How to Pair Wine with Favorite Foods

With Fried Foods: Prosecco or Riesling

Rieslings are extraordinarily versatile with food.

  • Fried chicken
  • Fried gator bites with raspberry jalapeno sauce
  • Calamari Christiano
  • Empanadas
  • 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.

  • Pizza
  • Bread and sauce
  • Lasagna
  • 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
  • Falafel
  • Shrimp wrap
  • Spring roll

A Taste of Jeni’s Sorbet

Dairy-free, gluten-free and guilt free is what you get to experience with Jeni’s sorbet. She has multiple flavors including banana, lemon and even a Frosé. I sampled the frosé. I was looking for a hint rosé. Instead the exoerience resembled the taste of a mouth full of frozen strawberries. Rosé is listed in the ingredients. Jeni’s sells pints and mini 3.6 fluid ounce containers.