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Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

June 20, 2015, midnight

Organizing a get-together for a large gathering? Just family and friends? A simple way to deliver food for any sized event is to serve light bites and hors d'oeuvres so guests can chat and mingle as they munch away. The more you entertain, the more you’ll learn facts about what foods go well with which wines. You’ll know offhand that tangy foods won't overwhelm zippy wines like Verdejo from Spain or Sauvignon Blanc, Vinho Verde from Portugal.

 

Needless to say, wine is an essential element of events, so for your next gathering here is a variety of fail-proof wines that will pair perfectly with any appetizer.

 

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Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

For starters, the most typical food to pair with wine when hosting a gathering is cheese. Use this wine & cheese pairing guide below as a trusty guideline when planning your next shindig.

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

Although it’s a popular choice, cheese is not the only appetizer to serve with wine for your guests. Here is a list of just about all of the appys you would serve at a typical party and the wines that would go best with them.

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH ANTIPASTO

Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gamay Beaujolais, (Dry) Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Barbera

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH ASPARAGUS

Riesling, (Dry) Vidal Blanc, Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH CARPACCIO (BEEF)

Rhône Blends, Cabernet Rosé, Barbera

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH CARPACCIO (TUNA)

Vin Gris, Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINE TO PAIR WITH CAVIAR

Brut Sparkling Wine

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH CLAMS (CASINO OR RAW)

Pinot Blanc, (Dry) Chenin Blanc, Brut Sparkling Wine, Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc, Seyval Blanc

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH COLD MEATS

Gamay Beaujolais, Barbera, Seyval Blanc, (Dry) Vignoles, Vin Gris, Riesling, Chambourcin Rosé

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH CRUDITÉS

Chardonnay, Gamay Beaujolais, Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc,

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH FOIE GRAS

Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Brut Sparkling Wine, Late-Harvest Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINE TO PAIR WITH NICOISE SALAD

Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINE TO PAIR WITH NUTS OR OLIVES

Brut Sparkling Wine

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH RAW OYSTERS

Brut Sparkling Wine, Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc, Chardonnay, (Dry) Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH PASTA SALAD

(Dry) Chenin Blanc, Sémillon, Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc, (Dry) Riesling

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH PASTA & CREAM SAUCE

Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH PASTA & SHELLFISH

Chardonnay, Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH TOMATO SAUCE

Zinfandel Rhône Blends, Sangiovese, Barbera

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH PASTA & VEGETABLES

Viognier, Gamay Beaujolais, Pinot Blanc, Dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Barbera

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH PAIRING PATÉS

Brut Sparkling Wine, Gewürztraminer, Seyval Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Gamay Beaujolais, Riesling, Vin Gris

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH PROSCIUTTO AND MELON

Late Harvest Riesling or Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Muscat

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH QUICHE

Chardonnay, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Gamay Beaujolais

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH SCALLOPS

Brut Sparkling Wine, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINES TO PAIR WITH SMOKED FISH

Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Brut Sparkling Wine

Top Pairing Choices: Which Appetizers Pair Well with These Top Wines

FINEST WINE TO PAIR WITH SOUPS

None, or (Solera) Sherry

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