Hosting A Dinner Properly – Food & Wine Pairing Tips And Guide

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well

Do you consider yourself to be a bit of a sommelier? Maybe you think you know food and food/wine pairing rather well? In any case, here is a comprehensive guide as to which foods, sauces and spices to pair with which wines.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Hosting A Dinner Properly - Food & Wine Pairing Tips And Guide

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognised red wine grape varieties. The grapes produce a wine with a big bold taste.

Cheese

Aged cheeses, Camembert, Gorgonzola, strong cheddar

Herbs & Spices

Bay leaf, Juniper, Rosemary, Sage

Meat & Poultry

Beef, Game birds, Leg of lamb, Venison

Sauces

Brown sauce, Red wine sauce, Tomato

Seafood

Cioppino, Seared tuna

Chardonnay

Hosting A Dinner Properly - Food & Wine Pairing Tips And Guide

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine on earth. You can travel to almost any wine region in the world, and you’ll find at least one vineyard growing Chardonnay.

Cheese

Havarti, Mozzarella, Muenster, Provolone

Herbs & Spices

Saffron, Sesame, Shallots, Tarragon

Meat & Poultry

Chicken, Pork, Turkey, Veal

Sauces

Bearnaise, Creamy, Light sauce, Pesto

Seafood

Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, White fish

Merlot

Hosting A Dinner Properly - Food & Wine Pairing Tips And Guide

Merlot is the second most popular red grape wine in America. The name Merlot actually means The Little Blackbird in French. They are known to be soft, ripe, elegant and easy to drink.

Cheese

Aged Cheddar, aged Gouda, Parmeson, Romano

Herbs & Spices

Basil, Italian parsley, Mint, Thyme

Meat & Poultry

Beef, Grilled meats, Hamburgers, Steak

Sauces

Balsamic vinegar, Bolognese, Meat sauces, Red sauce

Seafood

Grilled swordfish, Salmon, Tuna

Pinot Noir

Hosting A Dinner Properly - Food & Wine Pairing Tips And Guide

One of the hardest grape varieties to work with, Pinot Noir produce some of the most deliciously smooth wines.

Cheese

Asiago, Cambozola, Fontina, Parmeson

Herbs & Spices

Basil, Fennel, Garlic, Oregano

Meat & Poultry

Duck, Lamb, Pheasant, Pork chops

Sauces

Mushroom, Red sauce, Tomato

Seafood

Grilled tuna, Orange roughy, Sushi – salmon, Swordfish

Riesling

Hosting A Dinner Properly - Food & Wine Pairing Tips And Guide

Grown predominantly in Germany, Riesling is recognised by its aromatic flavours. The wine has a citrus character in it’s youth and develops distinct aromas with age.

Cheese

Cheshire, Colby, Edam, Gouda

Herbs & Spices

Chervil, Ginger, Lemon, Orange zest

Meat & Poultry

Pork, Prosciutto, Sauted chicken

Sauces

Chutney, Cream sauce, Light sauces

Seafood

Lobster, Sauted fish, Sea bass, Trout

Sauvignon Blanc

Hosting A Dinner Properly - Food & Wine Pairing Tips And Guide

The early-ripening sauvignon blanc grape produce rather dry whites wines characterised by a pure, zesty character.

Cheese

Feta, goat cheese, Gruyere, Ricotta

Herbs & Spices

Chives, Cilantro, Creole, Dill

Meat & Poultry

Chicken, Game hens, Turkey, Veal

Sauces

Citrus, Lemon or herb, Light sauces, Tomato vinaigrette

Seafood

Calamari, Clams, Mussels, Oysters

Zinfandel

Hosting A Dinner Properly - Food & Wine Pairing Tips And Guide

Zinfandel. A wine that often has big, bold aromas of spice and mocha with intense flavours of plum and chocolate. It is produced by a grape native grape of California.

Cheese

Aged cheddar, Brie, Munster

Herbs & Spices

Black pepper, Garlic, Oregano

Meat & Poultry

BBQ ribs, Pepper steak, Quail, Spicy sausage

Sauces

Barbeque, Cajun, Salsa, Spicy

Seafood

Blackened fish, Bouillabaise, Cioppino

 

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