Sometimes it is better to just have a nice easy list to reference when planning your next dinner party. We have talked to professionals in Sonoma County in California and gotten their opinions on what food compliments a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet.


If you ever do take a trip to Sonoma or Napa county in California, perhaps the wineries that are dead set on pairing great food with great wine include Williamson Wine, J Vineyards and Winery (try their Bubble Room!), and Chateau St. Jean. 


Chardonnay: If you are in the mood for a white wine like Chardonnay, the best meat pairings are, without a doubt, pork, chicken, shrimp and crab! If you are looking for little nibbles instead of a meal, try some bruschetta with extra basil (basil goes really well with Chardonnay!), put out some almonds or asiago cheese, or even some pesto sauce on slices of french baguette. Interested in something a little sweeter? Try something soft and mellow like vanilla pudding or banana bread.


Pinot Noir: If you are looking for a red wine, but aren’t into the strength and bold flavors of a Merlot, try a nice Pinot Noir. This is a wine that is great paired with a lot of food options! Try slicing some creamy brie, or try it with walnuts, figs or some kind of dried fruit like dried cranberries. For meals, try grilling up a Filet Mignon or roasted chicken with mushrooms. Pinot Noir is also great to pair alongside desserts. Try it with fresh créme brulée or white chocolate chips!


Cabernet Sauvignon: For the best pairing experience, try a good Cabernet Sauvignon from Williamson Wines with sliced Irish cheddar with some Gorgonzola cheese spread on top, then drizzle some honey over the cheese. This might look weird, but you will not regret it! And do not skimp on all three items; make sure you get the best cheese, local honey (also try it with lavender honey: so good), and Cabernet Sauvignon. If you are thinking more about what to serve for dinner, try a ribeye steak or grilled tuna with rosemary potatoes or broccoli. The best pairings for desserts would have to be espresso gelato or bittersweet chocolate!


Check back for more food and wine pairings. Are you going to try any of these? Any interesting combinations you’ve had? Comment below or tweet me @kateeb790!