Matching a Napa Cabernet
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- Match rich foods with rich full bodied wines. A richly flavored dish with heavy sauces or savory ingredients needs a wine of equal power and flavor. Drink Cabernet Sauvignon with your beef fillet or lamb.
- Sweet foods need a sweet wine. A sweet sauce or dessert will cancel out the sweetness in the wine. Here if you error on the side of a too sweet wine and you will never go wrong. How about a late harvest Viognier or Riesling with your Crème brulee.
- Salty foods need a strong, fruit forward wine for balance. Try a high acidity Sauvignon Blanc with some fruitiness and sweetness for those Oysters, or better yet crack open a bottle of Sparkling wine.
- Tart food also cancels out the wine’s fruitiness. Serve slightly sweet and very fruity full bodied wines with your Veal Piccata. A crisp Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc would be very nice indeed.
- Fish needs a medium bodied wine for balance. Fish can be tricky as it can be prepared mild or otherwise. Don’t be afraid to try a Pinot or other light bodied red with your Salmon. Rich sauces require richer wines.
- Poultry can thrive with many a bottle. Depending on its preparation a soft Viognier, a rich Chardonnay, or a medium Merlot can all work.
- Spicy & Hot foods enjoy the company of lightly sweet, fruity wines with low tannins. Enjoy that Thai dish with a Gewürztraminer or a Riesling.
- Smoked foods overpower all but the fruitiest and richest wines. Try a low tannin rich Merlot with your duck.
Chardonnay: Scallops, halibut, shrimp, crab, veal, seafood with butter sauce, chicken, pork, pasta with cream sauce, turkey, ham, pesto, Emmenthal, Gruyeres, Port-Salut, Feta, Apples, potatoes, squash, mango.
Sauvignon Blanc: oysters, chicken, turkey, pine nuts, vegetables, grilled or poached salmon, seafood salad, Irish stew, ham, chevre, goat cheese and strongly flavored cheeses, light sauces, quiche, scallops, sorbet, key lime pie.
Red Wine Food Pairing
Pinot Noir: braised chicken, cold duck, rabbit, charcuterie, partridge, roasted turkey, roasted beef, lamb, veal, truffles, Gruyeres
Merlot: braised chicken, cold duck, roasted turkey, roasted beef, lamb, veal, stew, liver, venison, meat casseroles, Parmesan & Romano cheese, grilled meats, caramelized onions, Bearnaise sauce, dark chocolate, berries, fondue. Try with this Recipe from Morovino Winery – Rotisserie Chicken and Mushroom Merlot
Syrah: braised chicken, chili, goose, meat stew, peppercorn steak, barbecued meat, spicy meats, garlic casserole, ratatouille