Wine Pairings

Share article Wine Pairings on:

Red and White Wines and cheeseWant to know what wine would pair nicely with food and nosh for your next special occasion? Check out some of these pairing tips.

White Wines

Chardonnay (Shar-dun-NAY)

Dry. Medium-heavy body. Typically with oak (creamy, buttery, toast) and subtle flavors with aromas of apple, citrus, apricot and tropical fruit. Pairs well with: Mild Cheese, Salmon, Scallops, Chicken, Baked Ham, Cheesecake

Sauvignon Blanc (So-veen-YOHN-Blahnk)

Dry. Light-medium body. Clean and refreshing with crisp flavors of grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit and melon. Pairs well with: Oysters, Shrimp, Lobster, Chicken, Key Lime Pie

Pinot Grigio (Pea-no-GREE-gee-oh)

Medium body. Crispy and dry with fruit forward flavors of citrus, green apple and floral notes. Pairs well with: White Sauces, Grilled Chicken, Lobster, Shrimp, Pork, Apple Tart

Riesling (REESE-ling)

Sweet. Light body. Traditionally sweet (off-dry) with flavors of stone fruit, melon, apple, citrus and notes of minerality. Pairs well with: Creamy Cheeses, Spicy Dishes, Baked Ham, Grilled Pork, Melon

Moscato (MOS-cahtoh)

Sweet. Light body. Sweet flavors of apricot, peach and honeysuckle. Pairs well with: Oysters, Shrimp, Spicy Dishes, Peach Cobbler, Sorbet


Light and bubbly. Pairs well with: Nutty Cheeses, Oysters, Clams, Crab, Spicy Food, Milk Chocolate

Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon (ka-behr-NAY soh-vee-YOHN)

Dry. Heavy body. Rich flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry and notes of earthiness. Pairs well with: Pungent Cheeses, Grilled Steak, Roasted Lamb, Red Sauces, Dark and Bittersweet Chocolate.

Malbec (mahl-BECK)

Dry. Heavy body. Luscious cherry, black raspberry and plum notes. Pairs well with: Smoked Turkey, Carne Asada, Pulled Pork, Dark and Bittersweet Chocolate

Zinfandel (ZIN-fan-dell)

Dry. Medium–heavy body. Spicy flavors of ripe berries, pepper and jammy fruit. Pairs well with: Aged Cheeses, Spare Ribs, Brisket, Leg of Lamb, Pizza, Chili, Beef Stew, Chocolate Cake

Merlot (mer-LOW)

Dry. Medium body. Lush and velvety with flavors of red berries and chocolate. Pairs well with: Aged Cheeses, Veal, Meatloaf, Hamburgers, Salmon, Red Sauces, Chocolate Mousse

Pinot Noir (PEA-no-Nwar)

Dry. Medium body. Fruity at the core with flavors of strawberry, cherry and plums. Pairs well with: Creamy Cheeses, Roasted Pork, Smoked Sausage, Salmon, Crème Brûlée

Red Blend

Off-dry. Medium body. Can be different styles but usually have flavors of jam, blackberry and plum. Pairs well with: Risotto, Lamb Chops, Grilled Steak, Hamburgers, Cherry Pie