Recipe Pairing Guides

  • Beef

    Beef is the richest of red meats. Marbled and flavorful, it is the ultimate foil for your richest red wines. When pairing wines, you want to match ...

  • Chicken

      Chicken is a blank slate of the culinary world, so pairing wine with chicken can be as simple or complicated as the recipe. With simple recipe...

  • Pizza

      Pizza is actually a tough dish to pair with wine, in fact most Italians drink beer with their pizza rather than wine, and for good reason. Piz...

  • Pork

    Pork is a very versatile meat when it comes to pairing with wine. Like many white meats, pork has relatively delicate flavors, but pork is richer a...

  • Seafood

    Seafood is traditionally paired with white wine for good reason. Much like that squirt of citrus we like so much with seafood, white wines bring a ...

  • Turkey

    Turkey, like chicken, is a neutral canvas in culinary terms, though with turkey there is a more discernible difference between the bird’s white and...


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  • Roast Beef

    The one dish that pops to mind when I think of roast beef is prime rib. It is interesting how different the flavors of a slow-roasted prime rib are...

  • Grilled Beef

    Grilling is one cooking method that has the greatest impact on the final dish’s flavor profile and therefore the greatest impact on the wines that ...

  • Pan Seared Beef

    Pan searing of beef is generally used on thinner, more tender cuts of meat. Those cuts tend to be leaner, more delicately flavored and more tender ...

  • Baked Chicken

    Baked chicken dishes are similar to roasted chicken, but with the chicken cut into pieces for cooking. In fact, most baked chicken recipes tend to ...

  • Grilled Chicken

      As with any grilled dish, grilled chicken picks up the flavors of smoke and char that a grill imparts. In general, both contribute bitter flav...

  • Roast Chicken

    Roasted chicken is a classic dish that generally follows a pretty standard recipe, with regional seasonings including everything from lemon and gar...

  • Chicken Pot Pie

    Chicken pot pie is a fairly consistent dish in which a whole meal of chicken and vegetables is packed in a buttery crust. The variations on the rec...

  • Fried Chicken

    Fried chicken, whether deep fat fried or sauteed, generally refers to breaded or battered chicken that is served without much sauce or seasoning be...

  • Baked Ham

    Baked ham is a classic holiday dish and one that poses several problems for wine pairing. The ham on its own tends to be on the salty side of the f...

  • Pork Chop

    Pork chops tend to be some of the more fatty cuts of pork and thus are the most flavorful, so it’s not surprising that they are also among the most...

  • Pork Loin

    Pork loin is a delicate cut of meat. With its limited marbling, it requires a deft hand and gentle cooking method to produce the best results. When...

  • Grilled Pork Chop

    Because of their rich ring of covering fat, pork chops are well suited to grilling. Simple preparations like a brush of rosemary, garlic and wine a...

  • Fried Pork Chop

    Let’s begin with fried pork chops. In this case, fried is meaning breaded and fried. Here you aren’t pairing the wine with the meat so much as you’...

  • Pan Seared Pork Chop

    Pan searing pork chops is a common and easy method of preparation. Some people believe that pan searing “seals in” the juices of the meat for more ...

  • Braised Pork

    Braised pork dishes  tend to have pronounced flavors coming from the braising liquid used. In these cases, you want to pair your wine with the brai...

  • Grilled Salmon

    Grilled salmon makes for one of the greatest red wine and fish pairings, it is the exception to the white wine and fish rule! Don’t feel confused, ...

  • Poached Salmon

    Poached salmon is the epitome of contrast. This meaty fish is prepared in the most delicate and gentle way. The cooking method adds very little fla...

  • Salmon

    Salmon is one of the most versatile fish both in methods of preparation and pairing with wine. One of salmon’s advantages is its size, which allows...

  • Shrimp

      Shrimp is a delicate seafood but it is not always prepared in the most delicate of ways. Fried shrimp are ideally paired with simple, bright w...

  • Grilled Fish

    Grilling lends the fish flavor profile a smoky and sometimes lightly charred element. This is particularly true of skin-on fish, where the layer of...

  • Lobster

    Lobster is one of the richest yet most delicate seafood dishes. Traditionally steamed and served with drawn butter, lobster is a natural match for ...

  • Fried Fish

    Fried fish is a classic fish preparation that needs a bright, crisp wine to pair with. Like lemon or malt vinegar, a bright wine helps to cut throu...

  • Baked Turkey

      Roasted turkey and baked turkey tend to be viewed as similar dishes, but as with chicken, there are often significant differences. A roasted t...

  • Roasted Turkey

    Roasted turkey is so easy to pair with wine, you can pretty much close your eyes, choose a white wine and know that it will work well. Low in fat a...

  • Fried Turkey

    Deep fried turkey has become quite popular over the years, despite the risk of fire that goes along with it. Before I discuss pairing wines with a ...


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