Wine and Food pairings is an individual choice. Every person’s sense of taste is different. In general, each person should decide for him or herself what combinations of wine and food taste good – don’t worry about what anyone else says should work. We understand this is difficult when a wine drinker is just starting out. Hence, this listing.
Remember – these are only guidelines!! You will figure out quite quickly that your own tongue has its own idea of what goes well with what. Trust your own judgement, and eat and drink what you enjoy!
Typically, you want to drink light-to-dark, just as when you plan a meal you start with delicate tastes and work towards heavier tastes. For this reason, Champagne tends to go very well with appetizers or opening courses in a meal. White wine is usually a match for salads and lighter dishes, while red wine works perfectly with steaks and heavier meat sauces. A port is often the perfect end to a meal, sipped with a piece of chocolate cake.
Wine pairings don’t have to be difficult. Here is a chart of simple pairing rules and ideas to make it easy.