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12 Wine Pairing Rules to Make You Sound Like an Expert


There are some basic wine pairings that many have heard of such as white wine with fish and red wine with steak. There is a whole world of wine pairings out there for you to try that delve a lot deeper into the world of wine. This knowledge can be used to impress colleagues, a date or even just add a little bit of fun to your next social gathering.

So, let’s dive right into the world of wines and what you can pair with them to really get the most out of your next culinary experience.

1. Pinot Noir

As a general rule, a good pinot noir will go well with any food that has deep rich earthy flavours. So if you are about to enjoy some delectable mushrooms or truffles this might be the perfect choice for a wine pairing.

2. Chardonnay

These go great with fish, specifically fish that has a rich sauce with lots of flavour. A personal favourite is salmon with a cream sauce when looking for a food to pair this wine with.

3. Cabernet Sauvignon

When you buy red wine, you will want to accompany it with a nice steak or any red meat. The more flavourful the meat the better, as the wine will be a refreshing savoury bite that will enhance the flavour. As a rule most red wines will go well with red meat but Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the notable choices for this. It is of course a matter of personal preference.

4. Champagne

When it comes to dry sparkling wines such as Champagne, Cava or Prosecco, you will find that salty foods make a perfect pairing.

5. Dry Rose

There are some cheeses that pair well with red wine and some that are better matched with white, however when it comes to a cheese you can’t go wrong with a nice glass of dry rose.

6. Sauvignon Blanc

For this white, you should look for a tart or tangy foods like fruit salads, shrimp in that wonderful seafood sauce are great options for this wine.

7. Malbec

If you like to BBQ and enjoy some ribs covered in BBQ sauce then this is the wine for you. It is a bolder wine that will be able to hold its own against the flavours that are in the heavily sauced meat that you have grilled to perfection.

8. Pinot Grigio

If you enjoy seafood, then this wine is worth a look. For fish that is in a rich sauce you should look more toward a Chardonnay. Pinot Grigio is for light fish dishes and is the perfect compliment to a nice grilled white fish.

9. Zinfandel

If you like to indulge in the occasional pate and terrine, then this is the wine for you. The sharp flavours in these food contrast well with the Zinfandel’s pleasant aroma and texture.

10. Rosé Champagne

This wine pairs beautifully with dishes like risotto or beet salad. It is a wonderful accompaniment to a light dinner and has a nice regal look to it.

11. An Off-Dry Riesling

If you like your food a little spicy, then this should be the bottle that you reach for. The sweet taste is a nice counterpoint to some of the spices that you might find in a Thai curry or similar dish.

12. Whatever you enjoy

This is the most important recommendation that we have. Unless you are trying to impress someone who really knows their wines you should stick to combinations that you have discovered and enjoy. There is no harm at all in trusting your own palette.