Wine Pairing Guide

Aug 28, 2015
Practical Guide to Wine PairingWhen it comes to wine, people usually classify it by its color: red or white. What many people don’t know is that there are hundreds of grape varieties, regions, and winemaking styles, aside from color, that distinguish each bottle’s flavor. In the most basic sense, wines can be classified into 5 groups: Red, White, Sparkling, Rose and Fortified. Wine can then be labeled by its dryness, sweetness, fruitiness, tanginess, softness, smoothness…you get the point. It’s no surprise that with endless flavors comes endless wine and food pairings. Take a look at our favorite wine pairings as a guide to hosting the perfect dinner party!

Wine and Cheese
  • Red
    • Cabernet Sauvignon | Cambozola
    • Zinfandel | Cheddar
    • Pinot Noir | Gruyere
  • White
    • Sauvignon Blanc | Gouda
    • Pinot Grigio | Muenster
    • Riesling | Colby Jack
  • Sparkling
    • Champagne | Gorgonzola
    • Prosecco | Asiago
    • Lambrusco | Parmesan
Wine and Dinner 
  • Red
    • Cabernet Sauvignon | Rib Eye Steak
    • Merlot | Pasta Bolognese
    • Pinot Noir | Chicken Marsala
  • White
    • Pinot Grigio | Shrimp Scampi
    • Muscadet | Mussels
    • Chardonnay | Halibut
  • Sparkling
    • Champagne | Linguini with Clams
    • Prosecco | Lemon Crusted Chicken on Angel Hair Pasta
    • Cava | Oysters
Wine and Dessert 
• Fortified
    • Marsala | Chocolate Cake
    • Madeira | Crème Brulee
    • Ruby Port | Chocolate Mousse
  • Red
    • Cabernet Sauvignon | Raspberry Tart
    • Merlot | Dark Chocolate Truffles
    • Pinot Noir | Chocolate Mousse
  • White
    • Sauvignon Blanc | Key Lime Pie
    • Chardonnay | Peaches and Cream
    • Riesling | Apple Pie
  • Sparkling
    • Moscato D’ Asti | Shortbread Cookies
    • Prosecco | Lemon Cake
    • Champagne | Chocolate Covered Strawberries
As you can tell, certain types of wine are more appropriate with certain meats and during certain courses. Fortified wine, for instance, is typically served with dessert and is often termed as dessert wine. On the other hand, red wine is most commonly served with red meat and white wine with fish. Now that you have learned the basics from our wine-pairing guide, it’s time to explore the boundless combinations of flavors. 

For a scrumptious food and wine pairing, try Cavit Riesling wine with our Asian Teriyaki Ginger Meatball Soup recipe. The wine’s ripe fruit flavors tame the heat of any spicy Asian inspired dish. 

If your looking for a dryer white wine, pair Cavit Chardonnay with our Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Kabobs for a summery taste of apple citrus and tropical fruit. This recipe will make a splash at any summer cookout.

Made mostly with Chardonnay grapes, this wine pairs great with a seafood pasta dish. Cavit Lunetta Rose compliments perfectly with the many flavors in our Shrimp Scampi with Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage recipe.

Looking for a nice red wine? Cavit Merlot has a distinct taste of plum, red cherry and a hint of chocolate, so it responds very well when paired with deeply savory dishes. Pairing this wine with our Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage & Summer Vegetable Pasta recipe will bring out the rich flavor of roasted chicken and garlic.

A light red wine goes perfectly with chicken and creamy mushroom based meals, making it a perfect match for a Chicken Marsala dish. Pair the soft character of Cavit Pinot Noir with our Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage Marsala to bring out the wine’s subtle notes of cheery and red berries. 

For more inspiration on food and wine pairing, check out all our recipes here and visit Cavit Collection’s selection of delicious wines.