You'll find that our Wine and Beer reviews are different than other review sites. We respect the hard work and passion that goes into a great glass of wine and beer, and we match what we feel are four great options to pair with that beverage.
Red Wine Reviews
Tinhorn Creek Merlot Review
- Added November 7, 2012
Tinhorn Creek 2008 South Okanagan Valley Merlot is juicy, plummy, with a chocolate and earthy layer that makes it quite interesting. It's not as smooth as most consumers would like, but if you like a little more depth to your wine, this is a great choice. Quite sipable on its own, I personally suggest you try it with some meaty dishes to tackle the tannin in this beauty.
Duckhorn Napa Valley Caberent Sauvignon Review
- Added July 10, 2012
Duckhorn Vineyards 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a vibrant red wine with amazing aromas of spearmint, violet, and blackcurrant. In the mouth you’ll taste lots of fruit, such as blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and cola. This wine will cellar for many years to come where it will continue to evolve, but if you plan on cracking it open soon, here are four foods we suggest pairing it with.
Dowie Doole Hunt Shiraz Review
- Added July 3, 2012
Dowie Doole Hunt Shiraz is everything you’d want and expect out of an Australian Shiraz. Lush deep red colours, with dark fruit flavours enhanced by licorice and cedar aromas. French Oak maturation further enhances this wine with mocha and spicy plum flavours.
Blue Mountain Pinot Noir Review
- Added June 6, 2012
Blue Mountain Pinot Noir, from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, is a beautiful example of excellent Canadian Wine. Deep garnet in colour, this wine has some amazing black cherry and blue berry aromas. On the palate you’ll find vanilla, cassis and cherry, followed by a spicy finish. Click on the link to read why this is the best wine with Tuna
Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel Review
- Added May 21, 2012
One Red Wine we love here at What To Pair is Zinfandel. We find it to be such a food friendly wine that tastes great with nearly anything. Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel
is a red wine that is bursting with red cherries, strawberries, and raspberries aromas and flavours. The tannins are soft, and the finish has an amazing toasted vanilla and smoky sweetness. Inside are four great dishes that this wine will taste great with.
D'Arenberg's Darry Original
is a wine that is packed full of fruity aromas and tastes of plum, blueberry, raspberry and blackberry. While these fruit flavours are the star of this show, there are plenty of backing flavours of black olives, spice, cove and nutmeg to keep you entertained. The tannins don’t pound away at you like an overindulgent drum solo; instead they simply hold the mass of flavours together. In an age where many wines are trying to copy what everyone else is doing, D'Arenberg’s Darry’s Original Shiraz/Grenache living up to its ‘original’ mantel as this is a unique and pleasant wine.
Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Wine and Food Pairing Review
- Reviewed April 29, 2012
Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a light but medium bodied red wine that offers up spectacular aromas of cherry, cedar, strawberry and spice. The flavours of fresh jammy fruits like strawberries or currants are quite juicy on the palate, while an earthy complexity will have you dreaming about strolling down a forest trail. The finish on this wine is quite sassy, teasing you to take another sip. Below are four foods we feel this wine would be divine with.
Ruffino Chianti and Food Pairings Review
- Reviewed April 24, 2012
If you've ever wondered 'what wine goes with Spaghetti
', look no further than this rustic and simple Italian wine from Ruffino. Full of red juicy fruit flavours, soft tannin, and a great acidity, this is a good red wine to pair with Tomato based dishes. Read why in our Ruffino Chianti Review
Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir
- Reviewed April 21, 2012
It's not that far off until Mother's Day, and if you're out there shopping for wine, this is a great bottle to share with that special woman in your life. Carmel Road Pinot Noir will go great with any Mother's Day meal whether it's salmon, turkey, or surprisingly bacon.
Mollydooker Two Left Feet
- Posted March 30, 2012
If the name ‘Two Left Feet’ wasn’t already perfect, they might want to rename this wine to ‘Freebird’ in reference to the Lynyrd Skynyrd song with the incredibly long guitar solo finish. While the length of Mollydoocker’s masterpiece is epic, the real star of the show here is the artistry in combining shiraz, cabernet and...
