Food Category

Types of Wine

Hot & spicy foods

Gerurztraminer, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Beaujolais

Acidic, tart foods

Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling white wines

Rich foods

Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Salty or smoked foods

Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurztraminer

Sweet foods

Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer



Specific Foods

Types of Wine

Beef, Lamb

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Merlot, red Bordeaux, Zinfandel

Chicken, Pork, Veal

Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Riesling, white Rhone

Fish, lean

Chardonnay, white Burgundy

Fish, moderate and high fat

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, white Burgundy, white Zinfandel

Pasta with tomato sauce

Zinfandel, Chianti

Pasta with vegetables

Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc


Chablis, Chardonnay, Macon Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc



Wine should be stored in a cool place with a consistent temperature between 45° and 65°F (55°F is ideal). Store it asway from light and vibration. Do not turn or move stored wine. To prevent corks from drying out and air from entering bottles, store wine on its side. Do not store wine for long periods of time at room temperature. The higher the storage temperature, the faster the wine ages.



Wines of all sorts are used in cooking. Special cooking wines available in supermarkets are not recommended because they are often inferior in quality and contain salt. However, there is no need to use fine vintages for cooking, as it is not economical. Left over wine that is no longer good for drinking can be used in most recipes that call for wine, although adjustments in the amount of liquid may be required.



Besides pairing wine with the perfect dish, it is important to serve the wine at the appropriate temperature. White wine is best served at 50° to 55°F. Place it in the refrigerator for two hours before serving. Store red wine in a cool (65°F) place or chill it for about 15 minutes prior to serving. Red wines often benefit from being opened 10 to 15 minutes before serving. This allows them to "breathe". Tradition suggests special types of glasses for different wines. Red-wine glasses generally are larger than white-wine glasses to allow enough room for the more aromatic red wines to be swirled. However, "all-purpose" wine glasses are also sold.


Source: Debby Ward's cookbook