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Food & Wine Matching


This brilliant Food & Wine Matching resource below is thanks to the extraordinary passion and hard work of our good friend Francis Gimblett, founder of the world's best corporate entertainment wine tasting company, 'Taste of the Vine®'. Other fantastic resources can be found on Francis's 'Wine Navigator®' site (there is also an mobile 'app' available to download - check it out, it's excellent!). For the Food & Wine Matching resource below, we have gone one step further and linked Francis's grape variety suggestions to specific individual wines to help you track down the ultimate match.



Antipasti - Pinot GrigioSoave, Vernaccia di San GimignanoDolcetto

Artichoke - New Zealand or South Afican Sauvignon Blanc, SemillonLoire Rose

Asparagus ChampagneAustralian SemillonWhite Burgundy, Zesty Sauvignon

Avocado - Chablis 1er Cru, Champagne,Gewurztraminer, New Zealand Sauvignon

Caviar - Iced VodkaAustralian Sparkling, Californian Sparkling, Champagne

Chorizo - Carignan, Pinotage, Priorato Red

Mackerel - Grand Cru Pinot Gris, Manzanilla Sherry,Vinho Verde

Melon - Prosecco Sparkling, Recioto di Soave, Port

Pate - Vouvray Demi-Sec, GamayCotes du Rhone, Medium Zinfandel

Quiche - White Chateauneuf du Pape, White Burgundy,Californian Chardonnay

Salads Alsace Pinot Blanc, Champagne, Muscadet sur Lie, Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay


Chowder - Albarino,Pinot GrisRich Chardonnay, Semillon

Consomme - Fino orManzanilla Sherry,Sercial Madeira

Vegetable - Californian Sparkling, Champagne, White Burgundy


Bass Chablis, Frankland River Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chinon, Pinot Noir

Cod - Spatlese TrokenWhite BurgundyGruner Veltliner

Crab - Champagne, Dry Rielsing, White Burgundy

Kippers - Islay Malt Whisky or a smokey Lapsang Souchong tea

Lobster - Aged ChampagneFine White Burgundy, Graves, Californian Chardonnay

Mussels - Muscadet sur LieRueda, Verdiccio

Oysters - Guinness, Chablis 1er Cru, Champagne, Fine SparklingUnoaked Chardonnay

Plaice - Chablis, Pinot Blanc, Pouilly Fume

Prawns - Californian Riesling, New Zealand Sauvignon,White Burgundy

Salmon (poached) - Chablis, Pinot Blanc, Pouilly Fume

Salmon (smoked) - Californian Chardonnay, Champagne, Pinot Gris, light Burgundy

Scallops - Fume BlancRiesling Spatlese, dry Sparkling

Sole - Californian Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Gris,Crozes Hermitage Blanc

Trout - Canadian Chardonnay, dry Sylvaner, white Graves, Sancerre Rose

Tuna - Australian ChardonnayGruner VeltlinerCrozes Hermitage Blanc, Pinot Noir


Beef - Argentinian MalbecCabernet SauvignonSt EmilionAustralian Shiraz

Casseroles -BeaujolaisCalifornian Pinot NoirChianti

Chicken (fried) - Graves Whites, Australian SemillonCarneros Pinot Noirred Burgundy

Chicken (roast) - Californian Viognier, mature white Burgundy, white Cotes du Rhone, Pinot Noir

Goose - Off dry Vouvray, Chianti, Chinon, Hermitage

Ham - Cote Chalonnais Burgundy, medium Zinfandel, Chinon

Hamburgers - Australian MerlotCalifornian CabernetZinfandel

Kidneys - Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, St Emilion, Barbaresco, Old Zinfandel, Tavel Rose

Lamb - Australian Cabernet, Californian Cabernet, red MedocRioja

Liver - Crozes Hermitage, Cru Beaujolais, medium Zinfandel

Pork - Californian ChardonnayChilean MerlotChianti, St Emilion

Sausages - Australian Cabernet, Californian Cabernet, Cotes du Rhone redShiraz

Steak - MalbecCabernet SauvignonShiraz, Crozes Hermitage

Turkey - Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc, Vernaccia, Californian Pinot Noir, red Burgundy

Veal - Carmenereaged Burgundymature Chardonnay, Merlot

Venison - Bandol, aged Shiraz, mature red Burgundymature Zinfandel


Duck - Californian Pinot Noir Fine Red Zinfandel, Burgundy

Pheasant - Cote Rotie, Cotes de Nuits Red, Pomerol, St Emilion

Pigeon - Californian Pinot Noir, Crozes Hermitage,Sangiovese

Quail - Hermitage, Burgundy, Rioja Gran Reserva


Cassoulet -Provence red,Corbieres, Shiraz

Chilli - Avoid wine, but go for cold beer. If not too spicy,Carmenere can pair well

Chinese - Chenin BlancGewurztraminer, Riesling

Dim Sum - Chinese Tea, Sparkling wineMarsanne, Muscat

Lasagne - SangiovesePrimitivoValpolicella

Omelette - Pouilly Fume, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner

Paela - Cotes du Rhone BlancProvence Rose, Rioja Rosado

Pasta (seafood) - Frascati, Sauvignon Blanc, Vernaccia

Pasta (cream) - SoaveGaviFiano

Pasta (meat) - Montepulciano d'AbbruzoSalice Salentino

Pizza - DolcettoChiantiCalifornian Chardonnay

Shepherd's Pie - Barolo, Red Zinfandel

Thai Food - If hot, stick to beer and water. If not,Chenin Blanc, Sparkling wines work well


Cakes - Malmsey Madeira, Muscat

Cheesecake -SauternesTokaji 5 Puttonyos

Chocolate Pudding - Bual MadeiraBanyulsTawny Port

Christmas Pudding - BanyulsMalmsey MadeiraPedro Ximenez Sherry

Creme Brulee - Malmsey MadeiraSauternes

Ice Cream - Muscat Beaumes de VenisePedro Ximenez Sherry

Meringues - Late Harvest GewurztraminerLate Harvest Riesling

Pecan Pie - Malmsey MadeiraPedro Ximenez Sherry

Rhubarb Crumble - Botrytis RieslingRiesling Auslese

Strawberries - Sauternes

Tiramisu - Vin SantoTawny Port

Treacle Tart - Malmsey MadeiraMuscat Beaumes de Venise



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