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Best White Wine Pairings and Recipes

Updated on July 10, 2014

Plus The Best White Wine Recipes

Welcome to white wine central! If you're wanting to learn more about the best white wine pairings with food or the best white wine pairings with cheese, you'll find that information below. Also included are the top rated white wines on Amazon and there's something for every budget. And as a bonus, I've included the best white wine recipes I could find. I hope you enjoy learning a bit more about white wine!

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Best White Wine Under $15

NV Bravium Winery White Wedding Proprietary White Wine

This wine is very light and fruity with just a hint of smoke. It goes down smooth and has no lingering aftertaste. This wine is perfect when paired with tangy or zesty foods (in other words, food that usually overwhelms the taste of other wines). The strong acidity helps cut through the strong flavor of the food so you get to enjoy your entire taste experience! Sauvignon Blanc tastes best when served at 52°.

Recipes To Pair With This Sauvignon Blanc

Chicken with Orange SauceI didn't have any Chinese chili sauce when I made this, but I did have a tube of harissa which I used in it's place. The result was an unexpected kick in the heat department.....

Tangy Honey Glazed HamIf you have any glaze left over, you can add it to the pan drippings with a little flour or cornstarch and make a nice sauce to accompany the meat. Use the....

2009 Nicola's redmark Pinot Grigio

This Pinot Grigio is light bodied with a full fruity flavor that ends in a delightful citrus twist. It pairs well with light chicken and fish dishes, although if need be, it can also be paired with some slightly richer foods. This wine tastes best when served at 48°.

Recipes To Pair With This Pinot Grigio

Herb Grilled EggplantThis was fabulous and full of flavor. I took it a step further by adding a can of.....

Caesar SaladIf you have a concern about the raw eggs called for in this recipe, you can use pasteurized eggs, or you can coddle the eggs first by immersing them in....

NV Sweet Bliss White

This refreshing dessert wine is a Riesling, Pinot Gris, Moscato blend. It's citrus fruit and honeysuckle aroma will tickle your nose while it's perfectly sweetened apple and honey flavors will make your taste buds dance with delight. This wine can be enjoyed by itself or it can be paired with a dessert. It's low alcohol content and sweet taste mean this blend would be excellent paired with spicy foods.

Recipes To Pair With This White Wine Blend

Blackened CatfishThis recipe is for the catfish lover - Blackened catfish is a great alternative to fried catfish. It's easier to make and a whole lot.....

The Ultimate CheesecakeBeautiful, classic cheesecake, tangy and sweet, with a velvety smooth and rich texture....

Best White Wine Under $25

2011 C.G. Di Arie Flagship Wines Sauvignon Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc is very light and has a crisp fruity taste with slight citrus undertones. It's lacking the usual grassy/smoky flavor that's usually so pronounced in Sauv Blanc's. While the acidity of this wine can calm the intense flavor of tangy foods, that same acidity can also be used to intensify the flavor of fish. For the best taste, drink this wine at 52°.

Recipes To Pair With This Sauvignon Blanc

Pan Seared Honey Glazed Salmon with Browned Butter Lime SauceRather than grilling it I pan seared it, obviously. I wanted a tiny bit of sweet to balance out the citrus-y tang so I added honey, and what better way to get that perfectly golden brown, crisp crust then to.....

Smoked SablefishSmoked sable is as moist as smoked salmon, but with a voluptuous silkiness all its own. To balance its sea-saltiness, top it with earthy roasted....

2011 Naked Winery Fling Gewürztraminer

This Gewürztraminer is very aromatic with a strong sweet juicy flavor paired with firm spicy undertones. It's sweet and spicy flavor makes it very diverse when pairing. It's spicy essence makes it perfect for paring with salty, smoky or spicy foods. While it's sweet side would compliment fruity desserts. For the best taste, serve it at 50ð.

Recipes To Pair With This Gewürztraminer

Grilled Shrimp and Scallop KabobsPaired with healthy veggies, this seafood on a stick is backyard kabob grilling at its.....

