Wine Guide for the Holidays

It’s holiday time again and internationally renowned wine and food expert, Natalie Maclean, provides an easy tip sheet for matching your favorite dish to the perfect glass of wine.  But if you don’t find your favorite dish listed below, you can always use her wine matcher application, which was featured on the RebelMom Hot App List.

“The variety of food-and-drink combinations has exploded in the last five years,” says Natalie MacLean, publisher of North America’s largest wine e-newsletter. “Chicken isn’t just chicken anymore: Now we eat it stuffed with pancetta and fresh herbs, rubbed with curry spices or sautéed in an orange balsamic sauce. We’re looking for more interesting flavors, both on the plate and in the glass—and we want them to work together.” – Natalie Maclean

Quick Wine Matching Guide:

White Wine & Food Matches

Chardonnay: seafood with butter sauce, chicken, pasta with cream sauce, veal, turkey, ham, Emmenthal, Gruyeres, Port-Salut

Riesling: mild cheese, clams, mussels, Asian dishes, sashimi, ham, pork, lobster Newberg, Tandoori chicken, Coquilles St Jacques

Sauvignon Blanc: oysters, grilled or poached salmon, seafood salad, Irish stew, ham, chevre, goat cheese and strongly flavored cheeses, asparagus quiche

Gewurztraminer: spicy dishes, Thai food, curry, smoked salmon, pork and sauerkraut, Muenster, spiced/peppered cheeses, onion tart

Red Wine & Food Matches

Cabernet Sauvignon: duck, spicy beef, pate, rabbit, roasts, spicy poultry, cheddar, blue cheese, sausage, kidneys

Pinot Noir: braised chicken, cold duck, rabbit, charcuterie, partridge, roasted turkey, roasted beef, lamb, veal, truffles, Gruyeres

Merlot: braised chicken, cold duck, roasted turkey, roasted beef, lamb, veal, stew, liver, venison, meat casseroles

Shiraz: braised chicken, chili, goose, meat stew, peppercorn steak, barbequed meat, spicy meats, garlic casserole, ratatouille

Natalie MacLean is an independent journalist and author of the bestseller “Red, White and Drunk All Over“. For Google searches on popular terms like “food and wine matching” and “wine newsletter,” Natalie’s site is often on the first page of the results as it has become a go-to resource for food and wine lovers. Natalie has won four James Beard Journalism Awards, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. At the World Food Media Awards in Australia, she was named the World’s Best Drinks Writer. Natalie has also created an easy-to-use online tool and mobile application for your smartphone to help you pair food and wine.  You can find Natalie on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or visit her website,

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