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The Perfect Match - What Wines to Drink with Certain Meals

What wine for what meal? That is the burning question!

Don’t worry, it can be a daunting task when you walk into a bottle store and feel completely overwhelmed by the hundreds of bottles (albeit beautiful) staring you down.

We will give you a little head start and some wine knowledge to set you blazing down those wine aisles like a Som.

8 wines to pair with food. Arranged from light and sweet to full-bodied and savory.

1. Riesling 
  • Light to medium-bodied white wine with heaps of fruit flavors, adequate sweetness, and high acidity
  • This wine is a perfect pair to chicken, duck, pork, turkey, cured/preserved meat and also pairs well with German, Indian, Moroccan, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes

2. Pinot Gris

  • Light-bodied white wine with slightly sweet fruit and floral flavors and mid-level acidity
  • Pairs well with light or mild cheeses, poached fish and salads

3. Sauvignon Blanc
  • Light to medium-bodied white wine high level of acidity and heaps of citrus fruit flavors
  • Pairs well with chicken, fish, herb-crusted or nutty cheeses, pork, veal, and several French, Mexican, and Vietnamese dishes
    4. Chardonnay
      • Medium to full-bodied white wine with mid-level acidity and heaps of yellow fruit flavors
      • Pairs well with crab, lobster, shrimp, chicken, pork, cream sauces, mushrooms,  soft or nutty cheeses and plenty of French dishes
        5. Pinot Noir
        • Light-bodied red wine with higher levels of acidity, fewer tannins, and red fruit flavors
        • Pairs well with chicken, duck, pork, veal, cured/preserved meats, cream sauces, soft or nutty cheeses, and  plenty of French and German dishes
          6. Zinfandel
            • Medium to full-bodied red wine with low acidity and a higher level of fruit flavors
            • Pairs well with beef, chicken, lamb, pork, cured meat, barbecue and plenty American, Chinese, Indian, Italian and, Thai dishes
              7. Syrah
                • Full-bodied red wine with high levels of acidity and fruit flavors, and a moderate level of tannins
                • Pairs well with beef, lamb, smoked meats, white cheddar cheese and the many Mediterranean, French and American dishes
                8. Cabernet Sauvignon
                  • Full-bodied red wine with a high level of alcohol and tannins
                  • Pairs well with aged cheddar cheese, beef, lamb, smoked meats, and plenty of American and, French dishes

                         These common food and wine pairing is a perfect way to get you on track on your journey to become a great wine lover. For more tips about other wine pairings, check out our Cheese and Wine Pairing article.


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