When it comes to pairing a meal with the perfect glass of wine—whether white, red, or sparkling—we already know the classics: White wine with fish or an antipasto hour of light bites, a full-bodied red with dark meat or rich pasta, and bubbly with briny oysters or to offset a sweet treat like macarons.
But 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.
We went to expert Jennifer Raezer, creator of the top-rated iPhone wine app Approach Guides, which turns casual wine drinkers into pros. She gave us ten 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.