Food Match

By Anthony Gismondi

Take-out

Burgers: Grenache/Garnacha, Malbec, Nero d’Avola, Negroamaro, Zinfandel

Chinese Food or Thai: Riesling, Ehrenfelser, Gewürztraminer, Sangiovese

Indian: Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wines

Mexican: Rosés, Grenache/Garnacha, Tempranillo

Pizza: Merlot, Pinot Gris

Sushi: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling, Gewürztraminer

Meat and Fowl

Beef Braised: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Malbec

Beef Barbecue: Shiraz, Riesling

Beef Grilled: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Red Blends, Nebbiolo, Douro Dry Red Blends

Beef Ribs: Côte du Rhône, Zinfandel, Carmenère

Beef Roasted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Super Tuscan Red Blends, Meritage Red Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz Blends

Roast Chicken: Macon, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Duck: Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir

Game: Pinot Noir, Barolo, Hermitage, Shiraz/Syrah

Lamb: Crozes-Hermitage, Shiraz/Syrah, Rioja, Super Tuscan Blends, Southern French Red Blends

Pork: Chenin Blanc, Ehrenfelser, Riesling, Pinot Noir (New World), Rioja

Sausages: Grenache, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc

Turkey: Grenache, Riesling, Viognier, Sparkling Shiraz

Veal: Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pomerol

Seafood

Crab: Chardonnay, Riesling Spatlese, Viognier

Clams: Chablis, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadet

Halibut: Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Blanc

Mussels: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Lobster

Oysters: Chablis, Cava, Sancerre

Salmon: Rosé, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Scallops: Sparkling White, Chardonnay, Riesling Viognier

Sablefish: Chardonnay

Prawns: Sauvignon Blanc

Spot Prawns: Vermentino, Albariño, Soave

Squid: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon (young), Soave, Trebbiano

Pasta

White Sauce: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc

Red Sauce: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel

Vegetarian: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Moschofilero, Sauvignon Blanc

Cheese

Cheese matches are by Allison Spurrell, co-owner of Vancouver cheese shops les amis du FROMAGE.

Fresh Cheese: Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris

Soft Ripened (mild): Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bordeaux Blend

Soft Ripened (earthier): Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay (oaked), Pinot Noir, older reds (less tannic)

Washed or Mixed Rind: Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Riesling

Firm Cheese: Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc

Firm Aged Cheese: Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Tempranillo + lots of other nice big reds

Goat Cheese: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier

Sheep Cheese: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sparkling

Blue Veined Cheese: Port, Sauterne, Late Harvest Riesling

Desserts

Cheesecake (chocolate): Framboise/Raspberry fruit wines, Orange Muscat, Vidal Icewine

Cheesecake (fruit): Icewine, Late Harvest Viognier or Riesling or Gewürztraminer or Ehrenfelser

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake: Banyuls, Red Icewine, Black Muscat

Crème Brûlée: Madeira, Tawny port

Fruit Cobbler: Ice Wine, Late Harvest Riesling or Gewürztraminer

Tiramisu: Sparkling Moscato, Vin Santo

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