Welcome to Drink & Pair where I write articles about food and wine pairings.    Most of my content is directed to those new at drinking wine and thus I try to keep my pairings simple, while still going into enough detail as to why that food and wine pairing works.

The beautiful thing about Food and Wine Pairing is that it can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. With Drink & Pair, my goal has always been to keep it simple, while dropping enough hints to allow you to get more in-depth with your pairings if you wish. I do this by writing blogs that explain the more advanced nuances of Food and Wine Pairings, yet I offer tables with Food and Wine scores to keep it easy for those of you in a rush.

The food and wine pairing database above is a great tool to find an excellent wine pairing match.  A 3.5 star match means the pairing is good, and your guests will enjoy it. At a 3.5, either the wine or food will taste better in the company of one another, but not both.  A 5 star ranking means the pairing is a Holy Grail and you are in for a meal you will never forget.

The matching tool does not specifically use branded wines, so you need to type in the type of wine (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Chianti, Shiraz, Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc).  You can also use the filters at the bottom of the tool to narrow down your searches.

Latest Food & Wine Pairings

Barbecue Chicken Wine Pairing

December 9, 2023|

Light reds with lots of acidity, such as Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Dolcetto and Grenache pair best with Barbecue Chicken.  If BBQ sauce accompanies your Barbecued Chicken, you can get away with heavier reds such [...]

Sauerbraten Wine Pairings

December 8, 2023|

Medium-bodied red wines with high acidity, such as Pinot Noir, Morgon, Barbera, Chianti and Zinfandel pair best with Sauerbraten. Sauerbraten is both sweet (from crumbled ginger snaps) and sour (from lots of vinegar), making it [...]

Beef Barbacoa Wine Pairings

December 5, 2023|

Spicy Beef Barbacoa pairs best with medium-bodied red wines with high acidity, such as Beaujolais Cru, Cabernet Franc, Côte Rôtie and Zinfandel.  If your Beef Barbacoa isn't spicy hot, the usual suspects of Cabernet [...]

Vegetarian Pizza & Wine Pairing

November 28, 2023|

Crisp white wines with lots of acidity and versatility, like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Fiano, Unoaked Chardonnay, Prosecco and Rosé, pair best with Vegetarian Pizza. For red wine, Cabernet Franc has plenty of tart green [...]

Minestrone Soup & Wine Pairing

November 25, 2023|

The best wines to pair with Minestrone Soup are earthy and fruity red wines with plenty of acidity, such as Chianti, Beaujolais, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo or Barbera. Red wines with lots of tannin, such as [...]

Beef Burrito & Wine Pairing

November 21, 2023|

Beef Burritos pair best with medium-bodied earthy yet fruity reds like Malbec, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Cabernet Franc, Rioja and Carménère.  While beef is the prominent flavour in a beef burrito, you also get the addition of [...]

Corn Dogs & Wine Pairing

November 17, 2023|

Acidic white wines like Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Vouvray and Sparkling wine are essential when pairing with a corn dog.  The greasy corn battered breading can easily overwhelm your taste buds, making the corn dog [...]

Venison & Wine Pairing

November 15, 2023|

Venison pairs best with rich, earthy red wines such as Syrah, Barolo, Bordeaux, and Nero D'Avola.  Deer meat is not high in fat when compared to beef, thus, it is not as flavourful, and will [...]

Calamari & Wine Pairing

November 9, 2023|

Calamari pairs best with crisp white wines such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Sparkling Wine. If you are not a white wine drinker,  Rosé or Cold Beer will make for beautiful pairings [...]

Pinotage & Food Pairing

November 6, 2023|

A South African Pinotage pairs best with barbecued beef, roasted pork, bacon, venison burgers, and Chorizo sausage. Pinotage is a wine that is a cross between the Cinsault Grape and Pinot Noir Grape.  Loaded [...]