Tawse Grower's Blend Cabernet Franc and Food Pairings
- Posted March 16, 2012
Saint Patrick's day is upon us tomorrow, and we found the perfect wine that will go great with corned beef and cabbage. With only 3900 bottles produced, it's about as rare as finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Sandbanks Baco Noir and Food Pairings
- Posted March 7, 2012
With a high of +12 celcius this March 7th, it's the perfect evening to barbacue after a hard day's work. Why not slap a couple homemade burgers on the grill, and enjoy them with a glass of Sandbanks Estate Winery's newest Baco Noir vintage from 2010.
McManis Cabernet Sauvignon and Food Pairing
- Posted March 4, 2012
Itching for the weather to warm up so you can get out and grill? Why not barbecue tonight, and let the warmth of a glass of McManis Cabernet Sauvignon keep you warm. Just save some to pair up later with your steak.
Catena Malbec and Food Pairings
- Posted February 21, 2012
It's Fat Tuesday, and you were probably wishing you were stumbling around the streets of New Orleans. We wish we were down there too, but as a runner up prize, we're sitting by a cozy fireplace on a damp winter's afternoon enjoying a bottle of Catena Malbec with some hearty beef stew.
Butterfield Station Merlot
and Food Pairings - Posted February 17, 2012
It's finally Friday, and it's time to enjoy some comfort food after working a stressful week at the office. We'd suggest Butterfield Merlot and Meatloaf. Read why in our Review of Butterfield Station Merlot
and Food Pairings.
Bogle Pinot Noir
- Posted February 14th, 2012
It's Valentine's Day, and for our featured blog, we picked a fantastic RED wine that goes great with lean and Heart Healthy foods. Cuddle up with a loved wine tonight with some dinner, and a bottle of Bogle Pinot Noir.
Ravenswood Zinfandel and Food Pairings
- Posted February 10th, 2012
In this article we talk about our Favourite Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel Food pairings. Is our favourite Pairing for Ravenswood Zinfandel Red Wine Chinese Food Takeout, Hamburgers, or Baby Back Ribs?
White Wine Reviews
Crush VQA Pinot Grigio and Food Pairing
- Posted April 10, 2012
Looking for that perfect food and wine pairing to go great with your night out at the Sushi Bar? Look no further than Crush Pinot Grigio wine to pair with Sushi. This slightly pink wine isn't sweet but dry and crisp, which makes all the natural sushi flavours pop, rather than fizzle. Crush Pinot Grigio is one of the best wines to pair with sushi
Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre and Food Pairings Review
- Posted March 20th, 2012
Today is the first day of spring and I'm itching to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and do some spring cleaning on my lawn. It's gonna be a hot day here in Southern Ontario, with temeratures reaching a high of 29 degrees. After getting the BBQ all cleaned up I plan on taking a quick break, and grilling up some asparagus, and enjoying it with a nice cold glass of Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre. That and the spring songs conducted by the robins are music to my ears.
Frog's Leap 2010 Chardonnay and Food Pairings Review
- Posted February 20th, 2012
Are you looking for that perfect Chardonnay to serve at your next dinner party? Check out our review on Frog’s Leap 2010 Chardonnay and Food Pairings where we discuss why this wine goes great on its own, or with four other fantastic food dishes.
Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc and Food Pairing
- Posted February 18th, 2012
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most food friendly wines out there, and Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc is no exception. Join us as we discuss our four favourite foods to pair with Sauvignon Blanc.
Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay
and Food Matches - Posted February 13th, 2012
Year after year, Kendall Jackson's stellar Chardonnay is becoming more well known as a food friendly wine. In this review, we explain how this Chardonnay will go great with four differen't completely types of food, enhancing your meal.
Ravine Sand and Gravel Riesling and Food Pairings
- Posted February 8th, 2012
Ravine Winery is a pretty stellar winery and resturant located in St. Davids Bench. In this article we give our impressions of their groovy Ravine Sand and Gravel Riesling and we suggest some pretty tasty foods to pair it with.
