30 perfect food & wine pairings
The right wine (and we’ve tried a shocking number) takes fresh flavors to an all new level
Crisper and drier, it’s an incredibly interesting food wine ― cutting through fried foods like our favorite fish tacos and bringing enough citrus to the match to act like a spritz of lime.
Recipe: Baja Fried-Fish Tacos
The smooth cherry-and-chocolate personality of Merlot serves meaty chicken thighs well, especially if you add sweet peppers and fresh herbs.
As it turns out, the result tastes great with many Chinese dishes, including our favorite chicken salad.
Recipe: Best-Ever Chicken Salad
The pungent herbs, garlic, chiles, and Indian spices here would intimidate most other varieties. Not a slightly off-dry Riesling, though, with delicate peach and apricot flavors and exotic floral aromas.
That citrus zing keeps up with the marinade and spices in these tostadas too (consider it a lemon wedge on the side).
On the face of it, turkey might seem an odd match for a hearty Syrah, but the prosciutto in our recipe brings out its meaty, baconlike quality, and the grill flavors accentuate the wine’s smoky, earthy side.
Choose a Chardonnay with a bright lemon profile to echo the Meyer lemon juice in this salad. And if you find one with a hint of tropical fruit, you’ll have a link to the sesame oil in the dish too.
Recipe: Meyer Lemon-Crab Salad
We’ve shamelessly spiked our homemade barbecue sauce here with the wine to lock in the match.
Recipe: Herb-rubbed Baby Back Ribs
We’ve dressed this steak down for summer with sauce and greens, so find a Cabernet that’s not so ripe that it’s lost its natural acidity (so it can handle the tomato) and one that has an herbal layer as well, to offer a bridge to the arugula.
We love it with retro ground-beef chili piled onto Fritos, with all the fixings.
Recipe: Frito Pie with Red Chili
Our croissants filled with chicken salad seasoned with plenty of lemon and herbs make the most of Sauvignon Blanc’s green herb and citrus personality.
Good news, though: Dry rosé is on a roll in the West. With the earthy, spicy, fruitiness of a red wine and the crispness of a white, it sets off sweet, zippy tomatoes in every way.
Recipe: French Tomato Tart