Red Wine and Food Pairing

For millennia, wine and food have been paired and married, like men and women. The civility, pleasure, and life giving properties associated with wine and food constitute a unique human experience, but with any thing as revered and powerful as food and wine there have been and probably always will be those inevitable human attempts to proselytize, regulate, and even dictate the covenants under which we enjoy them. To that end we say: life is just too short.

People should be the sole determiners of what they like and their choice of wine pairing. However, over the years, we’ve learned that many appreciate guidance in this matter and hence, we provide some suggested food and wine pairings below. Unlike, the somewhat rigid rules of yesteryear, which stated rather unequivocally that white wine was to be served exclusively with fish and white meat and that red wine was to accompany only red meat, cheeses, and select dishes, our suggestions are the collective preferences of our tasting panels and are just that: suggestions.

We are glad to share the experience, preferences, and collective wisdom of our tasting panels.

Typically, you want to drink light-to-dark, just as when you plan a meal you start with delicate tastes and work towards heavier tastes. For this reason, you normally don’t serve a red wine with appetizers or opening courses in a meal. Red wines do go very nicely with heavier foods – beef, red pasta, and so on.

Wine Cheese Pairing
Aleatico Tarts And Pastries With Custard, Apple, Pear Or Berry Fillings
Barbera Bbq Ribs, Italian Cuisine
Bordeaux Salmon, Tuna, Duck, Quail, Lamb, Pork
Brunello Florentine Steak, Lamb Shisk Kabob
Cabernet Lamb, Baked Eggplant, Filet Mignon, Grilled Steak, Chocolate
Cabernet Sauvignon Prime Rib, Red Meats, Especially A Juicy Barbequed Steak, Grilled And Smoked Foods
Cinsault Mediterranean Food Such As Pasta, Pizza, Chicken, Fish And Salads
Dolcetto Pasta And Pizza
Grenache Grilled Lamb, Suitable For Just About Anything
Meritage Meat And Poultry
Merlot Roast Beef, Poultry, Red Meat, Pork, Pastas, Salads
Muscat Seafood And Poultry
Nebbiolo Roast Beef, Venison, Antipasta
Petit Verdot Robust Red Meats
Pinot Grigio Scallops, Shrimp, Light Pastas
Pinot Noir Salmon, Grilled Fish, Pork, Veal, Poultry
Primitivo Pasta, Seafood, Beef
Sangiovese Steak With Mushroom Sauce, Italian Cured Meats, And Grilled Salmon
Shiraz Flank Steak, Sausage, Stews
Syrah Flanked Steak, Short Ribs
Tempranillo Beef, Lamb, Chicken
Zinfandel Chicken, Roast Beef, Burgers, Pizza

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