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GEN 7 Wines - Brookside Winery

Wine Pairings

We create all our wines with food in mind, thinking about how best to blend different tastes to be pleasing to the palate. To help you choose the right wine to accompany your favorite foods, the pairings we recommend are reflected in the table below.

When pairing food and wine, remember that the goal is synergy and balance. The wine shouldn’t overpower the food, nor should the food overpower the wine.

Think of wine as a condiment; it should complement the food. When you drink wine by itself, it tastes different than it does with food, because wine acts on food similar to the way spices do.

Acids, tannins and sugars in the wine interact with the food to provide different taste sensations.

Memorable food and wine pairings are achieved when you find similarities and/or contrasts of flavor, body, texture, intensity, and taste.

Recommended Wine & Food Pairings

Shellfish, chicken, pork belly, triple cream cheese, fried foods

Bubbly wines are the perfect palate refresher. They’re especially great with hors d’oeuvres like oysters and anything fried.

Bubbly: Champagne, Sparkling, Prosecco

Fish, chicken, shrimp, steamed or grilled vegetables, scallops

Zesty acidity is the common denominator for these crisp wines, with some expressing citrus fruit qualities and others yielding floral or mineral notes. Many are ideal aperitif wines or palate-cleansing companions to food.

Crisp: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio

Fish, chicken, pork, olives, stone fruits, rosemary, sage, roasted dishes

Mellow white wine soothes the palate, with flavor profiles that can include fruit, minerals, floral and spice notes. Even with distinctive flavors, these wines will have broad appeal and pair beautifully with a wide range of cuisines.

Mellow: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Rosé

Chicken, pork, cow, roasted root vegetables, spicy foods, cheese

Featuring robust aromas, flavors or textures, tropical wines envelope the palate with their rich profile, with a touch of sweetness.

Tropical: Viognier, Riesling, Gewurztraminer

Grilled fish (ahi, swordfish, salmon), chicken, pork, pizza, tomatoes, pasta, pesto

Light and medium-bodied wines have more delicate aromas and flavors.

Light & Bright: Pino Noir, Grenache, Light Red Blends

Beef, venison, game fowl, braised root vegetables, mushrooms

Mouth-watering low tannic reds feature stone fruit and vanilla notes.

Smooth & Soft: Malbec, Syrah, Sangiovese, Mourvedre, Merlot

Fatty beef, bone marrow, grilled or braised foods, dark chocolate

The biggest red wines have intense aromas and flavors ranging from bramble fruits, chocolate and coffee to smoke, leather and earth.

Big: Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon

Foie gras, hard aged cheese, salty nuts

Sweet: Late Harvest or Noble Rot Muscat or Chardonnay

Recommended Wine & Cheese Pairings

Champagne, Sparkling, Proseco, Cava

  • Triple Cream, Parmigiano, young goat, sweet blues, bloomy rinds, robiola


  • Alpines, herbed, brie, gouda, tommes


  • Creamy blue, stinkies, alpines, gorgonzola dolce

Rhiraz, Sirah, Syrah

  • Alpines, cheddar, washed rind, salty blue

Pinot Noir, Burgundy, Barbera

  • Creamies, robiola, everything

Cabernet, Bordeaux

  • Camembert, washed rind, aged/bold, blues, gorgonzola

Chenin Blanc, Vouvray

  • Mozzarella, fresh goat, ricotta, semi firm

Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris

  • Robiola, creamy brie, gouda, mild cheddar, young

Rosé, Beaujolais

  • Buttery, pungents, soft goat, robiola

Malbec, Madiran, Cahors

  • Aged sheep, young sheep, herbed, flavored

Chianti, Sangiovese

  • Soft ripened, herbed, Parmigiano, aged sheep

Port, Dessert wine, Aged sherry/cream

  • Blues, gorgonzola dolce, washed rind, super aged

Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc

  • All goats, young gouda, natural rind

Riesling, Viognier

  • Washed rind, sheep, ricotta, alpines, everything

Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Barolo

  • Spicy, cheddar, creamy blue, gorgonzola, sheep, washed rind

Merlot, Cotes du Rhone, Chateauneuf

  • Smoked, truffled, cheddars, alpines, semi-soft

Rioja, Tempranillo

  • Aged sheep, spicy, aged goat