Joel Baxter

Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie is a fabulous comfort food, full of hearty bits of chicken, delicious roasted vegetables, and a rich gravy-soaked crust. Medium-bodied white wines like Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Viognier, or Grüner Veltliner, help cut through the rich gravy and carb content of this dish while accentuating the tender chicken […]

Chicken Pot Pie & Wine Pairings

pasta bolognese
Bolognese is a thick meat-based red sauce that requires a tannin-heavy red to handle the meat and a balanced acidity to cope with the tomato sauce. If your red wine has no acidity, it will end up tasting metallic and flabby when pitted against an acidic tomato sauce. Our favourite […]

Pasta Bolognese & Wine Pairings

French Onion Soup
Acidic and medium-bodied reds and whites, like Beaujolais, Burgundy, Côtes du Rhône, Chardonnay, Viognier, or Pinot Gris pair best with French Onion Soup. While French Onion Soup does have a strong flavour, you need the acidity of these wines to rip through cheesy and garlicky crouton crust before you get […]

French Onion Soup & Wine Pairing

Mussels taste like the sea and are slightly sweet, salty, and mild in flavour. Thus, for simple preparations, you’ll need lighter white wines to not crush the mussel’s delicate flavours. For mussels in stews, soups or pasta, you’ll have a lot more opportunity to get creative with your wine pairings. […]

Mussels & Wine Pairings

Grilled Steak
With a name like Pinotage, you’d expect this South African Red wine to taste like Pinot Noir. And you’d be half right, as Pinotage is a cross between the Cinsault Grape and Pinot Noir. Except, you’re left with this inky-black wine that is incredibly bolder than the two grapes that […]

Pinotage & Food Pairings

Ribeye Steak
Ribeye steak comes from the cow’s rib region and is the juiciest and fattiest (or flavourful) cut of steak. You get the same meat as you would when you have Prime Rib, except Prime Rib is a rack of beef ribs roasted. With ribeye steak, you want young and full-bodied […]

Pairing Wine with Ribeye Steak

Jambalaya is a classic Louisiana dish with no set recipe, yet there are two distinct types. Cajun Jambalaya generally excludes tomatoes, while Creole Jambalaya features tomatoes. What you can expect from both is a heavenly blend of sausage, beef/chicken/seafood, rice, onions, and pepper. This leaves you with a rich and […]

Jambalaya & Wine Pairing

Roast Turkey
Typically, when you think of Turkey, you probably think of Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll have separate pairings on that, as when you consider wine and beer pairings, you have to consider the whole meal. In this article, we’ll focus on the turkey aspect of holiday dinners, as well as […]

Turkey & Wine Pairings

Beaujolais is a light red wine made with Gamay Noir grapes. It features tart cherry, cranberry and raspberry flavours, along with notes of smoke, violet, bubblegum and mushroom. Low in tannin and high in acidity, Beaujolais is the perfect pairing for lighter simple fare, such as Hamburgers, Tuna Fish Sandwiches, […]

Beaujolais & Food Pairings

Tuna Casserole
Tuna Casserole is a tricky dish to pair with, as canned Tuna tends to taste metallic when paired with tannic red wines. The creaminess of the casserole also demands an acidic wine to cut through the rich flavours. Thus, we’d suggest light and fruity reds like a Beaujolais, Côtes du […]

Tuna Casserole & Wine Pairing

Fish and Chips
Traditionally, when you think of Pub Style Fish & Chips, you immediately imagine pairing this timeless dish with a beer, such as an Ale, Pilsner or Lager (I’m in Canada, and love Fish and Chips with Creemore Springs Lager) However, wine does have its place on the table, among the […]

Pub Style Fish & Chips & Wine Pairing

Veal Marsala is Veal covered in a rich mushroom, herb, minced garlic/shallot, and Marsala wine-based sauce. In Italy, Veal Marsala is rarely served with pasta, whereas in America, you’ll tend to find it with pasta. The addition of pasta will not affect your wine pairing as pasta is neutral compared […]

Veal Marsala & Wine Pairing