Wine Pairing

No summer get-together is complete without great food, great friends, and a beautiful bottle of wine or two. To help with the planning we have compiled a list of food and wine pairings for any occasion.  Use this list to help accentuate the wine and food you will be serving.


Wine Pairing

Chardonnay (White)

Meat: Chicken, Turkey, Pork, Veal

Seafood: Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Mahi Mahi

Spices: Seasame, Saffron, Shallots, Taragon

Sauces: Bearnaise, Creamy, Pesto, or light sauce

Cheese: Havarti, Mozzarella, Muenster, Provolone

Sauvingon Blanc (White)

Meat: Chicken, Game Hens, Turkey, Veal

Seafood: Calamari, Clams, Mussels, Oysters

Spices: Chives, Cilantro, Creole, Dill

Sauces: Citrus, Lemon, Tomato Vinaigrette, and light sauces

Cheese: Feta, Gruyere, Ricotta

Reisling (White)

Meat: Pork, Prosciutto, Sautéed Chicken

Seafood: Lobster, Sautéed fish, Sea Bass, Trout

Spices: Chervil, Ginger, Lemon, Orange Zest

Sauces: Chutney, Cream Sauce, or light sauces

Cheese: Chesire, Colby, Edam, Gouda

Pinot Noir (Red)

Meat: Duck, Lamb, Pheasant, Pork Chops

Seafood: Grilled Tuna, Swordfish

Spices: Basil, Fennel, Garlic, Oregano

Sauces: Mushroom, Tomato

Cheese: Asiago, Cambozola, Fontina, Parmeson

Cabernet Sauvignon (Red)

Meat: Beef, Game Birds, Leg of Lamb, Venison

Seafood: Cioppino, Seared Tuna

Spices: Bay Leaf, Juniper, Rosemary, Sage

Sauces: Brown Sauce, Red wine sauce, Tomato

Cheese: Camembert, Gorgonzola, strong Cheddar, and aged cheeses

Merlot (Red)

Meat: Beef, Grilled Meats, Hamburgers, Steak

Seafood: Swordfish, Salmon, Tuna

Spices: Basil, Italian Parsley, Mint, Thyme

Sauces: Balsamic Vinegar, Bolognese, Meat Sauces, Red Sauce

Cheese: Aged Cheddar, Aged Gouda, Parmeson, Romano

Zinfandel (Red)

Meat: BBQ Ribs, Steak, Quail, Spicy Sausage

Seafood: Blackened fish, Bouillabaisse, Cioppino

Spices: Black Pepper, Garlic, Oregano

Sauces: Barbeque, Cajun, Salsa, Spicy

Cheese: Aged Cheddar, Bri, Munster