- Hearty Salad – A hearty salad with grilled filet mignon and gorgonzola blue cheese might require a less traditional salad wine like Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon. A lighter seafood salad pairs well with a Chardonnay or Gewurztraminer.
- Add Fruit – Make salads wine friendly by adding fruit or berries. Pair the wine’s fruit characteristics with the fruit. Shared flavor characteristics enhance the compatibility.
- High Fat, Cream Dressing – A creamy dressing requires a crisp, dry white wine with some acidity to cut the richness.
- Sweet & Spicy – A salad with a spicy, sweet dressing could make a sweet wine seem less sweet. Try a medium-bodied red wine like a Pinot Noir or LDV Winery’s Grenache.
- Vinegar-based Dressings – These can vary greatly depending on if you are using a white or red-wine vinegar (Viognier) or balsamic vinegars could pair well with a fruity red, like Pinot Noir or Grenache.
Wine Pairing / Mar 2nd, 2022
With spring, we turn to lighter foods – like salads. They are challenging for wine pairing but here are 5 tips. Two things to think about: consider the dominant protein (steak, seafood, or cheese) and the dressing composition.