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Wine-Pairing Basics to Get You Through Your Next Meal

If you want to impress your friends and family with some superb wine knowledge, we’ve got just the tips for you. Go beyond the “oaky afterbirth” description, and impress others with your knack for matching wine with the best meal.

Port Wine

When grape spirit, or brandy, is added to wine during the production process, you get port wine. Basically, it makes a delicious fortified dessert wine. Our 2014 Poncu goes great with fresh fruit, cheesecake, and other yummy desserts.

Riesling

Since Riesling tends to have a sweet and fruity flavor to it, this wine goes great with spicy foods.  Try a glass of our 2015 Edelweiss with chicken or shrimp tossed around in various spices like Madras Curry, Cayenne Pepper, Cinnamon, or Ginger. Riesling also pairs well with various cheese and roasted veggies.

Chardonnay

A glass of Chardonnay tends to go well with creamy, buttery or fatty dishes. Try it with fried chicken, grilled tarragon mustard chicken, or even bay scallop chowder to heighten the taste of the Chardonnay. Any of these recipes would go great with a bottle of our 2013 Highlands.

Dechaunac

Dechaunac wine tends to be drier, but the fruity flavors provide hints of dark cherry and plum. This wine is similar to Cabernet Sauvignon because it’s a red that compliments meat dishes, but it also goes great with various cheese plates too. Our 2014 Ringneck Red would be the perfect touch to those dishes.

Merlot

Merlot is another wine that tastes great paired with seasoned meat entrees.  Pair it with a grilled flat iron steak, meatloaf, lamb chops, or roast beef for a nice hearty dinner. Grab a bottle of wine and cook it with these delicious recipes.

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio tends to have a light taste, so pair it with a meal that compliments it with light flavors. Some great dish pairings are seafood tostada bites, shrimp, and orzo risotto with buttery shrimp. Find the recipes for these meals here.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular red wines and pairs well with some delicious meals. Your food should enhance the flavor by choosing rich meat dishes. Meatballs, duck, or beef tenderloin tend to be good choices for an entrée.

Be sure to check out your local grocery or liquor store to impress your friends and family with your new wine pairing knowledge. We’re distributed all over Nebraska!