What does wine pairing mean?

Why do we drink wine with food?

You’ve probably heard the term “wine pairing” before, but what does it mean? Pairing food and wine is the process of matching dishes to wines based on flavour, body and other characteristics to enhance the dining experience. This is typically done with dinner, however, you can pair wine with just about any meal or snack.

 

When should you drink wine? Before, after or during your meal?

Well, drinking your wine beforehand kind of defeats the purpose of wine pairing. It’s also a surefire way to get you drunk very quickly. So, rather than drinking on an empty stomach, enjoy your wine during your meal. However, there are dessert wines, such as Port and Sherry, which are made for just that, dessert.

 

 

How to Pair Wine & Food:
Wine and Food Pairing Guides

 

Meat / Cheese & Wine Pairing Guides

Easy Guide to Pairing Wine and Cheese

Charcuterie & Wine Pairings

Wine & Seafood Pairings

 

Vegan / Vegetarian Food & Wine Pairing Guides

Vegetarian Recipes & Wine Pairings

Fresh Herb & Wine Pairings

 

Wine Pairings for Breakfast

Wine Pairings for Breakfast / Brunch Foods

Eggs Benedict & Wine Pairings

 

Pairing Wine & Desserts / Snacks:

Junk Food & Wine Pairings

Donut & Wine Pairings

Chocolate & Wine Pairings

 

Seasonal / Holiday Food & Wine Pairings

Valentine’s Day Dinner Wine Pairings

Easter Dinner Wine Pairings

Fall Comfort Food & Wine Pairings

Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Pairings

Thanksgiving Leftover Wine Pairings

Halloween Candy & Wine Pairings

Christmas Wine Pairings

Holiday Dinner Wine Pairings

 

Specific Cuisine & Food Pairings

Southern Food & Wine Pairings

 

Popular Foods & Wine Pairings

Pizza & Wine Pairings

Comfort Food & Wine Pairings

Game Day Wine Pairings

 

Wine Pairings for Events:

Wine Pairings for Bridal Shower

Wine Pairing Guide for Weddings

Wine Pairings for Weddings

Wine Pairings for Dinner Parties

 

Looking for more tips for pairing wine and food? Check out our wine and food pairing ‘cheat sheet’