Basic Wine Selection
You don't need to be a wine connoisseur or have a wine cellar in your home to keep the right wines on hand for pairing with just about any meal.
If you plan to have about twelve varieties available and re-stock as you use them, you'll always be able to make an appropriate choice to pair with the evening's menu.
Pinot Noir - an easy drinking red that pairs well with all sorts of red meat and game and strong flavored fish like salmon
Cabernet Sauvignon - a top choice for pairing with beef
Chianti - great for serving with Italian-style red sauce, whether it be on pasta or pizza
Syrah / Shiraz - a full-bodied red for strongly flavored meat and game dishes, sausages and strong cheeses
Merlot - relatively light-bodied red that works nicely with pork and turkey
Rosé - dry and off-dry rosés are versatile enough to pair with just about anything you'd care to serve with them
Chardonnay - an extraordinarily versatile white with a wide range of flavor profiles, can complement almost any poultry or fish dish as well as a variety of cheeses
Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris - a wine that ranges from dry to sweet, delicious with rich cream sauced pastas and dishes served with white wine sauce
Sauvignon Blanc - perfect for matching the acidity in dishes that contain ingredients like tomatoes and lemon, also nice with goat cheese
Riesling - a light white wine that ranges from bone dry to sweet, it complements Asian cuisine, pork, duck and smoked fish nicely
Gewürztraminer - a spicy aromatic wine that works well with spicy cuisines like Thai and Indian
Champagne / Sparkling Wine - wonderful with culinary indulgences like oysters, caviar and truffles in addition to shellfish in cream sauce
Written by Lynne Webb