Joel Baxter


Veal
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


Quiche
Quiche is a delicious egg tart full of cheese, cream and possibly veggies such as spinach, arugula or mushrooms. Quiche Lorraine is similar in that you’ll find cheese, bacon or ham and onions. Basically, it’s a rich omelette packaged in a pie like pastry. Sporting a fair amount of fat, […]

Quiche & Wine Pairing


Duck Meat
With its rich and sweet meat, combined with the fatty but crispy skin, Duck is a decadent dish like no other. Duck can also be served in a variety of ways, all which require different dance partners when considering pairings. In general, earthy and fruity reds, such as Pinot Noir, […]

Duck & Wine Pairing



Pepperoni Pizza
Sangiovese is most famous as being an Italian based grape where it is used for the popular Chianti Classico, Montepulciano, Super Tuscan, Brunello di Montalcino, and Montefalco Rosso (to list a few) wines. Sangiovese isn’t exclusive to Italy, and you’ll also find it grown in Argentina, Chile, Australia and America. […]

Sangiovese & Food Pairing


Tuna Steak
Grenache Blanc is a full-bodied white wine that when aged in oak, delivers toasty, creamy and dill-like flavors, along with green fruit notes such as apple, lime zest and pear. The full-bodied nature of Grenache Blanc makes it perfect for grilled cuts of fish steaks such as tuna steaks, swordfish, […]

Grenache Blanc & Food Pairings


butter chicken
Curry dishes are notoriously difficult to pair with wine. This is because there are a variety of spices, and historically, there are no traditional food and wine pairings to fall back on in India. Fortunately, Butter Chicken is one of the more rich but mild Indian influenced dishes available, and […]

Butter Chicken & Wine Pairing



Venison
Ribera del Duero is known for its Tempranillo grape-based red wines, which range from fruity and accessible to complex and powerful. Common flavours include black cherry, blackberry, bay leaf, brown sugar, and dried fig. Ribera del Duero must contain 75% Tempranillo, and while some wines might be 100% Tempranillo based, […]

Ribera del Duero & Food Pairing


Chorizo Sausage
Chorizo is a highly seasoned chopped pork sausage that varies from region. In Spain, for example, they use smoked pork for their Chorizo. In Portugal, they have a similar product called Chouri├žo. Mexico has its own interpretation of Chorizo which uses uncooked ground pork and local seasonings. Puerto Rico, Gao, […]

Chorizo Sausage & Wine Pairing


Chinese Takeout
Chinese food is a special occasion staple in my family as it offers tasty food at an affordable price. Everyone has that favourite dish they are looking forward to, whether it be Chicken Balls, Stir-Fried Rice, Pork Spare Ribs, or my personal fave, General Tao Chicken. When it comes to […]

Chinese Takeout & Wine Pairing



lamb chops
Medium to heavy bodied reds that are fruit-forward, best pair with Lamb Shoulder or Leg of Lamb, where you have fatty cuts of meat that are full of flavour. The fruity nature of a Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz or Rioja helps mask the gamy lamb flavours that not everyone loves. Meanwhile, […]

Lamb & Wine Pairing


Rack of Lamb
I often get asked what I would pair with a Super Tuscan. The trouble here is that there is an incredible amount of variety to the Super Tuscan Family. A Super Tuscan is any wine produced in Tuscany that does not include indigenous grapes. Thus, if the wine contains Cabernet […]

Super Tuscan & Food Pairings


Chili Con Carne
When it comes to wine and Chili ( Chilli, if you’re in the UK) pairings, there are tons of options. If the Chili is spicy hot, stick to low alcohol reds and whites, like Riesling, or Beaujolais. For Chili Con Carne (or Chili with Meat), fruit-forward red wines such as […]

Chili & Wine Pairing