Appetizers and salads
Want to enjoy wine with your appetizer or salad? Both whites and reds can be suitable for appetizers and salads, depending on the flavors.
Dry red wines like merlot and cabernet sauvignon are best suited for cheddars, while pinot noir blends best with Swiss. For whites like chardonnay, serve light cheeses like brie or a caprese salad with fresh mozzarella. If you’re opting for a fried appetizer instead of cheese, choose a crisp, fruity wine like a sauvignon blanc or even a sparkling wine. Sauvignon blanc is also a great choice for salads topped with seafood like scallops or shrimp. Serving a Caesar? A beaujolais or other red wine will pair perfectly.
Fish and shellfish
Choose a dry, crisp white wine for fish and seafood dishes. Why not red? Well, the tannins in the red combined with the fish can leave a metallic taste in your mouth. Best to opt for a sauvignon blanc, muscadet or your favorite white wine when enjoying fish.
Beef, steak and lamb
Serving a filet or lamb shanks? A great rule to remember is “red wine with red meat.” Choose a dry red wine like cabernet sauvignon, merlot or pinot noir.
Poultry, pork and veal
The rule works for white wines too: “White wine with white meat.” Chardonnay or pinot grigio are perfect wines to pair with a chicken or pork dish. If you absolutely love reds, choose a fruity one like a zinfandel or even a rosé.
Love a little heat in your food? Dishes like Thai or Indian food pair best with sparkling wines. Very chilled white wines are also a great match for the spice and heat.
Enjoy a range of delicious chocolates (try Lindt’s Excellence line) while sipping port wine, deep reds or even a champagne for a celebratory occasion! Fruit-based desserts like apple pie or raspberry sorbet pair well with light whites like pinot gris or riesling. Of course, traditional dessert wines are always a good choice and can easily be served as dessert on their own.