A Guide to Red and White Wine Pairings

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Planning a party can be a fun experience. From selecting menu options and decorating your home to compiling the perfect playlist, the list of things to do goes on and on. But even experienced party planners can become stymied when trying to choose which wines go best with which foods. 

However, Hickory Farms can make your choice a little easier when you’re planning your next soirée. Keep in mind there are no hard and fast rules, merely suggestions for the optimum taste experience.

Some wine pairings work because of their similarities to the dish; others succeed because they make an interesting contrast. Other factors to consider are whether you’re serving lighter fare, which generally calls for a light white wine as opposed to a heavy-bodied red.

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The most basic wine rule has always been serve reds with red meats and whites with chicken and pork. This is because the fats and proteins in red meat mellow the tannins inherent in red wine.

One interesting contrast you might consider recreating is the heat of a chili-infused or spicy Cajun main course offset by a sweet Reisling or Italian Moscato. Below are a few other suggestions that stand the test of time.

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  • Champagne tends to go best with salty foods, which is the reason you’ll often see the bubbly served alongside caviar at elegant affairs.
  • A white wine like Sauvignon Blanc does well with foods that are slightly tart or tangy. Think Orange Chicken or seafood-based dishes like Scallops with Grapefruit Onion Salad.
  • You can never go wrong pairing a thick, sizzling steak off the grill with a robust, red Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Consider all the dairy ingredients in a Chicken Alfredo and select something with a buttery component like an oaky Chardonnay.
  • Spring is an excellent time to serve roasted lamb with a light, fruity Beaujolais.
  • A Greek salad loaded with olives and feta cheese is delicious with a cold Pinot Grigio.

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Spice Up Your Meals with Tangy Mustard Sauce

Hickory Farms has found a few recipes to add a spicy little kick to your dishes this winter by using mustard as an ingredient. Try some of these to give your taste buds a real treat!

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Rigatoni with Shredded Pork in Mustard Cream Sauce puts a delightfully different twist on a very simple pasta recipe. It’s a great way to finish up the end of a pork roast, or you can simply substitute crumbled sweet Italian sausage. Both meats blend deliciously with the tang of the mustard to create a tasty sensation you’ll love. Along with these ingredients, combine heavy cream, olive oil, chicken broth, sliced onion, fresh thyme or basil with mustard and salt and pepper. Serve hot from the stove to the table!

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You can make this Vegetable Ragout in Mustard Buerre Blanc either as a hearty side dish or as a stand-alone main course. The ingredients call for asparagus, potatoes and cauliflower, but you could add or substitute broccoli according to taste. Roast some strips of bell pepper, add some chopped onions and mushrooms to a little white wine, mustard and a few other herbs and spices, and you’ve got a savory dish perfect for a cold winter night.

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Kielbasa with Honey Mustard is a quick dinner fix that can be ready in as few as 15 minutes, making it a perfect dinner choice for on-the-go families. All you need is kielbasa, brown sugar, honey mustard and ginger ale. If you don’t have kielbasa, substitute some of Hickory Farms’ award-winning summer sausage from our Deluxe Smokehouse Collection Gift Box, which is chock-full of tasty treats — four varieties of sausage and cheeses, Cranberry Mustard, Honey & Pineapple Mustard, two jars of our Sweet Hot Mustard and more!


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Learning How to Pair Wine & Meat

Our wine pairing series continues! We started with Wine and Cheese Pairing 101 and Wine and Cheese Pairing for Intermediates, and then moved on to the Truth About Wine and Chocolate. Today, we’re switching from sweet back to savory as we explore wine and meat pairing.

Tracy Sellers of the California Bountiful blog reminds us that wine and food pairing is about creating harmonious relationships that bring out the best elements in one another. As executive chef Michael Tuohy told Sellers, “A good match will bring out the nuances and enhance the flavors and unique characters of both the food and the wine.”

There is an old rule that red meat should always be paired with red wine and white meat should always be paired with white wines. But as most sommeliers will confirm, sticking to this type of rule can result in missed opportunities to enjoy truly heavenly combinations. As Master Sommelier Larry Stone says, even the slightest pinch of salt above what a recipe calls for can completely change a dish and, in turn, the wine that it will best pair with.

The best approach when learning how to pair wine with meat is to keep an open mind and try to test your palette and pay attention to the subtleties. Take cues from the sauces, seasonings, spices and other flavors to decide which red or white wine will bring out the juiciness of the meat or the flavors it’s cooked with. Here are a few of our favorite tips from the Food & Wine editors to get you started.


  • Meats and fish prepared with rich sauces go great with Chardonnay.
  • Pair meats dressed in a tangy or tart sauce with a Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Unoaked wines pair nicely with any dish that you can squeeze a lemon or lime on.
  • With lighter meats, focus on pairing the wine with the sauce.
  • Cabernet often enhances juicy red meats.

Practice your wine and meat pairing skills over a fun meal with friends. And to make it even easier to get the wine cork rolling, start with Hickory Farms gourmet food and wine boxes such as our Summer Sausage Trio, Fruit & Cheese Fest, Toast the Traditions box, or our Vineyards & Orchards package.

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