Food & Wine Pairing

Start by thinking about the dish or meal as a whole. What are its dominant characteristics?

  • Is it mild or flavorful?
  • Is it fatty or lean?
  • Is it rich or acidic?

With these characteristics in mind, select a wine that will:

Keep flavors in balance, Match mild foods with mild wines. Match big, flavorful foods with big, flavorful wines. 
(For example, pair a bold-flavored Pepper Steak with a spicy, bold red Zinfandel.) Similarly you generally want to match the richness of the food and the richness of the wine.  (For example, pair a rich Chicken in Cream Sauce with a rich Chardonnay.)

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