Cranberry Spinach SaladSpinach, toasted almonds and bits of dried cranberries are tossed together in a bowl and dressed with a sweet and tangy vinegar and oil dressing full of....

2011 Woodstock Chardonnay Mendocino County

The fresh fruity flavors of this semi-sweet chardonnay are surprisingly strong and leave a pleasant aftertaste. This Chardonnay is extra dry, so it's best complimented with fatty seafoods and poultry, especially those made with a rich creamy sauce. Chardonnay tastes best when served at 48°.

Recipes To Pair With This Chardonnay

Creamy Chicken Potato SoupAny time I serve this thick comforting soup, I'm asking for the recipe. Because it is loaded with chunks of potatoes and chicken, no one suspects that it's low in.....

Salmon with Creamy Dill SauceThere's nothing like fresh salmon, and my mom bakes it just right so it nearly melts in your mouth. The sour cream sauce is subtly seasoned with dill and horseradish so that it doesn't overpower the delicate....

2007 Foggy Bridge Winery Riesling

This Riesling has a crisp clean melony flavor with just enough residual sweetness to make it a very versatile white wine. When paired with spicy foods, it's low alcohol content and slight sweetness can calm the fire in your mouth. This also pairs well with chocolate desserts and fresh fruit desserts. It's best served at a temperature of 47°.

Recipes To Pair With This Riesling

Indian Chicken CurryThis is an adaptation of yellow chicken curry from India. The aromas and flavors are a delight to the senses! It is best served with fresh Naan bread and .....

Fresh Fruit and Mint SaladPapayas, strawberries, kiwis, bananas, oranges and raspberries blended with....

Best White Wine Under $37

2009 Gracianna Suzanne's Blend Chardonnay

This classic chardonnay boasts a silky texture and complex flavors. Although the buttery overtones are strong, you can still detect a hint of pear, melon and herbs before it's smoky finish. Pair this wine with Lobster, shrimp or scallops and for the best flavor, serve it at 48°.

Recipes To Pair With This Chardonnay

Stuffed LobsterStuff lobster tails with a savory mixture of chopped lobster meat, Parmesan cheese and buttery cracker crumbs for an elegant seafood.....

Shrimp in Cream Sauce RecipeLooking for an extra-special entrée to delight your busy crowd? My family always manages to make time for this rich shrimp dish. We enjoy it over....

2010 Anaba Landa Vineyard Viognier White Wine

This viognier pairs a creamy texture with a bold refreshing fruit flavor. It can be paired with pastas, nuts and fish, although it's said to compliment shellfish the most. Avoid any dishes with a vinegar or lemon base and whatever you do, never pair this wine with a spicy meal. The high alcohol content will be like adding fuel to the fire (in your mouth). You'll want to drink this wine as young as you can get it, and serve it at 52°.

Recipes To Pair With This Viognier

Simple Seared ScallopsThese sea scallops are crisp and glazed outside, then seared to keep tender and moist inside. For a simple meal, serve with orzo tossed with chopped.....

Southern Fried ChickenEven if you live in the South, it's unlikely that you get to enjoy the bliss of fried chicken every day. Fried chicken is a little too....

Best White Wine Under $76

2009 Claar Cellars Dessert Wine

This Riesling is a true dessert wine. It's sweet perfectly blended flavor of fruits and honey can be enjoyed all on it's own, or it can be served in conjunction with chocolate or fruity desserts. While most reisling's taste best when served at 47°, this dessert wine can be chilled completely before serving.

Recipes To Pair With This Riesling

Easy Creme BruleeThis is a very easy no fail Creme Brulee recipe! It's so rich and creamy everyone will think you are a professional.....

Lemon Schaum TorteLemon desserts are especially popular in the spring, but this favorite-garnished with fresh strawberries or raspberries-transcends the....

Best White Wine Food Recipes

If you're just drinking your white wine out of a glass, you're denying yourself a flavor experience you deserve to have. When you use white wine as an ingredient in your recipes, all the alcohol is cooked out, leaving nothing but the light sweet taste.

