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Different Wine & Food Pairings–Cocktails & Spirits, Too

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
  • Hamburger: Mezcal
  • Ice Cream: Single Malt Scotch
  • Indian Food: Gin & Tonic
  • Mac & Cheese: Dessert Wine
  • Middle Eastern Mezze: Negroni
  • Tacos: Vodka Martini
  • Thai Food: Champagne
    For details, check out the full story on CNN Travel.

    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.


    Wine & Food Pairings
    [1] 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).

    Food & Wine Pairing Shrimp & Green Salad
    [2] 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).

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    [3] Try a Vodka Martini with tacos (photo © Sable & Rosenfeld).






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