Food and wine pairing is all about balance — a principle that applies even when you’re uncorking a bottle between meals. Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together with friends or planning to curl up with a snack and your favorite movie, you’ll always be rewarded if choose your wine purposefully.
At the same time, you don’t want wine pairing to become too laborious — balance your efforts too. Our experts have created 6 go-to wine and snack pairings that make choosing the right combination easy.
Charcuterie & Beaujolais
Because charcuterie can be anything from spicy cured sausages to smooth and savory pâté, try choosing a wine that pairs well with a variety of foods like versatile Beaujolais.
Olives & Barbera
Barbera is a fantastic complement to olives; the acidity of the wine is a bright and welcome contrast to the oily richness of the fruit.
Tomato Bruschetta on Crostini & Light Chardonnay
Your natural inclination with tomato bruschetta may be to lean toward a red on the lighter end of the spectrum but try a light Chardonnay instead; you’ll be surprised how well it complements the fresh tomatoes and crunchy crostini.
Dark Chocolate & Tannat
This lesser-known varietal has a solid tannin structure that balances creamy dark chocolate. Try Alcyone, Late Harvest Tannat from Uruguay; it has notes of coffee and spice that blend well with the flavor of the chocolate. It also makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift along with a box of Citarella chocolates!
Smoked Salmon on French Blini & Bubbles
Sparkling wines like Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava do a great job of cutting through rich foods. If you’re serving silky smoked salmon on French blini (with a dollop of crème fraîche) there’s no better pairing than your favorite bubbly bottle.