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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


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

Seafood
- Oysters
- Sushi
- Sushi & Supermarket Wines

Turkey

Find ten great wines to pair with seafood!

Pairing Wine with Food


Learn how to match wine and a variety of foods!

Featured Top 10 List


Top 10 Steak Wines
Each of the selections on our list of Top 10 Steak Wines has the firm tannins and full-bodied mouthfeel necessary for pairing with wagyu beef, ribs, veal and just about any kind of red meat.
Penfolds 2008 St Henri Shiraz, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Steak Wines


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