The Carlton Restaurant

This Week’s Wine Wisdom

This Week’s Wine Wisdom

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wine:foodHere is a wine and food pairing guide to stimulate your taste buds!

Below you will find very general complementary food and wine pairing recommendations. Use them for reference, as a starting point. 

Wine guide for typical dishes:

  • Chicken – Chardonnay or lighter reds such as Rioja, Barbera, Grenache, Burgundy
  • Green Salad – Herby whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc.
  • Grilled Fish – Light medium bodied whites such as Pinot Grigio, Chablis
  • Pasta (red sauce) – Chianti, Zinfandel, Pinot Blanc
  • Pasta (white sauce) – Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Viognier, Gavi
  • Raw or steamed shellfish – Crisp, acidic wines such as Champagne, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Steak – Full-bodied red such as Cabernet, Bordeaux

Wine guide for Asian cuisines:

  • Chinese – Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir
  • Indian – Zinfandel, Chardonnay
  • Japanese – Beaujolais, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
  • Thai – Chablis, Chardonnay

Wine guide for cheese:

  • Creamy soft brie or camembert – Red Burgundy, Chardonnay, Chablis
  • Strong goat cheese –Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume
  • Hard Gouda – Chianti, Dolcetto, Pinot Noir
  • Semi hard cheese – Semillon, Rioja, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Smoked cheese – Gewurztraminer, Sauternes, Shiraz
  • Strong blue cheese – Sauternes, Port, Hermitage, Madeira


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