How to pair wine with food

Wine expert Henry Jeffreys provides tasting notes on our exclusive BBC Good Food Wine Club cases. Read about flavour profiles and ideas for pairing with food.

How to pair wine with food

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Tips for choosing the best wine for your meal

Read Henry's quick and easy guides to matching wine with classic dishes: 

How to match wine with pork
How to match wine with chicken
How to match wine with pasta
Wine and food matching: a simple infographic guide

What to eat with red wine

Cabernet Franc
Serve with... Lancashire hotpot
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon’s little brother, loves lamb. It can make quite light wines but in the south of France it puts on a bit of muscle and relishes as tussle with one of England’s greatest dishes, the Lancashire hotpot. Rich, melty lamb with perfumed meaty wine, what could be better?

Aubergine melanzane served in a baking dishCabernet Sauvignon/ Primitivo
Serve with... melanzane alla parmigiana
A famous southern Italian dish with a delicious red from the same part of Italy. Why do they work so well? Well, big reds loves parmesan, the cheese makes the wine taste smoother. A Cabernet Sauvignon/Primitivo has a stature not to be overcome by the richness of the dish. 

Cabernet/ Shiraz
Serve with... beef & vegetable casserole
Sometimes with the simplest food, it’s worth having a wine that’s a bit special. Let the wine take centre stage while the food play a supporting role. Which is just what happens here: this no-nonsense beef dish accentuates the fruit, softens the tannins and lets this complex red really shine. 


What to eat with white wine

Palomino blanco
Serve with... Spanish rice & prawn one-pot
Palomino white wine is made from the same grape as sherry and like a good pale dry sherry, it’s great with tapas especially grilled prawns, chorizo and charred green peppers. So this recipe is perfect because it contains all the elements that sing with this grape, all in one dish. 

Tomato quiche topped with fresh basil leavesVermentino/ Roussanne 
Serve with... roasted tomato, basil & parmesan quiche
Tomatoes can be tricky beasts with their high acidity and sugar levels. Combine this with eggs, pastry and parmesan, and you have a dish that needs a wine like this southern French blend. With its full body and zingy acidity, it both complements and cut through the richness of this dish. 

Falanghina
Serve with... Thai green chicken curry
Southern Italian wine with south east Asian dish sounds like a recipe for a dog’s dinner but this combination is actually the cat’s pyjamas. Falanghina, a grape native to Campania, has a spicy quality that complements curried flavours and has the fruit not to get washed away by the heat.

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