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Wine Pairing Guide

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CHARDONNAY

Asiago
Brie

Cheddar
Havarti
Provolone

Almonds

Chicken
Pork Loin
Veal

Clams
Crab Cakes
Halibut
Lobster

Salmon
Shrimp

Apples
Olives
Potatoes
Squash
Honeydew
Mango
Pineapple
Arugula
Basil

Cloves
Dill
Fennel
Garlic
Sesame
Tarragon
Alfredo
Dijon
Pesto

Tropical Salsa

Creamy Soups
Caesar Salad
Seafood Salad
Banana Pudding
Pound Cake

MOSCATO Candied Cashews
Pistachios
 Chicken

Lobster
Scallops
Shrimp
Sushi

Apricots
Coconut
Peaches
Raspberries

Cardamom
Chile
Cinnamon
Ginger

Cream Sauce

Garlic

Eggs
Pancakes
Pizza
Peach Shortcake

Fruit Cobbler
Coconut Pudding

PINOT GRIGIO Baby Swiss
Brie
Gouda
Mozzarella
Almonds
Sauteed Chicken
Turkey
Quail
Pheasant

Creole Shrimp
Flounder
Oysters

Scallops
Tilapia
Apples
Lemon

Lime
Pears
Strawberries
Garlic
Ginger

Oregano
Sage

Thyme
Alfredo
Citrus
Garlic

Mango Salsa
 Antipasto
Artichoke Dip
Chicken Frances
Baklava
Blueberry Shortcake
RIESLING Asiago
Cheddar
Gorgonzola
Gouda
Havarti


Candied Walnuts 
Bacon
Duck
Ham

Smoked Sausage
Thai Chicken
Salami
Turkey

Sea Bass
Smoked Fish
Trout

Broccoli
Eggplant
Green Beans
Apricots

Pears
Chili Peppers
Sweet Potato
Curry
Thai
Ginger

Lemon Grass
Mint

Sweet BBQ
Sweet/Sour
Thai Chile

Corn Bread
Chicken Burritos
Onion Rings

Shrimp Stir Fry
Pecan Pie
Caramel
SAUVIGNON BLANC Brie
Feta

Goat Cheese
Mozzarella
Sharp Cheddar

Pine Nuts
Chicken
Turkey

Anchovies
Fried Fish
Mussels
Oysters
Scallops
Sushi

Citrus
Green Apples
Melons

Artichokes
Asparagus
Broccoli
Potatoes
Zucchini

Basil
Cardamom
Chives

Cilantro
Mint
Tarragon
Thyme

Citrus
Light Sauce

French Bread
White Rice
Light Salads
Tart Dressings
Key Lime Pie
Sorbet

SPARKLING Baby Swiss
Brie

Smoked Trout 
Turkey

Caviar
Lobster
Apricots
Peaches
Strawberries

Basil
Coriander
Cumin
Fennel

Mango Sauce
Mushroom Sauce

Deviled Eggs
Omelettes
Popcorn
ROSE

Bleu Cheese
Feta
Goat Cheese

Gouda

Pine Nuts
Pistachios

Grilled Chicken
Ham
Turkey
Grilled Sausage

Anchovies
Lobster
Salmon
Shellfish
Beets
Eggplant
Tomatoes
Olives
Peppers
Pumpkin
Zuchinni
Basil
Curry
Garlic
Oregano
Rosemary
BBQ
Guacamole
Rich Cheesy Sauces
 Mushroom Quiche

Thai Food
White Rice
CABERNET SAUVIGNON Aged Gouda
Asiago
Cheddar
Gorgonzola


Walnuts

Brisket
Meatballs
Roast Beef

Steak
Venison

 Not A Recommended Pairing Black Olives
Broccoli
Carrots
Mushrooms
Onions
Potatoes
Red Cabbage 
Blackberries
Plums

Arugula
Black Pepper
Juniper
Lavender
Rosemary
Thyme

Cream Sauce

Meat Sauce

Salsa Verde

Mushroom Stroganoff

Espresso Gelato 
CHIANTI (ITALIAN) Asiago
Parmigiano
Fontina
Goat Cheese
Gouda

Rabbit
Meatball
Pork Chops

Sausage

Anchovies
Clams
Sardines
Scallops
Shrimp 
Eggplant
Mushrooms
Onions
Peppers
Anise
Basil
Garlic
Oregano 
Au Jus
Bolognese
Marinara
Tomato

Cheese Tortellini
Meatloaf
Margherita Pizza 

MALBEC Asiago
Cashel Blue
Goat Cheese
Malagon
Manchego
Taleggio

Walnuts
 
Bacon
Burgers
Flank Steak
Prime Rib
BBQ Ribs
Roast Duck
Not A Recommended Pairing  Arugula
Black Beans
Cauliflower
Corn
Mushrooms
Potatoes
Scallions
 
 Black Pepper
Cumin
Ginger
Cajun
Garlic
Paprika
Rosemary
Teriyaki
 Asian BBQ
Chimichurri
Pesto
Nachos
Spaghetti
Steak Fajitas
Dark Chocolate Truffles
Plum Compote
 
