When it comes to pairing a meal with the perfect glass of wine—whether it be white, red or sparkling—we already know the classics: A crisp white with fish or an antipasto hour of light bites, a full-bodied red with dark meat or rich pasta, and bubbles aflow with briny oysters or to offset a sweet treat, like macarons. However, what about the more obscure, unexpected pairings? Yes, the effortless go-to's of Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon are nice, but the world of wine is a lot more complex. With countless varietals of grapes existing around the world, and numerous notes of fruits, spices, and oak all coming into play, there are a lot more surprising (and delectable) food and wine pairings to try than you may think.
Here, we went to expert Jennifer Raezer—creator of Approach Guides, the top-rated iPhone wine app that turns casual wine drinkers into pros, to give us 10 unusual food and wine pairings she can't get enough of. So forget the plain jane pairings at your next dinner party, and surprise your guests with a coupling of bites and sips they'll never forget.
Fried Chicken & Champagne
"The bubbles and crisp acidity of Champagne cut the fatty richness of the fried chicken, making for a delightful (and luxurious!) combination."
Pizza & Lambrusco
"Turn pizza night into a sophisticated meal when you pop the cork on a bottle of
Prosciutto & Prosecco
"Many wines struggle to showcase the creamy, salty-sweet flavors of prosciutto. However, Prosecco—Italy's famous sparkler—strikes the perfect balance with its crisp fruit flavors and high acidity."
Grilled Swordfish & Pinot Noir
"Red wine with fish? Yes! Throw conventional wisdom out the window and try a pinot noir—aim for attractively-priced, lighter-style pinots like those from the Rully, Monthélie, Ladoix-Serrigny, Mâcon or Chorey-
Jamón Ibérico & Sherry
"Impress your guests with this succulent pairing of two of Spain's famous delicacies: jamón ibérico de
Oysters & Muscadet
"Crisp, clean, minerally
Indian Food & Rosé
"The complex spices and heat of many Indian dishes demand a certain class of wines. While
Escabeche & Madeira
"Sercial—the lightest and driest of Madeira's intensely complex wines—is one of the few wines that pair exceptionally well with dishes containing vinegar, making escabeche (or even a salad with vinaigrette) a compelling match."
Anchovies & Txakoli
"Straight out of Spain's Basque region, salty, fishy anchovies pair perfectly with txakoli, the Basque country's refreshing and often effervescent, bitingly-acidic local white. A delightful aperitif."
Burgers & Beaujolais
"Pair your next burger with a cru Beaujolais (the region's elite
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.