Top tips for Food and Drinks pairing

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Your customers are not just looking for great food and quality drinks from your business. What they are actually looking for is a great and memorable experience.

They pay a premium price on the same products that they could potentially buy and cook themselves at their own place, because they expect to have a positive and enhanced experience by consuming them at your place.

It is your job and main responsibility to make this happen. When it comes to food and drinks pairings, you need to have the right knowledge to be able to make the best recommendations to help them have the best possible experience.

And if this happens, they will use your business again, become loyal customers and recommend your business to other people as well.

It’s a basic fact that choosing the right combination between a specific food item and drink, can change the whole dining experience. Not all food goes well with all drinks.

Therefore, you need to be able to help your customers when it comes to the point that they are not in the position to decide what’s the best drink pairing for the food they chose.

Food and Wine Pairing

Let’s see what food goes well with a number of white, rose, sparkling and red wines.

White wines


Dry white

White Table Wine / Pinot Grigio / Sauvignon Blanc / Albarino / Gruner Veltliner

Pair very well with the following food categories:

Vegetables / Roasted – Cooked Vegetables / Starches / Fish


Rich White

Chardonnay / Viognier / Marsanne / Roussanne

Pair very well with the following food categories:

Soft Cheese / Starches / Fish / Seafood / White Meat


Sweet White

Gewurztraminer / Moscato / Malvasia / Riesling / Muller – Thurgau

Pair very well with the following food categories:

Soft Cheese / Hard Cheese / Starches / Fish / Cured Meat / Desserts


Sparkling

Prosecco / Champagne / Cava / Sparkling White

Pair very well with the following food categories:

Vegetables / Soft Cheese / Hard Cheese / Starches / Fish / Cured Meat / Desserts


Red Wines


Light Red

Pinot Noir / Gamay / St. Laurent / Zweigelt

Pair very well with the following food categories:

Roasted – Cooked Vegetables / Starches / Seafood / White Meat / Cured Meat


Medium Red

Merlot / Tempranillo / Sangiovese / Grenache / Zinfandel / Red Table Wine

Pair very well with the following food categories:

Roasted – Cooked Vegetables / Hard Cheese / Starches / White Meat / Red Meat / Cured Meat


Rich Red

Cabernet Sauvignon / Syrah / Malbec / Monastrell / Aglianico

Pair very well with the following food categories:

Hard Cheese / Starches / Red Meat / Cured Meat


Food and Beer Pairing

Let’s see what food goes well with all the different types of beer.


Pale Lager

Pairs very well with the following food:

Salads / Chicken / Salmon / Fried Food / Spicy Food / Burgers Buffalo wings / French fries / Hot dogs / Noodles / Fish & Chips


Dark Lager

Pairs very well with the following food:

Pizza / Burgers / Hearty Stews / Sausage / Goulash / Sausage and Mash


Blonde Ale

Pairs very well with the following food:

Salads / Fried Chicken / Grilled Seafood / Mac & Cheese


Hefeweizen

Pairs very well with the following food:

Salads / Seafood / Creamy Dishes / Tacos


Pale Ale

Pairs very well with the following food:

Salads / Fish and Chips / Burgers / Calamari Steak, barbecue, and Mexican food Barbecue ribs


IPA (India Pale Ales)

Pairs very well with the following food:

Salads / Fish and Chips / French fries / Mozzarella sticks / Steak / Burritos / Fajitas


Amber Ale

Pairs very well with the following food:

Grilled Cheese / Pizza / Sandwiches / Burgers / Fried Food / Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork / Jerk chicken / Pizza / Brisket


Irish Red Ale

Pairs very well with the following food:

BBQ meat / Pork / Beef


Brown Ale

Pairs very well with most food but in particular with the following:

Mac & Cheese / BBQ meat / Pork Sausage / Roast pork / Barbecue / Fish / Sushi


Porter

Pairs very well with the following food:

BBQ meat / Seafood / Lobster / Crab / Smoked Fish / Beef / Roasts / BBQ Meats / Rabbit, venison, and game meats / Coffee-flavoured Desserts


Stout

Pairs very well with the following food:

Onion Rings / Shellfish / Lobster / BBQ Ribs / Beef / Burgers / Mexican Food / Chocolate Desserts


Food and Spirits Pairing

Let’s see what food goes well with the most popular spirits.


Vodka

Pairs very well with the following food:

Pickles of any kind / Beetroot / Ricotta Cheese / Goats Cheese / Dill Cheese / Caviar / Smoked Fish / Steak /Smoked Sausages / Smoked Ham / Smoked Beef

Vodka can substitute white spirits like aquavit, ouzo, tsipouro and raki and can be easily paired with any Greek and Mediterranean-style meze.


Gin

Pairs very well with the following food:

Smoked Salmon / Prawns and Shrimps / Cucumber Sandwiches / Fish and Chips / Pate / Berries / Strong flavour cheese / Mussels / Cured Meat / Indian Street Food / Popcorn / Fudge / Chocolate


Whisky

Pairs very well with the following food:

Strong flavour cheese / Smoked Fish / Smoked Seafood / Pate / Grilled Red Meat Steaks / Pork Ribs / Apple Pie / Dark Chocolate / Dried Fruits and Nuts

Tip:  A number of whiskies, especially the really strong ones, need a very small of water to work well with food.


Tequila

Pairs very well with the following food:

Asparagus / Green Peppers / Avocado / Guacamole / Tacos / Raw Fish / Grilled Seafood / Pulled or Grilled Pork / Grilled Red Meat Steaks / Dark Chocolate


Rum

Pairs very well with the following food:

Seafood / Fried Chicken / Chicken Satay / Jerk Chicken / Smoked BBQ Ribs / Grilled Red Meat Steaks / American Style Burger / Dark Chocolate / Banana / Pineapple


Cognac

Pairs very well with the following food:

Mild to Medium flavour cheeses / Sautéed Mushrooms / Seafood / Sushi / Smoked Duck / Foie Gras / Honey Glazed Pork / Game / Dark Chocolate