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Quick Guide: Wine Pairing for Beginners


Did you know that there are four types of wine? Still, aromatized, sparkling and fortified. The aromatized and fortified wines; such as Sherry, Port, Vermouths’ which are also considered as “aperitifs.” An aperitif is an alcoholic drink taken before dinner to stimulate your appetite. The sparkling is considered a champagne and the still wines are the familiar red and white varieties that range from dry and semidry to sweet.

 

The following list describes wines in the most general way with the barest descriptions. The best way to learn about wine and food pairing is to investigate and experiment yourself.

Wine

Description

What is Best Paired

Cabernet Sauvignon

Full-bodied and Dark/ Dry

Fabulous with Juicy Red Meat (I.E., Steak, lamb)

Pinot Noir

Light-bodied and Mild/ Dry

Pair with Earthly Flavors (I.E., Supreme Pizza, mushrooms, peppers, onions) Salmon also pairs well.

Chardonnay

Dry and Crisp

Pairs well with Fish and Seafood.

Moscato d'Asti

Sweet sparkling wine

Fruit Desserts. Pairs well with a simple summer fruit salad.





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