Wine + Food Pairings

Learn food and wine pairing basics so you can create your own pairings.

This guide will show you the steps on how to pair. You’ll also learn what to look for in a recipe in order to make great wine matches.

A great food and wine pairing creates a balance between the components of a dish and the characteristics of a wine
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Sauvignon Blanc

This crisp, lighter white wine is known for having a high level of acidity and a lot of citrus. It is a great wine to pair with dishes that are lighter yet still packed full of flavor, and the herbaceous qualities often found in the wine often bring out the herbs in a dish.

The younger the blanc, the heavier the green or herbaceous notes — regardless of a vineyard’s country of origin. Allowing this varietal to ripen yields more pronounced and heavy-bodied waves like nectarine and peach to round out the savory notes.

Here are some foods/flavors that go exceptionally well with Sauvignon Blanc

  • Cheese/nuts: feta, blue, goat cheese, pine nuts
  • Meat/poultry: chicken, turkey, pork
  • Seafood: white fish, oysters, scallops, lobster, shrimp, sushi
  • Fruits and Veggies: citrus, green apple, asparagus
  • Herbs and Spices: chives, tarragon, cilantro
  • Sauces: citrus and light cream sauces
  • Desserts: sorbet, key lime pie, meringue, mango

Sauvignon Blanc Wines

Montalbano-Sauvignon Blanc "Delle Venezie" Organic IGT 2018 - LeMed
Montalbano-Sauvignon Blanc "Delle Venezie" Organic IGT 2018 - LeMed

Montalbano-Sauvignon Blanc "Delle Venezie" Organic IGT 2018

$48.00
Ferro 13-Sauvignon Blanc "Hashtag" IGT 2017 - LeMed
Ferro 13-Sauvignon Blanc "Hashtag" IGT 2017 - LeMed

Ferro 13-Sauvignon Blanc "Hashtag" IGT 2017

$50.00
Peter Zemmer-Sauvignon Blanc Alto Adige DOC 2018 - LeMed
Peter Zemmer-Sauvignon Blanc Alto Adige DOC 2018 - LeMed

Peter Zemmer-Sauvignon Blanc Alto Adige DOC 2018

$65.00

Chardonnay

Chardonnays are a model varietal to top the list of white wine types. Native to the legendary Burgundy regions of France, this green-hued grape grows universally today but thrives in colder climates such as the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand and South Africa.

Chardonnay-growing vineyards rely upon many fermentation tweaks to soften its natural acidity into gentler, silkier notes. Most prominent is the malolactic method, which is responsible for adding chardonnay’s noticeably light and creamy aftertaste. Many have even likened this white wine type’s flavor to butter or toffee.

The best thing about Chardonnay? It’s a decadent wine with sensual body, so it stands up against dishes and flavors when other white wines might fall flat. Despite its body, it still has great acidity, making it perfect for cutting the richness of cream dishes.

Here are some foods/flavors that go exceptionally well with Chardonnay

  • Cheese/nuts: mild, semi-soft cheeses and roasted nuts
  • Meat/poultry: veal, chicken, pork
  • Seafood: shrimp, crab, lobster
  • Fruits and Veggies: potato, apple, squash, mango
  • Herbs and Spices: tarragon, sesame, basil
  • Sauces: cream sauces, pesto
  • Desserts: banana bread, vanilla pudding
Ferro 13-Sauvignon Blanc "Hashtag" IGT 2017 - LeMed
Ferro 13-Sauvignon Blanc "Hashtag" IGT 2017 - LeMed

Ferro 13-Sauvignon Blanc "Hashtag" IGT 2017

$50.00

Country Of Origin: Italy


Category: White, Dry, Still


Grapes: 85% Sauvignon, 15% others​

Alcohol %: 12.0


Aroma: White peach flesh, tropical fruit, white flowers and notes of chili


Palate: Aromatic, fresh flavors of peach and citrus fruits, slightly bitter and mineral

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Chardonnay Wines

Sartori-Chardonnay "Il Sole" Organic IGT 2017 - LeMed
Sartori-Chardonnay "Il Sole" Organic IGT 2017 - LeMed

Sartori-Chardonnay "Il Sole" Organic IGT 2017

$33.50
Peter Zemmer-Chardonnay Riserva "Crivelli" DOC 2015 - LeMed
Peter Zemmer-Chardonnay Riserva "Crivelli" DOC 2015 - LeMed

Peter Zemmer-Chardonnay Riserva "Crivelli" DOC 2015

$105.00
Peter Zemmer-Chardonnay Alto Adige DOC 2018 - LeMed
Peter Zemmer-Chardonnay Alto Adige DOC 2018 - LeMed

Peter Zemmer-Chardonnay Alto Adige DOC 2018

$55.00

Recommended Chardonnay Wine

Montalbano-Bianco V. Giulia "Perennio" Organic & Sulfates Free IGT 2015 - LeMed
Montalbano-Bianco V. Giulia "Perennio" Organic & Sulfates Free IGT 2015 - LeMed

