Wine lover? Here’s your pairing guide…

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By: Leanne Ely

 

As I was sitting here one evening with a cold, delicious glass of my beloved Prosecco and a bowl of juicy organic strawberries, it occurred to me…

Saving Dinner needs to do a guide to food and wine pairings!

Because, let me tell you, when you are a lover of wine and food, knowing which foods to pair with which wines will take your wine escapades to a whole new level. The right wine will enhance the flavor of the food, and the right, delicious food will elevate the wine. By the way, it does go a bit farther than red wine with red meat, white wine with everything else. Just in case you were wondering 😉

So, the following photos that our lovely team has put together should help you ensure you always have the right wine for the occasion.

Bubbly

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Prosecco or any other sweet sparkling wine will pair perfectly with a delicious pizza or a perfectly composed caprese salad. When you’re serving seafood, salad, or sweet strawberries, you’ll want a glass of bubbly.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cabernet Sauvignon and chocolate go together like… well… red wine and chocolate. Do you know what else goes well with Cabernet Sauvignon? Walnuts, red meat, and berries. Yum!

Chardonnay

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Chardonnay is the perfect wine to pair with that rich, creamy, buttery meal. If you’ve having a meal of pasta (especially carbonara) or poached eggs, asparagus, and bread, Chardonnay is the wine you’ll want to pour.

Chianti

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As we all learned from Hannibal Lector, Chianti goes well with liver and fava beans (eew!), but it also pairs perfectly with Italian food. Or any dish focused on tomatoes.

Malbec

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Malbec is one of my favorite reds. I like pairing mine with fruit, chocolate, or red meat.

Merlot

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I like to pair my Merlot with salmon and a nice arugula salad. But it’s also perfect with red meat and pork. Oh, and if you’re a fan of bruschetta, that would be delicious with Merlot, too.

Moscato

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A sweet glass of Moscato is heavenly with Asian food or a nice ripe slice of pineapple. It’s also ideal to enjoy with a cheese plate with honey.

Pinot Grigio

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I love a cold glass of Pinot Grigio with almost anything, but it’s absolutely perfect with seafood.

Pinot Noir

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And the red pinot, Pinot Noir, is fantastic with red meat. It’s also fabulous with a nice thin crust pizza topped with goat cheese and spinach.

Reisling

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Perfect with Chinese food, pork, salads, cheese… just about anything, really. It’s hard to go wrong with a nice crisp Reisling.

Rose

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When you’re serving prosciutto and melon, you’ll want to serve that with a good Rose wine. Rose also goes well with pasta or chicken.

Sauvignon Blanc

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Shrimp and salad? Perfect pairing with Sauvignon Blanc. This white wine is also delicious when you’re having a chicken or a Mexican meal with cilantro and lime.

Shiraz

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Another great pairing with salmon or red meat is Shiraz. A nice easy-to-drink red.

Zinfandel

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Zinfandel is a lovely wine to drink with dessert!

Now, all this talk about wine has got me thirsty! Excuse me while I pour a glass 😉

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