What to Eat With What you Drink!

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Here’s a quick pairing list I have been compiling for some time. The purpose is to demystify wine and food pairings. Light meat light wines, dark meats darker full bodied wines is how it basically goes… It is really not that hard and once you get the hang of it, you’ll love cooking delicious and fun foods and pairing them with wines. This is not a ridgid guideline as chefs are getting more creative with different fusion cuisines and I feel it is a very personal choice. For example, in Italy, pairing red wine with artichoke is a common thing but I feel artichoke is a red wine “killer” and because of the artichoke’s iron content, I would say it oxidizes the wine in your mouth. Also don’t be afraid to serve a “wine flight” (white as a starter and then red) depending if you start off with a salad and then move on to beef. As you can see I also mention cheeses for aperitivos or to mix with appetizers or entrees. Herbs can be a bit challenging because they can overpower wines so here it is…

Cabernet Sauvignon: Seared Tuna, Cioppino , duck, Quail, Squab, Beef, Lamb, Venison
Aged Cheddar, Aged Gouda
Thyme, Italian Parsley, Bay Leaf, Rosemary

Chardonnay: Crab, Shrimp, Lobster, Sea Bass, Chicken, Turkey, Guinea Hen, Pork, Chicken,Veal
Jarlsberg, Brie, Camembert, Muenster
Tarragon, Chervil, Italian Parsley, Dill

Gewurztraminer: Scallops, Crab, Smoked Salmon , Turkey, Chicken, Pork, Ham, Prosciutto Smoked Gouda, Goat Cheese, Boursin
Ginger, Curry, Cilantro

Grüner Veltliner: Halibut, Sea Bass, Sole, Chicken, Turkey, Game Hen, Pork, Veal
Brie, Gouda, Feta
Coriander, Caraway, Dill

Merlot: Tuna, Salmon, Quail, Duck, Squab, Beef, Lamb, Venison
Aged Cheddar, Parmeson, Provolone, Aged Gouda
Basil, Italian Parsley, Mint, Thyme

Petite Sirah: Salmon, Tuna, Red Snapper, Chicken, Game Hens, Duck, Quail, Beef, Italian Sausage, Lamb
Asiago, Aged Cheddar, Aged Goat Cheese
Thyme, Basil, Italian Parsley, Bay Leaf

Pinot Grigio: Trout, Swordfish, crab, Calamari, Chicken, Turkey, Game Hen, Pork, Prosciutto Ricotta, Fontina, Provolone
Basil, Chervil, Italian Parsley

Pinot Noir: Salmon, Tuna, Swordfish, Duck, Quail, Squab, Lamb, Italian Sausage, Pork, Boar Parmeggiano, Asiago, Fontina, Cambozola
Thyme, Fennel, Basil, Italian Parsley

Primitivo: Cioppino, Tuna, Bouilliabaise, Quail, Duck, Game Hens, Italian Sausage, Lamb, Beef Parmesan, Fontina, Asiago, Ricotta Salata
Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Italian Parsley

Rosé: Salmon, Shellfish, Grilled Sea Bass, Trout, Chicken, Chicken-apple Sausage, Game Hens, Pork, Prosciutto, Ham
Goat Cheese, Parmesan, Feta, Gouda, Munster
Italian Parsley, Basil, Chervil, Chives, Curry

Sangiovese: Swordfish, Tuna, Duck, Quail, Squab, Lamb, Pork, Beef,
Asiago, Parmesan, Fontina, Ricotta Salata
Basil, Thyme, Bay Leaf, Fennel

Sauvignon Blanc: Oysters, Crab, Sole, Trout, Chicken, turkey, Game Hens,Pork, Veal
Goat Cheese, Boursin, Feta, Fresh Mozzeralla, Ricotta
Dill, Chervil, Chives, Italian Parsley, Cilantro

Tocai: Monkfish, Calamari, Swordfish, Chicken, Guinea Hen, Pheasant, Veal, Pork
Taleggio, Gorgonzola, Fontina
Basil, Oregano, Italian Parsley, Chives

Zinfandel: Tuna, Cioppino, Bouillabaise, duck, Quail, Pheasant, Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Italian Sausage, Barbecue Ribs
Parmesan, Aged Cheddar, Aged Gouda, Asiago, Dry Jack
Black Pepper, Basil, Thyme, Italian Parsley, Bay Leaf, Fennel

Categories: Wine Wisdom

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