Montalbano-Bianco V. Giulia "Perennio" Organic & Sulfates Free IGT 2015

$49.00

Country Of Origin: Italy


Category: White, Dry, Still


​​Grapes: 60% Chardonnay, 30 Sauvignon, 10% Others


Alcohol %: 12.5


Aroma: Fresh bouquet with hints of ripe white fruits


Palate: On the palate the wine shows an interesting minerality with great balance between acidity and residual sugar

Food Pairing:

Clams, shrimps, lobster and all fish recipes. Raw ham, smoked cold cuts and vegetarian food. Fantastic with white asparagus

Pinot Grigio

Pinot grigios are incidentally a younger cousin to the similarly named pinot noir, a wildly popular red wine type. The two carry complementary olfactory notes – dry, woodsy and even floral on the nose. Interestingly enough, pinot grigio and pinot gris grapes are a foggy gray-purple color — a surprising twist for a white wine varietal that harkens to its red origins.

Pinot grigios carry a distinctly heavier texture compared to other white wine types on the list. Sips will coat your tongue with an oilier, velvety feel best described as unctuous. This heavier body doesn’t necessarily mean a heavier drink, though, as grigios and gris both still contain the light, bright notes white wines are notorious for.

Here are some foods/flavors that go exceptionally well with Pinot Grigio

  • Cheese/nuts: mild and semi-soft cheeses 
  • Meat/poultry: Grilled chicken
  • Seafood: Mussels and oysters
  • Fruits and Veggies: Spaghetti carbonara
  • Sauces: Cream sauces

Pinot Grigio Wines

ERA-Pinot Grigio delle Venezie Organic DOC 2018 - LeMed
ERA-Pinot Grigio delle Venezie Organic DOC 2018 - LeMed

ERA-Pinot Grigio delle Venezie Organic DOC 2018

$39.00
Peter Zemmer-Pinot Grigio DOC 2016 - LeMed
Peter Zemmer-Pinot Grigio DOC 2016 - LeMed

Peter Zemmer-Pinot Grigio DOC 2016

$57.00
Montalbano - Pinot Grigio "Friuli Grave" Organic DOC 2017 - LeMed
Montalbano - Pinot Grigio "Friuli Grave" Organic DOC 2017 - LeMed

Montalbano - Pinot Grigio "Friuli Grave" Organic DOC 2017

$49.00

Recommended Pinot Grigio Wine

Peter Zemmer-Pinot Grigio DOC 2016 - LeMed
Peter Zemmer-Pinot Grigio DOC 2016 - LeMed

Peter Zemmer-Pinot Grigio DOC 2016

$57.00

Country Of Origin: Italy


Category: White, Dry, Still


Grapes:​ 100% Pinot Grigio


​​​Alcohol: 13.5%


Aroma: Elegant flowery aroma with typical tones of ripe fruit (pear, melon) and spices


Palate: Fruity mineral flavor, full-bodied with fresh acidity

Food Pairing:

Different starters, tureens and terrines, fish, shellfish and crustaceans, white meat and poultry

Awards:

2012 - Vinum: 14.5

2014 - Wine & Spirit Magazine: 87 points

2014 - Wine Enthusiast Magazine: 87 points

2015 - Wine Spectator: 88 points

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is grown all over the world, but rarely achieves greatness. It ripens late and can be quite weedy and even vegetal in cooler climate regions such as Italy. In Bordeaux and Tuscany it is almost always blended to soften its intensely astringent tannins.

In the vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are small, thick-skinned and decidedly blue-colored, with a high pip-to-pulp ratio. Its thick skin results in wines of profoundly deep color, and the pips add a high level of tannin.

The best Cabernet Sauvignon wines tend to have deep color, good structure and a full body. They are tannic in youth, especially when aged in oak, and often require a few years to soften before they become enjoyable to drink. Typical flavors may include black fruits like blackcurrant or blackberry, as well as fragrant cigar box, tobacco and coffee.

Here are some foods/flavors that go exceptionally well with Cabernet Sauvignon :

  • Cheese/nuts: cheddar, Gorgonzola, walnuts
  • Meat/poultry: venison, rib eye, beef stew
  • Seafood: grilled ahi tuna
  • Fruits and Veggies: black cherries, tomatoes, broccoli
  • Herbs and Spices: rosemary, juniper, lavender
  • Sauces: brown sauce, tomato sauce
  • Desserts: dark chocolate

Cabernet Sauvignon Wines

Drei Dona-Cabernet Sauvignon "Magnificat" IGT 2005 - LeMed
Drei Dona-Cabernet Sauvignon "Magnificat" IGT 2005 - LeMed

Drei Dona-Cabernet Sauvignon "Magnificat" IGT 2005

$98.00
Grattamacco-Rosso Bolgheri Superiore "L'Alberello" DOC 2014 - LeMed
Grattamacco-Rosso Bolgheri Superiore "L'Alberello" DOC 2014 - LeMed

Grattamacco-Rosso Bolgheri Superiore "L'Alberello" DOC 2014

$149.00
Grattamacco - Rosso Bolgheri DOC 2018 - LeMed
Grattamacco - Rosso Bolgheri DOC 2018 - LeMed

Grattamacco - Rosso Bolgheri DOC 2018

$89.00

Recommended Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

Drei Dona-Cabernet Sauvignon "Magnificat" IGT 2005 - LeMed
Drei Dona-Cabernet Sauvignon "Magnificat" IGT 2005 - LeMed

Drei Dona-Cabernet Sauvignon "Magnificat" IGT 2005

$98.00

Country Of Origin: Italy


Category: Red, Dry, Still


Grapes:​ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon


​​​Alcohol: 14.5%


Aroma: Clean, medium intensity, with aromas of ripe dark plums, blackcurrant, toasted oak


Palate: Flavours of ripe dark plums, blackcurrant, smoky toasted oak. Long finish.

