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Pairing Red Wine with Food


Red wine can be served with a wide variety of dishes

Food and wine pairing is a highly subjective process. The old rules of wine pairings, declaring that red wine should go with red meat and white wine should be served with fish and poultry, are much more flexible these days. For example, Gamay Beaujolais can bring out great flavors in dishes as diverse as chicken, sausage, antipasto, curry and even spicy Mexican foods.

WHAT FOOD TO SERVE WITH BARBERA

Antipasto, carpaccio (beef), cold meats, pasta with tomato sauce, pasta with vegetables, pizza, hamburger, rabbit, sausage, veal, moussaka

PAIRING CABERNET FRANC AND FOOD

Paté, Couscous

BEST FOOD TO SERVE WITH CABERNET SAUVIGNON


Chicken, steak, duck, lamb, venison, hamburger, soft or hard goat cheese, hard cow and sheep cheese, chocolate, berries


WHAT FOOD TO SERVE WITH CHANCELLOR


Lamb (grilled or broiled), venison, hamburger


BEST FOOD TO PAIR WITH CHIANTI

Pasta with tomato sauce, pizza, most Italian foods


PAIRING GAMAY BEAUJOLAIS WITH FOOD


Chicken, ham, turkey, sausage, antipasto, cold meats, crudité, pasta with vegetables, paté, quiche, hamburger, frankfurters, curry (chicken or fish), spicy Mexican foods


WHAT FOOD TO SERVE WITH MERITAGE


Steak, lamb


BEST FOOD TO SERVE WITH MERLOT


Chicken, steak, turkey, tuna, duck, ham, lamb, rabbit, veal, couscous, moussaka, spicy Chinese foods, soft or hard goat cheese


PAIRING NORTON AND FOOD


Steak, venison, sausage


BEST FOOD TO SERVE WITH PETITE SIRAH


Venison, couscous, medium and hard cow cheese, medium and hard sheep cheese


WHAT FOOD TO SERVE WITH PINOT NOIR


Salmon, tuna, scallops, swordfish, chicken, duck, lamb, pheasant, quail, rabbit, venison, foie gras, soft or hard goat cheese, medium cow and sheep cheese


PAIRING SANGIOVESE AND FOOD


Pizza, moussaka


BEST FOOD TO SERVE WITH SYRAH


Steak, sausage, venison, hamburger, pheasant, couscous, hard goat cheese


PAIRING ZINFANDEL AND FOOD


Chicken, steak, turkey, duck, lamb, rabbit, hamburger, sausage, venison, curry (chicken or fish), moussaka, pizza, hard cow and sheep cheese



For more information on these varietals,
check out our Wine Varietals Definitions

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