What Wine Goes With…

what_wine_goes_withWe’re trying something new here at Wine Welfare.  We are always asked “What wine goes with…”-type of questions, so we figured it was high time we begin answering those questions in actual posts.

Pairing wine with food is quite a high art form, and it often takes careful study of wines and foods to find the best gastronomic experience. Some people, like sommeliers, spend years perfecting how to pair food and wine, and it is required knowledge for chefs and wine experts alike. It is also valuable for people who are already into wine or just getting started. Some wines stand alone quite well, but the majority are meant to be enjoyed with a variety of wonderful foods. That’s the whole point of opening a bottle in the first place!

So, every Friday we are going to answer a “What Wine Goes With…” question. We’ve always stuck with wine reviews, but this seems like a valuable topic to address on a weekly basis. So send us your “What wine goes with…” questions, either through info@winewelfare.com, by commenting, or by filling out our Contact Form.

We hope you enjoy these posts and are able to pair some great wines with your favorite foods in your own home!


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3 Responses to “What Wine Goes With…”

  1. I like it as I enjoy wine, but do have a difficulty time moving beyond “white goes with white meats and red with the red meats” – so looking forward to your ideas.

  2. What wines would you use to go with apples?

  3. Wine Welfare Says:
    January 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Hi Andrea,

    Thanks for your question!

    Pretty much any white wine will go with apples, including sweet dessert wines if you’re really into the sugar. My personal favorite with most apples is Champagne. Not sparkling wine. Champagne. Might want to try that out if you’ve got the budget.

    Otherwise a dry white like Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio/Gris would work. But it also depends on the kind of apple we’re talking about. Tart? Sweet? Spicier (think cinnamon-like)?

    If you’re having tart apples like Granny Smith, go with a California Chardonnay or a Riesling. The thicker, more buttery flavor of the California Chardonnay can help balance the tartness. Same for the Riesling, though you’re balancing the tartness with a little sugar.

    Sweeter apples go best with the dry whites mentioned above, in my opinion, but that’s because I don’t go in for a ton of sugar. I would also add a white Burgundy to this list as well.

    Spicier apples (like Macintosh) should go well with Rieslings, Gewurtztraminers or Viogniers.

    Hope all that helps! Let me know!

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