Wine Pairing

Guidelines to Pair Like a Sommelier

Not sure what wine to serve with your favorite dish? Wine and food matching is the process of pairing food dishes with wine to enhance the dining experience. So before you uncork, read on to uncover a few secrets of pairing.

Red Wines and Food

The stand-by rule of thumb is red meats, red wine. Most red table wines have the weight to stand up to heartier dishes: burgers, barbecue, steaks, and stews. Drier wines like Cabernet and Merlot will be better with bigger meats: rib roasts, steaks, and lamb. Having pasta with red sauce? Pizza? Chianti is made for tomato dishes. If you prefer a less tannic, fruitier taste, try a non-varietal such as an American burgundy, especially when you're grilling.

White Wines and Food

Here, the general rule is white wine, white meat. A blush/rosé wine works well with dishes like pork roast or ham, though, and it’s a great picnic wine with your roast chicken or salmon. Other whites – Chardonnay, or a non-varietal white like American Chablis or Rhine – pair up nicely with seafood, pasta with white sauce, or chicken dishes.

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While browsing through our extensive wine list, take note of these helpful “goes with” icons to help you select just the right wine for your favorite dish!

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