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Pairing by Varietal

Pairing by Varietal

From the crisp, fresh Sauvignon Blanc to the bold tannic body of Cabernet Sauvignon, there are an infinite number of food and wine pairings to explore – enjoy.

Sauvignon Blanc
Light-bodied, crisp wine with fig, lemon and grassy tones.

Food Pairing

Meats & Fish: Lighter entrées such as shellfish, sushi, sole, orange roughy and chicken
Cheese & Nuts: Feta, chévre, pine nuts
Fruits & Vegetables: Citrus fruits, melons, green apples, asparagus
Sauces: All light sauces such as citrus sauce
Grains: White rice, French bread
Desserts: Light, fruity sweets such as sorbet and key lime pie

Chardonnay
Medium-bodied, buttery and oaky with vanilla, pineapple, peach and red apple flavors and a smooth finish.

Food Pairing

Meats & Fish: Pork loin, chicken, veal, shrimp, crab and lobster
Cheese & Nuts: Asiago, havarti, mozzarella, almonds
Fruits & Vegetables: Avocado, potato, butternut squash, apples, peaches, mango
Sauces: Creamy, mild and buttery sauces, pesto, tropical salsas
Grains: Risotto, crackers
Desserts: Apple, pecan and key lime pie, yellow and pound cake, banana pudding, caramel swirl ice cream

Riesling
Light- to medium-bodied with apricot, honeysuckle and pear flavors with a dry finish.

Food Pairing

Meats & Fish: Sweet meats such as pork and smoked turkey, chicken, sea bass, trout and Asian food
Cheese & Nuts: Havarti, Gouda, pecans, candied walnuts
Fruits & Vegetables: Pears, apricots, figs, apples, melon, sweet potato, chili and bell peppers
Sauces: Sweet BBQ, sweet and sour, curry, chutney
Grains: Corn bread, honey bread
Desserts: Pecan pie, apple pie, baked pears, honey and almond-covered cheese, anything with caramel

Pinot Noir
Medium-bodied and silky with red cherry, strawberry and smoky earth tones.

Food Pairing

Meats & Fish: Roasted chicken, tuna, filet mignon, pork, lamb and mild sausages
Cheese & Nuts: Goat cheese, Brie, walnuts
Fruits & Vegetables: Roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, figs, cherries, strawberries, dried fruit
Sauces: Mushroom sauces, light-medium red sauces
Grains: Olive bread
Desserts: Vanilla pudding, milk chocolate, creme brulée, strawberries and cream, white chocolate

Syrah
Heavy-bodied and chewy with black cherry, currant, jammy, spice and tobacco tones.

Food Pairing

Meats & Fish: Roast game, hearty stews, spicy sausages such as pepperoni and salami, salmon
Cheese & Nuts: Strong cheeses such as sharp cheddar, Roquefort and blue cheese, hazelnuts
Fruits & Vegetables: Currants, blackberries, stewed tomatoes, beets, eggplant and dark, leafy greens
Sauces: Heavy red, BBQ and spicy sauces
Grains: Pizza
Desserts: Rhubarb pie, Black Forest cake

Meritage
Full-bodied with espresso, pomegranate, dark chocolate and black cherry flavors.

Food Pairing

Meats & Fish: BBQ tri-tip, sausage pizza, duck, tuna and grilled shark
Cheese & Nuts: Blue cheese, Camembert, toasted cashews
Fruits & Vegetables: Bell pepper, roasted shallots, boysenberry or plums
Sauces: Bearnaise, marinara, mushroom
Desserts: Dark chocolate torte, chocolate truffles dusted with cocoa powder

Merlot
Medium- to heavy-bodied, smooth-finishing with black cherry, plum, raspberry and chocolate notes.

Food Pairing

Meats & Fish: Grilled meats, steak, stew, leg of lamb, tuna and swordfish
Cheese & Nuts: Romano, Parmesan, aged chévre, chestnuts
Fruits & Vegetables: Plums, tomatoes, endive, eggplant, black beans, caramelized vegetables
Sauces: Red sauce, bolognese, tomato and béarnaise sauces
Desserts: Dark chocolate sauce, berries, chocolate torte, fondue

Cabernet Sauvignon
Full-bodied with black currant, coffee and dark chocolate notes with a long finish.

Food Pairing

Meats & Fish: Game, ribeye, roasted meats, beef stew, rack of lamb, swordfish and tuna
Cheese & Nuts: Cheddar and all aged cheeses, walnuts
Fruits & Vegetables: Black cherries, plums, tomatoes, broccoli, black olives, dark greens
Sauces: Brown, bolognese, tomato, pasta in a thick red sauce
Grains: Pizza
Desserts: Bittersweet chocolate, berries in dark chocolate sauce, espresso gelato

Zinfandel
Medium- to heavy-bodied with blackberry, raspberry, black pepper and smoke tones with a spicy finish.

Food Pairing

Meats & Fish: Grilled sausages, ribs, Cajun spiced fish, cioppino, duck and roasted meats
Cheese & Nuts: Ripe Brie, triple-cream and aged cheeses
Fruits & Vegetables: Cranberries, all types of peppers, especially grilled
Sauces: Spicy, Cajun and pepper sauces, hot salsa
Desserts: Spice cake, gingerbread, orange-chocolate, carrot cake
Pairing by Varietal
 

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