Red Wine and Food Pairings

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. However, I 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, you normally don't serve a red wine with appetizers or opening courses in a meal. Red wines do go very nicely with heavier foods - beef, red pasta, and so on.

Beaujolais Pinot
Merlot Cabernet Zinfandel Port
Mild Cheese ------
Strong Cheese
Appetizers -----
All Seafood ------
Pasta, cream sauce ------
Pasta, red sauce -
Asian food ------
Poultry -----
Pork ----
Beef - -
Fruit/Dessert ------
Chocolate - - -

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