This wine varietal-based food pairing chart that will get you started with a suitable pairing for that special wine:

Varietal

Food

Sauces

Barbera

Pasta with meat or tomato sauce, Pizza

Tomato Based

Barolo

Osso Bucco, Veal, Strong Cheeses, Lamb

Blue Cheese/Gorganzola

Beaujolais

Barbeque Ribs, Poultry, Chili, Gazpacho, Pork, Eggs

 

Brunello

Blue veined cheeses, Risotto, Veal

 

Cabernet Franc

Pizza, Tomato based dishes

Mint Flavored

Cabernet Sauvignon

Strong Cheeses, Roast Beef, Lamb, Game Meat

Rosemary, Madeira, Blue Cheese, or Port-based

Chablis

Shellfish

 

Champagne/Sparkling

Fried Foods, Caviar, Eggs, Raw Seafood

Hollandaise

Chardonnay

Light Pastas, Cream Based Soups, Poultry, Shellfish, Mellow Cheeses, Salmon, White Fleshed Fish

Pesto, Cream Based, Spicy

Chateauneuf du Pape

Duck, Lamb, Veal

 

Chenin Blanc

Barbequed Food

 

Chianti

Pasta w/meat or tomato sauce, Veal, Tomato based foods, Cheeses

Tomato Based, Basil

Cotes de Rhone

Most cheeses, Beef, Veal

Spicy

Dolcetto

Light Beef, Light Pastas

 

Gamay

Sausages

 

Gewurztraminer

Chinese, Indian, Ham

Soy Based, Spicy

Malbec

Heavy Meat dishes, Bean dishes

 

Marsanne

Seafood

 

Meritage Blends

Veal

 

Merlot

Poultry, Beef, Pork, Veal

Fruit or Herb Based

Muscadet

Raw Seafood

 

Moscato

Spicy and Salty foods

 

Pinot Blanc

Tomatos, Seafood

 

Pinot Gris/Grigio

Seafood, Light Pastas, Salads, Chicken

Tartar Sauce, Butter Based

Pinot Noir

Beef, Roast Meats, Smoked Meats and Fish, Heavier Seafood, Heavy Vegetables

Herb Based

Red Bordeaux

Roast Meats

 

Riesling

Spicy Food, Indian, Japanese, Eggs, Barbeque, Seafood

Spicy, Soy Based, Barbeque

Rioja

Spicy, Roast Meats

 

Rosé

Egg, Seafood, Poultry

Spicy, Tomato Based

Sangiovese

Non-Tomato Based Italian

Mushroom, Olive/Caper, Basil

Sauvignon Blanc

Salads, Fried Foods, Light Pastas, Seafood, Cold Soups, Vegetables

Citrus or Herb Based

Shiraz/Syrah

Stewed Meats, Grilled Meats or Vegetables, Spicy

Madeira or Port Based

Tempranillo

Stewed Meats, Grilled Meats, Lamb, Goat Cheese

Tomato Based, Heavy Sauces

Viognier

Cream based Dishes, Chicken, Seafood, Light Pastas

Cream, Herb Based

Zinfandel

Roast Meats, Pastas, Tomato Based Foods, Lamb, Pizza

Tomato Based, Spicy

This chart provides a basic overview of wine styles and food pairings:

 

Wine Pairing Chart
by madelinep.
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