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Recommended Wine-and-Food Pairings

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Certain wine-and-food pairings go better together than others. But when you’re unfamiliar with the flavors and complexities of wine, you may have trouble knowing which wine to serve with which food or vice versa. When you want to make the perfect pairing, consult these handy tables, organized by white, red, and Champagne/sparkling wine categories.

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White Wine Serve with
Bordeaux, white Shellfish (especially lobster, scallops, and shrimp); grilled fish; goat cheese
Burgundy, lighter-bodied white Delicate fish dishes
Burgundy, fuller-bodied white Heavier fish dishes; lobster; chicken; turkey; veal
Chablis Seafood (especially oysters, clams, and mussels)
Chablis, grand cru Lobster; dark-fleshed, meaty fish
Chardonnay Poultry (especially chicken); seafood (especially lobster), salmon, fish in light sauces; veal; ham; creamy cheeses (Brie Camembert)
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Full-flavored fish and shellfish dishes (such as lobster); poultry; veal; pork; strong cheeses
Gewürztraminer Strong cheeses (Stilton, Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Cheddar, aged Gouda); pork; ham; spicy Asian cuisine; foie gras
Hermitage Blanc Full-flavored fish and shellfish dishes (such as lobster); poultry; veal; pork; strong cheeses
Pinot Gris Spicy meat dishes
Pouilly-Fumé Rich fish (salmon); chicken; veal; goat cheese
Riesling Delicate fish dishes
Sancerre Shellfish or light, freshwater fish (trout)
Sauvignon Blanc Shellfish (mussels and oysters); lobster; goat cheese
Zinfandel, white Fish; pork; pasta with cream sauce
Red Wine Serve with
Barbaresco Roasted meats (especially beef); game meat (venison, boar, rabbit); flavorful game birds (pheasant, duck); hard cheeses (fontina, Gouda, cheddar)
Barbera Pasta; pizza; any tomato-based dish
Barolo Roasted meats (especially beef); game meat (venison, boar, rabbit); flavorful game birds (pheasant, duck); hard cheeses (fontina, Gouda, cheddar)
Bordeaux, red Lamb; venison; simple roasts; hard cheeses (Comte, Gruyère, Cheddar)
Burgundy, red Fish (especially salmon); seafood; chicken; turkey; ham; beef; game meats (duck, pheasant, rabbit, venison)
Cabernet Sauvignon Steak; lamb; pot roast; veal; duck; game birds; hard cheeses
Chianti, Classico Lamb; roast turkey; veal; steak; roast beef
Chianti, light Pasta; prosciutto; roast chicken
Cotes du Rhone Hamburgers; chicken; pizza
Cotes du Ventoux Hamburgers; chicken; pizza
Merlot Chicken; duck; lamb; steak; pot roast; veal; game birds; hard cheeses
Pinot Noir Salmon; seafood; chicken; veal; pork; duck; game birds; roast beef
Zinfindel, red Grilled meats; barbecue; pizza; spicy foods
Champagne or Sparkling Wine Serve with
Asti Sweet desserts (especially wedding cake)
Champagne or sparkling wine, dry Egg dishes; spicy Asian cuisine; fish; seafood; pasta (but not marinara sauce); risotto; poultry
Champagne, demi-sec Fresh fruit; desserts that aren’t too sweet
Champagne, rosé Lamb; ham
Champagne, aged Aged Asiago; aged Gouda; Parmesan cheese
Moscato d’Asti Dessert; brunch foods

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