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Pairing Wine with Main Dishes

A freshly-baked pizza with shaved truffles will pair well with wine like a Barbera


Serving Chinese food for dinner? It may seem like some foods just won't pair with a wine. But before turning to beer, rest assured that wines can be paired with all foods, from pizza to curry. These suggestions will help bring balance to dishes. Try a Cabernet Franc next time you serve couscous or a Merlot with Moussaka.

PAIRING WINE WITH COUSCOUS

Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Rosé Sparkling Wine, Syrah, Vin Gris

WHAT WINE TO SERVE WITH CURRY, FISH OR CHICKEN

Riesling, (Chilled) Gamay Beaujolais, Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc, Zinfandel

BEST WINE TO SERVE WITH MOUSSAKA

Merlot, Sangiovese, Barbera, Zinfandel

PAIRING PIZZA AND WINE

Barbera, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Brut or Rosé Sparkling Wine, Cabernet Rosé

WHAT WINE TO SERVE WITH SPICY CHINESE

Dry (and off-dry) Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Brut or Rosé Sparkling Wine, Merlot

BEST WINE TO SERVE WTH SPICY MEXICAN

Dry (and off-dry) Riesling, Vin Gris, Chenin Blanc, (Chilled) Gamay Beaujolais

WHAT WINE TO SERVE WITH THAI

Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Brut or Rosé Sparkling Wine


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Pairing Food with Wine


Appetizers & First Courses
Asian Food
Cheeses
Desserts
Holiday Meals
Meat & Poultry
- Chicken
Other Main Courses

Seafood
- Oysters
- Sushi
- Sushi & Supermarket Wines

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Pairing Wine with Food


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