Wine Pairing Quick Tips: Syrah

Welcome to our new series, Wine Pairing Quick Tips. Here you’ll find an easy to read and easy to reference list of which foods pair best with certain varietals. This week we’re focusing on Syrah.

It is hard to pinpoint Syrah. As one of the world’s more popular varietals, it is made throughout the globe and in many, many different styles. Although hard to generalize, overall, it’s a big wine that often exudes pepper on the finish. It is great with herbs, and often has enough fruit to balance a bit of spice.

Cheese/nuts: sharp cheddar, Roquefort/bleu-veined cheeses; hazelnuts, walnuts

Meat/poultry: roasted game, pepperoni, spicy sausage, braised pork shoulder

Seafood: ahi tuna, salmon

Fruits and Veggies: currants, stewed tomatoes, beets

Herbs and Spices: oregano, sage

Sauces: BBQ, heavy red sauces

Desserts: black forest cake, rhubarb pie, coffee-based desserts

Avoid lighter dishes when drinking Syrah. No white fish, no oysters, no shrimp.


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