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Wine and Food Pairings

Posted by Amanda on 11/15/10



If you are just beginning to explore wine, then you need to know that many parties include wine and cheese. Not only that, but wine is delectable with all kinds of foods, you just have to know which foods go best with which wines. Of course, food and wine pairings is a personal choice, but the wine connoisseurs of the world have given us a guide that will at least help the wine newcomers of the universe as they delve into the samplings of wine and foods. With this basic guide, you can begin your adventure into the delicious world of wine and food pairings.

Remember one thing as you follow this guide, this is just a guide, there is nothing wrong with experimenting with various foods and wines to learn which foods and wines are your favorites. In general, wines are consumed just like a meal starting with light and going to heavy. This means normally you begin with champagne for appetizers, white wine for salads, red wines for steaks, and a port wine for dessert. Once again, this is just a guide; your own taste buds may prefer something different.

White wines include Chenin Blanc, Gewurz traminer, Dry Riesling, Sauv. Blanc, Chardonnay, and White Riesling.
Chenin Blanc goes with mild cheese, strong cheese, appetizers, shrimp, crab, lobster, shellfish, Asian food, and poultry.
Gewurz traminer goes with mild cheese, appetizers, Asian food, poultry, and pork.
Dry Riesling goes with mild cheese, strong cheese, appetizers, shrimp, crab, lobster, seafood with a lite sauce, grilled fish, Asian food, poultry, and pork.
Sauv. Blanc goes with mild cheese, strong cheese, appetizers, oysters, shrimp, crab, lobster, shellfish, seafood with a lite sauce, grilled fish, pasta with a cream sauce, and poultry.
Chardonnay goes with strong cheese, appetizers, oysters, seafood with a lite sauce, seafood with a cream sauce, grilled fish, poultry, and pork.
White Riesling goes with mild cheese and chocolate.

Red wines include Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Port.
Beaujolais goes with strong cheese, appetizers, pasta with a red sauce, poultry, and pork.
Pinot Noir goes with strong cheese, pasta with a red sauce, pork, and beef.
Merlot goes with strong cheese, pasta with a red sauce, beef, and chocolate.
Cabernet goes with strong cheese, pasta with a red sauce, beef, and chocolate.
Zinfandel goes with strong cheese, pasta with a red sauce, and beef.
Port goes with strong cheese and chocolate.

Champagne includes Extra Dry, Brut, Blanc de Blanc, and Blanc de Noir.
Extra dry goes with mild cheese, strong cheese, appetizers, Asian food, poultry, and fruit or dessert.

Brut goes with mild cheese, strong cheese, appetizers, shrimp, crab, lobster, shellfish, seafood with lite sauce, Asian food, poultry, and fruit or dessert.
Blanc de Blanc goes with mild cheese, strong cheese, appetizers, shrimp, crab, lobster, shellfish, seafood with lite sauce, Asian food, poultry, and fruit or dessert.
Blanc de Noir goes with strong cheese, appetizers, shrimp, crab, lobster, shellfish, seafood with lite sauce, poultry, and fruit or dessert.


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