Pairing Wine with Appetizers

By Gayot Editors

Planning a get-together with friends or a large-scale gathering? An easy way to provide food for a party is to serve hors d’oeuvres and light bites so guests can mingle and chat as they munch. Wine is a quintessential element of such events, so here are some fail-proof wines that will pair well with any appetizers.

1. Best Wine to Serve with Antipasto

Pinot Gris, (Dry) Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Gamay Beaujolais, Barbera

2. Wine to Pair with Asparagus

Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc, (Dry) Riesling, Vidal Blanc

3. Pairing Carpaccio (Beef) with Wine

Barbera, Cabernet Rosé, Rhône Blends

4. Carpaccio (Tuna) pairings with Wine

Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc, Vin Gris

5. Best Wine to Serve with Caviar

Brut Sparkling Wine

6. What Wine to Serve with Clams (Raw or Casino)

Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc, Brut Sparkling Wine, (Dry) Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Seyval

7. Pairing Cold Meats and Wine

Vin Gris, Riesling, Gamay Beaujolais, Barbera, Seyval Blanc, (Dry) Vignoles, Chambourcin Rosé

8. Pairing Wine with Crudités 

Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Gamay Beaujolais

9. What Wine to Serve with Foie Gras

Brut Sparkling Wine, Late-Harvest Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Noir

10. Best Wine to Serve with Niçoise Salad

Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc

11. Pairing Nuts or Olives with Wine

Brut Sparkling Wine

12. What Wine to Serve with Oysters (Raw)

Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc, Brut Sparkling Wine, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, (Dry) Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc

13. Pairing Pasta Salad with Wine

Sémillon, Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc, (Dry) Chenin Blanc, (Dry) Riesling

14. Wine to Pair with Pasta with Cream Sauce

Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc

15. Best Wine to Serve with Pasta with Shellfish

Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc, Chardonnay

16. Pairing Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Wine

Barbera, Sangiovese, Zinfandel Rhône Blends

17. Best Wine to Serve with Pasta with Vegetables

Pinot Blanc, Dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Gamay Beaujolais, Barbera

18. Pairing Pâtés with Wine

Gewürztraminer, Seyval Blanc, Gamay Beaujolais, Riesling, Brut Sparkling Wine, Cabernet Franc, Vin Gris

19. What Wine to Serve with Prosciutto and Melon

Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Late Harvest Riesling or Gewürztraminer, Muscat

20. Pairing Quiche and Wine

Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Gamay Beaujolais

21. Best Wine to Serve with Scallops

Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc, Chardonnay, Brut Sparkling Wine, Pinot Noir, Sémillon

22. Pairing Smoked Fish (Trout, Herring) and Wine

Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Brut Sparkling Wine

23. Best Wines to Serve with Soups

Usually none, or (Solera) Sherry