How to Pair Wine with Food

Wine is a great choice for entertaining, here are some tips on pairing the perfect wine with everyday foods. How to Pair Wine with Food|Designers Sweet Spot|

Choosing the Perfect Wine

We are occasional wine drinkers. I find that having a bottle or two in the pantry is an easy way to be prepared for last minute guests and dinner parties. It’s also a treat to share a glass with my husband on Saturday night after the kids are asleep. It’s called BALANCE.


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Years ago we visited the California wine country. It was so beautiful, I would highly recommend it if you haven’t been there. We visited a boutique winery, small but known for it’s incredible red wines. I had never been to a winery before, but I was hooked after that first experience. After the tour and the tasting, we signed up for their monthly wine club. For several years we had incredible wines delivered to our door every month. It was as if we were on vacation each time we drank that wine. We loved it. Unfortunately, this winery is now out of business, and we haven’t been in a wine club since.

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The Wine Club Solution

Although we occasionally purchase grocery store wine, we never seem to have the right wine for the food we are serving. If we have red wine in the house, I’ll be making chicken. Or if we have white wine, our menu includes spaghetti. Usually we end up running to the store to find what we need because we don’t have it.

I dream of having a small wine cellar some day. I like the idea of having wine for any meal or occasion on hand. This photo above is not a small cellar, but it is stunning is it not? Wow!

We recently became a distributor for the Direct Cellars Wine Club and we couldn’t be happier! We are getting 4 bottles of premium boutique wine (2 red and 2 white) shipped to us each month. The cellar will be slowly growing! I will be sharing more specific details soon!

Here’s how it works: With this Direct Cellars Wine Club we will get our monthly wine shipments for FREE when 3 other people sign up for the Wine Club membership. Isn’t that amazing?


Who doesn’t love free wine??? You can be a club member and enjoy big discounts on your wine or become a distributor and earn larger commissions PLUS get get discounts on wines you purchase. DID I MENTION YOU CAN EARN FREE WINE? Right now, you can even get an additional free 3 day vacation for signing up!

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Here are some ideas for what to serve with your FREE WINE.

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How to Choose Your Wines

There are a few basic rules to remember when choosing wines. First, red wine is usually served with red meat.


White wines are usually served with seafood, or poultry.


The temperature of the wine is also a factor in the flavor. Red wines are served room temperature, uncorked for a few minutes before serving so it can “breathe”.

White wines are served cool and crisp. Chill in the refrigerator or in an ice bucket before serving.

Now for the foods: The wine and cheese chart above is a great resource. I printed it for my kitchen so I can have it on hand. Cheeses bring out the flavor of the wine so they make a great combination. For cheese tray directions, read my How to Make a Cheese Tray Post.

Wine, cheese and FRUIT are wonderful together. Fruit balances the cheese and brings out the fruity flavor of the wine. Frozen fruits are a delightful addition to chill your white wine in the glass when serving.

Here are some serving ideas:

Strawberries with Proscecco

Raspberries with Rose

Peaches and Chardonnay

Blackberries with Riesling

Mangos with Moscato

Blueberries with Sauvignon Blanc

Pineapple with Pinot Grigio

Cherries with White Zinfandel

Wines to Serve with Common Foods

Hamburgers: Try Shiraz, Zinfandel or Pinot Noir

Fried Chicken: White wines such as Chardonnay, Riesling or Chenin Blanc

Spaghetti: Reds such as Merlot, Chianti or Valpolicella

Baked Light Flavored Fish (such as sea bass, flounder, sole, or cod): Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc

Sliced Cold Cuts: White Zinfandel, Riesling, Rosé,

Steak or Lamb: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel,
Syrah, Merlot

Desserts: Moscato, Late Harvest, Vouvray,

With a little organization and a Direct Cellars Wine Club membership you can be ready for entertaining, or when you and your hubby have a few minutes to share a bottle. Sign up with my affiliate link to start earning your FREE WINE!


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