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Here's How You Can Perfectly Pair Wine with Your Meals

by Danielle Bern

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There is an old adage that goes something like, "Cooking is not only about making the perfect balance and combination of fat, acid, sweet and salt together, but it is an art that brings soul to the food." And what is more exciting and brings some ‘soul’ to food than perfectly pairing wine with your meal? 

The great news is that you don’t necessarily have to hire or be a sommelier to do so! If you have a rough idea of the taste of wine, you can already be on your way to learn the art of wine pairing.

That said, while there are no strict provisions, there are a few guiding principles that will lift the level of your meals to the seventh heaven. I hope that the tips I’m sharing here will help you to consistently create the perfect combination of wine and food! 


Champagne & Methode Traditionelle Sparkling Wines


glasses of champagne


If your meal happens to be delicate, then the wine you select should also be delicate. This is the reason that the bubbly types are usually served with canapés. Sparkling wines have the light texture and are not too fruity, which makes them a perfect combination with various pastries, chocolates, as well as savory finger foods such as salmon blinis, and chicken satays.

Additionally, the deliciously nutty, yeasty, and "bread and biscuit" flavors that come with sparkling wine makes it a perfect package with the umami-rich foods like seaweed, truffles, and oysters.


Riesling, Pinot Gris & Gewürztraminer


If you are planning to serve spicy foods, such as those that you will often find in Thai, Mexican, Indian, and Chinese cuisine, then you will feel in a heaven if you opt for the flavors of the sweeter types of wine such as Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewürztraminer.

Any dish that contains chili powder, coriander, garlic, etc. will find a perfect coupling with these sweet white wine. If you prefer to opt of white wines, then you could also opt for a juicy and gentle red like Pinot Noir.

Note: The lower the level of alcohol is, the sweeter the wine will be. So make sure that when you are going for the aforementioned wine flavors, the percentage of alcohol is likely to be below 13%.


Sauvignon Blanc


A bottle of sauvignon blanc


If you are looking for a wine that has an energizing splash of lime, Sauvignon Blanc should be your pick. Be sure to have a bottle in hand if you’re planning to enjoy seafood (including white fish), risotto, salads, and baked chicken. It’s also a winning combination when it’s paired with anything that contains green olives. The fermented Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect match with "nutty" dishes.




Chardonnay renders perfectly with the dishes like chicken, seafood like crayfish and scallops, and turkey. Also, if your meal includes smoked mussels, smoked chicken salad, or a smoked fish pie, then buttery and toasty Chardonnay will be a perfect complement to your palate!


The Big Reds


a bottle of red wine


The Big Red wines contain a chew factor and have the taste of pepper, strong spices, cocoa, and dark fruit along with a warm and robust texture. The Big Red wine is an ideal match for slow-cooked meats and roasted beef. Snagged yourself a great deal on premium sausages and steaks? Serve them for dinner with a glass (or bottle) of any of The Big Red wine, you’ll be sure to have a truly delectable gastronomic experience! 

If you’re looking for a type of wine that will help to make you feel warm and fuzzy during the cold winter months, The Big Red wines are those that you should definitely have in stock!




Rosé is brilliantly synchronized with salads – especially those that contain watermelon, along with pomegranates, mint, and in combination with feta salad loaded with cracked pepper. It is also superb and incredibly refreshing when enjoyed during hot days of summer. 


If you look a little deeper, then you will find that there is a particular wine for every taste and flavor of food. But as mentioned earlier, there is no stated rule that has to be necessarily followed. However, the most important rule above anything and everything is that you trust your palate and enjoy the combination that you’ve decided on!


Looking to have a wine focused holiday of a lifetime? Why not book yourself a wine holiday in France? With an abundance of exceptional wineries spread all over countries, you’ll bound to not only taste the best of wine country has to offer but also be on your way to sharpen your knowledge of wine!

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