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Wine and Food Pairings

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, Champagne tends to go very well with appetizers or opening courses in a meal. White wine is usually a match for salads and lighter dishes, while red wine works perfectly with steaks and heavier meat sauces. A port is often the perfect end to a meal, sipped with a piece of chocolate cake.

WHITE WINE FOOD PAIRINGS

  Chenin
Blanc
Gewurz
Traminer
Dry
Riesling
Sauv.
Blanc
Chardonnay White
Riesling
Mild Cheese -
Strong Cheese - -
Appetizers -
Oysters - - - -
Shrimp, crab, lobster - - -
Shellfish - - - -
Seafood w/lite sauce - - -
Seafood w/cream sauce - - - - -
Grilled Fish - - -
Pasta w/cream sauce - - - - -
Pasta w/red sauce - - - - - -
Asian food - - -
Poultry -
Pork - - -
Beef - - - - - -
Chocolate - - - - -

RED WINE FOOD PAIRINGS

  Beaujolais Pinot Noir Merlot Cabernet Zinfandel Port
Mild Cheese - - - - - -
Strong Cheese
Appetizers - - - - -
All Seafood - - - - - -
Pasta, cream sauce - - - - - -
Pasta, red sauce -
Asian food - - - - - -
Poultry - - - - -
Pork - - - -
Beef - -
Fruit/Dessert - - - - - -
Chocolate - - -

CHEESE AND WINE PAIRINGS

Wine and cheese combinations, much like all other aspects of wine, are a purely personal decision. That said, there are some combinations that are naturally pleasing to the vast majority of consumers. Usually one drinks red wine with hard cheese, and white wine with soft cheeses. These charts below are just a guideline - be sure to keep an open mind and find out what is best suited to your own palate!

Cheese Type Wine Wine Suggestions
Baby Swiss Asti Spumanti
Bleu Tawny Port, Madeira, Sherry
Boursin Gewurztraminer
Brie, Vintage Champagne, Sweet Sherry
Brie, US Cabernet, Beaujolais
Camembert Cabernet, Chenin Blanc
Caraway Gewurztraminer
Cheddar, Mild Champagne, Chardonnay
Cheddar, Strong Cabernet, Rioja, Sauvignon Blanc
Cheshire Riesling
Chevre Gewurztraminer, Champagne
Colby Riesling, Champagne
Cream Cheese White Zinfandel
Danish Blue Cabernet
Edam Riesling, Dry Champagne
Feta Beaujolais
Goat Cheese Sancerre, Vouvray
Gorgonzola Sauternes - Bordeaux
Gouda Riesling, Champagne
Gruyere Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Port
Havarti Bordeaux, Rioja
Monterey Jack Riesling
Muenster Beaujolais, Zinfandel
Provolone Chardonnay
Roquefort Tawny Port
Stilton Port
Swiss Gewurztraminer