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

Chocolate Cupcakes
Not surprisingly, dessert wines, or wines in the sweeter style that feature berry or nutty flavours, pair best with chocolate. Port, Banyuls, and Sherry all have nutty or dark fruit flavours that are exceptional with chocolate. Port and Dark Chocolate Pairing Port often has touches of cinnamon spice which pairs […]

Chocolate & Wine Pairing

Caviar Tart
Caviar is one of the most expensive foods you can buy. While it is fish eggs from the Sturgeon fish (fish eggs from any other fish is called Roe), it never should taste fishy. Instead, expect a full-bodied taste with iodine notes, and a smooth and creamy texture with hints […]

Caviar & Wine Pairing

Roquefort cheese
Sauternes is a sweet white wine from Bordeaux and is made from carefully selected grapes which have been infected by a mould called Botrytis Cinerea. This mould (nicknamed noble rot) brings out layers of complexity to this delicious wine, such as intense notes of honeycomb, apricot, butterscotch, caramel, coconut, marmalade […]

Sauternes & Food Pairing

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Chianti is a fresh and youthful Italian wine from Tuscany with rustic charm and is made from the Sangiovese grape (with up to 15% content from other grapes). Rustic is a description often applied to Italian wines, and it often implies an earthiness or forest component to it. Expect flavours […]

Chianti & Food Pairings

One primary reason why people sometimes don’t understand food and wine pairing is that the food and wine recommendations often involve complicated and high-end gourmet dishes.  Most of the population does not have much time to prepare fancy meals on a night or even weekly basis.  Should we prepare a […]

Submarine Sandwiches & Wine Pairings

Salmon Burger
Salmon Burgers are a healthier alternative to the regular burger. They’re chock full of heart-healthy Omega 3 fish oils, and you’re way less likely to stack it up with cheese, bacon, or fattening sauces that will pump up your waistline and blood pressure. Instead, the addition of herbs and other […]

Salmon Burgers & Wine Pairing

It’s kind of bizarre when you initially think about it.  Pairing wine with what is essentially considered North American Peasant food or a cafeteria staple.  Meatloaf, is after all, essentially ground-up leftover meat of all types (beef, pork, poultry, venison), mixed with some spices, finely cut veggies, and either bread […]

Wine Pairing & Meatloaf

beef stew
There’s nothing better than a rich beef stew and a glass of red wine to take the chill out of the fall or winter air. Beef stew is the perfect comfort food and never requires a fancy wine to complement it. For intensely flavoured stews with a rich, thick sauce, […]

Beef Stew & Wine Pairing

Pumpkin Pie
With the harvest season upon us, pumpkin pie turns into a staple dessert at many dinner parties and meals. This lush dessert is full of flavour, and has more of a spicy quality to it, rather than coming across as too sweet. The spicy quality of pumpkin pie gives you […]

Pumpkin Pie & Wine Pairing

Apple Pie
My favourite time of the year is fall, and a lot of this has to do with my love of fresh Apple Pie. For years I just ate it à la mode with sharp cheddar, and while I’ll never get sick of this winning combination, I now appreciate a serving […]

Apple Pie & Wine Pairing