We have all been there. You’ve been invited to a gathering with friends and family, and when you ask, “Is there anything I can bring?” they respond, “If you could bring a bottle or two of wine, that would be great!” Being responsible for supplying the wine that will be paired with the food for the evening is an intimidating task. You are by no means an expert in wine and aren’t really sure what wine pairs well with food, so what do you do?

You turn to us at Northstar Liquor Superstore to have your back. We are here to give you a guide of popular white wines and what they pair with so all you have to do is find out what meal is being served that night, and bam, you know exactly what to bring. Your friends and family will be impressed with how well your wine paired with the food, and you can relax knowing you did your job excellently!

Chardonnay

Did you know that Chardonnay is one of the most popular varieties in the world? It makes sense seeing as when most people think about white wine, Chardonnay is usually the first that comes to mind. It’s the most widely distributed white wine grape in the world, taking its name from the village of Chardonnay in the Mâcon region of Burgundy. While Chardonnay has a reputation of oak and butter qualities, that isn’t always the case. Depending on where the vine is grown, the flavors can be vastly different. For example, if grown in warmer regions like northern California or Australia, the acidity is often more subtle, bringing out notes of pineapple or mango. However, if grown in cooler climates, Chardonnay will have more acidity with apple, pear, or other citrus flavors coming through. The buttery and oak qualities are usually mentioned when sipping on Chardonnay, but they are actually the individual styles of the winemaker, not the grapes themselves.

Now begs the question, what foods pair well with the classic Chardonnay? Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Mild, buttery, or creamy dishes
  • Fish, such as halibut or cod
  • Shellfish, including lobster, shrimp, crab, or scallops
  • Subtly-flavored foods, like poultry and pork

Riesling

Originated in Germany, Riesling has been around for centuries. Riesling is usually referred to as a sweet white wine in the United States, but there are many varieties that are more dry than sweet. The reason we know it to be a more sweet wine is widely attributed to the fact that we, as Americans, prefer it that way. If you step outside of the United States and go back to the root of Riesling in Germany, you will more than likely have sips of a dryer version. If you are interested in trying a not-so-sweet Riesling, let us at Northstar Liquor Superstore know, and we will point you in the right direction.

When you’re invited to a dinner party and asked to bring a bottle of wine or two, if they indicate any of these foods will be served, Riesling is the way to go:

  • Spicy foods, like Thai, Indian, Chinese
  • White meats, including chicken, turkey, or seafood
  • Sweet vegetables, such as carrots or eggplant

Sauvignon Blanc

One of the most popular fine, white wines in America is Sauvignon Blanc. Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, Sauvignon was given the name sauvage, which means wild. This is due to the fact that the grape grew like a weed throughout the region. This tasty wine is known as a refreshing dry wine that has a grassy taste and a crispness to it, due to its high levels of acidity and low amounts of sugar. It is recommended to serve this tasty wine around 46℉ to 52℉. As one of the most liked white wines, if you show up to a gathering with Sauvignon Blanc in hand, chances are you’ll be the hit of the party.

Great foods to pair with a refreshing glass of Sauvignon Blanc are:

  • Goat cheese
  • Green veggies (anything you’d squeeze a lemon over is fair game)
  • Oysters
  • Delicate fish
  • Pesto

Pinot Grigio

In case you didn’t already know, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are actually the same wine. The names are used interchangeably but refer to the same grape. Known for its citrus taste, Pinot Grigio is full of great flavors, including lime, lemon, pear, white nectarine, and apple. While the flavors usually aren’t as unique as other white wines, it always offers a refreshing taste with a hint of acidity. Generally speaking, Pinot Grigio is a dry white wine. You can find sweeter versions depending on the winemaker.

Pinot Grigio is best paired with fresh and light foods, such as:

  • Fresh vegetables
  • Raw fish
  • White meats
  • Semi-soft cheeses

Gewürztraminer

Before we get too ahead of ourselves, we thought we’d help you learn how to pronounce this since it’s a tricky one. Gewürztraminer is pronounced “guh-voorts-truh-meener.” Now that you can finally say the name of the wine, you will be that much more inclined to bring it to your next get together. Gewürztraminer is an aromatic sweet wine that often is overlooked or passed by solely because its name is challenging to read and pronounce. It is one of the 18 classic noble grapes and is very similar to Moscato, except it generally has a higher alcohol content level and is less acidic. The pink-skinned grape variety produces some of the world’s most distinctive aromatic wines. The main flavors of Gewürztraminer are lychee, grapefruit, pineapple, and more!

Since people are usually intimidated by the name of this fine wine, you don’t see it too often at dinner parties. Now that you’re in the know, here are some great foods to pair with this tasty wine:

  • Duck, chicken, pork, shrimp, and crab
  • Spices and herbs, like cayenne pepper, cinnamon, shallots, and more
  • Dried fruit
  • Roasted veggies with natural sweetness

Find It All At Northstar Liquor Superstore in Johnstown

Regardless of the occasion or kind of wine you’re seeking out, we have everything you could want here at Northstar Liquor Superstore. Whether it’s a fancy dinner party or just a small gathering to catch up with friends, we can help you find the perfect bottle for all events. You can now show up to the event feeling confident and excited for everyone to see that you took the time to pick out the perfect bottle of wine for them to enjoy with their meal. Hats off to you! Now kick back, pour yourself a delicious glass of white wine, and enjoy the rest of your evening with your friends and family.

At Northstar Liquor Superstore, we bridge the gap between quality and affordability. We provide our customers with superior brands that have attractive prices. Whether you’re wanting beer, wine, or liquor, we have exactly what you’re looking for. Our approach is rooted in education and experience, so as soon as you step foot in our store, you will have expert liquor, beer, and wine experts here to offer you a personal experience to find what you’re looking for. Stop by our store today to chat with our helpful staff. They’re ready to point you in the direction of delicious wine and spirits.