What to Eat with White Wine? 10 Wine Varietals and Recommended Food Choices
Having a wine that is matched with the food you are eating not only enhances the flavor of the food but also adds to the enjoyment of the wine.
The rule with wine and food always used to be ‘red wine with meat, white wine with fish’. With new varieties of white wines and different blends, that rule is no longer the necessarily the case, although many people still stick to it.
With newer methods of cooking and many new wines available, there are several white wines that go well with meat dishes and some reds that go well with fish. Below we take a look at a few suggestions of dishes that go well with white wine.
A point to keep in mind is that a particular type of wine may have a wide array of sub-classifications, ranging from light and fruity to sweet and oaked. So a light Chardonnay may go well with one food whereas a mature oaked variety may clash with it.
What you’ll learn from this article:
The point of this blog post is to go over a variety of white wines and what food pairs well with them.
Do leave any questions you have in the comment section below! I’d be happy to recommend a bottle to you based on the meal you are planning!
There is a wide range of Chenin Blanc wines available, ranging from light and fruity to oaked and sweet versions, some Chenin Blanc wines are blended with sparkling wines.
A dry Chenin Blanc goes very well with a roast pork or a Thai curry, while a sweeter Chenin Blanc accompanies a lemon desert beautifully. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc – Viognier 2014 at about $12 a bottle is an excellent wine to compliment a full flavor curry.
There are a wide variety of Chardonnays, ranging from young, cool climate versions, right though to mature barrel fermented Chardonnays (about 3 to 8 years aged).
The lighter versions are particularly well suited to more delicate flavored foods, while the more mature versions are better paired with richer flavored foods. The medium to full body of a Chardonnay make a perfect pairing when enjoyed with roast turkey or roast chicken. Chardonnais Napa Valley Chardonnay 2013 at about $20 a bottle is an ideal choice.
A steak would, in times past be considered a definite food for a red wine. However, a steak with a lemony, herbal Béarnaise sauce can be complemented by a white, such as a Montrachet, perfectly.
Montrachet wines tend to be on the more expensive side but, for a special occasion Domaine Chanson Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes 2011 at about $56 a bottle will add a perfect accompaniment to your steak Béarnaise perfectly.
Albariño is a relatively new wine, it wasn’t until 1986 that the wine became recognized as a source of origin in Spain. The cool, damp climate in which the wine is produced means that this wine is in the medium to higher price range.
Although as the wine becomes more popular and production is increasing, prices are beginning to drop.
This wine is often the wine of choice for very simple shell fish dishes such as prawn linguini or spaghetti and clams. La Cana Albarino 2014, from Spain, priced at around $14 a bottle, is a medium acidity example of this wine that is well worth trying with simple shell fish dishes.
Riesling is a very adaptable wine where food is concerned. This is because the wine can vary from a relatively dry to quite sweet.
The drier Rieslings match better with spicy foods such a Thai curries while the sweeter ones go well with desserts, such as an apple crumble. 14 Hands Riesling 2014 at about $11 a bottle is a good choice to drink with a Thai curry. A Schmitt Sohne Relax Riesling 2014 at about $10 a bottle goes well with chicken or sea food.
A sweet Muscat is an ideal choice to accompany sweet pastries like baklava, while fortified Muscat make it a great choice to drink alongside rich fruit cakes.
Sparkling Muscat can be paired with most sweet desserts. Priced at about $10, this refreshingly smooth Muscat from California, Middle Sister Sweet and Sassy Moscato, is well worth trying with sweet desserts.
Sauvignon Blanc is probably one of the most versatile of white wine to pair with food. The range of food that this wine is the perfect match for is very wide.
For example, it goes well with green salads with a vinaigrette dressing, and then goes well with most seafood courses. Sauvignon Blanc also accompanies a chicken curry as well as many soft cheeses. Prices for a Sauvignon Blanc can vary from under $6 to well over $300. A highly rated example of this versatile wine, the Australian produced, Hewitson LuLu Sauvignon Blanc 2015 can be found for around $17.
Gewürztraminer wine can range from quite dry to sweet. This makes is suitable to pair with quite a wide variety of foods. The drier Gewürztraminers suits spicy foods, such as curries, while the sweeter varieties go well with blue cheeses or fruit tarts.
A Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer 2014, at about $9 a bottle, is a very good example of a drier Gewürztraminer that compliments spicy food.
Colombard is a relatively inexpensive wine that is often blended with other better known wines. However, on its own it can be paired well with root vegetable soups as well as chicken in creamy sauces.
Monte Xanic Chenin Colombard, from Mexico, at around $15 a bottle is a good example of a Colombard that is well worth trying with a carrot soup.
A drier Semillon is a perfect match for fish cakes, while the sweeter Semillons match rich traditional style puddings, such as a treacle sponge with custard or a rich apricot tart.
Beringer Nightingale Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc is a Semillon blended with Sauvignon Blanc. At about $30 for a half bottle, this is a sweeter wine that is worth trying with fruit desserts.
The wines that we have looked at are only suggestions, the best approach is to use this as a guide and not a strict rule as to what wine should be served with a particular food. If you want to drink a different wine with any particular food, that is what you should do.