Matching wine with food is a science and an art in France. Here we provide some guidelines to get you started, pairing common French dishes with wines from across the country. Of course, meals in France can last hours and consist of many courses; be sure to check out pairings for the first, dessert and cheese courses.


The Main Course

Beef

Roast: Any fine Red wine—Bordeaux, Burgundy, Hermitages
Casseroles: Robust Reds—Gigondas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape or St-Émilion
Boeuf Bourguignon cooked with Red Burgundy: Beaune Red or any other
medium-priced Burgundy

Cassoulet (rich peasant stew from southwest France)

Cahors or Fitou

Chicken/Turkey

With cream sauces: White Burgundy or intense, sweetish Loire White such as
Savonnières

Turkey with Chestnuts

Nuits-Saint-Georges

Choucroute (milder form of sauerkraut, usually served with sausages)

Alsace Pinot Gris

Duck

Pécharmant, Canon-Fronsac or a substantial White Burgundy

Game Birds

A Pauillac for terrines, roast game and such dishes as wood pigeon, stew or
woodcock. Older game needs a robust Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Côtes
de Rhône-Villages such as Vacqueyras

Ham

Fruity Beaujolais – Côte de Brouilly or Hautes Côtes de Beaune
In a cream sauce: White Burgundy, Alsace Pinot Gris, Sauvignon-de-Saint-Bris

Lamb

Roast: Fine Red Bordeaux, Bourgeuil
Stewed in onions, mushrooms and cream: Médoc or Beaujolais-Villages



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