Hop City Barking Squirrel Beer and Food Pairing Review
- Added June 13, 2012
Hop City Barking Squirrel Amber Lager showcases light caramel malts with a slight nutty taste, followed by a grassy and citrus finish. The colour of this beer is a beautiful amber-copper, and the nose has a fantastic brown sugar and bready sweetness. Easy drinking enough to go on its own, however we’d prefer it with the following four foods. (We are a beer and food pairing website
Much like the Province of Quebec it is based on, Lake of Bays Rousee Red Ale
is a colourful and flavourful affair. When you’re hit by the mahogany colour of this beer, you just know you’re not drinking another Lager dolled up with Red Dye #9. The aroma is sweet, slightly citrusy, with a caramel malt edge. Given the rich and creamy texture of this beer, the flavour is quite complex. The dark roasted malts struts around with its bitter chocolate, dark cassis, vanilla, and toast flavours. Meanwhile the center is nice and juicy with a clean and dry finish. This would be the perfect beer to warm you up on a chilly cottage evening, although we think it would be even better with these four great foods in our beer and food pairing
Alexander Keith’s Cider
is tangy and lip smacking beverage that strikes the perfect balance between being refreshing and flavourful. This Cider is not overly sweet, strong, or complicated, however the nose on this beverage is incredibly aromatic. The good people at Keith’s have worked hard to produce extremely appealing aromas of apple, pear and sparkling white wine. The flavours aren’t as strong as the nose, which makes this quite the quaffable cider as it never comes across as boozy. Instead, this is simply a well-crafted beverage that smells great, offers semi-sweet apple and pear flavours, and finishes dry and long. Inside are four great foods that we recommend Keith's Cider with.
Flying Monkeys Atomic Smashbomb IPA Review and Food Pairings
- Posted April 14, 2012
This India Pale Ale has a hoppy edge that delivers some great citrus flavours. Read all about four great food and beer pairings
with this food friendly IPA beer.
Amsterdam Spring Bock Dopplebock Review and Food Pairings
- Posted March 25, 2012
With its warm colours and alcohol content, Amsterdam Spring Bock is a great beer to enjoy on a chilly spring evening. Perfect for 'hoodie' weather.
Beau's All Natural Lug Tread Lagered Ale and Food Pairings
- Posted February 27, 2012
Great beer should transport you to another place and time, and Beau's Lug Tread Lagered Ale does this in spades. Read about how it takes me back to my grandfather's farmhouse whilst growing up.
Newcastle Brown Ale and food Pairings
- Posted February 6th, 2012
Newcastle Brown Ale is the Number One Bottle Ale in the U.K. This is saying a lot, as the U.K. are a finicky bunch when it comes to their bitters. In this article we explain some of the more popular dishes you can pair with Newcastle Brown Ale up with.
Peller Estates Private Reserve Rose
- Posted March 12, 2012
Peller Estates Private Reserve Rose will pair up with a wide variety of foods. It's a dry wine, loaded with lots of red berry flavours, and a touch of bubblegum. Give it a try for your upcoming Easter Dinner this season.
Sutter Home White Zinfandel
is an off-dry rose wine made with the Zinfandel grape. This wine has superb aromas and flavours of strawberries and melon. The body is well balanced in that it is initially sweet, becomes a little creamy, and then finishes dry, making the wine simultaneously decadent and refreshing. While this is the perfect wine to enjoy as an aperitif on a hot summer day, inside are four foods this wine would go great with.
Three Olvies Cake Vodka
- Posted April 17, 2012
Looking for the perfect birthday shooter
for someone special? Look no further than the black forest cake shot using Three Olives Cake Vodka.
Grey Goose Vodka and Food Pairing Review
- Spirit Reviewed April 24, 2012
Vodka and Food Pairing is not a popular topic. At least not according to Google who said only 12 people in the world searched for Food and Vodka pairings last month. It's rather unfortunate as Vodka and Caviar may be one of the best food and spirit pairings you may ever try. It's right up there with Cake and Milk, Pinot Noir and Salmon, or Sauternes and Foie Gras.
Sparkling Wine Reviews
Val D’oca Prosecco
is a refreshing bubbly wine that has a fantastic mineral zest This is often my go-to Prosecco as it has consistently been the best Prosecco for the price and quality for the past dozen years. Read our Review of Val D'oca Prosseco, and see what four great foods this Prosecco will pair with.