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What Wine to Drink with What

Updated on October 11, 2013

What wine to drink with what food can be very exciting to know about. Last week, we talked about a few rules for choosing the right wine pairing. Now here comes the most exciting part - picking the type of wine for your kind of food.


The rule of thumb says, white wines with white meats, fish and dishes with white or creamy sauces, and red wine for red meats and red or dark sauces.

The pairing rules are to make sure of perfectly combined acid, tannin and sugar components in the wine acting on food similar to the way food spices do. So learning what wine to drink with what food is not just how to pair wine, but why. When wine does not overpower taste in food, the blend brings out the best of both the food and wine.

It can be intimidating at first, but with a few suggestions, you will be able to pick the best wines whether for a dinner party, a special occasion, to finish your evening meals, or to put you to sleep. I drink red wine for the heart.

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  • For Fattier Dishes - beef steaks, hamburgers, and dishes with richer sauces -Full-bodied reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Châteauneuf, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Red Bordeaux, Sangiovese, Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel
  • Most Pork Dishes - pork tenderloin, pork chops, pork roasted, pork barbeque, salami, cassoulet (pork usually goes with both red and white) -
    Beaujolais, Barberra, light Red Burgundy, Shiraz, Zinfandel; if you prefer white, try Chablis, Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, Reisling
  • Chicken, duck, turkey -Chardonnay, Chianti, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz or lighter reds Barbera, Burgundy ; spicy chicken, Sauvignon Blanc, German Reislings, Shiraz

  • Fish simply cooked or grilled - light medium-bodied whites Pinot Grigio, Chablis; we've many times enjoyed 7.5% Merlot with tuna
  • Dark fish tuna, sashimi, salmon, swordfish, mackerel -Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Chianti, Reisling, Semillon, White Bordeaux; try Merlot

Coffee, chocolate and cold milk froth with Baileys is fabulous
Coffee, chocolate and cold milk froth with Baileys is fabulous
  • Pasta in red sauce/ Ketchup - Chianti, Pinot Blanc, Zinfandel, Bordeaux
  • Pasta in white sauce/ Bearnaise Sauce - Chardonnay, Chianti, Pinot Grigio, Viognier

  • Shellfish (crab, oysters, lobster, prawn, shrimp) - crisp, acidic wines such as Champagne, Sparkling wine, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Green salad, herb dishes, bitter and astringent foods like mixed bitter greens - Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Gruner Veltliner
  • Pizza - Barbera, Chianti, Merlot, Zinfandel
  • Cheese - Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel

  • Chocolate, fruity, candy and creamy desserts - Cabernet Sauvignon, Port, Muscat, Sauternes, Madeira, Sherry, Baileys, Champagne, Reisling

Coffee blended with brandy (try Baileys) is a happy ending to a meal.

Can We Drink the Wine We Like for the Food We Love?


I'm not an expert, but I can say that 7.5% reds and whites go with almost every dish. Merlot is great from salad to pork barbecue, chicken, beef steaks, fish and even shrimps and tuna. Barbecue sauces complement the juicy tang of fruit in these wines.The mixed berry flavors have that tannin levels that pair fairly well with almost all kinds of food.

They don't go wrong even with ice-creams and cakes. All I can say is they will have you begging for more, lol. I'm talking of the 7.5 % alcohol Merlot and Zinfandel. If you're shrugging your shoulders, wondering what in the world I am talking about, don't worry, I'll write more about wine for us women, soon.

There may be an immense variety of red and white and few customary rules in pairing, the important thing is to enjoy the wine you like with the food that you like.

YES Everyone Can Afford Wine

Price is the first thing that comes to mind. The key to finding the best wine is by defining what you like and do not like. You buy something expensive and you don't like it means pouring money down the drain.

If you're like me, you too will say this with confidence, certainty and passion -- wine is not a status symbol, or should be a collector's item. In fact, there are thousands of great but inexpensive wines to choose from. The love for wine is about enjoying a meal with family and friends one bottle at a time. Perhaps, you can begin with Chardonnay?

Hope the suggestions help. Goodluck and enjoy!

A word of caution:

You should drink red wine in moderation; about 150 ml of red wine is an ideal serving. If you are suffering from any disease, you must consult a doctor before you start consuming any kind of wine.


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      Tonette Fornillos 3 years ago from The City of Generals

      Thanks Bertie. Perhaps this is a tough challenge. There's a saying -- sharing knowledge is learning and learning is the knowledge of sharing. Good for us! Thank you for reading. Have a berry-merry Christmas Bertie:=)

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      Bertie 3 years ago

      Just do me a favor and keep writing such trnenhact analyses, OK?

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      Tonette Fornillos 3 years ago from The City of Generals

      Cheyenne! That's so nice to know, I'm glad. Hope you'll enjoy your wine. Thanks for reading.... Cheers and MERRY CHRISTMAS! :=)Tonette

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      Cheyenne 3 years ago

      Aligrht alright alright that's exactly what I needed!

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello Careermommy. That's terrific-ly gratifying - white wine with every meal, lol. As long as it's no more than a glass, that's good :=)... I bet you'll like Beaujolais. A toast to discovering we both love delicious light wines. Really thank you for visiting. Hugs from me:=) -Tonette.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Tonipet, this is great information. I drink the same white wine with every meal. LOL! Now when I go out I'll know the proper rule of etiquette. Thank you for sharing.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi girishpuri. Yes, it pays to know some pairing ideas. Probably not really a MUST-follow but are sure to make the simplest occasion worth an experience. Thanks so much for reading and for your thoughts. A toast to that! :=) -Tonette

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very useful hub while celebrating dinner with the guests. thank you so much, God bless.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Very much agree with you, teaches. A list, no matter how short, can be very helpful, and for the simple woman, means a lot to entertaining even the most VIPs, lol. Thank you for the support on this. You're wonderful. Blessings and a toast... :=)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I know this will be very useful to those who want to put out their best when entertaining dinner guests. Well written and useful.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Love it too, M. Thank you for reading. So glad you've made it by. A toast to healthiness! :=) Best wishes.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Excellent excellent writing Toni. You know your wine :)

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      As a woman, little knowledge about wines has truly been interesting, and the most fun part? Drinking it :=)... I'm happy you find this interesting, as well. Cheers to that, Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting article..Some good tips..Thank you...

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Thank you Martin. Collecting those wines went by the year and tasting some of them was the most exciting. So glad you made it by. Best wishes and cheers! :=)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Extremely well laid out.