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Chew on This: Drink Pairings 101

Drink Pairings 101

By Ryan Robertson

While food and drink pairing remains an inexact science, it’s really not all that complicated. You just have to keep an open mind in order to find what works best for you.

Consider the following recommendations more like guidelines than hard and fast rules:

Wine Pairing Primer
(with assistance from Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Juliana Santos)
WHITES CHEESES MEALS
Chardonnay Provolone Grilled salmon and seasoned rice
Champagne Colby Apple pie a la mode
Pinot Grigio Muenster Chicken Alfredo pasta
Riesling Gouda Buffalo wings
Sauvignon Blanc Monterey Jack Caesar, house salads
Zinfandel Edam Barbecue
REDS CHEESES MEALS
Cabernet Sauvignon Strong cheddars Steak and baked potato
Pinot Noir Brie Cheeseburger with seasoned fries
Merlot Parmesan Spaghetti Marinara
Shiraz Mozzarella Baby back ribs
Malbec Mild cheddars Buffalo wings with Ranch
Port Goat cheese Chocolate


Beer Pairing Primer
(with assistance from Westover Market’s Devin Hicks)
TYPE SUGGESTED FOOD
Lager Barbecue, hamburgers, chili, sausage, spice cake
Pale Ale Cheeseburger, pumpkin bread
India Pale Ale Cheese, curry dishes, carrot cake
Pilsner Chicken, salads, salmon, bratwurst, shortbread
Stout Steak, oysters, cheese, chocolate
Porter Blackened fish, smoked barbecue, peanut butter
Hefeweizen Sushi, goat cheese, mixed berries


Cocktail Pairing Primer
(Tyler Packwood creations)
TRUMMER’S TAKE SUGGESTED FOOD
The William Saunders
bourbon, dolin sweet, chocolate bitters
Cheeseburger
Sage
plymouth, elderflower, sage
Salad
Cubana
rum, fresh sugar cane juice, club soda
Barbecue ribs
Main Street
bourbon, honey, cinnamon, lime
Buffalo wings
Hibiscus Fizz
bourbon, lime, hibiscus soda
Grilled salmon
T-Float
spiced rum, vanilla, root beer, peanut cream
Pie a la mode
Hefeweizen Sushi, goat cheese, mixed berries