What Food Goes with Red Wine?

Are you thinking about dinner with friends and wondering what food goes with red wine? The knowledgeable team at Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits can help.

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Cabernet Sauvignon: Cabernet is the most famous red wine grape variety on Earth. It is a dry, full-bodied wine that is bursting with flavors. Try BV Coastal Cabernet Sauvignon from California. It pairs well with:

  • Well-marbled beef
  • Grilled red meat
  • Duck and goose
  • Ribs
  • Long-braised stews
  • Pot roast

Chianti: This wine, which comes from Chianti in the Tuscany region of Italy, varies in style, primarily based on ageing. Styles range from light to full bodied, but they are always dry. Try the Marchese Antinori Chianti from Tuscany. It’s an excellent choice with:

  • Tomato and meat-based pasta dishes
  • Pizza
  • Pork spare ribs
  • T-bone and rib-eye steaks
  • Grilled fish
  • Deli meats like salami
  • Bold cheeses

Merlot: Merlot has relatively low tannins (reducing the risk for bitterness) and is soft and fruity. Try the Yellow Tail Merlot from South Australia. It will bring balance and strong flavors to any dish and tastes great with food such as:

  • Pasta
  • Chicken
  • Roast duck, turkey, pork
  • Venison and bison
  • Hamburgers
  • Pizza
  • Hearty bean dishes
  • Roasted vegetables

Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir has strong, oaky overtones and is a moderately dry, medium-to-light bodied wine. Try the Bread & Butter Pinot Noir from California’s Napa Valley. It pairs well with:

  • Poultry and duck
  • Lamb
  • Venison
  • Hearty fish―salmon, tuna
  • Ham, spicy pork
  • Mushrooms and truffles
  • Spiced Asian and eastern Mediterranean dishes
  • Many cheeses

Syrah: Some of the world’s most famous Syrah wines are the peppery, earthy ones from France, but California, Washington, Oregon, Chile and Argentina also produce complex, rich wines. Try Montes Alpha Syrah from Montes, Chile. It pairs well with:

  • Lamb
  • Sausages
  • Grilled meats of all kinds
  • Roast pork
  • Barbecue
  • Stews
  • Game―venison, squab

Zinfandel: This well-known wine grape is widely cultivated in California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys. It is lighter in color than other reds, but has a bold taste with notes of raspberry, chocolate and cinnamon. Try Napa Valley’s Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel. It pairs well with:

  • Barbecue and grilled lamb, steak, and chicken
  • Hamburgers
  • Sausages
  • Pizza
  • Slightly spicy foods; Southwest and Mexican dishes

Now that you have a few tips about what food goes with red wine, your next meal is destined to be a masterpiece. Stop by Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits on Grand Cayman for more suggestions.