With Fried Foods: Prosecco or Riesling
Rieslings are extraordinarily versatile with food.
- Fried chicken
- Fried gator bites with raspberry jalapeno sauce
- Calamari Christiano
- Deep-fried loompyas
- Egg rolls
- Fried pickles
Spicy: Gamay, Zweigelt, Schiava, and some Pinot Noirs
Why: Avoid red wines with high levels of tannin and oak, as those will make the spicy food seem all the spicier.
- Chicken jambalaya
- Jerk chicken
- Spicy basil chicken
- Chicken wings
Tomato-y: Cabernet sauvignon/Zinfandel
Why: The richer the red sauce you have in your pasta or pizza dish, the more tangy and bold you want your red wine to be.
- Bread and sauce
- Meatballs and sauce
Sushi, seafood, spring vegetables: Dry, austere, and crisp, chenin blanc and pinot grigio are the wines to reach for when serving lean, white fish cooked simply. Flounder, halibut, walleye, snapper, raw clams, or oysters all do well with these wines.
- Shrimp tempura
- Lobster roll
- Shrimp wrap
- Spring roll