Food and Wine Pairing

76. Try to be adventurous and select new food and wine combinations! If you always order a Cabernet with your grilled steak, order an Italian Primitivo. You'll find the smoky, spicy and jammy flavors of this red wine pair exceptionally well with the smoky flavor of grilled beef.

77. Wine should be matched with a dish's dominant flavor, which, in many cases, is the sauce. For instance, a simple grilled halibut matches best with Sauvignon Blanc; halibut topped with a rich cream sauce matches best with Chardonnay.

78. Remember that when in doubt, the "old" general wine and food pairing rule is still reliable: white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat.

79. Match hearty fare with a hearty wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon.

80. Match fresh fruit with either sparkling wine or a sweet, dessert-style wine. Be sure the wine is sweeter than the fruit, or the wine will taste bitter.

81. Match hot and spicy fare with Riesling or a very fruity red.

82. Match salads with lemon or vinegar in the dressing with a high-acid wine such as Sauvignon Blanc.

83. Match pizza, hamburgers, meat loaf or other "comfort foods" with Zinfandel, Syrah or Merlot.

84. Match lamb dishes with Syrah or Shiraz.

85. The most important food and wine pairing "rule" of all: Drink the wine you like with the food you like; there are no "wrong" answers if you enjoy the match.

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