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THE PERFECT PAIR

A CRASH COURSE IN WINE AND FOOD PAIRING

BY: MACKENZIE GOODMAN | SEPTEMBER 2018


Most holidays are contained to a single day: National Friendship Day, Arbor Day, and even Halloween. When it comes to California wines, however, there's just too much worth celebrating to pack into 24 hours. That's why, this September, we're raising a glass and celebrating the grapes, the makers, the flavors, and everything in-between for California Wine Month!

One of the biggest hurdles when getting into the world of wine is understanding the complex flavors of each variety and knowing what food will bring out the best in both wine and the dish. It's a daunting task. Some people dedicate their entire lives to honing this skill (like our beverage team)! Understandably, many of you out there don't have that kind of time available. So, we've assembled a crash course to help you pair like a pro and leave your dining companions wondering when you suddenly became so knowledgeable:


SWEET FOODS


THE GREAT WALL OF CHOCOLATE®
BANANA SPRING ROLLS



PAIR WITH

Merlot



WHY

Dark-fruited wines go well
with sweet or chocolate.

UMAMI FOODS


CHANG'S LETTUCE WRAPS
CRISPY GREEN BEANS



PAIR WITH

Pinot Noir



WHY

Light-bodied wine like Pinot Noir brings
out the flavors in savory or earthy dishes.

SALTY FOODS


EDAMAME WITH SEA SALT
SALT & PEPPER PRAWNS



PAIR WITH

Champagne



WHY

Most champagnes actually have a touch of
sweetness, which balances out saltiness.

SOUR FOODS


SWEET & SOUR CHICKEN
ASIAN CAESAR SALAD



PAIR WITH

Sauvignon Blanc



WHY

Tangy foods won't overwhelm a crisp,
tart wine like Sauvignon Blanc

fatty or textureD foods


CHICKEN PAD THAI
MONGOLIAN BEEF



PAIR WITH

Cabernet Sauvignon



WHY

The tannins refresh the palate after
each bite of tender, juicy meat

spicy foods


KUNG PAO CHICKEN
SPICY TUNA ROLL



PAIR WITH

Syrah



WHY

Syrah tames heavily seasoned dishes
without overpowering them.


Learn more about California grapes, vineyards, pairings, and makers at
CALIFORNIAWINEMONTH.COM