


If you’re serving: Seafood or Chicken


Open a bottle of: Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio

These medium-bodied whites pair well with light seafood or chicken dishes. 


Recipe ideas:


Stuffed Baked Trout



Chicken Piccata



If you’re serving: Spicy Food


Open a bottle of: Riesling

The light sweetness of Riesling cuts down the heat of spicy food.


Recipe Ideas:


Spicy Chicken



Hot Cajun Crab Dip



If you’re serving: Pork or Vegetarian


Open a bottle of: Sauvignon Blanc

A crisp, aromatic wine that goes well with many pork or vegetarian dishes.


Recipe Ideas:


Crispy Prosciutto Flatbread



Pasta Primavera



If you’re serving: Steak or Beef


Open a bottle of: Merlot

This red wine with flavors of plum, cherries and blueberries pairs well with red meat.


Recipe Ideas:


Balsamic Flank Steak



Stuffed Rolled Flank Steak



If you’re serving: Salmon or Duck


Open a bottle of: Pinot Noir

This versatile wine with a delicate taste goes great with salmon or duck dishes.


Recipe Ideas:


Salmon Cakes & Roasted Brussels Sprouts


how to make salmon cakes and roasted brussel sprouts


Baked Salmon Quinoa Bowl



If you’re serving: BBQ or Casseroles


Open a bottle of: Syrah or Shiraz

A spicy and dark wine that’s excellent with barbecued meats or casseroles.


Recipe Ideas:


Beef (or Lamb) & Vegetable Kebabs


couscous and kebabs


BBQ Ranch Chicken Casserole



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