Wine and Food Pairing Guide (from Vindulge)
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Red Bordeaux & Meritage (blends)Blackberry, boysenberry, raspberry, blueberry, plum, cherry, black currant, cassis, tea, cocoa, tobacco, green olive, vanilla, oak, smoky, mint, eucalyptus, chocolate
Lamb and beef dishes like stews.Steak with rich sauces.
Duck, pheasants and other games.
Beef and chicken fajitas.
Smoked gouda cheese, cheddar cheese, and Camembert cheese.
ZinfandelBlackberry, boysenberry, raspberry, jam, plum, raisin, prune, rhubarb, pomegranate, vanilla. Spice (cinnamon, clove, black pepper)
Stews, pot roast.Dishes with tomato and tomato sauces.
Pizza with red sauce.
Grilled or smoked meats.
Spicy meat dishes and curries.
Pinot NoirCherry (red, black, dried), blueberries, blackberries, raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb, pomegranate, mushrooms, earth (barnyard), smoke, vanilla, oak, cola, coffee, rose, tea
Great for dishes with earthy flavors.Games like pheasants, wild boar, rabbit, quail, pigeon, and venison.
Casseroles of beef and chicken.
Salmon, lamb, pork, and mushroom dishes.
SyrahBlackberry, boysenberry, blueberry, jam, plum, prune, cherry, currant. Smoke, black pepper, white pepper, leather, vanilla, chocolate. Spices (clove, cinnamon).
Roasted meat, gameSpicy or heavily seasoned meats or hearty dishes.
Rich beef casseroles and games.
Barbecued meats (beef, ribs, lamb, pork).
Rich Vegetarian dishes.
Sparkling/Champagne/ProseccoToast, yeast, nuts, Green apple, cherry, strawberry
Salty foods like potato chipshors d’oeuvres, caviar
smoked salmon, shrimp, & Chinese food.
Intensely flavored and rich food like the foie gras.
(can be oaked or unoaked)
Green apple, pear, peach, melon. Citrus (lemon, lime, orange). Tropical fruits (pineapple, passion fruit, guava). Toast, baked bread, butter, vanilla, hazelnut, oak
Fatty fish dishes or dishes in rich sauces.
Gently flavored pasta dishes and risotto.
Chicken and shellfish recipes with cream based sauces.
Eastern and Indian dishes with creamy coconut sauces.
Sauvignon BlancCitrus: grapefruit, lemon, lime Melon, pear, fig, pineapple, passion fruit, quince, grassy, lemongrass, gooseberry
Goes well with tart sauces & dressings.Goat cheese, asparagus, shellfish, chicken
Fish dishes with a squeeze of lemon
Japanese dishes like shashimi.
White fish and seafood
Salad, chicken salad and garden salad.
Vegetable and vegetable soups.
Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio)Peach, pear, lime, lemon, apple, apricot, nuts (nuttiness), minerals, lemongrass
Especially well with light fish dishes and foods high in acid.Chicken salad. Mildly spicy chicken.
Oysters, smoked salmon.
Pasta with garlic pesto.
RieslingApples, pear, peach, apricot, lychee. Floral (jasmine, rose, orchid). Honey, petroleum, minerals, stones, chalk
Pair with sweet and spicy dishes.Pecan pie, sweet fruit pies and tarts and fruit custards.
Chinese and Thai foods.
Japanese dishes like sushi, sashimi, wasabi, tempura and teriyaki.
Pork and duck with fruit sauces.
Smoked fish pates.