If you’re not a wine enthusiast, but you’d like to learn more about wine, it can be hard to decide where to start. Listening to more experienced wine drinkers describe the notes and mouth-feel of wine is confusing to say the least. There are many types of wine from all around the world, each with different qualities that make it unique. Learning what wines pair the best with which foods will not only impress those you’re dining with, but it will elevate your dining experience like never before. At Strega North End we have an extensive wine list to choose from, but these are just a few of our favorites for beginners.
- Cabernet Sauvignon
The cabernet is a dry wine, meaning it creates a slight puckering feeling in the mouth after taking a sip. The full-bodied feel of this wine pairs best with heartier meals including steak and roasted potatoes.
- Pinot Noir
This is another dry red wine, but it isn’t quite as dry as the cabernet. This is a medium-bodied wine, so it pairs well with things like roasted duck, salmon, and mushrooms.
Malbac is a hearty red wine that is most often served with aged cheeses and fine meats. This wine holds a strong taste on its own, so you want to avoid pairing it with full meals.
This is the last red wine on the list, but it’s an extremely popular one. This is another dry full-bodied red, but it paired better with chicken or fish. If this is being paired with red meat, the meat should be lightly seasoned.
Chardonnay is the most popular white wine around the world. This wine pairs well with mild cheeses, chicken, seafood, and fruity flavored desserts.
- Sauvignon Blanc
This white wine is loved by wine enthusiasts who prefer a white wine. It pairs well with pasta, fish, sushi, salads, and seafood.
- Pinot Grigio
This is a medium-bodied white wine that pairs great with pasta with a white, creamy sauce. It also pairs well with chicken and fish.
The Riesling is the perfect wine for beginners due to its sweeter, milder taste and mouthfeel. This wine pairs well with chicken, fish, turkey, and mild cheeses.
This wine is extremely popular in restaurants due to its flexibility in pairing. This white wine can be paired with antipasto, desserts, and nearly any kinds of cheeses.
- White Zifandel
This white wine is wonderful with lamb, pork, cheeses, or all on its own. The sweet flavor and simple palate is perfect for any beginner.