Wine Portfolio
 
Excerpted from DK COMPANION WINES OF THE WORLD - Copyright 2010 DK Publishing
 
Wine and Food Matching - Starters

Wine and food have complemented each other for thousands of years. Wine comes into its own at the dinner table thanks to its moderate alcohol, refreshing acidity, and sheer range of flavours. It is worth knowing some successful pairings of food and wine that have stood the test of time.

With Starters
Bear in mind the best order for serving wine when choosing your starter white before red, dry before sweet, lighter-before fuller-bodied, and in ascending order of quality. If the choice of menu requires a full-bodied red for the starter, avoid serving a dish that needs a light white for the main.

Asparagus
Sauvignon Blanc. If served in a creamy sauce, a fuller-bodied wine such as Semillon.

Foi Gras
A Sauternes-style botrytized wine, although serving a sweet wine this early in the meal could present problems later. Champagne and Gewürztraminer also work.

Gazpacho
Relatively neutral, dry whites.

Pâtés and terrines
A wine that works with the main ingredient in its cooked form (see).

Salad (no dressing)
Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and unoaked Chardonnay are good options.

Salad (with creamy dressing)
Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc.

Salad (with vinaigrette)
A wine with high acidity like Sauvignon Blanc, or dry Riesling.

Soup (chicken)
Medium-bodied Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc.

Soup (chunky, meaty)
Inexpensive reds (Merlot or Cabernet-Merlot blends).

Soup (creamy and fishy)
Fuller-flavoured Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley Chardonnays work well, as can light rosés.

 
Contents
Appellation d’Origine Controlée
Wine Through The Times
Wine Trivia 7
Fast Wine Facts 3
Grape Harvest
Oh the Horror! Red Wine Stains.
Wine Trivia 6
Grape Growing Problems
Fast Wine Facts 2
Ice Wine
Fast Wine Facts
How Many Grapes
Wine Aromas
Kosher Wine
Wine Trivia 5
When To Send Wine Back
Sherry
Wine Trivia 4
Prohibition
Great French Wine Blight
Port Wines
Wine Trivia 3
Wine Trivia 2
Wine Trivia
Oak Barrels
Sweetness
Sparkling Wine and Champagne
Organic and Biodynamic Wine
Aging Wine
Wine Varietals
Wine Labels
New World Vs Old World Wines
How Terroir Effects Wine
Clarifying Wine with Egg Whites
Tips On Preserving Open Wine
Why Red Wine Makes Me...
The Biology of Tasting Wine
Choosing the Perfect Glassware
Corks vs Plastic Corks
Wine Laws and AVAs in the USA
Tasting Wine
Wine and Food Matching
  Apéritifs
  Starters
  Fish & Seafood
  White Meats
  Red Meats, Barbecues & Game
  Vegetarian Dishes
  Ethnic Dishes
  Desserts
  Cheeses
  Social Occasions
Buying Wine
Storing and Serving Wine