Guide To Wine Food Pairing + Pronunciation

With the holiday season upon us, I thought it would be a fabulous idea to share a sort of beginners Guide To Wine with the Influenster community. You don't have to be a wine snob to appreciate knowing about various red and white types nor do you have to be a professional connoisseur in regards to knowing the correct pronunciation. After reading this simple guide you can discuss your favorite wine at any party with a certain confidence. Wine is not only a part of my ancestral heritage but also a huge part of my family background. The cherished memories of watching my father and grandfather turn our garage and backyard into a miniature makeshift winery every late October and November still lingers in my thoughts. The divine smell of moscato grapes wafting through the air -- the cool chill of late November nights as I watched the men laboring over the wine press -- these are all lasting images imprinted forever upon my minds eye like a sweeping movie scene that will forever haunt me. 

My wish is to pass along my passion for family tradition with fellow foodie lovers. Whether you'll be hosting holidays dinners, cooking with friends or simply enjoying a gourmet get together, may this easy guide to wine pronunciation and food pairing be of some use to you. While there are general rules of specific wines that rightfully compliment certain particular foods, the real rule of drinking wine is first and foremost that of individual pleasure. If you find drinking a wine that tastes good with any food dish your serving -- then that's the right wine for you! Happy Holidays to you and your family! Ciao! Stay beautiful!

Blanc de Noir (Champagne)               Blahnk duh Nwahr

Brut (Champagne)                              Broot

Cabernet Sauvignon                           Cab-er-nay Saw-vin-yawn

Carignane                                           Kare-in-yawn

Chardonnay                                        Shar-duh-nay

Chenin Blanc                                      Shen-in Blahnk

French Colombard                             French Col-um-bard

Fume' Blanc                                       Foo-may Blahnk

Gerwurztraminer                               Ger-vertz-truh-mean-er

Grenache Rose'                                 Gruh-nosh Roe-zay

Johannisberg Riesling                       Joe-hahn-iss-berg Reez-ling

Meritage                                             Mare-eh-tedge

Merlot                                                 Mer-low

Muscat                                                Muss-kat

Petite Sirah                                        Puh-teet Ser-ah

Pinot Noir                                           Pea-no Nwahr

Semillon                                             Sem-ee-yawn

Zinfandel                                             Zin-fun-dell

Shiraz (Syrah)                                      Shir-oz
Chianti                                                 Key-an-tee       

Prosecco                                             Pro-sek-oh

Lambrusco                                          Lam-broos-co

Marsala                                               Mar-sala

Brunello                                              Broo-nell-o

Bordeaux                                            Boar-doe

Asti Spumanti (Sparkling Wine)          As-tee Spoo-ma-n-ti

Rhone                                                Rone

Grappa                                              Grah-pah

Rioja                                                Ree-oh-ha

Chablis                                            Sha-bleese       


Shellfish- Fume Blanc
Grilled Salmon- Pinot Noir
Poached Salmon- Chardonnay
White Fish With Sauce- Semillon
White Fish Light Sauce- Chenin Blanc
Trout, Freshwater Fish- Chenin Blanc, Fume Blanc, Grenache Rose
Oysters- Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
Lobster- Champagne, Sauvignon Blanc

Lamb Cops-  Zinfandel
Roasted or Grilled- Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Heavy Sauce- Merlot, Burgandy

Roast beef or Plain Steak And Hamburger- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Beef With Brown or Red Sauce- Zinfandel
Grilled Veal- Pinot Noir
Roasted Veal- Semillon
Veal In Cream Sauce- Chardonnay
BBQ- Rioja, Chablis, Baco Noir, Sangria (wine punch)

Roasted- Pinot Noir
Chops- Zinfandel
Ham- White Zinfandel, Grenache Rose, Gewurztraminer

Grilled- Fume Blanc
Roasted or with Brown sauce- Cabernet Sauvignon, Carigne
Chicken in cream sauce- Chardonnay
Plain- Champagne or Dry Riesling
Turkey- Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Dry Riesling

Egg rolls, dumplings- Sauvignon Blanc
Chow Mein, veggie dishes- Chardonnay
Light meat dish thick sauce- Pinot Noir
Spicy dishes- Gewurztraminer

Pasta with red sauces- Chianti, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Pasta with (white) cream sauce- Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc
Pizza (to compliment the tomato sauce) Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chianti, Merlot

For most dishes- Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon,

Strong flavor, sharp, Zinfandel
Blue cheese- Cabernet Sauvignon
Sharp Cheddar- Petite Sirah
Soft, mild- White Zinfandel
Monterey Jack, Chardonnay
Creamy desert with fruit (Brie, Camembert, etc) Muscat Canelli,
Gruyere, Chardonnay, Port, Sauvignon Blanc
Goat Cheese- Strong Champagne
Colby- Port, Champagne
Gouda- Champagne

CHOCOLATE (Not kidding!)
Dark chocolate, Berry Chocolates-  Cabernet Sauvignon
Milk Chocolate- Asti Spumanti, Prosecco
Truffle style chocolates- Merlot
Belgium and hazelnut- Riesling


Red wines- 45F, 53F, 63F, and 72F.

White wine- 50F

Riesling- 47F

Chardonnay- 48F

Chianti, Zinfandel- 59F

Pinot Noir, Rioga- 61F

Cabernet- 63F

Bordeaux, Shiraz- 64F

Ice Wine- 43F

Asti Spumanti- 41F

Champagne- 45F

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  1. Great article. It's helpful. Is this the same guide from your food blog?

  2. I love this. Will use the guide for a wine party!

  3. I use your guide all the time, ever since you posted it on the food blog. Do you still update there?

  4. Thanks! Yes, it's from my foodie blog. I'm trying to re-do it so there are no new posts for now. XOXO

  5. Yes! Favorite post thus far because I'm a foodie x wino but we knew that! Lol no, all of the posts are great!


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