Best Wine and Food Pairings 2022

Best Wine and Food Pairings 2022

By O'Briens Wine Director, Lynne Coyle | Master of Wine

This week we are taking a look at some classic food and wine pairing suggestions.

We firmly believe that food and wine matching is for experimentation and enjoyment and matching your favourite dish with your own wine choice is what it’s all about. However, if you are looking for some inspiration, here are some of our most loved food and wine combinations.


Best White Wine for Caesar Salad

Villa Côte D'Argent Sauvignon Blanc, Loire, France



We were very excited to find this refreshing Sauvignon Blanc outside of the Loire so couldn’t resist buying this parcel. Lionel's of Lionel Osmin et Cie is focused on the discovery of the unique grape varieties and terroirs of the South-West of France.Villa Côte Sauvignon Blanc d’Argent is made from 10 -15-year-old sustainably farmed vines in the clay and limestone vineyards of Northern Gascogny. Aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit, and a touch of grassiness prevail. Then on the palate the wine is dry, crisp, and refreshing and balanced by a touch of a slightly more exotic riper melon note. This crisp refreshing style works beautifully with chicken and the vibrant acidity balances the creamy Caesars dressing.


The Grape Press:

I really liked this one from Gascony. Gun flint, gooseberry, and citrus aromas, lively, crisp and refreshing with a pleasing minerality to add some depth.

Leslie Williams, Irish Examiner



Best White Wine for Spiced Asian Cuisine:

Lingenfelder Bird Label Riesling, Pfalz Germany

RRP: €15.45


Any dish laced with spice, garlic, ginger, chili, or coriander works beautifully with a wine that has a touch of ripeness. For this reason, Lingenfelder Bird Label Riesling is one of our ‘go to’ wines, as it tends to accentuate these delicious flavours in a dish. Made by the Lingenfelder family, who have been growing grapes in Germany's Pfalz for 13th generations. Their Bird Label Riesling is off dry and beautifully balanced by the clean, rapier-like acidity of the estate's top quality Riesling grapes. This wine is ideal for balancing hot or spiced flavours in a dish, whilst the aroma profile helps complement a wide range of aromatic spices and herbs.


The Grape Press:

“If you hurry you can get this fresh, crisp German Riesling at this reduced price. Being a bit off-dry it's a perfect match for spicy Asian dishes, especially Thai prawn curry, where it really works with the lemongrass notes.”

Tom Doorley, Irish Daily Mail




Best Red Wine for Creamy Pork Chops:

Bodegas Tandem, Ars in Vitro, Navarra Spain

RRP: €15.95


Bodegas Tandem is a family-owned boutique winery, located in Navarra near the Camino Way in northern Spain. Winemaker Alicia Eyaralar follows a philosophy of sustainable farming and low intervention in the winery.

Their Ars in Vitro ('Art in Glass') red wine is unoaked to allow the pure cool climate Tempranillo and Merlot fruit to shine with silky dark berry and damson fruit flavours and a hint of mountain herbs over moderate tannins. This profile lends the wine to a wide range of foods, from roast chicken to grilled pork chops. Serve with lashings of a creamy and earthy mushroom sauce.

The Grape Press:
"Elegant, mature and soft, with refreshing dark fruits, this is a very tasty wine from one of my favourite producers in Navarra. This would go very nicely with most white and red meats. Garlicky grilled pork chops would make a nice accompaniment."
- John Wilson, The Irish Times

Best White Wine for Seafood:

Brocard Petit Chablis, France

RRP :€26.45


There is a wide range of wine styles that pair wonderfully with seafood: Galician Albariño, Marlborough and Loire Sauvignon Blanc, and even slightly chilled unoaked reds, such as the Montepulciano d'Abbruzo above. The key is to pick a wine with good acidity and a fresh fruit profile. Chablis is another perfect choice and this classic Petit Chablis is my pick from the sale.  


Brocard is our long-time Chablis partner and a firm favourite with our customers. It is a family winery, with father and son team of Jean-Marc and Julien making an extensive range of excellent Chablis. Pioneers of organic and biodynamic farming in the marginal climate of Chablis, they are considered one of the top estates in the region.As with all Chablis, Brocard Petit Chablis is 100% Chardonnay: it is pure and bright with crisp green orchard fruit, followed by that typical Chablis streak of minerality on the lingering finish. This crisp and fresh profile is ideal to pair with pan fried white fish or a steaming bowl of fresh Moules Marinière with cream, garlic and parsley.


The Grape Press:

"Another charmer from the Brocard family's biodynamic and organic vineyards, this time from the limestone Portland soils of the Petit Chablis appellation: approachable, mouth watering and fruit-forward with vibrant orchard-fruit character and a clean, zesty finish."
- Aoife Carrigy, Irish Independent


Best Red Wine for Steak:

Bodegas Caro Amancaya, Mendoza Argentina



Argentinian Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux are two of the classic wine pairings for good Irish steak. Both wine styles have a similarly full-bodied grippy tannin profile. These tannins bind with the protein and salt in the meat, accentuating both the wine and food flavours above the sum of their parts. This sensation is what makes red wine and red meat such a classic food pairing.


So, if you can't decide between Argentina or Bordeaux for your steak this weekend, why not plump for the best of both worlds with the delicious Bodegas Caro Amancaya? This wine is an exciting project between the iconic Lafite Rothschilds of Bordeaux and Argentina's finest wine producer, Nicolas Catena.Made from grapes grown in Argentina's high-altitude Mendoza region, this is a sublime blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon: expect the up-front fruit intensity of Mendoza Malbec, tempered by a delicious, silky European elegance.A classic match for a wide range of red meats but screams out for medium-rare steak and thick-cut chips.


Lynne Coyle MW is O’Briens Wine Director and sources and selects our wine and Champagne range. One of only 420 Masters of Wine worldwide, she has dedicated her career to the food and drinks industry. Lynne also writes, judges at international wine competitions, is a Wine & Spirit Education Trust Certified Educator and makes her own wines in Spain.

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