Food and Wine Pairing Chart

This food and wine pairing chart gives some of our most favored food and wine matches


It is well worth taking a little time to match the flavor and body factors in order to present a well-balanced food and wine pairing. Although it is done, don't feel compelled to serve a different wine for each food course. A simple approach is to serve the wine that harmonizes with the main course and serve it throughout the meal.

Serve a dessert wine or an after dinner brandy or liqueur to round out the menu.

Use this simple food and wine pairing chart to choose the perfect wine for your perfect meal

Food and Flavors Red Wines White Wines
Beef, beef dishes, burgers,  beef stews, grilled steaks, fillet mignon

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Burgundy
Beaujolais
Bordeaux
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Zinfandel
Shiraz
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Veal Merlot
Pinot Noir
Zinfandel
Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc
Lamb chops, leg of lamb; Duck Beaujolais
Cabernet Sauvignon
Bordeaux
Merlot
Zinfandel
Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc
Chicken, chicken dishes, stews, (hot or cold) spicy entrees.  Red wines good with dark meat; mustard, clove, ginger, cumin Beaujolais
Pinot Noir (Roasted,  hearty dishes)
Merlot (Stews, BBQ)
Zinfandel
Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay
Gewurztraminer
(Spicy or ethnic foods)
Pinot Gris
Chardonnay
Pork, pork dishes, sausages, pizza,  BBQ, bacon, onion, hot pepper, chili pepper, highly seasoned food Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Shiraz
Zinfandel
 
Riesling
Pinot Gris
Gewurztraminer
Fume Blanc
Fish, fish dishes.  Shellfish and dishes containing shellfish.  Seafood sauces or pasta, Mornay sauce, Alfredo; garlic, oregano, tarragon

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Pinot Noir
(Salmon, tuna)
Shiraz
(Salmon, tuna)

 
Chardonnay
Riesling
Chablis
Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Grigio
Game, venison, rabbit, braised or stewed Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Zinfandel
Shiraz
Turkey. Other fowl, quail, squab, capons, Cornish Hens Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Chardonnay
Vegetables, basic vegetable dishes, vegetarian meals, salads
Choose lighter varieties to match the sweetness, acidity or flavoring components

Cabernet Sauvignon
(Grilled Vegetables, tomatoes, eggplant)

Shiraz
Gewurztraminer
Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Grigio
Riesling
Tomato Sauces. Pasta, lasagna,  pizza, cacciatore Chianti
Cabernet Sauvignon
Zinfandel
Pinot Noir
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay
Pasta and Soups
Choose wine based on main ingredient i.e., chicken, beef, tomato, etc 
Zinfandel
Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc
Appetizers, Aperitif
 
Sherry
Shiraz
Brandy
Chenin Blanc
Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay
Pinot Grigio
Sauternes
Fruits Port Chenin Blanc
Pinot Blanc
Cheeses.  Cheese course eaten alone or with fruit. 
Dishes predominately composed of cheese, choose white wine
Beaujolais
Port
Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon
Zinfandel
(Sharp, hearty cheeses)
Madeira, Sherry
Chardonnay
Gewurztraminer
Dessert Shiraz (chocolates) Sauternes
Champagne
After Dinner 

Brandy
Cognac
Port
Madeira, Sherry 
(Dry, serve chilled)
Liqueurs
Sauternes
Champagne

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