The Basic Rules of Wine Pairing with Crown Cellars

Crown Cellars have been supplying a comprehensive range of premium quality wines to the UK On-Trade for over 25 years.

Their dedicated team provide expert advice and tailored support; everything from bespoke wine lists, WSET accredited staff training, tutored tastings and food pairing, through to in venue events such as ‘meet the maker’ evenings partnership with thier winemakers.

Their range comprises over 500 wines, of which 150 are exclusively available through Crown Cellars.Crown Cellars Pairing 2

We asked their Wine Buyer, Louise Boddington to come up some basis pairings to consider when creating your dishes.

Wine and food pairing rules:

1. Flavour profiles of food and wine should complement each other. Light dishes suit lighter wines and heavily flavoured dishes needs a richer wine. A simple white fish dish suits a delicate Verdicchio or Gavi, while a full-bodied Chardonnay, complements a rich fish pie.

2. Food and wines throughout the meal are generally a progression. Move from lighter to fuller flavours and from drier to sweeter. A light-bodied Pinot Grigio can taste thin if your palate has adjusted to that full-flavoured Chardonnay; a dry Sauvignon Blanc can be too acidic, after a juicy Viognier.

Crown Cellars Pairing 33. Spicy foods and wine can mix. Juicy reds such as Shiraz or Carmenère, will be a great partner for an Indian curry, whilst aromatic whites such as Riesling or Gewürztraminer, will work with fresher Thai dishes.

Crown Cellars 44. Don’t be constrained by the standard white wine with fish and red wine with meat approach. Just ensure that the flavour and body of a wine work with a dish. A full-bodied Chardonnay, will work beautifully with a roast chicken and a light red such as Pinot Noir, will perfectly partner tuna or monkfish.

Louise says, I find when matching food to wine the trick is to think what the dominant flavour in the dish will be. Also many food dishes and wine have evolved together, so no surprise that local wines will work best with local foods.

To pair the finest wines with your dishes please contact Crown Cellars to make an appointment with you to discuss your requirements.

Contact Emily Grafton on 07889 652539 or email