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August 8, 2007

How to Decipher an Intimidating Wine List

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Chardonnay
Tastes like: Tropical fruits, with a buttery finish
Pair it with: Pork, chicken, seafood, strong cheeses

Pinot Grigio (Gris)
Tastes like: Lemons, green apples, pears
Pair it with: Salads, light fish, light cheeses, white pizza

Sauvignon Blanc
Tastes like: Citrus, tropical fruits, herbs, gooseberries
Pair it with: Salads, vegetables, fish

Riesling
Tastes like: Apples, pears, flowers, minerals
Pair it with: Fish, cheeses, chicken, light appetizers, desserts (for sweet Riesling)

Gewürztraminer
Tastes like: Lychees, spices, flowers
Pair it with: Asian foods, spicy foods, strong cheeses

Cabernet Sauvignon
Tastes like: Cassis, black currants, herbs, cedar
Pair it with: Beef, lamb, stews

Merlot
Tastes like: Black cherries, plums, spices
Pair it with: Lamb shank, duck, sausage

Pinot Noir
Tastes like: Cherries, strawberries, spices, flowers
Pair it with: Salmon, tuna, pork

Syrah/Shiraz
Tastes like: Blackberries, black pepper, spices
Pair it with: Chicken, BBQ, curries, stews


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