Match white wine with food

A guide to help you pair white wine with food.

white wine

Albariño

This is the wine to pair with the simplest, freshest shellfish, especially prawns, langoustines, mussels and raw oysters.

Chilli prawn linguine
Speedy spaghetti with clams
Pasta salad with pesto & prawns

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is medium to full bodied, and is an ideal accompaniment to roast chicken and turkey. Or, try 'oaky' or 'oaked' Chardonnay with smoked salmon or trout.

Roast chicken drumsticks with parsley & garlic
Hot smoked salmon & dill spaghetti
Smoked trout, watercress & beetroot salad

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Chenin Blanc

Try a dry Chenin Blanc alongside straightforward roast pork, or pork with prunes. Sweet Chenin Blancs pair well with a tangy lemon dessert or a bread and butter pudding.

Roast pork with apples, cider vinegar & rosemary
Sparkling lemon & amaretti ice
Roast pork with lemon gremolata

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Colombard

Try light to medium bodied Colombard with a goat's cheese salad or root vegetable soups, such as carrot or parsnip. It also goes well with chicken in creamy sauces.

Goat's cheese, herb & lemon patties
Spiced carrot & lentil soup
Creamy chicken & pumpkin

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Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer has sweet and dry styles. Dry is ideal with Asian flavours and spiced foods, while sweet suits fruit tarts and creamy blue cheeses.

Kerala prawn curry
Squashed peach & almond tarts
Prune & nut tart

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Muscat

Drink dry or off-dry Muscat on its own as an aperitif. Sweet styles go well with honeyed pastries such as baklava, while fortified styles are good on their own, with ice cream or even with fruit cake. Sparkling Muscat is a versatile match to many sweet puddings.

Honey roasted fig & almond tart
Walnut, date & honey cake
Honeyed winter salad

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Pinot Gris

Enjoy Pinot Grigio with friends, without food. If you're having Chinese, then Pinot Gris goes well with dim sum, spring rolls and duck.

Soy roast duck with hoisin gravy
Crispy pork and vegetable rolls
Lettuce rolls

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Riesling

Delicate German Riesling's are perfect as an aperitif, while the young New World styles go well with dishes such as Thai green curry and chicken korma. On a sweeter note, try delicate sweet versions with apple crumble, and save the sweetest to drink with homemade vanilla ice cream.

Thai chicken curry
Apple flapjack crumble
The ultimate vanilla ice cream

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Sauvignon Blanc

Drink dry styles with goat's cheese, as the French do with 'Sancerre'. If you have a sweet bottle, in Bordeaux, the classic match is foie gras. Or, try creamy blue cheese, or caramelised peaches or plums.

Goat's cheese, potato & onion tart
Blue cheese gnocchi
Spicy plum tart with marsala custard

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Semillion

Fish cakes and a dry Semillon are a match made in heaven, while apricot tart, treacle sponge, or other sweet traditional puddings, are perfect with sweet styles.

Fish cakes with tartare sauce
Light chicken korma
A nice rice pudding

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Viognier

Enjoy fragrant Viognier as an apertif, or try with richer 'fusion' recipes such as fish with mango and chilli.

Green mango salad with prawns
Lime & coriander chicken
Pad Thai

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Fancy red wine instead? Check our guide on matching red wine with food.

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kiwi-abroad's picture

No more helpful than Delia etc. We need today's "blends" recommendations i.e. Cab Sav with Syrah etc

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