Don't Whine: It's Easy to Pair Wine with an Entree!

Don't Whine: It's Easy to Pair Wine with an Entree!

Some people think it takes a sommelier or other restaurant professional to pair wine with a meal. With all the Fall and Winter holidays rushing towards us, we have the best recipes and wines that pair with them, whether you are hosting a casual get-together, a sit-down meal or just hanging at home with the fam! Keep reading for our wine and entree pairings- dessert, too!

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.

Hosting a party? Get some tips at this link, and enjoy yourself!

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