Holiday 2011 Food and Wine Pairing

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holiday_wine_food_pairingDinner is planned, guests are invited, but what to serve with your meal?

A visit to your local LCBO can be a little overwhelming with the selection of wines available. Hopefully this food and wine pairing chart will make your wine selection easier. This chart contains wines that are found in the LCBO General List. The wines includes in this pairing chart have all been highly rated by Billy Munnelly author of “Billy’s Best Bottles, Wines for 2012”. This list has a “shelf life of approximately two months before the vintages change so BUY NOW.

Plus all wines listed below are under $20.00 and available on the L.C.B.O General List, making it easy to serve a nice wine or two this holiday season without breaking your budget.

Food Wine/Grape Producer/Year Region Price
Light fish and meat dishes. Salmon, trout, smoked meats, salads, lightly seasoned stir-fries Sauvignon Blanc (white) Coopers Creek “Silver Point” 2010 New Zealand $12.95
Dry Riesling (white) Vineland Estates 2008 Ontario, Niagara $13.95
Sauvignon Blanc (white) Kato 2009 New Zealand $14.95
Seafood and shellfish Riesling (white) Thirty Bench 2010 Ontario, Niagara $18.95
Sauvignon Blanc (white) Santa Rita Reserva 2010 Chile $13.95
Sauvignon Blanc (white) Trius 2010 VQA Ontario, Niagara $13.95
Light pastas with a seafood or light tomato sauce or creamy sauce or with pesto, gnocchi, risotto, seafood salad. Blend (white) Chapoutier “Belleruche” Blanc 2009 Côtes du Rhone, France $14.95
Pinot Grigio/Verduzzo (white) Masi “Masianco” 2010 Italy $14.95
Un-Oaked Chardonnay (white) Peninsula Ridge “Inox” 2009 Ontario, Niagara $11.95
Rich lobster, shell food dishes, white fish (halibut & turbot), spiced chicken, and pork dishes Chardonnay (white) Xanadu “Next Of Kin” 2009 Australia $14.95
Chardonnay (white) McWilliam’s “Hanwood” 2009 Australia $13.95
Chardonnay (white) Louis Latour “Ardeche” 2008 France $12.45
Rich poultry (Turkey, duck, goose, etc.) and pork dishes Pinot Gris (white) Yabby Lake “Cooralook” 2008 Australia $15.45
Chardonnay/ (white) J. Lohr “Riverstone” 2009 California $18.95
Cold and cured meats simply grilled chicken, pork and veal. Robustly seasoned and BBQ’d fish dishes. Pinot Noir(red) Albert Bichot 2008 Bourgogne, France $15.95
Sangiovese (red) Rocca Delle Macie “Straccali” Chianti 2009 Italy $11.45
Pinot Noir (red) Cono Sur 2010 Chile $10.95
Most types of meat, beef and especially plainly cooked lamb and homey dishes like Shepherd’s pie and sausages Merlot (red) 181 Wine Cellars 2008 Lodi, California $16.95
Melbec (red) Trapiche Reserve 2010 Argentina $11.95
Merlot (red) Thierry & Guy “Fat Bastard” 2010 France $14.95
Char-grilled steaks, casseroles, spicy meats, vegetarian dishes such as goulash Cabernet Sauvignon (red) Carmen “Gran Reserva” 2009 Chile $16.95
Carmenère (red) Lapostolle “Casa” 2010 Chile $15.95
Shiraz (red) Bodegas Graffigna Reserve 2008 Argentina $12.95
Shiraz (red) Mitolo “Jester” 2008 Australia $21.95

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