Monday, November 24, 2008

The Wedding Guide - Wine Tips

Tips For Serving The Perfect Wine

  • White and rose wines should be refrigerated just until chilled, for 1 to 2 hours.

  • Light red wines may be chilled only slightly.

  • Full-bodied red wines are always served at room temperature.

  • When figuring servings, allow one glass of wine per guest per hour. The average serving of dinner wine or champagne is 3 to 3 1/2 fluid ounces; of cocktail or dessert wine, 2 to 2 1/2 ounces.

What Wines Go With Which Dinner Courses?

Sherry is usually the first wine offered at dinner, usually with a soup that contains sherry. A dry white wine is served with fish or with an entree to which it is complementary. Red wine is normally served with red meats, duck and game. At less formal dinners, a claret or light red wine may be drunk throughout the meal. When champagne is the only wine served, it is served as soon as the first course has begun and then throughout the meal. When other wines are included, champagne is served with the meat course.

Appetizers - Since the concept of appetizers is to tease and please the palate before a meal, dry or medium, light bodied acidic white wines are usually good choices because they have a refreshing quality that tends to stimulate one's appetite. The carbonation in a sparkling wine is great with many hor d'oeuvres.

Fish - Dry white wine (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc) usually pair best with seafood because the wine's crispness allows the food's subtler flavors to surface. Also, light bodied red wines with little tannin (Gamay Beaujolais) are delicious with firmer-fleshed fish, like Swordfish, that are grilled or prepared with tomato in the sauce.

Poultry - poultry and pork, depending on how they are prepared, their tastes, textures and appearances vary, as do the choices for a perfect wine match. Carefully consider the sauces to help you select the right wine, a white, blush or red may be appropriate.

Veal - the leanness and dedicated flavor of veal is complemented by lighter red wines, well aged red wines or dry white wines. Be careful to not overwhelm the flavor of the meat and consider the flavors in the sauce.

Beef/Lamb - are higher in fat and require wines with sufficient tannin to cut through the full flavor of the food. Fine cuts of meat pair wonderfully with complex or aged red wines (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot). Meats that are braised in tomatoes or are highly seasoned or marinated need an aggressive younger red (young Cabernet Sauvignon).

Ham - cured ham with wine takes careful matching of the contrast of the saltiness and sweetness of the meat. If the ham glaze is sweet, a fruity rose or blush (White Zinfandel) can be a nice match for both taste and color.

Recommended Food and Wine Pairings


· Cannelloni - Chardonnay
· Fettucine Alfredo - Frascati, Sauvignon Blanc
· Fettucine Marinara - Gamay Beaujolais
· Lasagna - Chianti, Cabernet Sauvignon
· Linguine Clam Sauce - Soave, Chardonnay
· Tortellini al Pesto - Pinto Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc
· Spaghetti Primavera - Soave, Sauvignon Blanc


· Fish, grilled or broiled - Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
· Fish, baked or sauted - Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
· Fish, blackened - Johannisberg Riesling
· Fresh shellfish - Sauvignon Blanc, Johannisberg Riesling
· Lobster Thermidor - Gamay Beaujolais, Zinfandel
· Fried Catfish - Chardonnay
· Baked Dover Sole - White Zinfandel
· Salmon en Croute - Sauvignon Blanc
· Salmon with Buerre Blanc - Chardonnay
· Cioppino - Zinfandel, Gamay Geaujolais


· Roasted Chicken - Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
· Barbecued Chicken - Gamay Beaujolais
· Sweet and Sour Chicken - White Zinfandel, Johannisberg Riesling
· Chicken with Brown Sauce - Chardonnay, Gamay Beaujolais
· Roasted Duck/Orange Sauce - Zinfandel, Pinot Beaujolais
· Chicken w/Cream Sauce - Chardonnay, Johannisberg Riesling


· New York Strip Steak - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
· Beef Stroganoff - Merlot, Pinot Noir
· Beef Wellington - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
· Au Poivre (Pepper Steak) - Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel
· Filet Mignon w/Bernaise - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
· Roast Prime Rib - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
· Tournedos of Beef - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
· Hamburger - Gamay Beaujolais

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