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Pair Wine With Food Made Easy

Updated on April 8, 2012

Match A Wine With Your Recipe

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Do you enjoy a glass of wine with your meal? Do you wonder which wine will complement your dish?

I waitress for a living and in order to be a better server I needed to learn what wines complement the entrees and felt it would be a great idea to write a Hub about it. I hope what I have learned and still learning helps you know what to order when you dine out or when you cook a meal at home. The list is not extensive but it is informative. I will describe flavors and which wines pair well with particular foods.

White Wine

Snap Dragon Chardonnay
Flavor: Apple, Pear, Pineapple with no oak.
Pairing: Snapper, Bass, Shrimp, Scallops, Pasta Marinara, Pesto, Chimichurri, Mustard, Alfredo, Carbonara and Vodka Tomato.

Francis Ford Coppola Chardonnay
Flavor: Elegant, Melon, Pear, Vanilla, Clove with Oak.
Pairing: Salmon, Tuna, Swordfish, Duck, Roasted Chicken, Lobster, Ravioli, Stews, Pork Chops, Pesto, Chimichurri, Mustard, Alfredo, Carbonara and Vodka Tomato.

Kendall Jackson Chardonnay
Flavor: Pineapple, Melon and Oak.
Pairing: Salmon, Tuna, Swordfish, Duck, Roasted Chicken, Pesto, Chimichurri, Mustard, Alfredo, Carbonara and Vodka Tomato.

Santa Marina Pinot Grigio
Flavor: Perfumed Pear and Lemon.
Pairing: Sole, Flounder, Clams and Oysters.

Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio
Flavor: Apricot, Pear Medium Bodied.
Pairing: Snapper, Bass, Shrimp, Scallops and Pasta Marinara.

Geyser Peak Sauvingnon Blanc
Flavor: Passion Fruit and Grapefruit.
Pairing: Salmon, Tuna, Swordfish, Duck, Roasted Chicken, Pesto Sauce, Mustard and Lemon.

Matua Sauvignon Blanc
Flavor: Citrus Fruits
Pairing: Salmon, Tuna, Swordfish, Duck, Roasted Chicken, Pesto Sauce, Mustard and Lemon.

Montevina White Zinfandel
Flavor: Sweet, Pleasant Crispness, Strawberries and Peaches.
Pairing: Salads, Sole, Flounder, Clams and Oysters.

Richter Reisling
Flavor: Sweet With Body, Floral and Citrus.
Pairing: Salads, Sole, Flounder, Clams, Oysters, Pesto, Mustard and Lemon.

Now and Zen (Similar to Richter Reisling - lighter, not as sweet with medium body)
Flavor: Mildly sweet
Pairing: White meat fish, salads and lite dishes in general.

Red Wines

Jacobs Creek Merlot
Flavor: Red Fruit, Cherry With A Plum Light Oak.
Pairing: Lobster, Poultry, Veal Chops, Pork Chops, Ravioli, Peppercorn Sauce and Chimichurri.

Cupcake Merlot
Flavor: Red Fruit, Cherry and Chocolate Oak.
Pairing: Steak, Lobster, Poultry, Veal Chops, Pork Chops, Ravioli, Peppercorn Sauce and Chimichurri.
I've been told that Cupcake Merlot complements meat better.

Main Street Cabernet
Flavor: Black Cherry, Plum, Blackberry and cassis.
Pairing: Lobster, Poultry, Veal Chops, Prok Chops and Ravioli.
Cassis: A Brandy Distilled From Black Currents.
Black Currents: The Small, Round, Blackish Edible Fruit Of A Widely Cultivated Shrub.

337 Cabernet (Full Grown Body)
Flavor: Mocha and Dark Cherry, Blackberry and Spice.
Pairing: Lamb Chops, Leg Of Lamb and Steaks.

Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir (Strong Oak)
Flavor: Oak, Smoke, Vanilla and Earthy.
Pairing: Snapper, Bass, Shrimp, Scallops, Pasta Marinara, Salmon, Tuna, Swordfish, Duck, Roasted Chicken, Peppercorn Sauce and Chimichurri.

Rosemont Shiraz
Flavor: Black Currant, Black Cherry and Oak.
Pairing: Salmon, Tuna, Swordfish, Duck, Roasted Chicken.
Complements more dark meats.

Terrazas De Los Andes Malbec
Flavor: Dark Fruit, Supple and Oak.
Pairing: Lobster, Poultry, Veal Chops, Pork Chops and Ravioli.
Great Paired With Jambalaya.

Aziano Chianti Classico
Flavor: Black Cherry, Chocolate and Nuts.
Pairing: Snapper, Bass, Shrimp, Scallops, Pasta Marinara, Salmon, Tuna, Swordfish, Duck and Roasted Chicken.
Great Paired With Fra Diavlo.

Menage A Trios (A Sweet Red Wine)
Flavor: A Blend Of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet, Fruit Mouth and Oak Finish.
Pairing: Big Sauces and Spicy Dishes.

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    philipandrews188 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Michelle Cesare 7 years ago from New York

    Hello everyone,

    I've been drinking different wines while eating different entrees. It does matter and make a huge difference to your taste buds choosing the best fitting wine to match your dish.

    I was dining out, ordered Seafood Fra Diavolo (spicy) and ordered a Reisling wine. In my opinion drinking a very sweet dessert like wine did not match well with my main course. I felt like I was drinking dessert with my entree. I am learning and experiencing and want to share my experiences.

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    Michelle Cesare 8 years ago from New York

    Hi Peggy W,

    Yes, these are the wines that are served by the glass. I will be adding to this Hub in the future. They sell many more wines by the bottle. I'll learn them all in due time. Does your husband make wine too in addition to being in the business?

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    Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

    These must be the wines that are served in the restaurant where you work?

    A wine writer that we used to know said that "any good wine goes with any good food." Not entirely true as there are some things that are better paired together for optimum taste and flavor. That being said...it is whatever people like that should be enjoyed and there are no hard and fast rules. We enjoy wine and my husband is now in the wine business.

    Thanks for trying to help people with wine/food pairing suggestions.

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    Michelle Cesare 8 years ago from New York

    Hi epigramman,

    Thank you again. Yes, the summer is finally here and I am making the time to enjoy it. I'll see you around.

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    epigramman 8 years ago

    So proud to meet someone from New York New York ......

    helpful guide here on how to match up wine with food - and it's true your hubs have the pleasant aftertaste of a nice glass of wine!

    Please pour me another .... and I'll stay awhile.

    Hope you're enjoying your summer there in New York!

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    Michelle Cesare 8 years ago from New York

    Hi askjanbrass,

    When I learn more I will add to the list. All in due time. I'm happy you found this to be helpful. Excellent.

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    askjanbrass 8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    This is a great resource, one that I'll surely want to bookmark! I appreciate a good wine, but I need to brush up when it comes to food pairings.

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