Top four common wines and what to serve with them

When it comes to great wines, some connoisseurs chase after the most expensive, sought-after vintages. But most people are simply after a delicious, affordable bottle of wine that they and others can enjoy with a great dinner at home or at a restaurant.

Here are four common types of wine along with suggestions for what dishes you can serve with them.

1) Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio is a popular, often dry, white wine that is typically a crowd-pleaser. The wine’s flavor can differ depending on what region it is from. It pairs nicely with fish, chicken and shellfish.

2) Chardonnay
Chardonnay is a classic white wine that is either aged in oak or in stainless steel, which produce distinctly different flavors. Chardonnay pairs well with mild foods given the wine’s subtle flavor. Fish, chicken, pork and pasta that aren’t heavily spiced work well. Soups and saucy foods pair nicely with most chardonnays as well.

3) Pinot Noir
Pinot noir wines offer a fruitier, lighter flavor than many other types of red wine (such as cabernet sauvignon or merlot). This makes a bottle of pinot noir a safe bet to please a wide range of red wine drinkers. It is an easy-going, flexible wine to pair with many dishes, such as salmon, roasted chicken, pasta, duck (and other game birds), casseroles and stews.

4) Cabernet Sauvignon
The final wine on this list is also one of the most popular. Its flavour is typically rich and bold and it is available from wine-making regions worldwide. If you have noticed that red meat was not listed in the pairings for the first three wines on this list, that was no error. That succulent steak
you serve for guests should be paired with a delicious cabernet sauvignon.