I am sure you know the basics of food & wine pairing: whites with seafood and reds with land meats (beef, bison, etc). Though this is a great place to start, the world of wines is choc-full of varieties with tons of small subtleties which can really accentuate (or take away) from a dish.

It is rare to throw a party or private dinner where wine is not served and recommending a proper food & wine pairing is always among the tasks taken by private chefs.  With proper pairing, your guests dinning experience will be greatly elevated. So the next time you have a special event, keep these tips in mind when you serve wine to have a successful night!

A quick cheat sheet for wine pairings

Here we go. Let’s start with White Wine.

  • Riesling: if it’s dry, it goes very well with chicken, fish and pork.
  • Gewurztraminer: goes with Asian food or pork or sweet fruit tarts as desserts.
  • Chardonnaygoes with chicken, fish, or turkey.
  • Sauvignon Blancespecially with white meat – seafood and poultry, or vegetables – salads.
  • Chenin Blanc: choose it for pork.
  • Colombardchoose it for starters with goat’s cheese, or root vegetables soups.
  • Muscatas aperitif or with desserts.


In terms for Red Wine:

  • Merlot: goes with all dishes.
  • Pinot Noir: goes with salmon, chicken, lamb.
  • Pinotage: perfect with barbecued steak or sausages.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: goes with lamb or beef.
  • Sangviovese: if you think of pizza or pasta, choose this wine.
  • Barbera: match it with Tomato based dishes, especially those from North Italy.
  • Gamay: perfect for barbecue.
  • Malbec: perfect for a grilled steak.
  • Shiraz: choose it for grilled steaks and roasted vegetables.
  • Tempranillo: mostly for vegetarian dishes.

This is just a simple and quick introduction to food & wine pairing. For a much more in-depth look into the topic, you can follow this awesome guide from winefolly.com

Wine is a perfect and exquisite drink and it can turn a dinner into a perfect one, so if you happen to come up with an unusual and tasty wine pairing, please share it with us.

‘Till next time!

Chef Alexa and AlexaCuisine Team

happy eating