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    My partner & I are going to have some people over for a small gathering.

    We’ll all be having dinner and we’ll serve wine, but we want to make sure we get it right. Don’t want guests making fun of us!

    Even though we’re both regular wine drinkers, we aren’t too familiar with pairing wines with foods.

    So, what wine goes with which food?

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    If you are making dishes with earthy flavours, you can offer guests a Dolcetto or Pinot Noir. These red wines will be great with such dishes.

    So, if you have things like mushrooms and truffles in your ingredients, then these two wines would be a good choice. They have a savoury depth despite being light-bodied.

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    Here is a simple rule of thumb I live by. If we have people over and we are serving red meat, then we serve red wine.

    If we make dishes with white meat, then we serve white wine. It takes out a lot of the stress and confusion. Besides, it isn’t easy having guests because you stress yourself getting ready. Keep it simple.

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    We’re probably going to serve beef. Do you have any recommendations?

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    If you are serving beef, you can offer a Merlot. If you serve chicken or seafood, offer them a nice white wine.

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    Serve them a Chardonnay from California, Australia or Chile if you are making fish, like salmon. A nice fish dish in sauce goes well with white wine.

    Speaking of sauces, keep in mind that sometimes the sauce is even more important than the food! This will determine what wine goes best with it. If a dish has a strong tomato sauce, you should serve a red wine.

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    We have a glass of wine every day, sometimes white, but mostly red. I like trying new wines from all over the world. I order mine from WineOnline.ca. We love experimenting with it as well, especially when cooking.

    Occasionally, we drink sparkling wine. We find that this goes really well with any dish that is a little on the salty side.

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    If you serve juicy meat, Cabernet Sauvignon will go great with it. If you make steaks or chops, a California Cabernet or a Bordeaux-style blend will go very nicely with it.

    I read that the tannins in the wines mentioned kind of refresh your palate after every bite of the meat. I guess they’re right!

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    For tart dressings and sauces, offer a Sauvignon Blanc. Trust me, it goes really well with it. In fact, anything that is a little tangy will also go well with this wine.

    If you offer any cheese dishes, offer a dry rose. Some cheeses will go well with white wines. Some cheeses go well with red. A dry rose is probably the safest option.

    A dry rose is perfect because it has the fruit character of a red wine but the acidity of a white wine. That’s why I recommend it. You can’t go wrong.

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    If you make anything spicy, go to wine store and get a wine that has spicy notes. Maybe just ask the customer service for advice. Ask for a Syrah wine. These are dark and full-bodied wines that will go well with spicy dishes.