Our Principles of Wine and Food Pairing

Acidity Salty vs. Sweet Complementing
  • High acid wines (pH from 3.0 to 3.4; our Chardonnay and Viognier) usually pair well with a wide variety of foods 
  • High acid foods (tomatoes,...) make most wine flat & tannic wines (agreeable reds like our Black Bear Block Syrah) seem hard and bitter
  • Salty foods will dull the flavors of many wines. To counter this, serve wines that are slightly sweet 
  • Likewise, foods with fruity (sweet) components are best with fruity wines (Viognier and Z Cuvée)
  • Match delicate wines (Viognier, Chardonnay) with delicate food (sole, sea bass) 
  • Match bold wines (Syrah, Roussanne) with bold, big-flavored foods (grilled steak, lamb, rich cheeses) 
  • Match great food with great, complex wines and everyday foods with everyday wines


Wine Pairings

Food & wine pairings is the best way to enhance any meal if done correctly. Lucky for you, our Rhone varietals will pair perfectly with most dishes. Follow our suggested wine combinations chart below (PDF here) or experiment with your own recipes. Don't forget to send them in & share your experience. 


 Herbs & Spices  Vegetables  Fish & Seafood  Meats  Cheeses  Other
 Viognier bay leaf, ginger, mint most green vegetables sea bass, snapper, sole, oysters chicken, pork, turkey, game birds mozzarella, feta, goat, ricotta, Swiss sushi, Thai
 Chardonnay  basil, clove corn, potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, squash tuna, trout, swordfish, salmon chicken, pork, turkey, game birds parmesan, burrata risotto
 Roussanne basil, tarragon, thyme carrots, corn, onions, potatoes halibut, crab, lobster, black cod chicken, pork, game birds brie, jack, gouda ceviche
 Z Cuvée basil, oregano, rosemary, fennel beets, eggplant, tomatoes, beets, mushrooms salmon, tuna (baked, grilled, sautéed) bacon, beef, duck, lamb, game aged cheddar, brie BBQ, pizza, tapas
 Syrah allspice, chili pepper, cumin, pepper, rosemary, sage eggplant, black beans, mushrooms, root vegetables blackened meaty fish (salmon, tuna) beef, lamb, game cheddar, goat, aged gouda, gruyère, camembert semi-sweet chocolate, cassoulet


Check out recipe box to see our favorite dishes!