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.
What is Best Paired
Full-bodied and Dark/ Dry
Fabulous with Juicy Red Meat (I.E., Steak, lamb)
Light-bodied and Mild/ Dry
Pair with Earthly Flavors (I.E., Supreme Pizza, mushrooms, peppers, onions) Salmon also pairs well.
Dry and Crisp
Pairs well with Fish and Seafood.
Sweet sparkling wine
Fruit Desserts. Pairs well with a simple summer fruit salad.