I have decided to share some charts with you that I hope that will serve as a point of reference.
Please keep in mind that the charts are not all-inclusive, as there are many combinations and pairings that will work.
You will know which ones fit best to your liking and that is all that really matters. If it is a really good wine that I truly adore, I will pair it with almost anything, lol.
|Red Varietal||Appetizers||Main Course||Dessert|
|Cabernet Sauvignon||Carpacio, pungent (stinky) cheeses||Beef, duck, lamb, lentils||Dark and bittersweet chocolate|
|Merlot||Antipasto, aged cheeses||Veal, sausage, salmon, tuna, eggplant||Raspberry, cherry or other dark berry desserts|
|Zinfandel||Seared Ahi tuna, spicy chicken or beef satay||Barbeque, tomato sauce, spicy sausage, duck and beef||Dark berry desserts, carrot cake|
|Pinot Noir||Creamy cheeses, pate’s, roasted vegetables||Veal, chicken, turkey, lean cuts of beef, lamb||Berry tart, flourless chocolate cake, crème brulee|
|Syrah||Bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, tampenade||Ham, lamb, pasta with tomato sauce, pizza, barbeque||Cherry pie, chocolate mousse|
|White Varietal||Appetizers||Main Course||Dessert|
|Chardonnay||Scallops, crudite, hummus, mild cheeses||Chicken, cream based sauces, pork and seafood||Cheesecake, poached light fruit|
|Sauvignon Blanc||Oysters, crab cakes, wild mushroom and goat cheese bruschetta||Sea bass, lobster, langoustines, chicken, shrimp||Sorbet, key lime pie, lemon meringue pie|
|Pinot Grigio||Ceviche, ahi tuna tartare, antipasto||Risotto, grilled chicken, lobster, white sauces, crab||Petit fours, apple tart|
|Riesling||Calamari, steamed clams, creamy cheeses||Roasted chicken, grilled pork, baked ham||Light cakes, cream based pie, baked apples|
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