Pairing Food & Wine

You might think that wine pairing is not important and if you just buy the most expensive one, nope. Imagine this, you are invited to a fancy dinner with important people, and of course you don’t want to look like a jackass coming in empty-handed or not mature enough, bringing along soda or juice. Continue below and find out how to choose wine to pair with different foods.


As a general rule, white meat such as chicken or turkey breast pairs well with white wines like a Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, while dark meat like duck and other game go well with medium-bodied red wines such as a Pinot Noir or Zinfandel.

Wine Pairing with chicken


Hamburgers and Hot Dogs: 

Are best with Zinfandel, Nero d’Avola, and Chardonnay.

Wine Pairing with beef



Shiraz, Rioja or Chianti Classico–to name a few of many!

Wine pairing with lamb



Chardonnay, with its delicious vanilla notes, is an excellent choice to serve with lobster. Just be sure to choose varieties with more mineral and only light touches of fruit and oak.

Wine Pairing with lobster



With grilled snapper, try Pinot Noir or a California Merlot. Salmon is a red wine fish. Serve with a California or Oregon Pinot Noir, a red Burgundy or a Beaujolais from France. If you prefer a white wine, choose a subtly oaked, elegant Chardonnay from California. 

Wine Pairing with fish

Pairing is the chemistry of mixing acids and fats, sugars and spices, and then using alcohols and tannins to compete with the intensity of the food. No need to buy the most expensive bottle of wine to impress with your wallet; buy the right one and impress them with your sophistication, watch this video to understand why expensive wine doesn’t mean better. 

Tannins can bind with proteins and break fats. Rich meaty foods will tend to go well with higher tannin wines. It is a matter of avoiding bad combinations.  Wines with high iron content will cause fish to leave an undesirable aftertaste.  That’s why we use the rule of thumb to pair white wine with fish and red wine with red meat.  There are, however, plenty of good red wines that are low in iron and would pair well with fish. Want to learn more about wine? Check out our other wine-related postings here and here to start!