White Weather, White Wines: Pair wintry dishes with something unexpected

It’s such a convention that it’s almost a cliche: Serve white wines with light, bright, summery dishes, and red wines with rich, savory, cold-weather favorites. It’s time to break out of that box, and sip on something as cold and clear as the icicles outside your window.

White wines actually pair terrifically with many wintry dishes — their citrusy notes can cut through the intense umami of braised pork or mushrooms, while a buttery white can balance the flavors of herbaceous roasted chicken or creamy seafood pasta. We’ve put together a list of white wine pairings that will shake up your winter table.

*Pairs well with mussels, shellfish, oysters, and Asian cuisine.

  • Mussels in White Wine Sauce
  • Soba Noodles with Grilled Shrimp
  • Chicken Tikka Masala

Grüner Veltliner
*Pairs well with aromatic vegetables, tofu, and Japanese cuisine.

  • Chicken Piccata
  • Maple-Ginger Roasted Pork Tenderloin
  • Tofu Stir Fry

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
*Pairs well with light flaky fish dishes, crab, softer cow’s milk cheeses, and Chinese cuisine.

  • Pan Fried Scallops and Winter Greens
  • Shrimp and Broccoli Lo Mein
  • Baked Triple-Cream Brie

*Pairs well with roast chicken or turkey, finfish, shellfish, and white meat.

  • Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken
  • Herb Roasted Turkey
  • Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy

*Pairs well with Asian flavors, spiced foods, creamy blue cheeses, dim sum, Vietnamese food, pot stickers, and dumpling soup.

  • Pork Dim Sum Dumplings
  • Mushroom and Blue Cheese Risotto
  • Shrimp Pot Stickers

*Pairs well with spice-driven dishes, and oily lighter meats.

  • Shrimp Gumbo
  • Chicken Pad Thai
  • Bacon Wrapped Scallops


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