Guide for Wine & Food Pairings


If one aisle at Gelson’s could symbolize our approach to enjoying life to the fullest, our curated wine collection would fill the bill quite nicely. We believe that if you have the right attitude, there’s always a wonderful reason to raise a glass and toast an occasion. To complete the expression of joy, we recognize that with every quality sip, there’s a food counterpart to make the experience sublime. Finding these menu-matches can present a world of challenge for even the most practiced and intuitive wine connoisseur or gourmand, so unless you’re a thrill-seeker, use our pairing guide. Here’s to you, and whatever you’re celebrating today!


BeaujolaisGrilled sausages, salami, duck with fruit glaze, roast turkey, sushi, grilled tuna, pork chops
BordeauxRed: lamb, Irish stew, rare roast beef with old clarets White: grilled fish, mussels, poultry, seafood
Cabernet SauvignonFrench: red meats, lamb, poultry, mature hard cheese California: full-flavored, meaty casseroles
ChablisWhite fish, deep-fried food, Chaource cheese
ChardonnayDrink with cheese and egg dishes, asparagus and artichokes, seafood, poultry, or dishes with nut sauces
Chenin BlancApéritif or with delicate creamy fish dishes, mild cheeses, strongly flavored cheeses, appetizers, dips
ChiantiSpinach and ricotta cannelloni, cold meats, pizza, barbecued foods
Fumé BlancBarbecued fish, lightly spiced curries
GewürztraminerPungent cheese dishes, smoked salmon, pork rillettes, spicy food, poultry, Asian food, veal
MerlotBean stew, grilled tuna, strongly flavored cheeses, pasta and red sauce, lamb, beef, chocolate desserts
Pinot GrigioMushroom ravioli, linguine with cream and Parmesan, garlic and oil-based sauces, sole, scallops
Pinot NoirRoasted poultry, game, meatier fish, strongly flavored cheeses, salmon, pork, veal, lamb, beef
PortStilton, blue cheeses and cheddars, chocolate cake, strongly flavored cheeses, chocolate desserts
Pouilly-FuissePasta, poultry, fish in creamy sauces
RieslingStir-fried or poached dishes, southeast Asian curries
Sauvignon BlancSeafood salads, Thai food, mild cheese, appetizers, dips, oysters, shrimp, crab, and lobster
SyrahGame and cold meats, beef cooked in red wine
ZinfandelSpicy dishes, pasta and red sauce, steak with mustard and soy sauce, ratatouille, dark chocolate cake