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Food Pairing Guides

CHARDONNAY

Chardonnay is the most diverse –and most planted– white wine grape in the world. It’s used for everything from rich Sonoma Chardonnay to the light-and-zesty ‘Blanc de Blancs’ Champagne.

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

• Caviar
• Smoked salmon
• Cheeses - farmhouse cheddars
• Fish and shellfish
• Cream sauces
• Potpies, savory turnovers
• Sausages
• Salty foods
• Winter Squash
• Mild Caribbean dishes with tropical fruit flavors

PINOT GRIGIO

Pinot Grigio flavors and aromas include fruit rinds, orange peel, and pear skins. Other Pinot Grigio characteristics include deep, dark colors and low acidity.

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

• Richer fish ― tuna, salmon
• Shellfish
• Chicken
• Pasta
• Fresh herbs - chili, chives, basil, dill, lemongrass
• Simple but rich sauces
• Mild Asian dishes
• Coconut milk–based curries
• Some cheeses ― Grùyére, Fresh Mozzarella, Humboldt Fog

CHENIN BLANC

CA medium bodied wine with aromas of jasmine, apple and honeydew with a perfectly balanced, crisp and lively palate.

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

• Cheeses - Burrata, Chèvre, Feta, Halloumi, Brie, Camembert
• Fish and shellfish
• Cream sauces
• Potpies, savory turnovers
• Spanish dishes 
• Sausages
• Summer squash
• Herbs - chili, cilantro, cinnamon, fennel, dill

BRUT SPARKLING

Apple, lemon, lime, pear, strawberry, and cherry flavors with a pleasant yeastiness (like brioche baking) and earthy minerality. Bubbly's great acidity makes it an excellent food wine (not just a sipper for celebrations).

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

• Caviar
• Smoked salmon
• Cheeses - Havarti, Edam, Jarlsberg, Manchego, Tomme d'Alsace
• Fish and shellfish
• Cream sauces
• Strawberries
• Asian dishes of all kinds
• Hybiscus
• Salty foods
• Deep-fried foods
• Potato chips
• Popcorn

ZINFANDEL

Intense dark berries, dried cherries, plums, chocolate, and black pepper ― a mouthfilling wine.

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

• Grilled foods - leg of lamb, steak, chicken (Zin loves ribs)
• Hamburgers
• Sausages
• Pizza
• Long-braised stews
• Slightly spicy foods
• Southwest and Mexican dishes
• Moroccan spices ― coriander, cinnamon, cumin

PETIT VERDOT

Deep, powerful and layered, this wine is loaded with plum, dark-roasted coffee, mineral, black olive, blueberry and toasty oak aromas.  

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

• Barbecue -  leg of lamb, hanger steak
• Cheeses - Gouda, Pecorino, Manchego, Asiago, Parmigiano Reggiano
• Sausages
• Pizza
• Long-braised stews 
• Green Olives
• Capers
• Herbs - fennel, anise
• Mushrooms
• Moroccan spices ― coriander, cinnamon, cumin

CABERNET FRANC

 The aroma is rich and complex, layering ripe cherry, dried herbs and sweet oak. With time in the glass, this wine eposes notes of raspberry and strawberry shortcake, wtih toasty vanilla nuances. 

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

• Duck 
• Hamburgers
• Steak
• Pizza
• Grilled foods ― leg of lamb, chicken
• Long-braised stews
• Slightly spicy foods
• Southwest and Mexican dishes
• Moroccan spices ― coriander, cinnamon, cumin

PROPRIETOR'S BLEND

This wine is darrk and deep, luring you in with scents of blackberry, cherry and a hint of blueberry. Once the wine hits your palate, your mouth is filled with a variety of spices and a delightful tart raspberry. 

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

• Well-marbled beef
• Hearty fowl like duck
• Spice rubs and sauces with lots of black pepper; mushrooms
• Marinades with soy sauce
• Long-braised stews
• Pot roast
• Grilled red meat

MALBEC

This French-style Malbec, grown in the high elevation of the Fairplay region, gives off lovely scents of blackberry and boysenberry with a hint of black pepper.

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

• Well-marbled beef
• Hearty fowl like duck
• Spice rubs and sauces with lots of black pepper; mushrooms
• Marinades with soy sauce
• Long-braised stews
• Pot roast
• Grilled red meat

GRENACHE

An array of red fruits, strawberry, plum and raspberry fill the palate on this well balanced Grenache. Light bodied and well balanced, this wine has a hint of white pepper on the finish. 

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

• Flank steak 
• Hearty fowl like duck
• Spice rubs and sauces with lots of black pepper; mushrooms
• Marinades with soy sauce
• Long-braised stews
• Herbs - Bay, thyme
• Grilled red meat

BLACK MUSCAT

One of the most rare grapes in California boasts rich deep fruit lychee, guava, and plum notes.

 

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

• Chocolate Cake
• Blue Cheese
• Chocolate Brownie Gelato