Wine Pairing Chart

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We drink a lot of wine at home with our meals, but kind of randomly – I choose wines at the store by the labels and the prices that I like, and have a few old faithful wines that I always keep on hand. But when it comes to pairing wines with foods, I was clueless. And when it comes to entertaining, it seems like we should at least know the basics when offering our guests a glass of wine to pair with their dinner so I did a little research.  I came across this fantastic Wine Pairing Infographic Chart from Wine Folly, within their post about the 5 Tips to Perfect Food and Wine Pairings. They make it super easy with this chart and their tips such as “As a general rule, make sure that the wine is sweeter than the food and you will have a successful wine pairing.”  Check out their post for more!

Wine and Food Pairing Chart

I know that this Pairing Wine & Food chart is a little hard to read since it’s small on the screen, so it’s transcribed below for quick reference.

Vegetables: Pair with a DRY WHITE or SPARKLING

Roasted Vegetables: Pair with DRY WHITE, LIGHT RED and MEDIUM RED

Soft Cheese: Pair with SWEET WHITE, RICH WHITE, SPARKLING and DESSERT

Hard Cheese:  Pair with SWEET WHITE, SPARKLING, MEDIUM RED and BOLD RED

Starches: Pair with DRY WHITE, RICH WHITE, SPARKLING, LIGHT RED, MEDIUM RED, BOLD RED, DESSERT

Fish: Pair with DRY WHITE, RICH WHITE, SPARKLING

Rich Fish: Pair with LIGHT RED and RICH WHITE

White Meat: Pair with RICH WHITE, LIGHT RED, MEDIUM RED

Red Meat: MEDIUM RED and BOLD RED

Curred Meat: SWEET WHITE, LIGHT RED, MEDIUM RED, BOLD RED, DESSERT

Sweets: SWEET WHITE and DESSERT

The wine descriptions include:

Dry White:

  • White Table w=Wine
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Grüner Veltliner
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Albariño

Sweet White:

  •  Gewürztraminer
  • Müller-Thurgau
  • Malvasia
  • Moscato
  • Riesling

Rich White:

  • Chardonnay
  • Roussanne
  • Marsanne
  • Voignier

Sparkling:

  • Sparkling White
  • Champagne
  • Prosecco
  • Cava

Light Red:

  • St. Laurent
  • Pinot Noir
  • Zweigelt
  • Gamay

Medium Red:

  • Red Table Wine
  • Tempranillo
  • Sangiovese
  • Zinfandel
  • Grenache
  • Merlot

Bold Red:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Monastrell
  • Aglionico
  • Malbec
  • Syrah

Dessert:

  • Late Harvest
  • Ice Wine
  • Sherry
  • Port

Foods that are hard to match with wine include: Asparagus, Green Beans and Artichoke.

Hope this was helpful!  It was for me   :)

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