Merlot

Merlot is a red grape grown throughout the world, but most often associated with the fine wines of Bordeaux, particularly in the right bank regions of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol.

In the vineyard, Merlot ripens early and its grapes are large and thin-skinned. It is susceptible to frost, rot, downy mildew and coloure (shot berries). Merlot wines tend to be plump and full bodied, with soft fruit flavors.



Here are some foods/flavors that go exceptionally well with Merlot

  • Cheese/nuts: Parmesan, Pecorino-Romano, chestnuts, walnuts
  • Meat/poultry: grilled meats, steak
  • Seafood: grilled meatier fish
  • Fruits and Veggies: caramelized onions, tomatoes, plums
  • Herbs and Spices: mint, rosemary, juniper
  • Sauces: bolognese, bearnaise
  • Desserts: dark chocolate, berries, fondue

Merlot Wines

Montalbano-Merlot Refosco Organic IGT 2017 - LeMed
Montalbano-Merlot Refosco Organic IGT 2017 - LeMed

Montalbano-Merlot Refosco Organic IGT 2017

$43.00
Cantina di Trento-Merlot Trentino "1339" DOC 2015 - LeMed
Cantina di Trento-Merlot Trentino "1339" DOC 2015 - LeMed

Cantina di Trento-Merlot Trentino "1339" DOC 2015

$51.00
Sartori-Merlot Friuli Grave DOC 2019 - LeMed
Sartori-Merlot Friuli Grave DOC 2019 - LeMed

Sartori-Merlot Friuli Grave DOC 2019

$35.00

Recommended Merlot Wine

Montalbano-Merlot Refosco Organic IGT 2017 - LeMed
Montalbano-Merlot Refosco Organic IGT 2017 - LeMed

Montalbano-Merlot Refosco Organic IGT 2017

$43.00

Country Of Origin: Italy


Category: Red, Dry, Still


​Grapes: ​70% Merlot, 30% Red-stalked Refosco


​Alcohol %: 12.5


Aroma: Intense end elegant it shows currant, plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit


Palate: Spices and hints of small red fruits ennoble a majestic progression

Food Pairing:

Pais well with soups, roasted white and red meat, rabbit in particular

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Pinot Noir / Nero 

Pinot Noir, one of the noble red grapes, is behind some of the world’s most prized wines. Italy is the grape’s spiritual home, where it’s the sole variety used in cellar-worthy red Burgundy.  

Pinot has an ethereal delicacy yet can age for decades; it is most memorably described as “the iron fist in the velvet glove.”

Here are some foods/flavors that go exceptionally well with Pinot Noir

  • Cheese/nuts: goat cheese, brie, walnuts
  • Meat/poultry: lamb, sausage, filet mignon, chicken
  • Seafood: salmon
  • Fruits and Veggies: mushrooms, dried fruits, figs, strawberries
  • Herbs and Spices: truffle, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove
  • Sauces: mushroom sauces, light-medium red sauces
  • Desserts: creme brulee, white chocolate

Pinot Noir / Nero Wines

Peter Zemmer-Pinot Noir Alto Adige DOC 2018 - LeMed
Peter Zemmer-Pinot Noir Alto Adige DOC 2018 - LeMed

Peter Zemmer-Pinot Noir Alto Adige DOC 2018

$59.00
Podere Fortuna-Pinot Nero Toscana "Selezione 1465-MCDLXV" IGT 2010 - LeMed
Podere Fortuna-Pinot Nero Toscana "Selezione 1465-MCDLXV" IGT 2010 - LeMed

Podere Fortuna-Pinot Nero Toscana "Selezione 1465-MCDLXV" IGT 2010

$233.00
Podere Fortuna-Pinot Nero Toscana "Fortuni" IGT 2012 - LeMed
Podere Fortuna-Pinot Nero Toscana "Fortuni" IGT 2012 - LeMed

Podere Fortuna-Pinot Nero Toscana "Fortuni" IGT 2012

$148.00

Recommended Pinot Noir / Nero Wine

Sartori-Pinot Noir delle Venezie IGT 2016 - LeMed
Sartori-Pinot Noir delle Venezie IGT 2016 - LeMed

Sartori-Pinot Noir delle Venezie IGT 2016

$48.00

Country Of Origin: Italy


Category: Red, Dry, Still


Grapes:​ 100% Pinot Noir

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Alcohol: 13%


Aroma: Black-cherry jam, black pepper, cloves, and chocolate, accompanied by spice notes and vanilla


Palate: Elegantly well balanced with a fine vein of acidity and a persistent finish​