Cheers! Here’s our dummy’s guide to wine pairing

Can’t tell your Chardonnay from your Champagne? Wine can be daunting if it’s not something you drink often. If you’re having friends or family over and want to impress with your amazing dinner party skills, check out our guide to pairing the right wine with the right food.

White wines

1. Lighter whites
If you’re serving… White fish, salads, roasted veggies, or light soups
Pour a glass of… Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or a sweet Riesling

2. Bolder whites
If you’re serving… Meatier fish in rich sauce, poultry, or even lean cuts of pork and beef
Pour a glass of… Chardonnay

3. Sparkling whites
If you’re serving… Salty foods or snacks before a meal, or wine on its own as a celebration for example
Pour a glass of… Prosecco or Champagne

Red wines

1. Softer reds
If you’re serving… Meat, poultry, oily fish, or anything with spicy and earthy flavours
Pour a glass of… Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Malbec

2. Deeper reds
If you’re serving… Rich meats, casseroles, stews or strongly flavoured foods
Pour a glass of… Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux

For more detailed information, try this handy infographic…

Now, we’ve got that part covered, but unfortunately we can’t stop you from burning the food. Hopefully everyone will be enjoying the wine too much to notice any kitchen disasters!