Which wine goes with which food?

is one of the most common wine questions. We have gathered all the expert opinions in this article. Some wines are grouped together in clusters because the recommendation is the same. We have intentionally kept the article short so that you know within 2-3 minutes. For each wine category, we have also included the currently most popular wine among all Amazon customers. This way, you may know which wine goes with which food, but not the right one. We start with the all-rounder: dry Riesling from the Palatinate, the Rheingau or the Alsace.

Dry Riesling

Dry Riesling is a wonder wine. You can actually enjoy it with any food, be it meat, pasta, or fish. It goes best with light meat (veal, poultry), pasta dishes with light sauces, fish and seafood, and mild cheese. Dry Riesling is also recommended for pâté or a hearty sausage platter. At this point, we would like to refer to the popular Riesling Kloster Erbach, for which we have written a separate article.

Semi-dry Riesling

Due to the slight sweetness, there are some restrictions on semi-dry Riesling. Semi-dry Riesling is not recommended for dark meat, pasta dishes, fish and seafood, or pâtés or sausage dishes. Semi-dry Riesling goes best with game and hearty cheese.

Silvaner, dry Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris

Like dry Riesling, these white wines are also universally usable. There is hardly any dish that does not go well with a dry Silvaner, Pinot Gris or Pinot Blanc. Silvaner, of course, goes perfectly with asparagus. All three varieties go especially well with light meat, pasta dishes of all kinds, antipasti and fish and seafood. Mild cheese also goes well with all three wines.

Dry Müller-Thurgau

The Müller-Thurgau, also known as Rivaner, goes with everything except game. It goes particularly well with three dishes: antipasti, pâté, and sausage platters, as well as mild cheese. So answering the question of which wine goes with which food is not particularly difficult with Müller-Thurgau either.


Now for our favorite wine, Gewürztraminer. This wine tastes like lychee and therefore does not go well with every food. It is often recommended for Asian food (China, or also curry dishes). Gewürztraminer also goes well with hearty cheese. Otherwise, we recommend a Gewürztraminer rather for solo enjoyment before or after the meal.

Semi-dry Scheurebe

The popular Scheurebe also does not go with every food. So answering the question of which wine goes with which food is also more difficult here. A Scheurebe wine also goes well with Asian food and cheese. Because of its sweetness, it is less recommended for meat and pasta dishes.

Sancerre and Chablis

Sancerre and Chablis are rather dry and sharp. These French white wines go particularly well with fish and seafood. For everything else, they are rather the second choice. In particular, the experts would advise against Sancerre and Chablis for game and Asian cuisine.

Dry rosé

A dry rosé from Provence or the Spanish Navarra goes particularly well with dark grilled meat (beef, lamb), sausage platters, and antipasti in the summer. Game and Asian cuisine are less likely to come into contact with dry rosé. Dry rosé is also not the perfect companion for fish and seafood.

Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier

Soft red wines like Pinot Noir or a Schwarzriesling Württemberg or Pinot Meunier clearly go best with dark meat or game. Of course, you can also drink this wine solo, but this is about the question of which wine goes with which food. We ourselves like a Baden Pinot Meunier the best with a good beef fillet.

Fruity red wines

Fruity red wines include wines from Burgundy or Rioja (grape varieties include Tempranillo). These fruity wines are the perfect accompaniment to meat. The color of the meat hardly matters. Whether beef, lamb, veal, poultry, or game, a fruity red wine always goes. We would not recommend a fruity red wine for pasta, antipasti, or even fish. Even if these paradigms of “which wine goes with which food” are no longer strictly followed today… here we would follow the tried and tested recommendation.

Tannic red wines

There is also a clear line with tannic red wines. A Barolo or Bordeaux goes perfectly with dark meat and game. Except for mild cheese. We hope to have given a good overview. Soon we will summarize the findings in a clear table “Which wine goes with which food table”. We wish you the perfect selection. We have now given enough tips.