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General Wine Pairing Tips
While there are nuances to each specific dish that can help determine wines that will pair well, there are a few general wine pairing guidelines that can help.
- White wine pairs well with light seafood dishes.
- Light-bodied red wine pairs well with richer seafood dishes, hearty vegetarian dishes, and herby poultry dishes.
- Medium- and full-bodied red wines pair well with red meat.
- Wine should be sweeter and more acidic than the food.
- Wine should be similar in flavor intensity of the food.
Wine that pairs with salmon
Rich, oily fish like salmon pair well with fuller bodied white wines. Think Chardonnay, Viognier, or Marsanne wines. Salmon paired with rich cream sauces or pastas can also pair well with Oregon Pinot Noir wines.
Food: Sheet pan salmon
Wine: Oak-aged Chardonnay
Wine that pairs with mushrooms
Meaty mushrooms pair well with earthy wines, such as Pinot Noir and Syrah.
FOOD: Mushroom Puff Pastry Appetizers
WINE: Pinot Noir
Wine to pair with creamy soup
FOOD: Cauliflower Carrot Soup
WINE: Oregon Pinot Gris
Wines to pair with steak
Steak and red wine is a classic food and wine pairing, for good reason. The rich steak needs a high acid, high tannin wine that can cut through the fattiness of the meat. A full-bodied red blend or Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent pairing.
Food: Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine to pair with lamb
Heavier meats like lamb and venison pair well with richer, fuller bodied red wines. Think Chianti or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Food: Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb