Your wine pairing guide

Make the most of your favorite dishes with the perfect wine companions

Wine pairings 101

Learn about the West's most popular wines and the foods that go best with them

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon: the king of reds

The king of reds; a big-structured, dark-fruited wine, the best of which become even more elegant with age

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Chardonnay: rich and complex white

Chardonnay: rich and complex white

With complex fruit flavors and often a rich, creamy texture; the most popular white wine in the U.S. to date

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Dry rose: rich and refreshing

Dry rosé: rich and refreshing

Crisp, pink wine that combines the rich fruit of red wine with the refreshing, low-tannin nature of white ―not to be confused with white Zinfandel

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Merlot: soft tannins, dark fruit

Merlot: soft tannins, dark fruit

The most popular red wine in the U.S. (the Sideways effect notwithstanding), Merlot has dark fruit flavors like Cabernet Sauvignon, but is generally a little rounder and softer

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Mac 'n' Gris

Pinot gris/pinot grigio

Pinot Grigio is usually crisp, light, and steely, with great acidity; Pinot Gris (the same grape) is often made into a rounder, more complex wine

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Pinot Noir and Corned Beef

Pinot Noir: a silky, sensual red

A light-bodied, low-tannin, silky, sensual red, handed stardom by the movie Sideways in 2004 (but still only the fifth most-popular red wine in the U.S.)

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Riesling: crisp and aromatic

Riesling: crisp and aromatic

A crisp, aromatic wine, considered the noblest white of all by much of the wine world, that goes with just about everything

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Sauvignon Blanc: crisp and refreshing

Sauvignon Blanc: crisp and refreshing

A lean, crisp, white wine that's extremely flexible with food, and a great alternative to Chardonnay

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Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wine: great with food

Made primarily from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, good-quality sparklers are made with the traditional Champagne method, where the bubbles are created in individual bottles

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Syrah

Syrah:  earthy and fruity

Pair with lamb, sausages, and grilled meats of all kinds

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Viognier: exotic and aromatic

Viognier: exotic and aromatic

An exotic, full-bodied, rich-textured white wine

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Zinfandel: jammy and spicy

Zinfandel: jammy and spicy

The most American wine of all (it's grown almost nowhere else) ― a juicy, jammy, spicy red wine that can turn your teeth purple

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