BevMo! Wine 101

Buying wine should be fun and easy, yet too often it isn’t.

That’s where we come in! Our staff of wine specialists are trained sommeliers. They know everything about wine and can help you make the perfect selections for any occasion.

Here’s a handy little chart to get you started... Select a category below.

BevMo! Wine Paring Scale

Appetizers

BevMo! Wine 101 - Pairing Appetizers

Think about the ingredients in the appetizer you plan on serving with your wine. A Rose will have a sweet balance of the light body of whites with the fruity flavors of reds, making it pair well with a wide variety of flavors. You should generally avoid serving wine with salads topped with vinegar.

Now that you know what kinds of flavors to look for, check out our list of Varietals to see what types of wines are recommended.

Soft Cheeses

BevMo! Wine 101 - Pairing Soft Cheeses

Softer cheese melts in your mouth, which can prevent the full taste of the wine. Soft cheeses tend to work better with white wines, which have a refreshing acidity that cleans the mouth.

Now that you know what kinds of flavors to look for, check out our list of Varietals to see what types of wines are recommended.

Hard Cheeses

BevMo! Wine 101 - Pairing Soft Cheeses

Strong flavored cheeses pair well equally strong wines. Fruity, acidic red wines and sweet whites match well for a flavorful experience. Ports and sherries are highly recommended for potent flavors.

Now that you know what kinds of flavors to look for, check out our list of Varietals to see what types of wines are recommended.

Asian Foods

BevMo! Wine 101 - Pairing Asian Foods

Wine isn't traditionally served with asian cuisines, but there are many flavors that can compliment these dishes well. For powerful and spicy tastes, sweet and fruity wines clean the palate well after each bite. Try a Riesling or Muscat, they can help calm the heat in spicier dishes. Avoid heavy, full reds, they tend to overpower most asian dishes.

Now that you know what kinds of flavors to look for, check out our list of Varietals to see what types of wines are recommended.

Beef & Barbeque

BevMo! Wine 101 - Pairing Beef & Barbeque

Fatty meats work well with strong-flavored wines with higher alcohol levels. The fat covers your palate and the tannins do well to strip away this covering, so that every bite is just as flavorful as the first. The fats also counteract the bite of the tannins for a good flavor from all angles.

Now that you know what kinds of flavors to look for, check out our list of Varietals to see what types of wines are recommended.

Pork & Veal

Usually, the flavor of the meat isn't the focus of a dish. Consider the sauce that has been used. A creamy alfredo sauce will require a different wine than a red sauce so match accordingly. Veal's delicate flavors are usually preserved by the method of preparation, but it is flexible in that it usually matches well with white and rose wines.

Now that you know what kinds of flavors to look for, check out our list of Varietals to see what types of wines are recommended.

Light Pasta

BevMo! Wine 101 - Pairing Light Pasta

Pasta is thick and chewy, typically a light wine will work well, but you should match the sauce to the style of sauce. Tomato sauces usually call for a red, but you should avoid tannin-heavy wines such as a Cabernet Sauvignon. A white sauce should pair with a sweet, white wine. Consider the other ingredients in the dish to find the perfect wine. Avoid acidic wines with white sauce, these can react to one another for a very unpleasant effect!

Now that you know what kinds of flavors to look for, check out our list of Varietals to see what types of wines are recommended.

Heavy Pasta

BevMo! Wine 101 - Pairing Heavy Pasta

Match the sauce with the wines. Red for red, white for white. Remember to avoid pairing acidic wines with a cream-based sauce, the wine can react with the sauce to create a Cement Mixer (and unhappy guests!)

Now that you know what kinds of flavors to look for, check out our list of Varietals to see what types of wines are recommended.

Poultry

BevMo! Wine 101 - Pairing Poultry

"White meat, white wine" is the general rule. White Chardonnays and Pinot Blancs tend to pair well with poultry dishes. Reds can be served as well, as long as it is a fruity flavor, such as a Zinfandel or Merlot.

Now that you know what kinds of flavors to look for, check out our list of Varietals to see what types of wines are recommended.

Seafood

As a general rule white wine pairs well with most fish, but certain white wines go better with certain types of fish.

Now that you know what kinds of flavors to look for, check out our list of Varietals to see what types of wines are recommended.

Dessert

Make sure that your dessert is sweeter than your wine. A wine that is too sweet can really dull the flavor of the wine after a bite of sweet dessert, making it tart and not very tasty. The sugar in the dessert should not be allowed to overpower the wine. We recommend most Rieslings or a White Zinfandel.

Now that you know what kinds of flavors to look for, check out our list of Varietals to see what types of wines are recommended.

BevMo! Wine 101 Varietals

A varietal wine is a wine made primarily from a single named grape variety, and which typically displays the name of that variety on the wine label.

Light Bodied and Sweet Whites

  • Chenin Blanc
  • Riesling
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Muscat

Light Bodied and Fruity Whites

BevMo! Wine 101 Varietals

  • Pinot Gris
  • Riesling
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Muscat

Medium Bodied Whites

 Medium Bodied Whites

  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Semillon
  • Viognier
  • Marsanne
  • Pinot Gris

Full Bodied Whites

Full Bodied Whites

  • Chardonnay
  • Viognier

Sparkling Wines

Sparkling Wines

  • Chardonnay
  • Sparkling Wines
  • Prosecco
  • Asti
  • Cava

Blush

Blush

  • Rosé
  • Blush

Light Bodied and Sweet Reds

 Light Bodied and Sweet Reds

  • Muscat

Light and Fruity Reds

Light and Fruity Reds

  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Sangiovese
  • Gamay

Medium Bodied Reds

Medium Bodied Reds

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Syrah
  • Pinot Noir
  • Sangiovese
  • Zinfandel
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Nebbiolo
  • Pinot Noir
  • Grenache

Full Bodied Reds

Full Bodied Reds

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah
  • Zinfandel
  • Grenache

Glass Guide

The proper glassware makes all the difference in experiencing the full flavors of any wine. Stock up on these five basic styles and you'll be set for any type of entertaining.

BevMo! Glass Guide

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We make it easy! Call, click or ask any BevMo! associate, and we'll have your order complete and ready in time for your party.

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