which wine for dinner

Red wine works with bacon wrapped dates

Which wines for dinner?

Make it easy to decide. Stick to these top seven wine varietals of California Wine.

  • Buttery Chardonnay for dishes with cream sauces, cheese, shellfish
  • Sauvignon Blanc for light foods, fish, chicken; good aperitif wine.
  • Pinot Noir – Red wine, goes with moderate to heavy foods, salmon, pork
  • Zinfandel – pizza, pastas, grilled red meat
  • Merlot – Red wine, beef, pork, lamb
  • Cabernet – Red wine, the ultimate juicy steak wine
  • Syrah – Red wine, BBQ red meats, pork ribs


  • Easy rule: Sauvignon Blanc goes with most light meals. Pinot Noir goes well with lots of red meat dishes, chicken, and salmon. These are versatile food wines.
  • Merlot, Cabernet, and Syrah go with meaty dishes
  • If you open a bottle and it smells like wet cardboard, it’s bad. Bring it back to the wine shop.

Serving the Wine

  • Make sure you have a good corkscrew. Use a knife or foil cutter to cut the very top of the foil on the neck of the bottle just below the top rim.
  • Use clear medium-sized wine glasses.
  • Pour the wine about one-third high in the glass.
  • When serving white wine, it is a good idea to have a wine cooler.
  • White wine is served chilled.
  • Red wine is served at room temperature but better around the low 60’s.
  • Make sure you have enough wine for your guests.

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