Modern guidelines for Food, Wine, Drinks, Functions and Restaurants.

Basic tips from wine selection to social interaction 

A guide to wine styles and basic food matching

Food & Wine Matching

A Summary of Occasions for Wine and Food Matching


  • Italian, French, European – usually a fresh dry white with the first course and then medium/full-bodied reds with the pasta (if Italian) or main course, a more tannic red with cheese, sweet wine with the dessert. If warmer weather, the Italian style is to finish off with Moscato
  • French – white with first course, medium red with main course, fuller/more tannic red with cheese, dessert wine
  • Chinese-Cantonese (rice and seafood, stir fried cooking) – aromatic whites with prawns, soft rich Pinot Noir or Shiraz with beef/duck
  • Chinese-Peking (roast meats, duck, noodles) – Medium reds - Pinot Noir and Shiraz
  • Thai – light white such as Semillon, fruity white such as Riesling with residual sweetness and Gewurztraminer with spicy food
  • Indian – sweet rich Aussie Shiraz, American Zinfandel and Pinot Noir


A Barbecue

  • Sausages and beef on the barbecue – mainstream rich soft reds
  • Chicken kebabs – rich Chardonnay or Pinot Noir
  • Seafood grilled on the BBQ – Rosé; oaked Sauvignon Blanc, older whites


Pool Party Lunch

  • Very chilled Semillon, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc; Rosé and light reds
  • Similar to a barbecue


Home Dinner Party

  • Plan a succession of foods with a different wine to accompany each, eg. Sparkling wine to start, Sauvignon Blanc with prawns, Pinot Noir with chicken or Cabernet with lamb.  Dessert wine or Tokay with dessert and coffee.


Special Anniversary Dinner

  • A special Sparkling wine, maybe Champagne or a top Aussie fizz, followed by a special red – a famous name or an “icon” wine


Sunday Afternoon Drinks

  • Try a good Sherry or dessert wine with tea. Maybe a good Sparkling wine with canapés.
  • See Pre-meal Drinks Party above


A Seafood Night

  • Fresh prawns and bugs - Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Riesling.
  • Marinated char-grilled seafood – aged Semillon and Fume Blanc (i.e. oak matured) Sauvignon Blanc


Mum's Roast Leg of Lamb (with all the trimmings)

  • Pinot Noir or soft Shiraz


Christmas Dinner

  • Ham, pork and turkey - Pinot Noir, Sparkling Red, Chardonnay, Asti Spumante or Moscato to finish


Champagne Breakfast

  • Go for quality and perhaps a lesser wine if you wish to mix it with fruit juice


Gift for a Birthday or Anniversary

  • A special Sparkling wine; a great red; an old Port or Muscat