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Food & Wine Pairing Tips

Acidity, fat, salt and umami are a chef’s toolbox. By adjusting each of these components in a dish, you will open up a wide range of options for pairing Twomey wines with food.

Pairing wine with food is about taking all of the ingredients we have at our fingertips and balancing the flavors. But there are also well-known foundational and bridge ingredients for pairing Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot wines.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is widely considered the most versatile of all red wine grapes for pairing with food due to its delicate weight and bright acidity. Myriad black and red fruit expressions combined with the lean, racy tannins of French oak make Pinot Noir a “can’t miss” pairing option. Aromatics range from black cherry to raspberry, or cola to currant.

Base Ingredients

Pork, pork belly, roasted chicken, veal, rabbit, quail, most seafood

Bridge Ingredients

Roasted garlic, fried eggs, roasted root vegetables, tomato-based sauces, gastrique sauces (with controlled sweetness and acidity), chicken jus, olives, Dijon mustard, fennel, eggplant, rosemary, oregano, sage, sun dried tomatoes, pancetta, prosciutto

Pinot Noir

Merlot

Merlot plays an important role as a mid-weight option in the red wine spectrum, situated between the delicate Pinot Noir grape and power of Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot pairs well with lighter proteins such as lamb, pork or duck, as well as savory sauces.

Base Ingredients

Duck breast, leg confit, rack of lamb, squab, braised beef, grilled salmon, venison

Bridge Ingredients

Roasted garlic, sauces, olives, Dijon mustard, eggplant, mushrooms, rosemary, oregano, sage, demi-glace sauces, red beets, aged sheep’s milk cheese, juniper, most nuts

Twomey Merlot

Sauvignon Blanc

Twomey Sauvignon Blanc carries a bright, tropical fruit expression from our Napa Valley estate vineyards, unfolding on the palette in the form of guava, papaya, gooseberry and other melon flavors. Together with the telltale “wet slate” minerality of our Sonoma estate vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc makes for classic white wine pairings such as grilled fish, oysters and goat cheese.

Base Ingredients

Grilled fish, oysters, shellfish, chicken breast, turkey, goat cheese

Bridge Ingredients

Tender herbs, mint, tarragon, basil, cilantro, dill, all citrus, red bell peppers (raw or roasted) buttery olive oil, flaky butter crusts, yeasty bread, goat cheese, Gruyère, ricotta, mozzarella, feta, Castelvetrano olives, curry spices, sour cream, yogurt, roasted garlic, Dijon mustard, capers, prosciutto, eggplant, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, almonds

Twomey Sauvignon Blanc