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Food & Wine Pairing

Sun, December 26, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Food And Wine Pairing 101


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Knowing the best wine to serve with food is a challenge. The right choice can turn an average meal into a spectacular feast. The wrong choice can turn a Michelin-star experience into a dumpster fire.

This class guides you through choosing the perfect pairings for any occasion as well as providing the key characteristics of varietals and the principles behind pairing them.  Learn why certain combinations work and some don’t, how to avoid common pitfalls, and how to develop successful food and wine pairings on your own.

We can’t promise you will become the world’s greatest master sommelier by taking this class. But you will have earned newfound confidence in your culinary couplings.

You will be tasting food & wine in class, but this is not dinner. We suggest having a snack before class. 

We love learning and venturing deeper into the world of wine and the Wine School classes are the perfect vehicle for that! The food and wine pairing class was our second and did not disappoint! The class style is lively and engaging and so full of information no matter what level you’re at. The greatest things we’ve learned at the Wine School is how to really detect and describe the flavors and feels you get when tasting. We’ll definitely be back for more!

Kristen, June 2018

My fiancé and I attended this class and we thoroughly enjoyed it! It was very interactive, informative, and of course the wines were delicious. Highly recommended!

Eric, June 2018

Attending this Wine Class as an Online Student?

This class is offered as an in-person class (Premium and Discount Tickets) or a virtual wine tasting (Online Tickets). We will send you a Zoom link with your ticket. Please keep that email! You can also come back to this page, and your zoom link will show here at the start of class.

Buying Wines for Online Students

We recommend picking up wines via wine.com or wine-searcher.com. The wine list is included on this page. You don’t need to have the exact wines on the list. It’s unlikely you will be able to find all the wines we use: we have a vast wine cellar, and many of the wines we taste in class are unavailable via retail channels. Instead, we recommend focusing on the varietals and regions we are using, not the vintage or producer. Please note that we cannot ship or sell wines. If you need assistance in purchasing wines, we offer a paid sommelier consulting service.

Tasting Sheets for Food & Wine Pairing 101

July 2019

Low Acid White Wine | Acidic Food
Raeburn 2017 Chardonnay | Cauliflower Salad
High Acid White Wine | Salty Foods
Rimapere 2017 Sauvignon Blanc | Smoked Salmon, Mascarpone, Cyprus Flake
White Wine with Low Alcohol and RS | Spicy Foods
St. Urbans-Hof 2016 Riesling | Roasted Tofu, Harissa
Low Tannin Red Wine | Umami-Rich Foods
Girelli 2015 Valpolicella Ripasso | Chicken Thighs, Shiitake, Truffles
High Acid Red Wine | High-Fat Foods
Borgo Scopeto 2014 Chianti Classico | Pork, Smoked Almond Butter
High Tannin Red Wine | High-Protein Foods
Double Canyon 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon | Parmigiano Reggiano Stravecchio

June 2018

Low Acid White Wine | Acidic Food
Mondavi 2014 Fume Blanc, Oakville | Cauliflower with Citrus

High Acid White Wine | Salty Foods
Soalheiro 2015 Alvarinho, Vinho Verde | Potato Chips

White Wine with Low Alchohol and RS | Spicy Foods
Kruger-Rumpf 2010 Binger S Riesling Spätlese | Sriracha Tofu

Low Tannin Red Wine | UmamiRich Foods
Strehn 2013 St Laurent, Burgenland | Roasted Mushroom

High Acid Red Wine | High-Fat Foods
Filippo Gallino 2015 Nebbiolo, Langhe | Hard-Boiled Egg

High Tannin Red Wine | High-Protein Foods
Luca 2013 Syrah, Uco Valley | Roasted Nuts

March 2016

First Pairing
Pairing Wine Salt-Foward Dishes

Second Pairing
Pairing Wine with Spicy Dishes

Third Pairing
Pairing Wine with Savory Dishes

Fourth Pairing
Pairing Wine with Zesty Dishes

Fifth Pairing
Pairing Wine with Main Courses

Sixth Pairing
Pairing Wine with Sweets

December 2015

First Flight
Food Pairings for Champagne

Second Flight
Top Cheese Pairings

Third Flight
Top Pairings for Spicy Dishes

Fourth Flight
Top Pairings for Beef

Sixth Flight
Pairings for Chocolate

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