Foie gras with Sauternes…
Oysters and Champagne or Chablis…
Pasta with red sauce and Chianti…
Steak with Cabernet Sauvignon…
Thai food and Riesling…
These are classic food and wine pairings.
But what if you’d like to try something different?
Matthieu Yamoum, beverage director of the Baccarat Hotel in New York City, has suggestions that we’d never have thought of—seemingly unusual pairings of wines, spirits, and even cocktails.
Yet his unexpected matches are just as tasty…maybe even better!
Here are his recommendations.
Cured Ham/Italian Salume: Midori Melon Liqueur
Green Salads: Blanco Tequila
Ice Cream: Single Malt Scotch
Indian Food: Gin & Tonic
Mac & Cheese: Dessert Wine
Middle Eastern Mezze: Negroni
Tacos: Vodka Martini
Thai Food: Champagne
DIFFERENT FOOD PAIRINGS
For details, check out the full story on CNN Travel.
MORE UNUSUAL FOOD & WINE PAIRINGS
Here are some of our own favorites:
Barbecue & Malbec
BLT & Chardonnay
Charcuterie & Zinfandel (pâtés, mousses, and terrines, etc.)
Chocolate Ice Cream & Pinot Noir
Green Salad Vinaigrette & Madiera
Hamburgers & Beaujolais
Indian Food & Syrah
Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich With Gewürtztraminer
Salmon or Swordfish & Pinot Noir
Sushi and Riesling or Gewürtztraminer
Spicy Tacos & Reisling
A final note: There are no “rights” and “wrongs,” there’s just what you like.
 Can you imagine pairing fruit liqueur with food? Well…Midori melon liqueur pairs with prosciutto and other cured meats, in the time-honored pairing of melon and prosciutto (photo © Midori Melon Liqueur).
 With a green salad—plain or topped with your favorite proteins and/or fruits—have a glass of blanco (silver) tequila Here’s the recipe (photo © Blueberry Council).
 Try a Vodka Martini with tacos (photo © Sable & Rosenfeld).