MERLOT Asiago
Havarti
Muenster
Parmesan
Provolone
Romano


Chestnuts

Bacon
Chicken
Burgers
Grilled Meats

Lamb
Beef
Venison

Blackened Salmon
Mackerel

Tuna
Swordfish

Black Beans
Plums

Caramelized Onion
Mushrooms
Peppers
Tomato
Zucchini

 Basil
Cinnamon
Marjorom
Mint
Mustard
Nutmeg
Paprika
Sage
Thyme

Meat Sauce
Tomato
Bolognese
 Chili
Chinese Dishes
Jambalaya
Meat Empanada
Fondue

PINOT NOIR  Bleu Cheese
Goat Cheese
Gruyere
Ricotta
Smoked Gouda

Walnuts

Duck
Ham

Lamb
Roast Chicken
Duck
Game 

Halibut
Lobster
Oysters
Scallops
Salmon

Squid
Trout
Beets
Eggplant

Mushrooms
Squash
Blueberries
Cherries
Oranges
Strawberries
Black Pepper
Garlic
Marjoram
Sage
 Thyme

 Fruit-Base
Mushroom
Tomato

Asian Dishes
Bruschetta
Olive Bread
Vanilla Pudding
White Chocolate
SYRAH/SHIRAZ Gorgonzola
Sharp Cheddar
Smoked Cheddar
Parmesan 

Hazelnuts
Burgers
Lamb
Pork
Pulled Pork
Roast Beef
Sausage
Pepperoni
Salami
Salmon Eggplant
Beets
Olives

Onions
Peppers
Blackberries
Basil
Caraway Seeds
Chiles
Coriander
Cumin
Oregano

Asian Spices

BBQ
Maple
Spicy

Beef Stew
Chili
Black Forest Cake
Rhubarb Pie
ZINFANDEL

 Aged Cheddar
Aged Gouda
Asiago
Brie
Mozzarella
Parmesan
Provolone
Swiss

Brisket
Pork
Ribs
Venison
Quail
Pheasant
Duck
Tuna 
Cajun Fish
 Eggplant
Mushrooms
Peppers
Cranberries
 Basil
Bay Leaf
Black Pepper
Fennel
Thyme

Creamy Sauce
Tomato
BBQ Ribs
Lasagna
Mexican Dishes
Pizza
Spaghetti
Gingerbread
Spice Cake
PORT  Cashel Blue
Gorgonzola
Gouda
Manchego
Parmesan
Pecorino

Almonds
Chestnuts
Walnuts
Bacon
Cured Ham
Duck
Venison

Bluefish
Cod
Crab 

Figs
Strawberries
Raspberries
Chile Peppers
Mushrooms
Olvies

Pepper
Rosemary
Sage 
Salt
 Chocolate Sauce Apple Pie
Brownies
Crème Brûlée
Dark Chocolate
Orange Tart 
Fruitcake
Honey


Food and wine pairings are to be taken as a general guideline.  In all honesty, not all wines of a specific type will pair with every food listed on the chart.  For example, not all Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the same region or has the same taste profile nor does everybody make a dish the exact same way or with the same seasonings.  In addition to that, not everybody has the same palate or taste preferences.   Drinking and pairing wine is subjective.  The most important thing to remember is what we always say, "drink what you like."  There is no better pairing advice that can be given but to treat yourself to the food you like, the wine you deserve and the company you prefer to keep.  

Still unsure what to make and what wine to pair with it?  Have no fear, we've compiled a list of recipes and pairings to make life easy!

Best Ever Crab Cakes - paired with Talbott 'Kali Hart' Chardonnay

Grilled Taragon Mustard Chicken - paired with Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay

Warm Peach Shortcake with Brandy Whipped Cream - paired with Saracco Moscato d' Asti

Orzo Risotto with Buttery Shrimp - paired with Santi Sortesele Pinot Grigio

Apple Pork Chops - paired with Dr. Frank Semi-Dry Riesling

Seared Scallops with Spicy Papaya Sauce - paired with Chateau Ste Michelle Harvest Select Riesling

Spicy Sausage Broccoli Rabe Parmesan - paired with Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling

Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp - paired with Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta - paired with Lamberti Extra Dry Prosecco

Smoked-Trout-and-Caper-Cream-Cheese Toasts - paired with Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

Ham, Leek and Gouda Soufflés - paired with Mas de Gourgonnier Rose

Rosemary Flatbread with Blue Cheese, Grapes and Honey - paired with Mulderbosch Rose

Beef Bourguinon - paired with Simi Cabernet Sauvignon

Eggplant Tomato Bake Over Angel Hair Pasta - paired with San Felice Chianti Classico

Fabulous Zucchini Grinders - paired with Gabbiano Chianti Classico

Argentine Meat Empanadas - paired with Diseno Old Vine Malbec

Grilled Mushroom Swiss Burgers - paired with Toasted Head Merlot

Salmon with Mushroom Sauce - paired with La Crema 'Monterey County' Pinot Noir

Carne Asada Taqueria Style Tacos - paired with Layer Cake Shiraz

Meatball and Provolone Subs - paired with Tormaresca Primitivo (aka Zinfandel)

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake with Ganache Glaze - paired with Quinta do Noval Black Porto