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Top Three Red Wines To Pair With Food

Top Three Red Wines To Pair With Food

There is something to be said about enjoying a night out or dinner at home with a nice glass of red wine. It's romantic, it's exotic, it's classy, it's just plain fun. As anyone who has ever dipped their toe—or tongue, as it were—into the world of wine, you know that people say that certain wines go better with certain foods. And while there are no hard and fast rules about what you have to pair together, there is something to say about certain food and red wine combinations. Simply put, the right food eaten with the right glass of red wine will make both taste even better than usual. But, well, if you've never been one to care about what you drink with your dinner beyond whether you're in the mood for it or not, you might have no idea where to start or what is supposed to go together. If that's the boat you're currently finding yourself in, you've come to the right place.

Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the best known full-bodied red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, is full of tannins, which are responsible for the dry taste you get in your mouth when you drink it. It typically contains notes of black cherry and green pepper, as well as vanilla. Because of this, they go perfectly with savory, rich dishes such as:

  • Steak
  • Burgers
  • Short ribs
  • Arugula salad
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Asiago cheese
  • Gouda cheese

Pinot Noir

A dry, medium bodied wine, Pinot Noir is known for being the most versatile as far as food pairings go. It is fruity and earthy, and lower in tannins, making it easier and more enjoyable for some to drink than wines like Cabernet Sauvignon are. Because of the lower levels of tannins, this wine tends to go better with foods with less fat in them, including:

  • Venison
  • Duck
  • Pork
  • Havarti cheese
  • Gruyère cheese
  • Brie cheese
  • Salmon


Merlot is also lower in tannins, making it another wine that people find easy to drink. It is medium bodied and tends to have a cherry and chocolate kind of flavor to it. Because it's medium bodied and contains softer tannins, it goes well with a variety of foods like:

  • Roast beef
  • Meatloaf
  • Chicken
  • Tuna
  • Turkey
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Explore More Pairings Today

The world of wine is vast and full of different flavors that pair well with a variety of different foods. We've just touched the tip of the taste iceberg today, and encourage you to get out there and explore more on your own. Drink different wines with different foods and see what works for you. Maybe the suggested and classic pairings will leave your tastebuds singing, or maybe they'll have you reaching for a glass of water to clear your palate. Either way, finding out what does and does not work for you is a task you'll find more fun than daunting, once you jump into it. So get out there and explore today.

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