Pairing Wine and Vegetables

AVOCADO

  • Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or California,
  • or an Italian Verdicchio.

BEANS AND LENTILS

  • Syrah/Shiraz,
  • French Beaujolais, or
  • California Merlot.
  • Alsatian Riesling or
  • Italian Pinot Grigio.

CORN

  • California Chardonnay

EGGPLANT

  • Dry rose or
  • Dolcetto from Italy, or
  • medium - weight Chianti.

HUMMUS

  • Chenin Blanc from California or
  • Aibaririo from Spain.

MUSHROOMS

  • Pinot Noir from California,
  • Merlot from New York State, or
  • French Beaujolais.

OLIVES

  • Fino sherry from Spain or
  • a California sparkling brut rose.

ONIONS

  • Unoaked white wine such as Oregon Pinot Gris,
  • Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire, or
  • Chablis from France.

TRUFFLES

Black Truffles

  • Top quality Champagne,
  • a California sparkling wine, or
  • a Syrah from California or the Rhone in France.

White Truffles

  • French red Burgundy or
  • Italian Nebbiolo such as Barolo.

pairing wine and salad

A simple green salad with an oil and vinegar dressing, or any vinegar-based dressing, neither requires wine nor can it really be usefully paired with wine. There are a few salads, however, that can be matched with wine.

caesar

A California sparkling wine will go nicely with a Caesar salad.

nicoise

This tuna-based salad is perfect with a dry rose from southern France

spinach

A grassy Sauvignon Blanc from California or New Zealand, or a brut rose sparkling wine from California, will work well.

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