Chicken in White Wine SauceThis simple to prepare recipe has a very tasty sauce, and the chicken is wonderfully tender. Serve with your favorite.....

Mushrooms in White WineHeat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add just enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Add the garlic and sauté, stirring often.....

Orecchiette with Veal, Capers and White WineThe sauce fits the pasta," said judge Marc Vetri in praise of this tender veal ragù flavored with white wine, capers, thyme and rosemary, then tossed with the little ear-shaped orecchiette. "The meat, the capers-they hang.....

Shrimp in White Wine and Garlic ButterShrimp sauteed in garlic butter is really easy to make and guaranteed to please a crowd. When my local fisherman showed up again I knew I wanted to do.....

White Wine CakeThis simple cake works perfectly during the holidays, on a buffet table or in a picnic basket! And you won't believe the aroma that comes from your oven during baking.....

Baked Apples In White WineSpanish dessert recipe: Baked apples in white wine. Baked apples are often included in the dessert menus of Spanish restaurants. The white wine in this recipe.....

Steamed Clams in White WineI like to steam clams in butter, garlic, white wine, and finish it off with some chopped parsley and .....

White Wine Chicken SoupAmazing, fill-your-house-with-an-aroma-to-drool-for, easy chicken soup. The longer it cooks, the better it gets. The best is made by my mother, but the rest of us can make this wonderful.....

Zesty White Wine Green BeansI use this zesty side dish at least twice a week. It's easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients in your.....

Poached Pears in White WinePoached fruit is a mainstay on nearly every French restaurant's menu. Easy to make and absolutely delicious, this special dessert is healthy and low fat, so anyone can order it. Try this recipe for poached pears in white wine at.....

Calamari in a Creamy White Wine SauceThis dish looks like you slaved over it and has such a rich taste that you don't need any sides. It is a creamy spicy calamari in white wine sauce over.....

Pairing White Wine & Cheese

It's easier to pair white wine and cheese than it is to pair red wine and cheese. Lack of tannins, a higher acidity level and it's lighter taste give it a leg up in the world of wine and cheese pairings. Basically, what you need to do is to pair like with like. A creamy light flavored cheese needs to be paired with a lighter white wine. While harder, stronger cheese needs to be paired with stronger white wine. Here's a few helpful websites that'll guide you through the process of wine pairing.

Some White Wine Pairing Tips

My Favorite Pairing

I'm a big fan of local wineries and luckily, I happen to live just 45 minutes away from 4 of them. Every once in a while, I'll spend a weekend touring the wineries and taste testing their newest wines. And that's how I found my most favoritest wine in the world, a moscato called Strip & Go Skippin from the Naked Winery. This stuff is amazing. It's sweet and fruity with a crisp finish. I seriously can't get enough of it.

Especially if there's apple pie too. This moscato paired with apple pie is like heaven in my mouth. Heaven!

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      Tricia Meyer 

      5 years ago from Indianapolis

      I love Riesling with my Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner!

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      5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      That salmon recipe looks fabulous! Will have to try it.

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      5 years ago

      Very interesting lens, Chardonnay is a great wine it pairs well with fish.

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      5 years ago

      Excellent resource for any wine lover. Really interesting! ~Blessed~

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      5 years ago

      White wine is my wine of choice for drinking. After a wonderful dinner with family and friends I like to serve a little ice wine and strawberries for dessert.

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      5 years ago

      The Woodstock Chardonnay is really tasty. We paired it with baked tilapia. The bottle is so cute, we're going to make a candelabra with it. Nice work on the lens!

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      5 years ago

      I am not much of a wine drinker but will occasionally use wine in cooking. So thank you for all the great recipe links! I see several I want to try.

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      5 years ago

      Excellent article, especially for those of us who know little about wines.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is an excellent resource page for wine drinkers. I actually prefer Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc with just about anything or just by itself. lol But I am glad to know what actually should be paired with it. Excellent page and very helpful.


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