A-Z Food and Wine Pairings

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Eggs Light, neutral, crisp whites, high acid sparkling wines

Fennel Sauvignon Blanc

Filet Mignon Elegant Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux

Fish, Fried Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino and other Spanish whites, Soave, Pinot Grigio, German Riesling, crisp, unoaked Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc

Fish, Grilled or Baked – white flesh Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, unoaked Chardonnay, Chablis, Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc

Fish, Grilled or Baked – strongly flavored Alsatian Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, unoaked Chardonnay, white Rhones, Loire reds (e.g. Chinon, Bourgueil, Sancere rouge)

Fish, Smoked Gewurztraminer, Alsatian Pinot Gris, Chablis, sparkling wine

Fish, Tomato Sauce Sauvignon Blanc, crisp whites

Foie Gras Sweet Botrytized wines, Sauternes, Alsatian Ventage Tardive or Selection de Grains Nobles Gewurztraminer

Game Birds Tuscan, Piedmont, Australian, Rhone and Spanish reds, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Gris, Semillion

Goose Off dry Riesling, Rosso di Montalcino, Burgundy, Rhone Valley red

Guacamole Sauvignon Blanc, German Riesling (Moselle)

Gumbo Alsatian or Austrian white, Shiraz, Pinot Noir

Ham Riesling, Pinot Gris, light Pinot Noir, Sancere Rouge, Beaujolais

Hot Dogs Medium weight spicy Languedoc-Roussilon reds

Indian Spicy Rhone reds (e.g. Gigondas, St. Joseph, Crozes Hermitage) Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, other aromatic whites

Japanese Sake, sparkling wines, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Tocai Friuliano

Lamb, Roasted Burgundy, Bordeaux, Merlot, Rioja, Chianti Classico

Lamb, Braised Australian reds, Rioja Crianza, Barbera, fruity Cabernet Sauvignon

Lobster Chardonnay, white Burgundy, Alsatian or Austrian Riesling

Mexican Dry Riesling, Vouvray, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Shiraz, Zinfandel

Mushrooms Pinot Noir

Mussels Muscadet, Pinot Grigio, Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Alsatian Pinot Blanc, fruity white Burgundy (e.g. Bourgogne Aligote). Tocai Fruiliano

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About Laura Levy Shatkin

Laura Levy Shatkin served for 10 years as food and wine critic for the Chicago Reader. Later, she became an Emmy-nominated executive producer for Taste, a 30-minute food and wine show on NBC-5 Chicago, which later merged into www.WineTasteTV.com, where Ms. Levy is a partner/owner. Today, she teaches private wine classes and hosts wine parties for consumers and firms, and continues to tell the video stories of wine, girlfriends and wine travel on her TCW blog, Wine…ing Women.