Don't Whine: It's Easy to Pair Wine with an Entree!
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Cannellini Beans and Roasted Tomatoes: This colorful dish pairs perfectly with a shiraz or a red Bordeaux.
Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms: Crab goes best with a dry Riesling, and this dish can be served as an appetizer or an entree course.
Grilled Oysters with Fennel Butter: These succelent morsels pair with a Chablis or even Champagne. Dare to indulge!
Sirloin Steak with Dijon-Port Sauce: The port and mustard create a rich, sweet and spicy sauce. Serve this entree with a Cabarnet Sauvignon or Zinfandel.
Zesty Shrimp with Garlic Rosemary Sauce: This rich sauce calls for a Chardonnay or Riesling.
Roasted Mushrooms: The earthy 'schrooms pair up with a Pinot Noir like old friends meeting again after many years! It is a beautiful combo to taste and savor.
Bacon Cream Sauce Pasta: This dish, like pasta with alfredo or other cream sauces, calls for a wine that cuts through those overpowering flavors. Reach for a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio.
Blue Cheese Puffs: The blue cheese marries well with a Port wine or any dessert wine option.
Braised Pork Medallion with Apples: The pork is simple and clean with a touch of apples, so it calls for a Beaujolais, which has a slight strawberry tinge to it.
Grilled Boneless Provencal-Style Leg of Lamb: A Cabarnet Sauvignon or even a red Bordeaux will complement this french-style lamb dish and its clean and rustic flavors.
Sauteed Chicken with Cumin: This spicy Indian dish serves up well with a Riesling or Gewurztraminer.
Italian Lamb Stew: This stew makes use of lamb, turnips, carrots and mushrooms. it pairs beautifully with a Nebbiolo, also known as Barolo. This wine is high in acid and that pairs perfectly with the rich flavor profile of a lamb stew.
Chocolate Custard Dessert: This creamy dessert option becomes even more flavorful when paired with Asti Spumanti, a Muscat-based wine.
Pumpkin Chocolate Dessert Cake: This moist seasonal cake is brought to life with a Brachetto D'Acqui.
Not every fish goes with a simple white, nor every meat with red. Here are some more tips to make pairing easier:
When cooking pork, look for wines from Germany, specifically a Riesling, if it is a simple dish. BBQ dishes call for an off-dry option.
When creating a chicken masterpiece, opt for a full-bodied Chardonnay or white Burgundy.
Beef is terrific with many reds, but don't limit yourself to table wine: try beef with a Shiraz, red Burgundy, Merlot or Chianti.
Dessert is almost always fantastic with port wines, dessert wines- Moscato is a lovely option.
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