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.

My blogs are from a North American view, with my most popular wine pairings being ham, chicken alfredo, filet mignon, turkey and roast beef.

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

Poutine and Wine Pairing

February 23, 2024|

Earthy red winds with lots of acidity, such as Pinot Noir, Beaujolais and Baco Noir pair best with Poutine.  Meanwhile, refreshing whites, such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Sparkling Wine, are also excellent with Poutine [...]

Tarte Tatin & Wine Pairing

January 20, 2024|

Tarte Tatin pairs best with sweeter dessert style wines, such as, Sauternes, Late Harvest Riesling, and Quarts de Chaume. Tarte Tatin is a classic French dessert that features caramelized apples baked in a buttery, [...]

Asian Dumplings & Wine Pairing

January 13, 2024|

Chinese dumplings that are made with pork, Baicai (Chinese/Napa cabbage), minced shallots and fresh ginger pair best with light red wines and tart and refreshing white wines. Dumplings are often accompanied by a dipping [...]

Arancini & Wine Pairings

January 6, 2024|

Arancini pairs best with Champagne, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Etna Rosso. Also known as Sicilian Deep Fried Rice Balls, Arancini is made from Risotto, rolled into a ball, breaded, and deep-fried golden brown. In [...]

Portobello Mushroom Burger & Wine Pairings

December 16, 2023|

Portobello Mushroom Burgers pair best with flavourful, earthy, fruity red wines such as Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Beaujolais Villages, Zinfandel, and Baco Noir. Grilled Portobello Burgers are a delicious substitute for beef and present savoury flavours [...]

Meat Lovers Pizza & Wine Pairing

December 14, 2023|

Medium-bodied reds with balanced acidity and tannin, such as Chianti Classico, Shiraz, and Merlot, pair best with Meat Lovers Pizza.  You'll also find that Tempranillo, Pinotage, Rosso Conero, Malbec, and Zinfandel make beautiful 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 [...]