Wine Pairing Guide

By Gayot Editors

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.


1. Pairing Food with Wine

Appetizers & First Courses
Asian Food
Cheeses
Desserts
Other Main Courses
Turkey
Meat & Poultry
Chicken
Seafood
Oysters
Sushi

2. Pairing Wine with Food

Red Wines
Pinot Noir
Zinfandel
White Wines
Sauvignon Blanc
Other Wines
Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame
Dom PĂ©rignon
Top 10 Steak Wines
Best Seafood Wines

3. Featured Top Lists

Top 10 Steak Wines
Looking for the best red wine to go with your red meat? Choose from GAYOT’s selections of the Top 10 Steak Wines for the perfect vino pairing.

Best Seafood Wines
From red to Rieslings and everything in between, GAYOT has a variety of wine picks that will best match your under-the-sea dish.