Food and Wine Pairings

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Apr 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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The Differences Between Red & White Wines

Before we jump in to proper pairings, we want to help you understand the basics of wine. You may be surprised to learn the color of the wine is not affected by the color of the grape; the grapes can actually be used interchangably! So if red wine and white wine are both made from the same grapes, how are they so different?

  • White Wine is made by fermenting the juice pressed from the grapes.
  • Red Wine is made by fermenting the juice pressed from the grapes along with pieces of the grapes, including the skins and even sometimes the stems! The solid pieces are removed once the wine has been fermented. It is the solid pieces that account for red wine’s darker color and more intense flavor.
  • Rosè is made with a hybrid method. This skins are fermented in with the grape juice just as with red wine, but they are removed early in the fermentation process so that only the juice remains just like white wine.

Pairing Your Wine to Your Meal

"Red wine with red meat, white wine with fish," is a fairly safe rule of thumb, though it is a very limiting one. The best pairings take into account the cooking style, the type of sauce that is being served, and the texture of your meat. To keep this article from running the length of a novel, we've listed a quick guide for you to follow when pairing your main dish to your wine:

  • Red meat (beef, roast, steak, etc.): Cabernet, Merlot, or Malbec
  • Lamb: Cabernet, Zinfandel, Malbec, or red blends
  • Ham: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, red blends, Pinot Grigio, or Riesling
  • Poultry (turkey, chicken, etc.): Pinot Noir, red blends, Chardonnay, or Riesling
  • Pork roast or tenderloin: Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Malbec, Chardonnay, or Sauvingnon Blanc
  • Seafood (lobster, shrimp, etc.): Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvingnon Blanc, Pinto Grigio, or sparking varieties

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