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Asian

Wondering what to sip the next time you are in the mood for take-out? No worries – there are plenty of wines that are great for fragrant and spicy Asian dishes! From Chinese stir-fry to Indian curry, this genre requires wines that can stand up to the flavors of the dish. Enjoy fruity and aromatic whites with a little sweetness and reds with plenty of zest to make a perfect pairing!

Grilling Out

You’ve fired up the old BBQ for some outdoor cookin’. As we all know, grilled dishes have wonderful flavor as the charring of the meat and vegetables adds complexity and depth to the food. Remember this when selecting your wines and you can’t go wrong: white wines will need vibrant acidity to refresh your palate; and reds should have plenty of structure behind the primary fruitiness!

Meat & Potatoes

You are long overdue for something hearty and filling – but the next time you choose a wine to go with your steak, don’t just settle for any red! Think about how lean or fatty the meat is, and the type of sauce you will be serving. This will help you determine how much tannin is appropriate in your wine, and which flavor profile will best enhance the flavors of your entrée.

No Food Needed

Yes, we have this category on a ‘food pairings’ page, but sometimes you just want to kick back and enjoy a nice glass of wine without food at all! These are some of our favorite sippers because they are refreshing and enjoyable due to their balance. We picked these with harmony in mind: the wines will not be over-oaked, super jammy or thin!

Pasta

Pavarotti is blasting through the speakers and the grocery bags are emptied all over the counter. It’s pasta night (and your neighbor can tell); but what pairs well with the tomato sauce, garlic, and herbs? Simple: many Italian wines! Italian whites and reds have the right combination of fruit, body and acid to pair wonderfully with all of the flavors. Mangia!

Perfect For Spring

These refreshing wines are perfect for sipping at warm spring afternoon picnics. While you are letting your body soak in some much-needed Vitamin D, these wines will make sure you don't get thirsty!

Pizza

That circle of dough with ‘stuff’ on top that causes our nation to swoon – we certainly love our pizza! However many pizza-lovers don’t know that the magical pies are actually a lot of fun to pair with wine! While it all boils down to your toppings and sauce; we tend to pick relatively rich and bold wines for our pizza due to the myriad of flavors found on every bite. Yum!

Rich & Creamy

Whether over pasta, potatoes, or meat, a cream sauce can make any dish feel more decadent. We recommend pairing these dishes with white wines that have plenty of weight and acidity; a light wine won’t cut it here. As long as you’ve got the palate-refreshing acidity, you can choose wines with or without oak; however, we think well-integrated oak notes can really enhance the sauce!

Salads

Leafy greens, fresh vegetables, fruit, or egg; no matter how you build your salads, pairing them with crisp and refreshing wines can make a perfect meal. Generally speaking, white and rosé wines make great pairings. Also, you need to consider your salad dressing before choosing a bottle, as it will significantly alter the sweetness and acidity of the salad!

Salty Snacks

At Super Bowl parties and potluck picnics, it seems like the selection of salty snack foods is endless. As nuts, olives, cheese, crackers, and cured meats make frequent appearances, the wines we picked for this pairing category are great ‘all-rounders.’ They offer plenty of fruit and nice balance to refresh the palate as you snack away!

Seafood

Whether you are enjoying it on a beach vacation or creating a getaway in your kitchen, fresh seafood has a special power to make us smile. With seafood ranging from delicate shrimp to sturdy swordfish, our advice for this genre is to break free of stereotypes and explore. Depending your seafood selection, lighter bodied red and rosé wines also make excellent pairings in addition to whites!

Sushi

Healthy and tasty, let’s raise our chopsticks to Sushi! The pairing suggestions from the seafood section are still relevant here, but Sushi has unique pairing challenges: i.e. pickled ginger and wasabi. If you intend to enjoy either of these things with your sushi, consider a slightly sweet, high acid wine to help keep your taste buds refreshed!

Sweet

You are never too old to eat your dessert first – but at least now you can enjoy it with fantastic wine. Simple rule of thumb here: you want your wine to be sweeter than your dessert or it will be overpowered and taste bitter. Serving something with red fruit or chocolate? A red wine can be invigorating. If you are having something with white fruits or citrus, consider a white!

Tex-Mex

Taco Tuesdays anyone? ¡Por Favor! The next time you pull out the shells, salsa, cheese, and cilantro, keep in mind that the zesty nature of Mexican food requires a wine that can play well with others. Try spicier red wines to accompany the peppers and spices, a zippy white to brighten a milder dish or guacamole, or an off-dry white wine if you think you will need some relief from the heat!

White Meat

Poultry ruffles our feathers in a good way! It is so versatile that it plays well with a variety of white, rosé, and light red wines--so we want you to explore a bit the next time you have chicken or turkey. Try a crisp and dry white wine from the Pacific Northwest, or a fruity soft red from southern France. These choices are more interesting than the typical Chardonnay, and will not overpower the meat like a poorly chosen red!