Wine and Food Pairing
Wine and Food Pairing

Wine and Food Pairing

Wine And Food Pairing Guide

Gourmet Getaways readers would know that I enjoy a nice drop of wine. I particularly like to match my wine appropriately with the meal, the event and the season.

Anchors Wharf Wine Collection

Anchors Wharf Wine Collection

Matching appropriate wines with certain foods elevates both the taste and the experience.  Wine is also becoming an increasingly popular gift, and more people are discovering the benefits of appropriate pairings.

Wooden Gift Box Wines

Wooden Gift Box Wines

Wine gifts are perfect for those who want to mark a special occasion or celebrate a special occasion in style.  With some basic knowledge about which flavours of food and wine complement one another, those moments can become even more special.

Wine Barrel Queenstown Accommodation

Wine Barrel Image

Shellfish and Fish

When serving shellfish, its best to keep the wine white and dry. Sauvignon Blanc and unoaked Chardonnay work particularly well with all species of shellfish. When serving fish, white wine tends to be the best option, particularly with simple food preparations.  If you are stewing your fish, bouillabaisse style you could try a fruity Grenache.


Cheese and wine is a classic combination, but if you are serving more than one variety, it can be tricky to get the balance right. As a general rule, start with lighter cheeses and move on to the heavier ones. So for goat’s cheese, feta and mild cheeses like Havarti go for a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Swiss cheese and a matured cheese is better paired with a Chardonnay, and blue cheeses goes well with port or a botrytis.

Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide

Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide


A versatile meat for cooking, chicken is also amenable to a variety of wines, both red and white. If roasting, try a Viognier or a Pinot Noir.  BBQ or fried chicken is well matched with a Chardonnay or Shiraz.

Pouring Wine

Pouring Wine


Matching the weight of the wine with the strength of falvour in the vegetables is the clue in choosing wine for a vegetarian dish. Robustly flavoured vegetables like tomatoes take to soft reds, while less heavy flavours, such as artichokes and zucchini benefit from pairing with zesty white wines.


Lamb is ideally suited to medium-bodied reds. For a classic combination choose Bordeaux, however if you roast your lamb, a Cabernet is a good choice, while grilled lamb chops will take nicely to a Merlot.

Leatherwood Restaurant - Goaty Hill Wine

Leatherwood Restaurant – Goaty Hill Wine

Matching wine with food will enhance the flavour of both. With the right level of weight, intensity and acidity, a wine can draw out the inherent flavours of food and reveal them anew. So whether full-bodied, soft, tannic or sweet, give your wine the foodie companion it deserves.

Velo Wines - Tamar Valley Vineyard

Velo Wines – Tamar Valley Vineyard

I hope you enjoyed another of my wine matching stories. Do you have a favourite wine you could recommend for the upcoming warmer weather?

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  1. Great simple and easy explanation. Thanks Julie. Next time give us a list of some of your favourites.

  2. Fantastic post Julie. I’m a red wine lover so we tend to pair everything with reds 🙂

  3. I barely know wine so matching is beyond me – that is why this post is actually perfect for me 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. What a fabulous post!
    Have a super weekend Julie.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  5. Alesah Villalon :

    I love these guides, Julie! I feel like I’ve just toured a wine store again like your vineyard series 😉

  6. I have so much to learn from you!!! I very rarely stray from a glass of sauv blanc or champagne!! I should venture a bit more though with my wine! I love these matches you’ve come up with – will have to try a few out! xx

  7. I’m not really a drinker and therefore know very little about appropriate wine / food pairings. This is a really useful guide!

  8. I love red wine a lot and used to collect the wine labels..this is a great post, Julie.
    Have a beautiful weekend!

  9. My husband and I we love the red wine! this looks amazing for a degustation!

  10. I do try to not be a philistine and match wines with food but I do lapse into opening whatever is in the cupboard xx

  11. What a helpful post! We were just talking about wine matching yesterday 🙂 Someone even mentioned cooking white fish in red wine which was interesting!

  12. It’s essential to try and drink the right wine with whatever you are eating. There are aklways going to be those people that take a cabernet sauvignon to a Thai reataurant but I don’t think there is any point in trying to help them. LOL. A lot of the Italian and french wines available in our bottle stores now are a perfect match for food. Try a Soave (white)with Chicken or Fish or a Nero d’Avola (light red) with a anything from Chicken to Steak even Tuna or Swordfish. Great guide.

  13. I’ve developed my liking for wine only a few years ago. This is a really helpful post.

  14. I wish I had a flare for wine and food matching, thanks for the easy tips!

  15. That was great Julie…like how you kept it simple and very informative. The Tamar Valley wine region is one of my favourites in Australia. Love a Ninth Island Pinot Noir from there!

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