The Roma Blog

Wine and Food Pairing 101

Blog Date: 2017-04-20
Author: aflorian
Buongiorno!

Today we are exploring the basics of wine and food pairing for those of you who are not sure where to start! We're breaking it down by wine type and outlining which foods pair best with each.

Light, Dry White - Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Albarino, Gruner V.

  • green veggies
  • roasted veggies
  • fish
  • carbs

Sweet White - Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Moscato

  • soft cheese
  • carbs
  • cured & smoked meat
  • dessert

Rich White - Chardonnay, Oaked Whites, Viognier

  • roasted veggies
  • carbs
  • rich fish
  • white meat

Light Red - Pinot Noir, Grenache, Pinotage, Gamay

  • rich fish
  • white meat
  • roasted veggies
  • carbs

Medium Red - Sangiovese, Merlot, Cab. Franc, Tempranillo

  • cured & smoked meat
  • red meat
  • white meat
  • carbs
  • hard cheese

Big Red - Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Syrah, Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Aglianico

  • cured & smoked meat
  • red meat
  • hard cheese

Sparkling Wine - Champagne, Franciacorta, Prosecco, Cava

  • fish, carbs
  • hard cheese
  • soft cheese
  • green veggies

Dessert Wine - Port & Tawny Port, Sherry, Late Harvest, Tokaji

  • dessert
  • cured & smoked meat
  • soft cheese


If you are new to wine and food pairing, we recommend just experimenting! Try different combinations and see which one tastes better than the next! Then you'll never go back! :) Buon appetito amici!