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Wine can be confusing and intimidating, but...everyone has to start somewhere. Here you will find commonly discussed characteristics of different wines, that will allow you to start talking like the wine-o you are destine to be. 

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The Lingo and Food Pairings

What does it mean when people say dry wine? It's a liquid... how is it dry???

The terminology associated with wine is is something you will hear at any restaurant, or party you attend. To better understand the terminology, and to sound like a semi-pro wine enthusiast, refer to the picture on the right.

When pairing foods with wines, it is important to know which wine compliments each dish. For instance you would not want pair a Chardonnay & Chorizo, the spice in chorizo will overpower the flavors of the wine. 

Some basic principles of wine and food pairing include,

  1. Acidity in wine pairs well with fatty and sweet foods.
  2. Fatty foods need either an acidic or high alcohol wine, otherwise the wine will taste flabby.
  3. Bitter (aka Tannic) wine can be balanced with a sweet food.
  4. Salty shouldn’t compete with acidity in wine. Use sparingly as necessary to keep sharpness in the meal.
  5. Sweet food/wine benefits from a little acidity.
  6. Alcohol can be used to cut through fatty foods or balance a sweet dish.

Here are some great combos to prepare for your next dinner party;


  • Pork Chops with Pinot Noir
  • Slow-Cooked Rack of Lamb and Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grilled Salmon with Olive Butter and Orzo and Russian River Pinot Noir (Personal Favorite)


  • Chicken Burgers and Chardonnay
  • Tomato Gazpacho with Avocado and Lobster and White Bordeaux 
  • Mussels Provencal and Sauvignon Blanc 

Champagne/Sparking wines

  • Always a great celebratory starter  - Champagne
  • Summer Melon Salad and Prosciutto and Prosecco 

Reds, Whites, Rosé, Blue (hopefully not)

To your left are the different choices of reds, whites, rosés, sparkling, and sweet wines. As you can see each wine is served in a different type of glass and has a different intensity of color. The glass  you need also depends on the type of entertaining you plan to do. Tumblers (stemless wine glasses) are ideal for a outdoor or less formal setting. , For a  more formal gatherings, you’ll want a bigger selection  of stemware. Insisting  on quality stemware isn't snobbery— it’s common sense. Understanding the  different types of wine glasses and what makes them ideal for one type of wine over another is an essential key to extracting your wines full flavor potential. Combining the right glass with the right wine and the use of a decanter, you can make the most out of your wine selectinons.