What Are Some Common Food and Wine Pairings?
Alcohol-free wine and food pairings are a great way to enhance the overall experience of eating. A well-matched NA wine can bring out flavours in a dish that you might not have noticed before, or it can highlight the best traits of your meal. But how do you know what kinds of alcohol-free wines go well with which types of foods? The next time you're sipping on a glass of NA vino, check out this list below for some common pairings:
Chardonnay is the perfect match for chicken.
For chicken, alcohol-free Chardonnay is the perfect match. NA Chardonnay is a white wine, so it will go well with your chicken and won't overpower the flavours like red wines sometimes can. It's also good for people who don't like red wine because it has less tannin in it than other wines.
Pinot noir goes with salmon.
Alcohol-free Pinot noir is a great match for salmon. This rich fish needs a wine that has a lot of fruit and acidity to cut through the oiliness of its flesh. Alcohol-free Pinot noir fits this bill perfectly, having a lighter body than zero proof Cabernet Sauvignon, which can overwhelm salmon’s flavour profile.
Riesling is a natural pair for Thai cuisine.
Alcohol-free Riesling is a natural pair for Thai cuisine. The high acidity level of Riesling is a great complement to spicy dishes, which are usually sweet and salty. Rieslings can also be crisp, so they will cleanse your palate as you eat.
If you're not a fan of dry wines or feel that they're too light for dinner, pairing with Thai food is an excellent way to get started with wine-and-food pairing. Try this fun experiment: pour yourself a glass of water and put a couple drops of lemon juice into it—the sensation will be similar to what happens when you sip on some fresh riesling!
Sauvignon blanc is a good choice with goat cheese.
Goat cheese is a good choice for Sauvignon blanc, and it pairs well with seafood as well. Goat cheese's tangy flavour and crumbly texture can be an excellent complement to the smoothness of Sauvignon blanc. While goat cheese may not be your go-to cheese, it's worth trying if you haven't already!
If you're looking for more food and wine pairings, check out our guide here!
An alcohol-free rosé is the perfect complement to beef.
An alcohol-free rosé is the perfect complement to beef. It's a light red wine, so it pairs well with the rich flavour of beef while still being bright and refreshing enough to be a good choice for summer. Rosés also go well with picnics and salads, making them an excellent option for pairing with food that's served at outdoor gatherings.
Alcohol-free sparkling wine makes a great pairing for seafood.
NA Sparkling wine is a great pairing for seafood.
If you're looking for a food and wine pairing that will make you look like a pro, this one's for you. After all, how many times have we all heard someone order "Chardonnay with my fish?"
Well, here's your chance to put that person in their place! NA Sparkling wine makes an excellent companion to seafood because it has acidity and delicacy comparable to fish; therefore each complement the other very well. Additionally, since champagne is served chilled—much like your favourite shellfish—the two can be enjoyed at the same time (or at different points during your meal).
A cabernet sauvignon showcases beef's flavour.
An alcohol-free Cabernet sauvignon is a great red wine. It has earthy and fruity flavours, which make it a good match for beef. This type of wine is great with steak or lamb. Cabernet can also be paired with salmon, chicken and duck.
Pairing wines with food can help enhance the overall experience of each ingredient in a dish
Wine is a great complement to food. It can help enhance the overall experience of each ingredient in a dish, and it’s especially beneficial for people who don’t drink alcohol. Wine pairings are often categorized by food types: red wine goes well with red meat, white wine with chicken or fish. But what if you want to drink something other than red or white? For example:
Cheese: Pairing cheese and wine is one of our favourite ways to end an evening because it's so simple and delicious! The best way to go about this is choosing one type of cheese (such as cheddar) then finding a dry white wine that complements its flavour profile (like Sauvignon Blanc). Another option would be pairing two different types together like goat cheese and merlot - we've tried this many times before!
Choosing the right alcohol-free wine to pair with food can make all the difference in your meal. It’s important to keep in mind that while there are some common pairings, there are also many unique combinations that you may not have thought of before! If you're looking for something new and exciting, we recommend checking out our blog post on how NA winemakers use grapes from different regions to create their own special blend.