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

Chicken Piccata & Wine Pairing

May 27, 2023|

The best Chicken Piccata Wine Pairings are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sparkling wine and Rosé.  Acidity is a must when pairing wine with Chicken Piccata, as you'll need a bright wine to hold [...]

Quesadilla and Wine Pairing

May 20, 2023|

The best wines to pair with Quesadillas are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo, Rosé and Malbec.  Oaked white wines that  have flavours of smoke, toast, vanilla and nuts pair well with the burnt edges of [...]

Beef Bourguignon & Wine Pairings

May 20, 2023|

Beef Bourguignon pairs best with earthy and fruity red wines such as Burgundy, Barolo, Gigondas, Zinfandel and Côtes du Rhône. Beef Bourguignon is a classic French dish that features beef stewed in red wine, [...]

Crème Brûlée & Wine Pairing

May 13, 2023|

Crème Brûlée pairs best with sweet dessert style wines such as Sauternes, Tawny Port, Banyuls and Late Harvest Riesling. Crème Brûlée is a French dessert that is served in an individual ramekin. Inside you [...]

BLT Sandwich and Wine Pairings

May 13, 2023|

Acidic and fruity red wines like Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Chianti Classico and Zinfandel pair best with a Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich (BLT). Meanwhile, flavourful whites like Chardonnay, Riesling, and Grüner Veltliner are just as [...]

French Toast and Wine Pairing

May 6, 2023|

The best wine to pair with French Toast is Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, Riesling, and Moscato d'Asti.  The eggy flavours of French Toast, along with the notes of butter, maple syrup, sugar, vanilla and nutmeg, [...]

Best Wine with Bacon

May 6, 2023|

The best red and white wines to pair with bacon are Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Syrah and Pinot Gris.  Sparkling wine like Prosecco and Cava, along with Rosé make for exceptional pairings with Bacon [...]

Baklava & Wine Pairing

April 29, 2023|

Baklava is a sweet dessert that has layers of filo pastry, chopped nuts, spices and a syrup or honey glaze. The best wines to pair with Baklava are sweet wines with a fruitiness or nuttiness, [...]

Mushroom Risotto & Wine Pairing

April 22, 2023|

Earthy medium-bodied red wines, such as  Pinot Noir, Barbera, Ripasso Valpolicella, and Barbaresco, pair best with Mushroom Risotto due to their rustic and complementary flavours. Meanwhile, full-bodied whites like Chardonnay complement the creamy texture [...]

Fish & Chips and Wine Pairing

April 15, 2023|

Crisp wines with citrus flavours, such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Unoaked Chardonnay and Riesling, are excellent with Fish and Chips. In addition, Sparkling Wine and Dry Rosé are lovely with Fish and Chips as [...]

Chimichanga and Wine Pairing

April 7, 2023|

The best wines to pair with Chimichangas are fresh and fruity red wines such as Rioja, Chianti, and Beaujolais.  For white wine, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer pair best with a Chimichanga.  Rosé, a fizzy [...]

Crab Cakes & Wine Pairing

April 1, 2023|

The best wine to pair with Crab Cakes are Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre, Vermentino, Viognier and Prosecco.  Crab Cakes require crisp and acidic white wines to cut through the delicious fried breading so you can [...]