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In life, some food combinations are meant to be. From peanut butter and jelly to milk and cookies, there are numerous matches made in heaven. However, one of the most often misunderstood pairings is wine and food. In fact, certain wines can enhance the flavor of food, ultimately sending your senses into overdrive. Use this guide to easily discover the proper wine-and-food pairings that will make your meals tastier than ever!


Dry White
Types: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio
Pairs with: light and tangy dishes
Best matches: tilapia, cod, shrimp, and vinaigrette dressings

Sweet White
Types: Moscato, Riesling
Pairs with: spicy and sweet dishes
Best matches: fruit pies, cobblers, and Asian cuisine

Rich White
Types: Chardonnay, Viognier
Pairs with: fatty and creamy dishes
Best matches: seafood in butter or cream sauces, and risotto

Sparkling
Types: Champagne, Prosecco
Pairs with: light and salty dishes
Best matches: caviar, smoked salmon, cheeses, and potato chips

Light Red
Types: Pinot Noir, Gamay
Pairs with: earthy and woody dishes
Best matches: white meat, cured meat, and mushrooms

Medium Red
Types: Sangiovese, Merlot
Pairs with: rich and savory dishes
Best matches: pasta with tomato sauces, pizza, and red meats

Bold Red
Types: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
Pairs with: bold and fatty dishes
Best matches: lamb, beef stew, duck, and brisket

Dessert
Types: Port, Sherry
Pairs with: rich and sweet dishes
Best matches: chocolate, cheesecake, and pastries


To make your next dinner party a success, be sure to download this helpful printable pairings chart. Happy hosting!