Food & Wine Pairing Tips

Wine and food are meant to be enjoyed together. Selecting the perfect wine to complement each part of your meal can be a challenge, but the rewards are great.

With individually chilled wine chambers, the skybar® Wine System makes it easy for you and your guests to select a glass of the perfect wine for each course.

  • Sauvignon Blanc with hors d'oeuvres and salad.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon with ribs off the barbecue.
  • Pinot Noir with a cheese course of brie, goat cheese and fresh figs.

The possibilities are endless.

Here are some classic pairings to try with the skybar® Wine System's nine featured wine varietals:

skybar® Varietals Class Pairings Pairing Tips
Sauvignon Blanc Salty Olives & Feta Cheese
Shellfish & oysters
Summer Salads
Sushi
Salt: Crisp wines balance salty flavors (think lemon squeezed on fish).
Pinot Grigio Baked Sole or Snapper
BBQ Chicken
Bouillabaisse
Butternut Squash Risotto
Weight: Pair wine & food with the same weight - lighter wines pair with lighter flavors.
Chardonnay Grilled Halibut
Creamy Pesto Tortellini
Roast Lobster with Butter
Baked Chicken
Versatility: Both creamy and crisp, Chardonnay stands up to substantial textures and flavors.
White Zinfandel Spicy Pan-Asian Dishes
Cajun Foods
Middle Eastern Cuisine
Sweet & Sour Pork
Sweetness: Wine should be equal to or higher in sugar than the dish. Sweet wines offset spicy foods.
Pinot Noir Grilled or Baked Salmon
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Tomato & Basil Pasta
Roasted Duck
Low-Tannin Reds: Lower tannin reds pair beautifully with a wide variety of foods.
Merlot Roasted Chicken
Pasta Bolognese
Grilled Steak
Swordfish
Style: Merlot can be fruit-forward and low-tannin or big and more tannic. Tannins need protein & fat; fruitier versions are more versatile.
Zinfandel(red) Juicy Barbecue Hamburgers
Sausage & Olive Pizza
Osso Bucco
Roasted Lamb
Similarities: Pair wines with the same texture & flavors. Spicy Zin pairs great with full-flavored pizza.
Shiraz Grilled Steak
Wild Boar or Venison
Rack of Lamb
Sausage
Pair with the Sauce: Match the wine to the sauce. Heavy red and meat-based sauces demand a big wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon Venison
Prime Rib
Beef Stew
Steak au Poivre
Balance Tannins: Tannins strip the proteins in your mouth, so they need to be paired with rich proteins and some fat to offer balance.
skybar® VarietalsSauvignon Blanc
Class Pairings Salty olives & feta cheese
Selfish and oysters
Summer Salads
Sushi
Pairing Tips Salt: Crisp wines balance salty flavors(think lemon squeezed on fish)
skybar® VarietalsPinot Grigio
Class Pairings Baked Sole or Snapper
BBQ Chicken
Bouillabaisse
Butternut Squash Risotto
Pairing Tips Weight: Pair wine & food with the same weight - lighter wines pair with lighter flavors.
skybar® VarietalsChardonnay
Class Pairings Grilled Halibut
Creamy Pesto Tortellini
Roast Lobster with Butter
Baked Chicken
Pairing Tips Versatility: Both creamy and crisp, Chardonnay stands up to substantial textures and flavors.
skybar® VarietalsWhite Zinfandel
Class Pairings Spicy Pan-Asian Dishes
Cajun Foods
Middle Eastern Cuisine
Sweet & Sour Pork
Pairing Tips Sweetness: Wine should be equal to or higher in sugar than the dish. Sweet wines offset spicy foods.
skybar® VarietalsPinot Noir
Class Pairings Grilled or Baked Salmon
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Tomato & Basil Pasta
Roasted Duck
Pairing Tips Low-tannin Reds: Lower tannin reds pair beautifully with a wide variety of foods.
skybar® VarietalsMerlot
Class Pairings Roasted Chicken
Pasta Bolognese
Grilled Steak
Swordfish
Pairing Tips Style: Merlot can be fruit-forward and low-tannin or big and more tannic. Tannins need protein & fat; fruitier versions are more versatile.
skybar® VarietalsZinfandel(red)
Class Pairings Juicy BBQ Hamburgers
Sausage & Olive Pizza
Osso Bucco
Roasted Lamb
Pairing Tips Similarities: Pair wines with the same texture/flavors. Spicy Zin pairs great with full-flavored pizza.
skybar® VarietalsShiraz
Class Pairings Grilled Steak
Wild Boar or Venison
Rack of Lamb
Sausage
Pairing Tips Pair with the Sauce: Match the wine to the sauce. Heavy red and meat-based sauces demand a big wine.
skybar® VarietalsCabernet Sauvignon
Class Pairings Venison
Prime Rib
Beef Stew
Steak au Poivre
Pairing Tips Balance Tannins: Tannins strip the proteins in your mouth, so they need to be paired with rich proteins and some fat to offer balance.