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Wine Pairing

If you'd like some rules of thumb to help you sort out the possibilities, here are two that have stood the test of time. Rule One: Drink red wine with meat, and white wine with fish and poultry. Rule Two: Forget about Rule One and marry any food with any wine you wish; when it comes to personal preferences, there are no rights and wrongs.

There are, of course, some classic food and wine matches that satisfy again and again. Based on our experience, the following matches of widely available dishes and cuisines with the wines of North America are worthy of special consideration. One caveat: sauces can change everything, so ask the cook, sommelier or a waiter for a flavor forecast.

Pairing Food with Wine

Find great wines to pair with a variety of cheeses

Appetizers & First Courses

Asian Food



Holiday Meals

Other Main Courses


Meat & Poultry

- Chicken


- Oysters

- Sushi

- Sushi & Supermarket Wines

Pairing Wine with Food

Learn how to match wines with the right dish

Red Wines

- Pinot Noir

- Zinfandel

White Wines

- Sauvignon Blanc

Other Wines

Veuve Clicquot's La Grande Dame

Dom Perignon

Top 10 Steak Wines

Top 10 Seafood Wines

Featured Top 10 List

Fend off the cold and celebrate the season with GAYOT's Top 10 Holiday Wines

Top 10 Holiday Wines
Looking for a hearty red to go with holiday dinner or a festive sparkler to celebrate the New Year? GAYOT has you covered with the Top 10 Holiday Wines to cover all of your seasonal needs.

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Pairing Wine with Holiday Meals

Find the perfect wine to pair with your holiday meal on GAYOT's Holiday Wine Pairing guide

Holiday Wine Pairing
Sparkling wines, Rieslings, dessert wines and more find their culinary companions on our Holiday Wine Pairing list.

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